Chevy, Assembly, Leamington, April 8.
FOLLOWING on from last year’s triumphant 30-year reunion show at the Spa Centre, local musical heroes Chevy returned to the Leamington stage, this time to play at the fabulous Assembly.
Support for the evening came from the ever popular local blues outfit The Hangover Blues Band, fronted by vocalist and harmonica player Sam Powell, who as always performed a set of quality traditional blues standards including Fannie Mae and Farther Down the Road. with Steve Walwyn guesting on a couple of numbers.
As with last year’s show Chevy’s 1980 album The Taker made up the majority of the set - including the storming title track, You Got Me Running which opened the set, Sky Bird, the albums show piece and a frantic Rock On. Numbers not taken from the album performed included the out and out rockers Fast Car and Rock City.
I am so pleased that the band reformed for a few shows as I only managed to see one Chevy gig the first time around and they play such a large part in the musical heritage of this town.
So thanks to Martin, Bob, Paul, Steve, Baz and Ted for the gigs and if this was the last Chevy show we will hopefully still see Martin singing with The Rogues, Bob, Baz and Ted rocking it up as The Motorvators (including The Gristmill on April 16). Steve will be playing with the mighty Dr Feelgood at the Assembly on November 25 and will also be performing with a few friends in a Leamington charity show this summer.
Verdict: rock on - really enjoyed the reunion shows.