Live review: Oblivion at BJs Rock In The Blues, The Minstrel, Chorley

Posted on: Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

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Oblivion, a five-piece covers band that travelled from North Wales and Cheshire to entertain, were formed only a few months ago and playing their sixth gig.

Antony Wilkinson fronted the band, on lead vocal and rhythm guitar. Antony has a good vocal range and every number he sang was as clear as a bell, he was excellent. Nick Prendergast on lead guitar is a very experienced guitar man – note perfect and played with passion. Bryan Jones on key boards and saxophone is another fine musician he gave the band a full round sound – in fact the band’s sound was well balanced and the volume spot on.

The band’s bass line from Nick Skelson on a wicked bass guitar, and drummer John Hodgson, kept the band on an even keel a very impressive pair.

The selection of covers got off to a cracking start with numbers from, Deep Purple, Paul Weller, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Small Faces and The Beatles.

The second set moved into overdrive with The Zombies, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Rory Gallagher, Chuck Berry, and Jeff Beck. Tremendous covers from a band that has expertise and musicianship all rolled up into one, their phone should be very busy, there was nothing oblivious about this performance – they paid attention to detail.

Sadly I have to report to you all that BJ’s Rock In The Blues Club has for now ceased. This is a bitter pill to swallow not just for Lucas and his wife Heidi but for the fans of live music it will be greatly missed.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

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