– THE ROYAL VENUE, CLEVELEYS, JULY 4TH 2003
Hooper are one of
those bands who seem very much at home in a theatre or arena;
their energy, polish and pure professionalism allow them to put
on a dynamic show much appreciated by such capacity crowds. Bands
used to playing the larger venues often underwhelm in a smaller,
localised setting. Not so Hooper. They have the ability to raise
the smaller venue to a much higher plane, taking their audience
with them on their melodic meander through the musical decades.
Covering songs from the 70s through to the Noughties, Hooper
cater for practically every musical taste.
On the 4th July,
Hooper once again delivered the goods by way of a slick set of
popular tunes which, interspersed with the dry comedic interaction
of the band, produced a thoroughly enjoyable show. Andrew Flynn
on drums is without doubt one of the most talented drummers I
have ever seen, and his acerbic wit would stand him in good stead
should he wish to trade his tins ‘n’
skins for a life on the comedy circuit. Guitarist Dave Christian,
Matrix influenced before the film was cool (though on this occasion
minus his shades – a scary sight) provides the quiet, supercool
element to the band. Bassist David Brindley, is the hunk with the
funk, and delectable keyboard player/vocalist, (and Keifer Sutherland
lookalike) Ian Hooper puts in a powerful performance as the diva
with the fever.
I like Hooper, I’d
feel confident seeing them in a huge arena or a smaller venue –
they truly are a band for all seasons, and if I had to have one
minor criticism it would be that they rarely showcase their own
fine material. The thing I like most about Hooper is that they
deliver the goods wherever and whenever you see them. The audience
are never short-changed and will always be assured of a quality
Hi saw Hooper again with Chubby Brown, great performance, i
genuinely feel those people who arrive at 8.00pm on the night
have missed one of this countries best live bands, thankyou again
Kevin Probyn Anglesey, Wales
to the band from all the crew at Jumpin Jacks!!! You've got to
be undoubtedly the best band on the circuit!!! Just keep on coming
guys, you are FANTASTIC!!" -
C.J. Bounty (Jumpin Jaks, Entertainment manager)
brilliant!!!! Went to see Chubby Brown last night and Hooper,
well what a performance!!! The drummer, VERY well played, I've
never seen anyone play like that (well not without ruining a
perfectly good set of drums, hehe) FANTASTIC!!! Guitars.... WOW
- Blown away, nothing more I can say, these guys know exactly
how to make those machines sing to their full potential...one
day after a good few years of practice I hope to get up to the
standard that they have achieved!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!
All round Blazing performance vocals were extraordinary, everything
was pulled together perfectly!!!
Thanks for a great night!!!
Stoke on Trent
ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL BAND, IN 22 YEARS OF WORKING WITH LIVE
ACTS I HAVE YET TO FIND ONE BETTER THAN HOOPER...
TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL, TOTALLY ACCURATE, TOTALLY BRILLIANT"
Andy Baker - Brannigans - Croydon.
band have perfected their music over the years and all four of
them present the music of the last three decades to include a
smattering of the 90s a blast of the 80s and a combination of
the 60s and 70s to delight the audience" - Bistro
French Live -Preston.
were brilliant, top performance! They turned our night-do around
and got everyone partying. We had loads of remarks off family
and friends saying how good they were. We would recommend Hooper
to anyone." - Deborah Hare, wedding, County Durham, August
bloody brilliant!" - Dani Behr
One of the best bands I've seen!" - Shane Ritchie
cult phenomenon currently taking the UK by storm!" - Performing
to a Hooper Gig recently?
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