REVIEW: Crowd were certainly not feeling the Blues

Gliderdrome, Boston
Gliderdrome, Boston

Reviewer Dave Peatling gives his verdict on the recent Blues Brothers show at Boston’s Gliderdrome...

The recent Blues Brothers show at the Gliderdrome was certainly ‘different’! I have to admit that I’ve not seen the film, where much of the music is well-known, but I still didn’t know what to expect.

But first on stage – in a last-minute alteration to the advertised band, which had to withdraw because of illness – was Soul Intentions, a six-piece band supported by two female singers.

They may have been last-minute but they certainly showed why they have become popular, with a foot-stomping session which had the crowd (eventually!) on the floor dancing along to the popular Motown hits.

Dancing In The Street and Signed, Sealed, Delivered set the tone for their time on stage, following with songs from the Isley Brothers and Tina Turner among others, ending with an Amy Winehouse number.

The Blues Brothers got straight into the popular songs from the show, the crowd soon dancing to Soul Man. Freedom and 6345789 led into a blues solo from guitarist John Paul who joined Elwood in their version of Otis Redding’s Sitting On The Dock of The Bay.

Sweet Home Chicago and Do You Love Me was followed by a rock ‘n roll medley before the show ended with the ever-popular Everybody.

It was another good night, several of the crowd getting ‘in the mood’ wearing the obligatory Blues brothers hats and dark glasses, and it was a nice touch to see Anthony Luto and his bar staff getting into the spirit of the night in similar fashion.

To be honest, I thought the show was more suited to a theatre – having said that, it is always good to see something different presented at the venue.