Review: Bonnie Raitt at Liverpool Empire – 22.06.13

Posted on: Monday, Jun 24, 2013

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Bonnie Raitt at Liverpool Empire – 22.06.13

The Liverpool Empire played host to Bonnie Raitt on her 2013 UK tour to promote her latest album, her first studio album for seven years, “Slipstream”. She was backed by a top class band comprising guitarist George Marinelli, keyboard player Mike Finnigan, bass player James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and drummer Ricky Fataar.

Bonnie was in spectacular form, her vocals as wonderful as ever, and her guitar mastery switching effortlessly between slide and acoustic mode. The set combined numbers from the new album and a selection of old favourites. The former category included excellent renditions of Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down The Line” and Bob Dylan’s “Million Miles”. The back catalogue was inevitably and rightly represented by fabulous deliveries of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Angel Of Montgomery”

While Bonnie took a well-deserved breather, Mike Finnigan delivered a cameo feature, showcasing his considerable talent on lead vocals to complement his superb keyboard artistry. A local flavour was also introduced into the mix when Raphael Callaghan backed Bonnie on “Love Me Like A Man” with some highly impressive, bluesy harmonica playing. Bonnie also paid tribute to Colin and Sylvia Hall for hosting a visit to the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and one of her heroes, John Lennon.

The highly enjoyable show also benefited from a brilliant support performance by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, who wowed the audience with his powerful vocals, intricate guitar work and warm banter, to provide a splendid foundation for a tremendous evening’s entertainment.

LIONEL ROSS

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