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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

ARGENT
SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON


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After reforming for a stunning performance at the High Voltage Festival in 2010, the four original members of Argent are back one more time on a very cold evening and the onset of heavy snow doesn't stop the fans from venturing out to see what could be the last time the band play together.

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Warm up duties fell to Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and the original bassist/vocalist led his merry men through a set of Ash classics. Opener 'The King Will Come' is a majestic epic followed by the American breeze sound of 'Front Page News'. Guitarist Danny Wilson takes on the vocals for 'Rock 'N Roll Widow' which now starts with a slow spoken intro before the song takes us to more common ground. 'Argus' favourites 'Warrior', 'Throw Down The Sowrd' and 'Blowin' Free' are aired before they wind up their short set with the rocking 'No Easy Road' and the hard blues of 'Jailbait'.

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The first half of Argent's show features tracks from their first four albums with both parts of 'It's Only Money' and a honky tonky 'Keep On Rolling' soon followed by other lesser known delights of the jazz funk of 'Be Free' and the swing of 'Sweet Mary'.

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The show then ups a gear with the Russ Ballard penned 'Liar', later a big US hit for Three Dog Night. Although originally a hit for the Zombies, 'She's Not There' was the second song Rod Argent ever wrote as a young teenager and features some exemplary Hammond work.

More stories were then shared as Rod Argent and Ballard go back to back on the keyboards for the delicate 'I Don't Believe In Miracles', another Ballard composition that Argent didn't record at the time but gave to Zombies singer Colin Blunstone.

Although not strictly Argent related, it was still a joy to hear 'Since You've Been Gone', one that Ballard would later write as a solo artist and would become a smash hit for Rainbow.

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No one has ever bettered Argent's own 'Hold You Head Up', featuring another long work out on the Hammond with the show winding up with 'God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You' in extended pure prog fashion, later popularised by Kiss but not nowhere near as dangerous.

They don't make bands like this any more. A classy evening.

Set list

Kohoutek
It's Only Money (Parts I&II)
Keep On Rolling
Rejoice
I Am The Dance Of Ages
Be Free
Sweet Mary
Liar
She's Not There
I Don't Believe In Miracles
Since You've Been Gone
Hold Your Head Up
God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You

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