Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

80s rockers rolling back the years

Then Jerico acoustic set. Holiday Inn, Belfast

Then Jerico's fame was fleeting even by 1980s standards, yet thanks to a fervent nostalgia for vintage pop-rock, the group is still performing some 24 years after their last major hit.

The classic line-up has reformed for a UK tour, but the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival had booked the core trio of vocalist Mark Shaw, guitarist Scott Taylor and bassist Jasper Stainthorpe for a brace of shows at the weekend.

Following an 'In the Round' event the previous evening, the threesome squeezed in an acoustic set in the Holiday Inn on Saturday afternoon.

Shaw – who still has the looks and the voice that sent many a teenage girl wild back in the day – was good-humoured about the band's reduced circumstances.

The band proceeded to knock out stripped-down versions of their chart singles Let Her Fall, Muscle Deep, Sugar Box, The Motive (Living without You) and Big Area, as well as a few strong album tracks.

There weren't a lot of people at the gig, but those who were there seemed to be huge fans.

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