Lucero – 4th December 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Lucero kicked off their UK tour here in Newcastle to an appreciative crowd in the Academy’s second room. Their latest album Among The Ghosts has been on heavy rotation in my house since receiving the advance copy. So I was really looking forward to hearing the tunes live alongside old favourites. The band take to the stage in a relaxed fashion and give us the title track from said latest album. It’s a beautiful piece of Alt-Country and the crowd are already behind the band 100% one track in.

Ben Nichols smiling tells us they haven’t really prepared anything and considering it’s the first night of the tour and they may be under-rehearsed but watching them effortlessly play more new tracks like Cover Me and Bottom of the Sea and old favourites Texas and Tennessee and Slow Dancing makes you think he’s pulling our collective leg or they maybe are just THAT good!!

It’s such a relaxed feel to the night they seem to be just plucking titles at will or at fans requests and nailing them! Nights Like These a particular highlight for me made me realise something I’ve never noticed before. Such is the strength and emotion in Ben Nichols’ vocal there is no other backing vocal from any other band member there’s literally one mic stand on the stage and I can’t remember the last time I saw a band do that! The musicianship is second to none the band playing their hearts out and feeding from each other throughout the set.

The set is heavy on the latest release as expected but another absolute gem comes in the form of Ben performing his solo song Last Pale Light In The West on his own telling us it’s what he sings to his little girl to get her to sleep I can’t think of a better way to spend a winters Tuesday night hope it’s not as long a wait to get them back here

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