Another Friday night at Simon's, Kalyves
Last evening this super Greek family band were playing at Simon's restaurant in Kalyves, a seaside town in the Chania region of Crete. They're a five piece, vocals, two guitars, keyboards and percussion.
It was also my second viewing, having witnessed their tracklist at a charity event earlier this year. Now, my learned friends tell me that the band have a few different line ups and this line up had a different drummer and bass guitarist.
It was a bit of a disappointing start where I think their warm up took far too long and looked a bit amateurish. As it's a restaurant, the hundred or so fans assembled had to watch this and I for one got a bit bored.
By the time they got started, I'm afraid to say they murdered Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight as their opening number. They then went through their first half featuring Muse's Feeling Good, Don't Change My Heart by Toto and Daddy Cool. The latter being performed in Boney M fashion. They would have been better to rehash this song to sound more like The Carburetors. Could have been more their style.
At this point I was trying to give a handle to the bands music. When they came out with Robbie Williams, Let Me Entertain You, I knew it had to be Pop Rock. I was a bit disappointed with the first half, as I thought the singer was struggling a bit with his timing. He seemed to be holding notes longer than the band.
Maybe it was Simon's pizza that helped in the break, because the band came back in the second half with a great display of rock music which got many people out of their seats to dance in the very restricted space. Old favourites, Donna Summer's Hot Stuff, Free's Al'right Now, Deep Purples' Smoke on the Water, Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love. I thought the vocals struggled a bit with Guns and Roses' Sweet Child of Mine , trying to hold those high notes while the band were moving on. That may be over critical, but if you get up on that stage then you are open to criticism as well as aclaim. I don't believe the tight space in Simons' helped the band very much.
Previously, I had labelled this band, the best in north west Crete, but I think Small Change, with Ernest Berry may just edge them for my vote.
They were playing that fabulous song Zombie by The Cranberries when we had to take our leave. The food was very good, the drink was good but the bill was a bit of a disappointment, however we did enjoy the evening so que ser
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