The Kiefer Sutherland Band at Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen on Thursday 27th October 2022

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A review from 5D Music & Theatre writer Maria Robertson.
Photos; Dod Morrison Photography. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100031192597676

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Advertised as the “Chasing the Rain Tour with special friends”, it was eventually revealed that the support was Fine Lines.  They play “roots infused Americana” according to their Twitter profile and come from Knutsford in England.

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They started with David Boardman on guitar singing but for Del Rio it changed to Zoe Blythe, or as I had named her, the tambourine lady.  Through the set they seemed to swap lead vocals between them, occasionally harmonising.  According to the band their first single Forget About You was a “huge hit in Portlethen” – I think their tongues may have been in their cheeks but liked the local knowledge!

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We only had 5 members of the 7 piece band but they were very good, especially the talented violinist with a funky hat!  They were at the merchandise stall after their set meeting their new fans and signing things.  Certainly worth a follow on the various social media channels, they comment when tagged too!

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Finally, it was time for the man himself, I’m sure I’m not the only one who checked out his music after loving him on the big screen.  Whether it was Lost Boys, Stand By Me or 24 he was a pin up for many of us in our teenage years.  I was interested to hear that he spent the 90s doing rodeos in Canada, and remain intrigued to know what his horse was called!  When I saw fellow Hollywood actor Johnny Depp in concert, with the Hollywood Vampires, I was sceptical how good he would be, but as with him Keifer Sutherland maintained my high opinion of himself!  It’s quite awe inspiring how good they are at multiple things!  Although acting and making music are both “performing” roles of course.

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Keifer had a wonderful stage presence, telling stories of his life and how it affected his music, reacting to the audience, and just rocking out!  He currently has Marc Ford of the Black Crowes playing guitar in his band and Doug Pettibone.  The three of them lined up, strumming, was an absolute delight and really quite mesmerising.  He told us he wrote the song “Chasing the Rain” in early lockdown when he was feeling grateful for his children being well and himself having a good life – thanks to us the audience!  Half of it wrote itself whilst he had his morning shower and although it was a bit unusually cheery, he took to it quickly.  Indeed, it is a fabulous song. 
I also loved his story about Bloor Street in Toronto where he had 4 firsts: first job, first time busking, first kiss from a girl and first time being beaten up!  The song Set Me Free was written after he was lamenting getting older and his friend suggested he think of himself as a second hand car looking to be loved.

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At one point the audience went crazy clapping and cheering, so much so that he couldn’t be heard when he tried to speak.  He actually looked quite overwhelmed and I think he may have been a bit emotional.  He kept thanking us all for coming and he seemed so genuine in his appreciation, of our appreciation!  It was well earned though, the man is a wonderful performer, although has some strange dad dancing moves! 
He is not just coasting on being a fawned over actor, he really has musically talent, and his lyrics are well worth concentrating on.  It was glorious seeing the man I watched on the big screen in the flesh, but it was also a most enjoyable music experience.

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Further information and upcoming dates: https://kiefersutherland.net/?v=79cba1185463

Fine Lines: https://wearefinelines.com/

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Maria Robertson is the Chief Music & Theatre Writer for the 5D Pop Culture Website and provides reviews & coverage of local Aberdeen music & theatre gigs. She’s an experienced writer for numerous sources and is a self-confessed live gig addict ever since seeing The Counting Crows at the Barrowlands in 1994.

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