Ken Hensley & Live Fire in Moscow (27.11.2014)
November 27, 2014 Ken Hensley and his band, Live Fire, played in the “Theater” club (Moscow). Over the past ten years, Ken toured Russia performing his acoustic solo show. At last, a big day came for the Russian fans who had a long wait for the maestro to bring his “vikings” and the Italian Roberto Tiranti to play in the capital. Small wonder that the show has generated enormous interest, the venue was sold out, and a crowd of enthusiastic fans gathered in front of the stage waiting for the curtain to be raised. Many Hensley’s admirers came from other cities specifically to plunge into the mystery of the snarling Hammond organ, rock guitar, bass and drums — and their expectations were fully realized.
New Live Fire’s vocalist/bassist hit the public taste. Roberto Tiranti’s vocals plus his personal charm, coupled with a good «pumping» bass playing style proved that the new frontman is not a random «rocker for hire» who replaced Eirikur Hauksson and Sid Ringsby because it was «cheaper on flights», but a worthy member of the team who is able to perform the classical repertoire of Uriah Heep, as well as Ken Hensley’s new songs. His bandmates, Norwegians Ken Ingwersen and Tom Arne Fossheim, also were at their best.
As for Hensley, surely his Hammond skills impressed everyone without exception and gave the audience an unforgettable experience. Words can not describe it, it is exactly the case when “you had to be there to hear it.” Ken also sang and accompanied himself on acoustic guitar (by the way, «Tales» from «The Magician’s Birthday» album was a pleasant surprise!). Hensley presented his bandmates to the audience as his «soulmates» and showered praise upon Roberto, Ken, and Tom Arne. In general, the concert went out on a high note, everyone was happy, both the audience and the musicians. For the encore the band performed the classic Uriah Heep’s hit «Gypsy» plus a couple of songs from the «Trouble» album.
On the next day after the Moscow concert, Ken Hensley and Live Fire went to Kaluga to play another show there. After that Ken continues his Russian tour (“The Mysterious Journey”) as a solo performer.
Hopefully, Ken will return to our country with Live Fire in the next year, to rock more Russian cities.
- Ready To Die
- The Curse
- Circle Of Hands
- July Morning
- The Wizard
- I Don’t Know
- The Last Dance
- Easy Livin’
- Lady In Black
- Todo Loco/Set Me Free (From Yesterday)
- The Longest Night
© Elena Stepanova, 2014
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