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The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Brownzy, Auckland 27/05/2017

09 Jun 2017 // A review by Alex Moulton
Heading into the Browns Bays Brownzy Sports Bar, the anticipation in the air was substantial. The venue was full, the bar was jammed; the only area that didn’t look over capacity was the outdoor smoking area. Quite a surprise to see such a turnout in Browns Bay, but with Howick being the only other Auckland show on the tour, it made sense that more people would make the effort to attend these less centrally located shows. Not surprisingly, the crowd was much more mature in age than the average concert, and were clearly enjoying themselves, getting rather carried away on the wines and beers.

The opening band for the night was Auckland based Rock group Ekko Park. Well known in the scene since their debut album release back in 2013, their presence was expected, due to lead vocalist & guitarist Joe Walsh, and bassist Bryan Bell also being members of the Jordan Luck Band. Coming up on stage, Ekko Park got straight into their set with an oldies cover song. With a clear understanding of their audience, Ekko Park’s setlist was peppered not only with new songs and hits from their two albums (Know Hope and Tomorrow Tomorrow Today), but a careful selection of covers from the likes of Lou Reed and Bowie, and it drove the crowd wild, who less than 3 songs into the set were already dancing in the front.

While the newer songs got a polite applause at their conclusion, the more established tracks such as My Crime, Hollow, and Validation had the crowd both singing along and singing their praises as the night progressed. A solid unit, the group is led by Joe Walsh who harks from the UK, and his Irish accent is nothing if not obvious. The band’s style comes across similar to that of the US rock group Kings of Leon, and could explain a lot of their popularity. Despite simple song structures, Walsh’s unique vocal melody combined with Nick Douch’s impressive drumming flair, more than adequately warmed up the crowd for the headliner.

The crowd was starting to get rowdy. The wines and beers were getting downed at an accelerated rate, many of the patrons making trips to the bar after each song, and the dancing was getting more passionate and uncontrolled as time progressed.

Ekko Park vacated the stage, and with very minimal changes occurring on stage, Walsh and Bell took to the stage again with the rest of the Jordan Luck Band. With a setlist that covered music spanning the last 36 years, Jordan Luck erupted onto the stage to the glee of the audience. Starting off with Christchurch (In Cashel St. I Wait) and Erotic, the crowd was incredibly fidgety and antsy as they resisted the urge to go wild, and I had an unanticipated amount of limbs jabbing me in the back, considering I was nowhere near the front. Jordan Luck performed tracks not only from his solo act the Jordan Luck Band, but also hits from The Exponents. You could clearly tell the longtime fans that were singing along with the older tracks like La La Lulu and Sink Like A Stone, but as time went on they began to progress into the more popular and well known tracks like Victoria, I’ll say Goodbye (even Though I’m Blue), Who Loves Who The Most, and Why Does Love Do This To Me. Jordan Luck hands over the reins to his band from time to time allowing both Walsh and Bell (who has switched from bass to guitar) a turn at lead vocals.

Jordan Luck is in his element, swigging straight from the bottle, and telling stories; explaining meanings and common questions that go with each track, such as what happened to Tracey (from the song Whatever happened to Tracey?). After having a short break, they start back into the encore ending the night with a couple of covers (in addition to the much loved cover of Them’s Gloria). With a quick adjustment of positions in the band, Beaver emerged from behind the drum kit to sing a penetrating rendition of Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party), which was followed by Luck taking to the stage for a cover of the cult kiwi classic Be Mine Tonight (originally by Dave Dobbyn/Th’ Dudes). A brilliant night, that provided a much needed night out and nostalgia trip for many.

About The Jordan Luck Band

‘Legend’ is a word suffering from chronic overuse syndrome these days, but when it comes to Jordan Luck, the word regains it’s full meaning and one the NZ public associates with this true blue Kiwi artist. This affection is obviously felt amongst his musical peers as well who bestowed Jordan the honour of Inaugural Inductee into the New Zealand Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame. As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with Victoria recently voted by public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time. These days on any given weekend you will hear packed stadiums of sports fans singing in unison (if not in-tune) Why Does Love Do This To Me? a song that seems to have taken on the mantle as the ‘unofficial’ alternative NZ national anthem.

THE JORDAN LUCK BAND is the new super deluxe Frankenstein incarnation backing the iconic kiwi singer these days. Every gig the band play the best of all those iconic tracks we know and love as well as a collection of recently penned and possible future stadium sing-a-longs of tomorrow. Meticulously designed by Jordan himself from the ground up this band has just the one purpose...to bring Jordan’s blend of pop rock genius from the past, present and future… back to the masses!

Hand-picked from a wish-list of players Jordan wanted to work with the word went out, his fantasy starting line up were contacted and unsurprisingly they all signed up, there was no need to refer to the list of reserves…so, starting from the stage right part of the paddock…

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