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POWER OF DREAMS (THE REUNION TOUR) BASINGSTOKE 04/03/10 & GUILDFORD 07/03/10 – REVIEWS BY CHINNERS

Brothers Craig and Keith Walker together formed Power of Dreams in Dublin at the end of the 1980's, a deal with PolyGram records followed with the release of their debut album 'Immigrants, Emigrants and Me'. They toured the world building up a large base of loyal fans, who related to the honesty of Craig’s well written lyrics, their style evolved over their four albums with influences coming from many directions including many of the bands that they had toured with including The Mission, New Model Army and The Wonder Stuff to name a few. The band were given some great press by the likes of  Hot Press, NME and Melody Maker with the journalists touting the fact the Power Of Dreams could well be the next big thing, sadly the band split up around 15 years ago and Keith went on to form a band called 'Pharmacy' and have a successful solo career. In 2009 due to pressure from their fans, the band announced that they were getting back together for a short tour of the UK and Ireland with a re-release for it's 20th anniversary of their debut 'Immigrants, Emigrants and Me' coupled with a disc of bonus tracks which reached the Top 10 in the Irish charts .


Basingstoke, Karma 4th March 2010

 
After a couple of radio sessions in Ireland for Rte's Dave Fanning and Dan Hegarty, Power of Dreams for the first time in 15 years are back on stage in the UK at an intimate venue in of all places Basingstoke, the band are sandwiched in-between two local bands and have around 45 minutes of stage time to prepare for the UK tour, tonight the place is packed with eager fans wanting to see this band once again. The band are humbled to see so many familiar faces of the fans who are back again after touring with the band since they 1st came to the UK and nick-named themselves the 'Pod Squad'. Despite some of the band being noticeably a little nervous they kick of their set with the 1st track from 'Immigrants, Emigrants and Me' and instantly the music transported the audience back to the 1990's , the sound was great and their songs certainly stood the test of time with all the crowd were singing along. The rest of the band are made up of Ian Olney(Guitar) and Mick Lennox(Bass) with all four of them playing very well together considering this was their live 1st performance in a very long time, with even a cover of The Smiths 'There Is A Light That Never Goes' thrown in for good measure. The stage was virtually in darkness as the venue didn’t have a lighting rig at all, however the small PA did its job and the band pulled of an exciting show full of raw energy with plenty of promise of more to come.

Set List:

The Jokes on Me
Talk
Does It Matter
Much To Much
Stay
Never Told You
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths Cover)
Bring You Down
Never Been To Texas
Where Is the Love
Cancer
Mothers Eyes
Little Piece of God
100 Ways to Kill a Love

The Boileroom, Guildford 7th March 2010

 
After a sold out show in London and another in Birmingham, Power of Dreams turn up in Guildford at a great little venue called the Boileroom, Craig's voice is suffering a little from the effects of the British cold weather, nothing that some hot honey and lemon tea could not sort out. Tonight there is a sizeable crowd here including many fans that have followed the whole of the tour such is their enthusiasm for the band. The is a lot more confidence about the band tonight and with a few shows under their belt, the set is changed to include some great songs from their other albums '2 Hell with Common Sense' and 'Positivity', these show a heavier side to the bands sound with songs such as 'Cathy's World' and 'There I Go Again' which always were live favorites and get everyone singing along. The band and the audience connect well and everybody is having great fun, which is really what live music is all about with everybody connecting on all levels. The last song due to a Sunday night curfew is '100 Ways to Kill a Love' and Craig grabs the Spanish fan from the crowd to join him on vocals, such is the atmosphere in the place the band go to leave the stage and the crowd won't let them, with them demanding more, the band carry on playing with a couple of requests coming from the excited audience.................curfew what curfew!! It's been emotional, Power of Dreams are back, if you saw them the 1st time or have just discovered their music recently they are something really special. 

VIDEO: Bring You Down

 


 
Set List:

Bring You Down
Happy Game
Not Enough
Cathy's World
Where is The Love
Marie I Don't Love You

The Jokes on Me
Does It Matter
Stay
There I Go Again
Cancer
Never Been To Texas
100 Ways to Kill a Love

Mothers Eyes
Remember You Belong

VIDEO: Marie I Don't Love You+ The Jokes on Me 

 
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Review/photos/videos by Dave Chinery (Chinners)