The show is exactly as it says on the tin – a mixture of standup comedy from Jasper, and The Bev Bevan Band – covering mostly 60’s and 70’s rock hits from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Stones and The Beatles, with a little Motown and R&B thrown in for good measure.
The band itself featured a few famous faces, Bev Bevan himself was the drummer from the Electric Light Orchestra, The Move’s Trevor Burton on Bass guitar, Geoff Turton the lead singer from The Rockin’ Berries, and Joy Strachan-Brain of the celtic rock band Quill also featured.
The first act opened with Jasper Carrott performing a solo standup set. He began the show recounting his first gig at The Baths Hall in 1974, which is one of his more well-known sketches.
Jasper continued his set keeping in theme with the era of music, recanting stories and anecdotes from the 60’s and 70’s, adding in his clever wit, delivery and sarcasm. After the routine, The Bev Bevan Band took to the stage.
The songs were played with expert precision, as you’d expect from a superband of veteran musicians. Each member of the band made playing their instrument look effortless. The song choices were excellent, and had most audience members singing along, with Jasper occasionally popping up on stage between songs for a couple more gags.
After a short interval, the second act followed the same format as the first, headed by more standup from Jasper Carrott. Again, the band followed, although this time Jasper donned an acoustic guitar and joined in on a couple of songs – including a cover of Status Quo’s Rockin’ All Over The World.
My personal favourite cover of the night was Fleetwood Mac – The Chain, featuring Joy Strachan-Brain on lead vocals. See the video here.
The show ended on a high with the audience on their feet applauding, giving off an electric vibe in the auditorium.
My only negative to the show was that being a Jasper Carrott fan, I’d have liked to have seen a little more standup than music, however I did like the mix of comedy and music, as it made for an interesting show.
There’s still quite a few dates left on the tour of Stand Up And Rock, I’d certainly recommend it to any Jasper Carrott fans as he is still on form and still entertaining crowds.
Review by Casper Croft