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Chris High reviews: The Drifters live' 2006

The Drifters

Liverpool Empire Theatre
9th April 2006

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There is a great deal that music lovers everywhere should be grateful to The Drifters for. The fact is that without them, soul music crossed with gospel might never have become as popular as it has and some truly classic tunes might have been left unrecorded. With "trademarked" choreographed dance routines that defined a generation still sending ladies of all ages into apoplexy and a catalogue of hits spanning five decades, a great night's entertainment was guaranteed.

Sweets For My Sweet, Under The Boardwalk, Come On Over To My Place and Saturday Night At The Movies are superb songs all and here they were performed with a tight professionalism that underlined further the group's panache.

Immaculately turned out, first in shimmering grey, then shimmering cream suits, Peter Lamarr, Patrick Alan, Rohan Delano Turney and Victor Bynoe more than did justice to their predecessors, with an energetic performance that rolled back the years and the exceptional talent of the group, and of their backing band, appealed to every generation and by the end of the evening the aisles were literally bouncing.

Performing individually with their own interpretation of the group's timeless classics, each singer was superb. Rohan Delano Turney's version of Save the Last Dance For Me was exceptional, while Victor Bynoe lifted the roof with Up On The Roof. Put them all together and they were simply outstanding.

Patrick and Peter played the audience as though they were instruments themselves and didn't they just love it. The whoops and hollers of appreciation echoed long after this ultra fan-friendly outfit signed the last autograph as the audience sang the songs all the way home afterwards.

And so the hits just kept on coming. On Broadway, There Goes My First Love, You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book and a haunting, gospel backed rendition of Stand By Me were all delivered with a faultlessness that gladdened the heart and dance moves that made you dizzy.

There were other songs and stories from the old days during this two hour thirty minute treat, but the music they chose for the evening spoke for itself. Not for nothing have The Drifters collectively sold 185 million records worldwide and attracted backing performers of the calibre of Dionne Warwick and Burt Baccarach along the way.

Fifty-three years and still going strong, should they ever wish to return to the City then Liverpool will welcome them back with open arms.


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