Review: The Cans – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 2nd January, 2014

Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014

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This five-piece band from the Stockport area returned to rock the house with a plethora of classic blues and rock and roll covers that entertained the crowd, and kick started the 2014 music year.

Front man ‘Big Steve Mullen’ swung into action and gave a good account, his vocals, guitar and blues harp playing hit the spot a steady belt and braces performance from him. Andy Millington on lead guitar, slide guitar and vocals is a fine musician and ripped it up as they say, with his unique style of play.

Multi- talented musician Rik Roberts is the bands bedrock, he plays a mean keyboard as well as guitars when required his performance was solid and is the bands springboard. The rhythm section was on bass guitar Nolan Worthington – again another brilliant no nonsence musician; and on the ‘skins’ was Andy Marshall, firing on all cylinders.

The first set was a blues bonanza of classic covers ‘Don’t Start Me Talking,’ Get Out Of My Life Woman’, ‘Bring It On Home’,  ‘Boom Boom’ and many more. In the second set a mix of blues and rock and roll, an entertaining choice and the crowd shouted for more. The Cans do have the musical skills to progress to the next level and I have no doubt that they will, interesting things are on the horizon for them, I’m sure.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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