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Nektar, Robin2, Bilston, 4th October 2005

Returning to the UK live circuit with a slight line-up change, Nektar performed a remarkable show in this quaint venue. After watching IQ at this venue earlier in September, it was no surprise that Nektar could perform as well on the same stage.

Ever present members Roye Albrighton (guitar/vocals) and Ron Howden (drums/backing vocals), were joined by bass player Randy Dembo and on Hammond organ Tom Hughes. And still the magic remains within the sound.

From the opening sound of the sea complete with seagulls on the intro as the band took to the stage, and when Tom hit the opening notes to A Tab In The Ocean, and this sent the fairly large crowd into a happy cheering mood. A Tab In The Ocean is what most people regard as Nektar's finest album, and to underline that statement, the band performed the whole opus. During the near twenty minute opening song, in which both Roye and Ron share the lead vocals, the trademark Gibson guitar played by Roye just shone through the mix along with the precise bass playing from Randy, and it was soon clear that this was going to be a enjoyable night. From the same album, King Of Twilight followed, with Randy and Ron in sync with each other on the whole song holding the piece together, and the vocal harmonies were a delight also from all the band.

Still retaining the seventies theme, Remember The Future Part 1 was next, featuring a nice touch of cry-baby bass pedal which put a shine on the piece, and after doing a medley of old and new featuring Waves and Desolation Valley, the Rock 'N' Roll side of the band was heard on the next couple of songs such as Debate.

Ending the night with Good Day and What Ya Gonna Do (a.k.a. Woman/Trouble), this had to go down as a very enjoyable evening, and I hope Nektar continue on this level of performance.  (See Photos from the gig below.)

Danny Mayo

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