Review: The Power 3 – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

This fantastic threesome have been honing their musical expertise over a numbers of years,  but about a year ago they decided to get together and form The Power 3,  and what a band it turned out to be.

The band, based in Liverpool have risen from the ashes and through their excellent musicianship will be a power to be reckoned with.

The Power 3 are essentially a covers band and  their extensive repertoire has something for every one.
Their first set started with a cracker,” Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Coo” an Edgar Winter number – a great one to start with and got the band into a good groove.  It only got better as they did covers from Cream,   Free,   Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green),  Muddy Waters,  Howlin’  Wolf –  just cracking,  classic after classic, the place was buzzin’.
On bass guitar and lead vocal was  Jeff Earl Jerome – a great sounding,  pumping bass, and got funky with the band’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”,  just brilliant. On lead guitar and also vocal and backing vocal was a master craftsman, Phil Grundy.
Phil got the bull by the horns,  and his slide play was as good as I’ve heard this year, stunning!.
Phil’s playing on “Little Wing”, the Hendrix number, was spot on ,  a blinding performance by him.
On the drums would have been Ray Wong but he had to drop out at the last minute due to flu-like symptoms, but stepping up to the plate was  Shaun Taylor, a friend and much respected drummer with 25 years experience under his belt, a very able substitute.
The Power 3 were very entertaining and I had to check now and again to see if there where only three of them on stage.
I  have no doubt that this band as time goes on will be a popular addition to the North West circuit – more power to THE POWER 3.
Keith Blackledge,   Music Reviewer for the Northwest.
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