10cc performing their Ultimate Greatest Hits Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Sunday 27th March 2022


Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Graham Gouldman has been trading and touring under the 10cc livery for decades now, with band members that have been with him for longer than the classic line up.

Joining him for this Ultimate Greatest Hits Tour at the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday night are band stalwarts guitarist Rick Fenn and drummer Paul Burgess, both of whom have been in the 10cc live band since the 1970’s, Keith Clayman on keyboards and guitars and most impressively multi-instrumentalist and vertiginous vocalist Iain Hornall who has slotted in seamlessly with the monumental music of this grand band.

Opener, The Second Sitting For The Last Supper, instantly transported most of tonight’s packed audience back to their youthful days before they were treated to a salvo of really great pop songs such as The Wall Street Shuffle, The Things We Do For Love, and Good Morning Judge.

With impeccable multi part harmonies and tempo changes there was the romantic I’m Mandy Fly Me and I’m Not In Love which are as timeless as they are transcendent. There was an eleven minute version of Feel The Benefit and a scorching Silly Love, and there were some long forgotten album tracks from their 1974 album Sheet Music, such as Clockwork Creep and Baron Samedi. Non hit Old Wild Men is a forlorn ballad from that album with its melancholy musings about a band who will not pack it in, no matter how aged they get.

Bringing the main set to a close with Somewhere In Hollywood which saw Godley join the band on the screen as they played from the front before new songs Standing Next To Me and Say The Word saw this very high calibre of musicians still being able to interchange and harmonise their vocals to pull of these exquisite songs.

The encore had a sparkling a capella version of 10cc’s first single, Donna before they loaded up with Rubber Bullets that had everyone on their feet singing along, rocking out and going home with a smile on their faces.