MIDWEEK gigs are rare for me. I seldom find myself at one unless it falls on a fun-filled weekend with no work to speak of the next day. However with Little Roy headlining the bill, I felt inclined to head down to Scala and see what the old-time reggae singer had on offer.
Little Roy released a cover of Nirvana’s Battle for Seattle, which recently received praise from Noel Gallagher, who believed the album was “probably the greatest thing [he had] ever heard”. Perhaps a slightly generous comment, the album certainly is well produced, with a refreshing take on a classic sound. But this has been done before right? It’s nothing new, the Easy Star All Stars covered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Radiohead’s OK Computer to widespread critical acclaim.
So what did Little Roy have on offer live? You can’t help but warm to the man, a permanent smile and an endearing swagger around the stage, Roy sang hits for the old and new time fans with meaning and soul. A wide variety of ages watched this gig with the old time fans clearly there to hear his old classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The other end of the age spectrum enjoyed ‘90s grunge band, Nirvana’s classics with a reggae twist. It was just a shame that when it came to his climatic track ‘Lithium’, much of the backing sound cut out completely taking all the energy out of what should have been a euphoric finale. All things considered however, Little Roy was a gig I didn’t regret attending. The very sight of the wee man made it worthwhile, and his songs aren’t bad either.
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