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Kokomo live review - Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review

Venue: Ronnie Scott's, London

Forgotten heroes Kokomo return to the stage

It’s now clear why Kokomo didn’t become a huge success in the mid-70s. The only other band represented at that time by Pink Floyd manager Steve O’Rourke, they were just too funky for prog fans’ sensibilities, yet they also had too much musical depth for the mainstream. They were just too individual. But in 2016, they do seem in tune with the modern era.

There’s a joyous whiff of balance in the band’s performance here. The members obviously take what they do very seriously, but they have a self‑deprecating humour too. When the three vocalists – yes, three – stride onstage during Third Time Around, they all have on pink feather boas. It’s a hilariously simple prop that’s augmented by some wonderfully incongruous choreography. But this is never allowed to upstage the fact that the trio – as well as keyboard player Tony O’Malley – have spectacular voices.

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