'Regeneration Tour 2009' - Cutting Crew
(Meadowbrook Music Theatre, Rochester Hills, MI - June 27th, 2009)
Cutting Crew, a pop rock band from the UK, and best known for their wordwide #1 smash hit, '(I Just) Died in Your Arms,' haven't toured the US for many, many years. Once a four piece, the Adult Contemporary chart-topping band is now down to just the one original member, lead singer, producer, and songwriter Nick Van Eede. And tonight, he takes the stage as the opening act to both Wang Chung and ABC here on the Regeneration Tour 2009.
Come the 8.00pm mark, and playing to a shamefully empty outdoor arena of vacant seats, I'd be grossly amiss if I didn't mention that those not there missed out on something very special tonight. Eede's vocal tones are incredibly spot on still. His perfected tonality exercises having paid off through the years as come the very first song, 'Hard On You' you know that he's not here to mess around.
Up next, and both opening songs from his latest album 'Grinning Souls' we get the politically-minded 'Shot of Democracy' which is followed by a trip back to 1989 with the celtic-infused album title track, 'The Scattering.'
"Thank you so much," Nick eminates to the few-and-far-between audience members that are up and clapping him and his band. As a treat he then brings them his 1986 hit 'I've Been In Love Before,' his voice as pitch perfect as it was 20 years ago. Then comes another of their big hits from the day, 'One For The Mockingbird' which is done with a slow intro, that halfway through breaks forth into its true rock version.
After accepting the huge round of applause for the song, a guitar solo lead in to the final song allows Nick to move off stage for a moment, before he strides back on and storms into the opening lyrics of, '(I Just) Died in Your Arms' - which has everybody now up, dancing, clapping and singing the lyrics at the tops of their voices.
Review and Photos by: Russell A. Trunk
Check Out The Reviews Of Wang Chung and ABC!
WANG CHUNG CONCERT REVIEW
ABC CONCERT REVIEW