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Little Feat / Tom Fuller Band @ Gruenspan – Hamburg – 12.02.2013

The Little Feat carvan did not have too much of travel from Groningen to achieve the next tour-stop in one of the most beautiful and attractive cities of Germany – Hamburg. Oh and they were playing at the Gruenspan. This was a former cinema and had been transferred into a disco and concert-location already in 1968. Beautiful, stylish place, the interior and stage looking quite antique. And what was utmost seductive on that corner of St. Pauli, oh of course The Reeperbahn…  But the six gentlemen were no sinners, they were like saints and not interested in the red light girlies and bars.

The Tom Fuller Band were again the very attractive special guest and versatile drummer Jordan Kozer was opening the gig again with his beats. But you were immediately aware that the audience was much more into the pleasure of listening and enjoying than rather going to rock. But no problem, the TFB got plenty of qualified songs for them , so specially ‘Ask’, the title song of the new cd was something in the flavor  for them. Tom’s voice was even more brilliant and distinguished and the slide-guitar solos of John Lewis, accompanied by second guitars and keyboards of Ryan Veitch were intensifying the ambience.  The song of the night was definitely ‘Hell Fire Angel’ by the beautiful chant and melodies. The Tom Fuller Band got an intene bye-applause again and it would be a pleasure to see them on a headliner club-tour in Europe again.

Any special things after Little Feat finished the miraculous ‘Cajun Rage’ as starter again? Oh yes, they saluted to the audience and wished them a Happy Mardi Gras! Oh off course, Fred Tackett lives in New Orleans and it was Fat Tuesday down there the main day of carnival. Oh what a shame they could have worn some crazy jester-hats and costumes, but the cool north-heads in Hamburg did not celebrate carnival, so it was not adequate to them. But the whole band was in the bacchanal mood for a music-party also without that and they were into Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez (Let The Good Times Roll) by ‘Way Down Under’. As the majority freaks were intensified into the ad libitum of listening a first jam of the Captain Beefheart song ‘Abba Zaba’ melting into ‘Fat Man In The Bathtub’ were the hot-deal for them this night. Hey on the weekend they have a burlesque show of The Sinderellas in the Gruenspan, that would have been something for the eyes. These sexy girls in a tub in front of each of the boys and one lying on the drum-skins in front of rather shy-seeming Gabe, that would have been hot as chilli! These slide-guitar challenges of Fred and Paul Barrère were hellish again and on top the boogyin’ keyboard-wizard Bill Payne by his solos – magical. By ‘Spanish Moon’ the fans could not stay calm, they got into rhythm by the fervent drums and  percussion and the chant of Sam Clayton was so inspirational again. By ‘One Breath At A Time’ Mister Tackett was to take over the lead-singing and it was Kenny Gradney by his bass-play  to funk it up.  Full of south-american tango-rhythm ‘Church Falling Down’ was soo ardent this noche. As intermediary between ‘Willin’ LF played the old-school country song ‘Don’t Bogart That Joint’.  Mr. Tackett was sweetening and to season again by his mandolin play by ‘Rooster Rag’, The highlight this Fat Tuesday was the live-ceremony of ‘Dixie Chicken’. The vocal-harmoniusness were soo exciting and how Paul was making his guitar talk was incredible. But special to notice were the widespread solos started by Kenny on bass, then continued first by Gabe Ford on drums and Billy on keyboards  together and afterwards solo. Additionally, towards the end these flamboyante  guitar-dervish-duels by Paul and Fred. Untopable.  ’Let It Roll’ as encore and by the honky-tonk-sound was the only song where former female lead-singer  Shaun
could be missed, she would have been spicin’ this up additionally, but instead Bill was the glorious master of ceremony again.

Little Feat 2013 you can call them back to the roots again by their live-chimes in the good ole-times when Lowell George was still in the band. There can only be two final statements of gratitude:

Cu soon gators on tour and all members in good estate alive

Feats Don’t Fail Em Now!







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