Live review: Russ Tippins – The Prince of Wales, Cowing Brow, Chorley: 30th November

Posted on: Saturday, Dec 6, 2014


Review for RUSS TIPPINS @ The Prince of Wales, Cowing Brow, Chorley – 30/11/14

What a pleasure it was for this acclaimed musician, Russ Tippins, to visit Chorley for a solo gig yet again, at the down to earth pub, The Prince of Wales on Cowling Brow. The pub is run by the charismatic John Grainger, so it’s well done for his help and support in ‘Keeping Live Music Alive’.

Hailing from the Newcastle, Russ, as a ‘Rock God’ with the legendary heavy metal band ‘Satan’, had a brief window until January, when Satan will begin an extensive tour of Europe. Having not long returned from tours in South America, Canada, Japan and the USA, Russ provided an evening of mixed genres of music in his solo set. He is an extremely versatile guitarist and singer, and has played at the Prince of Wales on many occasions in the past few years.

Beginning the acoustic set with his class guitar playing, an instrumental with a Spanish flavour. He moved on to cover songs from those including David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Alex Harvey, Kinks and one of my favourites Grace Slick’s ‘White Rabbit’.

The second set, with superb electric guitar and backing bass and drums, he came into his own with a brilliant take of Peter Green’s ‘Oh Well’. Then onto classics of ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Black Betty’, The Who’s ‘Teenage Wastelands’ and Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’.

With a well performed 12 bar blues and an awesome instrumental, he then moved onto a bit of Neil Young, ‘Like A Hurricane’, following with brilliant versions of Zeppelin’s ‘Rock And Roll’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’. Finishing off the amazing set with Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’, the audience demanded more and the evening was completed by the well earned encore of Deep Purple’s ‘Highway Star’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Freebird’.

Russ Tippins will be back in Chorley again, I’m sure. Catch him if you can, as he is one of the most hard working and versatile musicians and his guitar playing can be likened to that of Clapton, Page or as described in Classic Rock magazine; “With his TNT fretwork and luxurious hair, Russ is too good to remain a cult concern”. All I can say is he is the ‘best of the best’!!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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