[Cover] Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band
I’m not one of those people who’ve been in dozens of shows - for lack of time & $ - but I could appreciate good and great shows of bands I’d like to see, as the Finns Sonata Arctica , the audible noise of Adrenaline Mob and the voice Torn Halestorm . But NOTHING (NADA!) compares to the charm and friendliness of Hugh Laurie.
For those who do not understand anything, quick explanation: Hugh Laurie is best known as the boring and tedious Doctor House, the winning number of Emmys that today passes on Record. He found the music to six years of piano lessons. At 10, the blues took over his life and never stopped. However, the series of cantankerous doctor would not allow him to devote himself to you like. In 2011, and eight seasons on TV, Hugh Laurie left a career aside.
Singer, instrumentalist and, above all, show-man. That’s how I can define what was the show that he and The Copper Bottom Band for 2.5hrs managed to convey. Yes, two and a half blues, piano, voices and lights hours leading the audience in Citibank Hall madness. Never went in the house and even away from metro and bus, the place is magical, with very good acoustics and the position of the public (in the stands) facilitates the vision.
At the entrance of the house, hours before the show, the stage was set and the instruments of the whole band gave a warm welcome to the audience, like a pre-event to take all your photos. Even Britain, Hugh was allowed to delay for 10 minutes, which eventually offsetting the BIS at the end of the show.
The repertoire of songs already released two CDs: Let Them Talk and Didn’t It Rain, plus classic blues singer who grew up listening to and admiring. In each song very well executed, Hugh made some comments about it, telling a little of its history, or praising any of his guest musicians.
A tone produced saxophone, trombone style a torn New Orleans or the magnificent timbre of Gaby Moreno (next door) and Sister Jean McClain , did the singer get up from the piano and revere the musicians. It was there, a man who knows his audience and acted as a spectator.
The contact with the public was his trump card to comment on the World Cup, but at no time Hugh left praising the guests that Saturday. Very charismatic, joked a few words in Portuguese: “this is all I know!” as well (in English) told who knew English was translating for the friend sitting next to: “you can get a tremendous friendship ! But not translated during the songs! “
Near midnight, Hugh and the band played the last song with the audience already standing with several machines to record the moment, thus ending the scheduled show. The singer / actor took backstage dozens of gifts that fans left for him, but lacked a final surprise. Hugh back to the BIS wearing a jersey of Brazil given this writing Laurie and the number 10 stamped. With the delight of fans, he and the band devastate more 4 songs for the very end - oh, and one of its ”What Not” , music composed by Jorge Ben Jor, made famous by Sérgio Mendes and “recently” in the voice Black Eyed Peas.
Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band is a visual spectacle out of the ordinary. While rock bands leaving you sweaty and your voice with the volume and speed of the songs, Hugh embraces his songs leaves you sitting tapping his hand on the leg and savouring that taste of 20-30-50 years. Missed him sing Let Them Talk, but this is a very personal, Kell and my request. Hugh come back soon!
©Leo Light - Action Nerds
Source - Please click here for the original Portuguese review. Apologies for the poor English translation, blame Google!