10cc performing at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Saturday 2nd March 2019

Images and Review Kevin Cooper

Graham Gouldman’s current incarnation of 10cc came to the Royal Concert Hall last night to deliver an astonishing evening of music that served to remind just how his, Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley’s music has stood the test of time.

As a gentle reminder to those past days, a huge screen displayed lyrics and images of 1970’s Neanderthal Man, a hit for Hotlegs before they re-launched as 10cc and the rest as they say is history.

Gouldman at the tender age of 72 is at the centre of this very tight and talented band which saw Rick Fenn’s guitar (a feature since 1976), long time drummer, Paul Burgess, who has been with the band since 1973, Keith Hayman on keys and newcomer Iain Hornal’s falsetto stealing highlights.

The evening blasted open with The Wall Street Shuffle, a superb guitar intro for Art For Art’s Sake and fabulous vocal harmonies on Life Is A Minestrone, which had the crowd clapping and wiggling in their seats.  Hornal’s song Say The Word had all the hall marks of Gouldman’s influence, but the vocals were well and truly his as he impressed.

Treating the crowd to the best the band produced during the 1970’s there was Clockwork Creep, The Dean And I and an eleven minute version of Feel The Benefit which saw the crowd on their feet in awe of the brilliant musicianship.  With impeccable multi part harmonies there was romance with I’m Mandy Fly Me and I’m Not In Love with the Hall being bathed in a wave of pirouetting white lights that induced a goose bump moment.

There was a scorching Silly Love, a forlorn Old Wild Men and the melodrama of Somewhere In Hollywood featuring Godley singing on the back screen was eerily striking.

With Dreadlock Holiday finishing the main set, the crowd were on their feet in appreciation.  Back on for Ready To Go Home, a gorgeous a cappella version of Donna and the magnificent Rubber Bullets, 10cc had delivered yet another unmissable performance.