June 8 to 15, 2000
Review by Lucy and Phil - photos in Photo Gallery #11
Whoah!!!!!!! Where do I begin?? I have just returned from Paul's mini tour in England.
And what a trip it was. Attending the famous Cavern in Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester and,
lastly, London. For me, the Cavern was the best.
The line up for the band was:
- Paul Rodgers (vocals)
- Jaz Lochrie (Bass)
- Jeff Whitehorn (Lead)
- Jim Copley (Drums).
Here is a review from a fan about the gig in Liverpool, written by Phil Van Dijk
My first impression was that it wouldn't be the same: for a start the stairs were too
wide and there were too many of them. We must have gone down two floors when the original
place was only one floor below. When you finally get there you are in a good replica of
the original club, but it's facing the wrong way (East instead of South). This was not to
be where the show was held though, since there is a second room directly under where the
So it's not the same Cavern building then, but does that matter? We are physically not
the same people we were in the sixties - we have changed by ageing, putting on weight,
losing hair, eyes growing weaker and so on. The Cavern was never just the bricks and
mortar, it was also the atmosphere created by the audience and the groups.
So for it to be considered a CAVERN show, the performance would have to generate the
same feelings in the audience .... and Paul Rodgers did just that.
But first, the short acoustic set by his son and daughter was exquisite, with Jasmine
handling most of the vocals. It's not since the days of Julie Felix that I felt that the
singer was singing personally to me: the voice was so moving that the noise of the crowd
behind was almost un-noticeable. If there's any justice in the world, they should be given
a recording contract and allowed to record an album like their performance tonight,
uncluttered by un-necessary background musicians or singers .... if they haven't done
And as for Paul himself, his performance was professional and his singing was among the
most soulful I have heard, the high spot being when he included extracts of several
Beatles' songs, starting off the verse and letting the audience take over ..... a fitting
homage in Liverpool, but not unique since I've seen David Coverdale of Whitesnake sing
"In My Life" and get jeered at Liverpool's Royal Court and Brian May sing
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" at the same theatre and the crowd go ecstatic, just as
The Cavern audience tonight.
By this time, though, there was no denying that this was one of those few shows which
are in another league altogether. The sound was balanced and loud but not painfully so,
the musicians were playing brilliantly and seemed to be enjoying it instead of just going
through the motions, a powerful base guitar undercurrent with perfectly executed guitar
solos without being extended un-necessarily to extreme lengths. But the singing, the
reason for everyone being there, was perfection itself, with the crowd following Paul's
sweat-soaked performance through all the movements and emotions which a seasoned performer
knows how to control.
Phil Van Dijk.........
You see how can you follow that review?! As Phil said, Paul's kids Steve and Jasmine
perfomed and they just blew me and everyone else away. Such warmth and soul in their
perfomance. Would love to see them open up again for Paul in the US. Hint, hint :-)))
All four shows were excellent. Very impressed how this band in the UK just picked up
from where they left off, I am sure they were also surprised how tight they perfomed as if
they gig together each week.
It was wonderful to see the fans at the concerts. Knowing many of them it was a treat
for me to meet some of them for the first time, instead of just emailing. David Clayton of
the FAS was at all the shows. Somehow it completes a show when he is around. He did show
me a preview of the upcoming Free book as well, which was just awesome. Wow, what a book!!
It's a dream I can tell you!
Paul chose many Free songs on this tour. But also included some Bad Co songs and Muddy
Waters material. Steve & Jasmine you were just dynamic. Hope you come to the States
and sing for the North Amercan fans. Jeff, Jaz and Jim - GREAT job guys. Well done
If any fans in the UK wish to send in reviews of any of the shows, please feel FREE to send them to us at Allrightnow.com.
Review by Al
PAUL RODGERS at the Forum, London, on Wednesday 14 June 2000.
The tube journey seemed to take ages that night. Good job the 5 of us were in a party
mood, arrived at the Forum quite late, around a quater to nine, and the place was already
about full. No sign of Lucy around so we made our way to a good standing position about 20
feet from the stage.
When the house lights went down, Paul & the band hit the stage, going straight into
DEEP BLUE, possibly the best track off the new CD, his voice on form (as usual). The band
then carried on with a number of Free tracks, kicking on with THE STEALER & BE MY
FRIEND. With a small introduction about how, alongside Andy Fraser, Slash & Neil
Schon, PAUL jammed the intro to the next song in front of an audience at a large well
known festival a while back, the band tore into LITTLE BIT OF LOVE.
At this point the precise running order of the set gets a bit vague, but I think FIRE
& WATER, MR.BIG (while I was stuck at the bar) & WISHING WELL stormed along before
Paul tried out another new song from the CD, WALKING TALL. Its bluesy feel seemed to get
the audience swaying along, as did LOUISIANNA BLUES. "We ain't done any Bad Company
yet have we!" wails Paul as the band tears into FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE & CANT GET
ENOUGH, at the end of which Paul says "What do ya think we should do next,
Lucy?" before steamrolling into THE HUNTER.
At this point, my partner and I shot to the front and got a nice position on the edge
of the stage, in front of Geoff Whitehorn (who was playing a blinder tonight) amid his
LOUD Marshalls, a great place to be for the last song of the set. Of course, we couldn't
let the band leave without a few more songs, and what an encore ROCK N ROLL FANTASY. Then,
Paul introduced a Beatles medley, saying how they had just played at the Cavern in
Liverpool, starting off with TICKET TO RIDE & flowing into I FEEL FINE. The audience
accepted the songs as if they were his own, and he did make them sound like his own!! The
crowd went nuts as the band launched into ALL RIGHT NOW. And then, it was all over -
But wait, Paul & the band emerged yet again for another song. DRIFTERS from the new
CD, a bit of an odd song to finish on, when what we really wanted was something like
Shooting Star. But hey can't complain what a great night & sooo privileged to hear
that voice again and even got a t-shirt on the way out!
Review by Mike Torpey of the Daily Post newspaper, Liverpool
PAUL RODGERS, THE CAVERN, LIVERPOOL (JUNE 8)
SOMEONE edging towards retirement suggested that the older you get the quicker the time
passes. A keen observation. Can it seriously be 31 years since one impressionable
teenager blagged his way into a city student haunt to watch awestruck as an emerging band
featuring singer with a voice from the Gods laid down the foundations for some of the
finest rock music ever consigned to vinyl. The frontman was Paul Rodgers and the
group Free. Though spawned by the late Sixties blues boom, the group escaped the
confines of the genre to produce a unique rock sound. But its beacon was the voice
of Rodgers the man who put soul into rock vocals. Despite a million-selling single
in All Right Now more recently revived in a gum commercial and several top ten hits, the
career of Free spanned less than five years, though for its founder worldwide success
followed with Bad Company.
This performance at The Cavern represented a return to his roots. As a self- confessed
Beatles fan he admits to hankering after performing at the music world's most famous club.
Perhaps it's something to do with enjoying yourself, because as a veteran of
Rodgers concerts I can't recall him ever looking so genuinely thrilled to be playing, and
it rubbed off on his sidemen. In fact he revealed afterwards that the band Geoff
Whitehorn (guitar), Jaz Lochrie (bass) and Jim Copley (drums) hadn't played together for
18 months apart from a brief sound check earlier in the day. Deep Blue, opening
track on his latest album Electric set the scene for the songs most of the 380-strong
capacity crowd had come to hear. Stealer, Fire And Water, Be My Friend, Mr Big and
Little Bit Of Love followed before Bad Company staples Feel Like Makin' Love and Can't Get
Enough. The rhythm section kept things tight and strong while Whitehorn, looking
every inch the 'good lad from the pub' played with a tone that devotees of the late Paul
Kossoff would readily approve. The walls dripped, the room throbbed and a verse each
of I Feel Fine and Ticket To Ride incorporated into Bad Company number Rock And Roll
Fantasy topped off a memorable night before the predictable second encore of All Right
In what was very much a family affair the acoustic support act, Steve and Jasmine, were
Paul's son and daughter. But just when I thought time hadn't caught up with Rodgers
he both looks and sounds in A1 nick he went and banned smoking from the gig. That's an
ageing rocker for you.
The following day, Paul was inducted into Mathew Street's Wall of Fame, which features
the names of recording stars who have appeared at the club dating back to the Merseybeat
era of the early 60s. It includes such diverse talents as
The Rolling Stones, The Who, 'Little' Stevie Wonder and Howlin' Wolf He was so
thrilled by the experience he even took time to go on the official Beatles Tour. For
Rodgers, who has played in major stadiums and arenas around the world, it was a pleasure
to work the Cavern "the best club gig I have ever played", he said. In
fact when he visited Mathew Street he could have been any tourist admiring the John Lennon
statue and having his picture taken outside the Cavern. "Yes, this is a great
thrill for me because I've been a Beatles fan since I was 13. I last visited Liverpool in
1997 and vowed that I had to play at the Cavern one day. When I did on Thursday
night it was just fantastic, the best club gig I have ever played, I really enjoyed
it." Rodgers was booked to play two or three major concert halls when the
Cavern Club invited him. He went on: "It wasn't difficult to say yes. The
Cavern is a legend isn't it? This is where is started for many people, it has a special
place in history. I brought my kids with me, Steven and Jasmine, who were on as
support at the show so it has been a great experience for all of us. Having my name
on a brick in the Wall of Fame is just great too when you think of all the other people
who have been here before. I didn't play much in the way of new songs at the Cavern.
People like me to play the Free songs mainly and some of the Bad Company stuff too.
As to banning smoking from the gig, I don't have asthma or anything like that. It dates
back to when I played Ronnie Scott's club a few years ago. The organisers said there
was no way I could fill the place for a week without allowing smoking. I disagreed with
them, and we were full each night." Cavern production manager Ray Johnson said:
"Obviously when the wall idea came about it was a matter of recording the names of
many great stars who have appeared. In Paul's case it was different as it was his
first time and an opportunity to have a bit of a ceremony. This sort of show is
great for us too. We would like to become the premier club venue for really big artists to
play before they tour. Paul McCartney put us on the map last year and now we want to
get more big names coming here to do a club date before they play at the bigger halls and
Liverpool Daily Post & Echo
Review by Peter Hanson
Well. What can you say? Picture a 48 year old management consultant and friend,
struggling to get seats for the London Forum concert and finally managing to do so, only
to be told on arrival that upstairs was "for special guests only".
I wanted to sit down and enjoy the man I had only heard and never seen. I bought the
first four Free Albums within nano-seconds of their arrival in the shops and thought that
"the voice" was so much more mature than anything I had heard up to that moment.
With some major regrets I missed out on an early seventies Free concert at Durham
University only to be told by some of my good friends that it had been a stormer.
So here I am STANDING in the Forum, not impressed at this point, but watch this space.
Like your other London reviewer, I found myself near the front and starting to feel like I
am going to be part of a very special, if not intimate occasion. The Forum presented as an
ideal venue for what was to come and the ever filling auditorium felt very calm but
The support act, or should I say the Family Rodgers, were very impressive. They both
completely undersold themselves. With a talent like this they should be more confident of
their own capabilities, the professionalism which I think will match their skills. The
confident and bell like qualities of the vocals and solid musicianship to provide the
And so to the main event. A bit of a wait with the crowd near me getting a little edgy
as opposed to excited when I used to attend concerts back in the 70's and 80's, BUT, we're
My strongest memories come from feeling a big part of the whole set. There were several
songs from the live CD which were spotted to perfection, and the oldies but goodies
definitely hit the spot. For me its the way that Whitehorn's guitar compliments the sheer
velvet emerging from Paul Rodgers' vocals.
Call me an old fogey if you like, but the sheer gutsiness of "Louisiana
Blues" managed to exceed my previously favourite version by that excellent band,
Savoy Brown ("Blue Matter"). Short, sweet, and to the simplest of rock points.
The track "Walking Tall" also set the pace, beautifully constructed and executed
by a band who must enjoy their time together.
The Bad Company tracks seemed to be the favourites but by the time the band launched
into them the sheer energy and professionalism coming from four quality musicians was
evident for everyone to see and hear.
My main concern for the band now is what next. I had expected to hear more new
material, but I also recognise that a good concert has to contain the favourites. This guy
Rodgers has also undersold his immense talent, and I for one think that the marketeers
promoting his talents need a good prod with a sharp stick (or something similar - use your
The only comment about the show I heard in advance was on Talksport radio at about
2.15am when Tommy Boyd read out an e-mail from an obvious fan singing the praises of his
I don't know what Mr. Rodgers has planned for the future, but I think he could really
do with a better marketing effort. Why?. Because he is genuinely, "Top Drawer".
June 4, 2000
Review by Hifiwally
Sunday, June 4, 2000, showtime 5:55pm EDT. It was a wonderful HOT and breezy typical
June day on the shoreline of St. Petersburg, Florida. The show started late due Paul's
limo getting blocked from entry. Under the red and white striped stage top, hot but
smiling Paul Rodgers wore a submarine yellow tank top, cool shades and black Levi's that
were as tight as the sun was hot!
The opening act was a local band Stormbringer, three LP's to their fame, playing a set
before Paul and the band headlined. Stormbringer performed a couple of their original
tunes, mixed with Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) and Suite
Judy Blue Eyes (CSN&Y). Their blend of original with classic rock was a warm and
casual compliment to the Paul Rodgers performance.
Paul entertained the crowd already on their feet after the intro by local radio (Tampa,
FL) 102.5 hosts. Heather, Fish and crew motivated the sun basted crowd with a handful of
free T-shirts, both their own and a couple of Paul's, gingerly tossed into the grassy
venue. Paul opened with the new single from the new CD and then started classic BADCO
tunes followed with a couple FREE tunes and then jammed into the sultry Florida afternoon.
The band's performance at the Taste of Pinellas (All Children's Hospital Telethon
Fundraiser) was loaded with vintage rock and roll, new material and of course Paul's
intense and humorous personal contribution to music as all classic rock connoisseur have
come to know.
This show rated a 9 outta 10 drumsticks from this reviewer.
Submitted by Hifiwally@aol.com.