Dr Hook Starring Dennis Locorierre ~ Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Dr Hook are continuing to tour into 2018 – all information can be found here: Dr Hook Tour Dates

Star rating: *****

Dr Hook are a band who’s music has stood the test of time regardless of the various incarnations that have taken place as the years have rolled by. Dennis Locorierre remains at the helm, his voice in as fine a form as it has always been in and he has a fantastic band behind him, all of whom are exceptional performers and musicians in their own right. Together they provided us with a varied evening of music that the majority of the packed house were familiar with and there was a good bit of banter from Locorierre too.

When I think of Dr Hook I immediately recall ‘Sexy Eyes’, ‘Better Love Next Time’ and ‘Sylvia’s Mother’. However, their back catalogue boasts other incredible hit songs such as; A Little Bit More, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman and Sharing the Night Together. To experience these hits live is special, to see Dr Hook sing live is akin to listening to one of their albums. In fact hearing their music in a concert setting makes them sound even better if that were possible.

One of the highlights of the evening for my husband and I, personally was ‘Shine Son’ which neither of us had heard before, as parents to a small boy ourselves, the lyrics resonated. What’s true of this song and indeed each of Dr Hook numbers is that there is always such an intricate yet basic story at the heart of each one. Ballad, rock, country – they do it all and their ability to switch genres so extraordinarily is commendable.

A special mention must go to ‘Freakin’ at the Freaker’s Ball’ which was certainly a crowd pleaser!

Symphony Hall was rocking with fans of all ages in attendance and an electric atmosphere. Go and see these guys on tour if you can, it’s understandable as to why most of their tour dates are sold out. Dennis Locorierre has stage presence to rival his peers and his vocals are out of this world.

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