King King with special guest Glenn Tilbrook, performing their Greatest Hits Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Sunday 12th March 2023.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

It was a disappointing but enthusiastic crowd at Rock City on Sunday night who welcomed blues rock band King King and their special guest Glenn Tilbrook.

A bit of a mismatch Tilbrook got everyone singing along with his well known Squeeze numbers. Standing on the stage with just his guitar, he delivered a great selection of the Squeeze back catalogue with some covers thrown in.

Beginning with Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well, it was the Squeeze classics such as Tempted, Take Me I’m Yours, Another Nail In My Heart and Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) that went down really well. And by the time he got around to Slap & Tickle and Goodbye Girl he had won any doubters over.

The opening bars to AC/DC’s Highway To Hell welcomed the long awaited return of King King to the stage, who are finally getting the chance to promote their 2020 album, Maverick.

Wearing his customary kilt, boots and black shirt, Alan Nimmo launched straight into new song, Dance Together. With his brother, Stevie now joining the band, the five members delivered a night full of crafted, glorious blues rock anthems.

Long Time Running was another up tempo song and By Your Side was simply stunning. Fans favourite, A Long History Of Love was a haunting beautiful song which saw Alan at his very best. The amazing You Stopped The Rain was written by Alan for Stevie and it went down a storm, and Whatever It Takes To Survive featured some glorious harmony guitar work from the Nimmo boys.

Rush Hour with its gentle piano intro and soulful vocals had the crowd singing the words back at them, before new song I Will Not Fall raised the tempo. Finishing the main set with a stunning rendition of Stranger To Love, the encore included Eric Clapton’s Old Love before the night was rounded off with Let Love In.

King King are always on top form live, taking the crowd on a journey of big production virtuoso blues rock. When they return and they will, they are definitely a band not to be missed.