Tickets: Adv Ticket: GBP 15
Time: 8pm - 11pm
Kokomo's 1975 debut album is considered a classic among collectors, whilst the band’s reputation as one of the finest 'groove' units ever to come out of this country remains largely intact.
Formed in 1973, Kokomo’s original 10-piece and somewhat disparate line-up consisted of four vocalists: Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Paddie McHugh and Tony O'Malley (also on keyboard) - all from '60s pop sensations 'Arrival'. Alan Spenner (bass) and Neil Hubbard (guitar) were recruited from Joe Cocker's Grease band; Mel Collins (saxophone) from King Crimson, and percussionist Jody Linscott (who went on to tour with The Who, Elton John, Dave Gilmour and more), Terry Stannard (drums) and Jim Mullen (guitar) completed the line up. Kokomo was never shackled to the traditional soul/R&B club circuit. Rather, the band launched onto the U.K. pub rock scene where their loose-limbed funk workouts were in an absolute class of their own and they took London by storm!
Kokomo's enduring pedigree is evidenced by how many of the original members have gone on to enjoy considerable success in their subsequent careers. Jim Mullen is now a much feted award-winning jazz guitarist, Neil Hubbard’s discography is impressive to say the least - recording and touring with the likes of Jo Cocker’s Grease Band, Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, BB King, Bryan Ferry, Buddy Guy, Dexy’s. .. , Jodie Linscott continues to work with everyone from McCartney to Will Young, Mel Collins’ sax work has graced albums and gigs by Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, to name but a few; Tony O’Malley forged a successful solo career here and in Europe, Frank Collins toured and recorded with Terence Trent D’Arby and he, along with Dyan Birch and Paddie McHugh, were in great demand as session vocalists and toured with Bryan Ferry amongst others.