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The Rock-itt : January 2010
We can save money, stamps, coins, and even butterflies, but there's one thing you can't save and that is time. Time is a thing that I'm always short of. I wanted to get a live gig review for the Time & Tide Hotel on Sunday 20 December but with all of our live gig reviewers unavailable it was left up to me to fill the spot. However, I was glad I made the time to get there because the entertaining duo, Double or Nothing were worth the effort. They were an excellent outfit! The duo, who have been performing together for the past 3 years, consisted of Michael Lendrum (keyboards & vocals) and Kurt Williams (guitars & vocals) and they called themselves "Double Or Nothing". This duo had a great mixture of cover songs which they delivered to the audience on the day with passion and skill with the audience certainly showing their appreciation. The sound was mixed well and at a good level, and the breaks between sets weren't dragged out, showing that they had an extensive repertoire. Double Or Nothing kicked off the first set playing acoustically U2s "Even Better Than the Real Thing". The punters who had been chatting loudly soon quietened down once they realised that some good musical offerings were coming their way. Next up was The Eagles, "Already Gone" and the boys sent it across very smoothly. Double or Nothing certainly knew their stuff with the blend of keys and strings masterfully put together. The collaboration of lead and backup vocals had the punters singing along. Bon Jovis', "Wanted Dead or Alive" was next followed by the 80s classic, "Baker Street". Kurt Williams did a masterful job utilizing his guitar to replace the brass section in the original composition. He virtually strangles the neck of his guitar, reaching some incredible notes as Mike on keyboard backed him to the hilt. They did a great job on vocals for this arrangement and the punters let them know with a rousing response of applause. A couple of Santana numbers, which included one of my favourite Santana compositions, "Black Devil Woman" ,welcomed a new crowd of arrivals as they headed for the tables and another of my favourite cover songs by Dire Straits, "Sultans of Swing" swung itself into the air followed by "Money for Nothing", which took us into the last phase of the first set. Time for a cool glass of the amber liquid and a mingle with the punters. I handed out The Rock-itt's online website cards and enjoyed talking to them before the boys picked up their instruments for the second set. The Boss! Bruce Springstein's, "The River" kicked off the second set followed by "The Gambler", one of Kenny Rogers' great hits. The punters were right into it now with one table singing along and a lone dancer having the time of her life. Suddenly I felt my phone vibrating in my pocket and I knew that my lift was giving me prior notice of her arrival. DAMN........I was really starting to enjoy the show and the thought of having to leave before it finished was annoying. The boys then knocked out the all time favourite Chuck Berry classic, "Johnny B Good" which had the audience clapping and jiving along. As I headed for the door I congratulated Double or Nothing on a sterling performance just as they kicked into Cheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do". I could have stay another 2 hours listening to these guys, time permitting, but as I said at the start of the review, time is one of my shortest commodities but Double or Nothing are bound to be back again and so will I.