Pyrotechnics? Scantily clad dancers? Huge stage
full of people and equipment? Long set list, no changes
allowed? Are those the elements that people use to judge
a live music show? If they are they should wake up and
smell the coffee, or at least give a Brian Kennedy show
a whirl! If they did they would find that all you need
is a guitar or three, possibly a set of drums and a
bass, oh and a voice to charm the birds from the trees.
walked onto the stage, picked up his guitar, and quite
simply sang! Song after song, his voice rang out clear
and loud! Old songs, new songs, a mixed up medley
of songs presented with a ready wit and a gentle humour.
new songs are but fledglings at the moment, fluffing
their feathers ready to fly! It won’t be long
and they will leave the nest and be soaring free. “Every
song is a cry for love” has already launched itself
into the wide blue yonder and” If you don’t
believe in me” stands with its toenails on the
edge waiting for the moment to jump. I am sure
it will ride a passing thermal and climb joyously into
night with a voice, an affable, gentle self effacing
wit, even dramatic revealing of a medical emergency,
all contained in another evening spent in the company
of Brian Kennedy. What a delightful way to spend
a Monday evening in Shepherds Bush! Jax
What an amazing evening at Shepherds Bush Empire on
Monday 5th June 2006. I discovered Brian only in the
last few years and had only seen him live at the St.
Patricks Day Festival in London which I had thoroughly
enjoyed but a whole evening of his music was going to
be a new experience.When I arrived at the venue I met
up with Conny from the Netherlands. We had discovered,
from the Guestbook, that we were sitting next to each
other in the front row and had already got to know each
other by email in the previous weeks. Lovely lady and
so nice to put a face to the "voice".
up was of course Don Mescall. He has a great voice.
It is a shame that not everyone watches the support
act but unfortunately that always seems to be the case
although people were able to watch from the bar. We
certainly enjoyed his performance and it was great that
he was able to get the audience involved and singing
onto Brian. Shepherds Bush Empire is a great venue,
an old style concert hall, and Brian’s voice could
certainly fill that old building. You know his voice
is good but nothing prepares you for hearing it live.
The atmosphere was fantastic.
He was in fine form, singing beautifully and managing
to be very humorous despite his leg injury from the
previous day which he showed us eliciting much sympathy
from the audience. We were treated to many songs
including some from the new album. I was pleased that
my copy had arrived two days previously so I had got
to know many of them.
moments for me: During 'Crazy Love' when he was
singing 'Have I told you lately' we all sung "you
fill my heart with sadness, take away my gladness"
and he sung it back to us!!
during which he went through a scenario of re-tuning
a radio to find a cheerful song only to find more sad
songs including "The Streets" "Dry Your
Eyes" plus others.
told us that "If You Don’t Believe In Me"
was to be the new single. A fantastic track. An a cappella
version of "You Raise Me Up" which was really
good for the encore.
was very pleased that he played "Silver Hearts
On Chains" and when I met him after I thanked him
for playing that and said that I thought it was a beautiful
track and that I had first heard on one of his radio
too soon the evening was over but Brian had said that
he would be out to do a signing of his cds and books
that were on sale. True to his word he was there very
quickly and we all queued up. I had to explain that
I only had my ticket to sign as I have all the books
and cds at home. Perhaps next time I will bring something
with me. When I spoke to him about "Silver Hearts
on Chains" he seemed genuinely interested in what
I had to say. In fact he was very nice to everyone even
though I am sure he must have been very tired. Went
home very happy looking forward to the next time
Bk was excellent at 'The Bush'. He was in good
voice and humour despite having injured his leg the
day before. He did all the favourites plus a good selection
from the new album. My wife and I stayed behind afterwards
to get him to sign one of his CDs and we managed to
have a short but interesting conversation.
will most definitely want to see him again and cant
wait for his next UK tour. All The best.
Loved the show very much. Enjoyed the new
songs - and the older ones of course. Front row
seats..... Only my second experience of a Brian Kennedy
gig - the first being at the Celtic Connections in Glasgow
earlier this year. Took my sister along - her
first time of seeing Brian, she enjoyed it too.
Did queue to get book signed but had to leave before
I got the chance to - had to catch last train back to
the wilds of Kent. Did manage to grab a photo
and got the mickey taken from Brian about the cockney
Recently saw Nils Lofgren at Shepherds Bush Empire,
so I knew what to expect regarding the to-ing and fro-ing
and agree with the comments made by Chris - its not
the best place....why people can't just foresake a couple
of hours without a drink and be a bit more respectful
is beyond me.
Saw Brian last in London - oh wow what a show. Fantastic,
Brian and the band really rocked.... BUT some of the
audience was A) a tad reserved and B) well, have
never experienced more coming and going during a live
performance in my life!! People were just so, well,
rude. The bar was behind the stalls seats so it was
possible to keep drinking and watch the show, maybe
that was the problem but the noise at times with the
talking etc. was awful.
last saw Brian at The Bloomsbury, London 2 years ago.
That time it was just Brian, last night he had the band.
I loved both shows equally. It was a fabulous
night, the support act was good, but Brian was superb
- his voice was so strong and he didn't falter at all,
not a note! The new songs are gorgeous especially the
was also as funny as ever, we laughed as much as the
last time (our first time at a Brian concert - had only
seen him live in 2002 at the London Palladium in Michael
Ball's ROC concert.
was limping - said a car hit his leg the day before
- twice!! He showed us his strapping on it, said it
was why he wasn't doing his normal fabulous moves!!!
Wonderful show. Chris
Just wanted to say what a great show Brian put on last
night (Shepherd Bush Empire) - even with his knee injury!!
was great to hear songs old and new, and Brian
seemed to be on top form! I had only got HomeBird on
CD 3 days before the gig, but managed to learn a few
of the new tunes in time :)
it was nice to speak with Brian after the show too,
even if I had forgotten my CD for him to sign.
The queue seemed to go on for ever! Good luck
to him with the new single - I think it's a great song