It was certainly a Wild night for the last Gliderdrome dance! Weather was wild outside but inside it was the Wild Boys who ‘kicked up a storm’ to keep the dancers happy.
And it was more than gratifying for the sell-out crowd who showed their appreciation by keeping the dance floor full almost from the start.
Support act Vanessa Hunt – who already knew the Glider from previous visits with the Soft Tone Needles – got things under way with Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This and within minutes the floor was full of dancers, something which doesn’t usually happen with the ‘warm-up’ act!
She continued with a varied medley of songs including Material Girl and Let’s Hear it for the Boys before ending her set with What A Feeling, reflecting the atmosphere in the hall.
As for the Wild Boys: I have to admit that until this dance I hadn’t heard of them but was assured by DJ and compere Steve Greenhough before the show that they were ‘good’. That word should be replaced by ‘excellent’!
Over two sets they gave us all the hits of the Eighties and more, the dance floor being full throughout. Highlights for me were their opening song The Power of Love, followed by Baby I’m Your Man, a brilliant version of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing, Baby Give It Up and Dancing on the Ceiling before being joined on stage by Vanessa and giving us Time Of My Life.
Will they be back? I have no doubts about that - all in all it was a brilliant show, backed up by the many complimentary comments of patrons as they left. And it all bodes well for future sell-out shows for Too Rex, The Bay City Rollers, The Foundations and The Searchers/Merseybeasts.
Gliderdrome review by Dave Peatling