Four beautiful Performing Arts Centres in four consecutive nights in four cities. David and the band took a few days out of the studio to play the new songs to sellout crowds in Markham, Burlington, Kingston and St Catherines. They performed the title tune “A Blues For the New World” and several other selections from the new album. Judging by the audience reaction to the new material, this album is going to be David’s best ever. Of course the concerts included all the classic hits… in the photo above DCT rocks with Mike Stuart on “Lucretia Mac Evil”.Read More
Over 8000 young people from across the nation gathered in Ottawa for MusicFest Canada, an annual gathering of Canada’s most gifted music students. Nearly 2000 young people packed the National Arts Centre. They received scholarships and were treated to performances by jazz pianist, Oliver Jones, vocalist Ranee Lee and Cuban drummer Horatio Hernandez.
David emceed the evening and performed 3 songs with the Humber College faculty big band under the direction of Denny Christianson. It was a knowledgable and enthusiastic audience and they rewarded their idols with several standing ovations during the course of the evening. David was obviously having a great time performing for this sea of bright young faces in one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world.Read More
A great show Friday night at the Sound Academy in Toronto. David took a night off from the studio where he is recording his next album and brought his smokin’ hot 10 piece band into the 1200 seat rock venue. It was packed to capacity and David just about tore the house down. All the hits from the BS&T years, selections from “Soul Ballads” and a hint of what’s to come from the new album made it an evening to remember.Read More
David Clayton-Thomas concert review by Robert Rheubottom
Canada Music Examiner November 9, 2011
David Clayton-Thomas hit town last night (11/8/11), making his debut appearance at McPhillips Street Station, and his first in Winnipeg since his show at the Red River Exhibition grounds back in 2009.
Though performing only a handful of live gigs in the interim years, the former lead vocalist/songwriter extraordinaire for Blood, Sweat and Tears has kept plenty busy since his last stop, penning an autobiography called “Blood, Sweat and Tears, releasing 2 new CDs – The Evergreens and Soul Ballads, receiving a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2010, and, most recently, making a 2nd appearance last month on CBC TV’s Cover Me Canada.
Clayton-Thomas entered to rousing applause, still looking youthful for his years, sporting a charcoal grey suit, blue open collar dress shirt, and matching suspenders.
Although maintaining the “must play” hits, the Grammy Award winner varied the set list from his previous visit, opening with the 1-2 punch of his self-penned, 1968 BS&T smash Spinning Wheel, followed by his 1970 Carol King/Gerry Goffin penned hit “Hi-De-Ho.”
The Canadian Music Hall of Famer’s voice, though huskier, is instantly recognizable.
The songs lacked none of his trademark power and emotion. The former BS&T frontman is still fully capable of wringing every ounce of emotion out of a slow blues, flexing his vocal muscle on a pop rocker, or scatsing through a jazz number with the best of them.
His super tight 10-piece backing band, consisting of some of the finest jazz players in Canada, demonstrated their impressive chops throughout the night, and were given plenty of solo room such as on the DCT song “Mornin’ Blues” from his 2009 release Spectrum,that featured a fine baritone sax solo from Colleen Allen. Demonstrating great rapport with the audience, Clayton-Thomas told many entertaining anecdotes about the background of some of his biggest hits.
Introducing BS&T’s 1969 Laura Nyro penned hit “And When I Die,” he explained how he met the then totally unknown singer-songwriter, who sat at the piano and tried to interest him in a few of her “unrecorded” songs, and proceeded to pick his jaw up off the floor after being played “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stone Cold Picnic,” “Eli’s Coming,” and “When I Die” – future smash hits for the 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night, and, of course BS&T.
A tale of “losing his ass” in Vegas after BS&T played a 7 night engagement at Caesar’s Palace, preceded his punchy 1971 hit “Go Down Gambling,” followed by a song inspired by car accident in Wawa, ON, which marooned the band for a week and led to meeting “a bad ass woman” – the prelude to his 1970 hit “Lucretia McEvil,” which featured some fine scats singing by DCT and a wicked tenor sax solo by Michael Stuart.
A soulful cover of Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” from DCT’s 2010 studio album Soul Ballad, preceded the funky drunky “Gimme That Wine.” (a personal fav).
In the home stretch, his tender ballad “You’re the One,” a song he wrote for his former wife, preceded his 1969 BS&T monster hit – “You Made Me So Very Happy” and, following a thunderous standing ovation, DCT returned and finished the night with a stirring reading of Billie Holliday’s “God Bless the Child.”Read More
Clayton-Thomas entered to rousing applause, sporting a charcoal grey suit and a blue open collar dress shirt.
Although maintaining the “must play” hits, the Grammy Award winner varied the set list from his previous visit, opening with the 1-2 punch of his self-penned, 1968 BS&T smash Spinning Wheel, followed by his 1970 Carole King/Gerry Goffin penned hit Hi-De-Ho.
The songs lacked none of his trademark power and emotion. The former BS&T frontman is still fully capable of wringing every ounce of emotion out of a slow blues, flexing his vocal muscle on a pop rocker, or scatting through a jazz number with the best of them.
In the home stretch, his tender ballad You’re the One, preceded his 1969 BS&T monster hit – You Made Me So Very Happy and, following a thunderous standing ovation, DCT returned and finished the night with a stirring reading of Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child.
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