zaterdag 8 april 2017
Rockin' shoes. The Imperial Crowns live. Q-Bus, Leiden 6 April 2017
It's been years since the band played in Leiden. 12, I was told. Chances are I was there. Man, was my life different then, but that may be the case for most people. It's such a long time.
The band got back together as things go with some bands. Whether because the drummer gave everyone a call or because someone told Jimmy and guitarist JJ, that their band meant so much to him or her, is unclear. Both stories were told in one go. Fact is they were back at the Q-Bus and tried to lift the roof and all but succeeded.
Strangely enough that groove brought back a memory of a movie I saw on tv in the late 80s. Was it called 'The Big Beat'? I can't recall. All original U.S. Rhythm and Blues artists and then The Rolling Stones, the reason I watched the film to start with. James Brown played before The Stones. 'Please. Please, Please' act and all. It's 1964 and The Stones still had so much to learn. It was almost pathetic watching Brown and then the copying white-nosed lads from London. To come back to that groove. That is what The Imperial Crowns have down so well. Add the show and things just can't go wrong.
It seems we had a first ever. Before the encore Jimmie Wood noticed that he forgot to put on his belt. Well, did you evah? Of course it contained the finest rhinestones when he came back on. One could also admire the fact that he can still wear pants without the need for a belt. It's just how things are perceived.
Yes, it was 12 long years living without this groove. But as the person said, you guys do not realise what you mean to me. That made the band realise what the band and its audience means to them. The Imperial Crowns, I'm afraid will never get rich from their music. I do hope that it makes them come by comfortably enough to enjoy what they do for a long time coming. The world needs bands like The Imperial Crowns. Just to make it feel better every once and again.
(All photo's by) Wo.
You can listen to 'The Calling' here: