FM – THE PICTURDROME, HOLMFIRTH, U.K. – 2/16/19

Review and Pictures: Nicky Barker

FM are a melodic rock band from London, UK.  They formed in 1984 and were soon out on tour as a support band for the likes of Meat Loaf, Tina Turner, Foreigner and Gary Moore.  In 1986 they released their debut album ‘Indiscreet’, quickly followed by another 4 studio albums.  FM then took a 12 year sabbatical.  In 2007 the band were asked to headline at the sold out Firefest IV.  The delighted response by the fans at FM’s return prompted the band to go back to the studio and in 2009 they released their 6th album ‘Metropolis’.  FM are such a hard working band, if they are not out on the road they are in the studio recording brilliant music. 

FM are: 

Steve Overland – Vocal and Guitars

Merv Goldsworthy – Bass Guitar

Pete Jupp – Drums

Jem Davis – Keyboards

Jim Kirkpatrick – Guitars

In 1986, as a 16 year old, FM were the very first band I ever saw live.  They were supporting Bon Jovi, who themselves were in their infancy.  FM blew me away then and continue to do so now.  They are all incredible musicians.

The Picturedrome, formerly an old cinema, is a lovely intimate venue right in the heart of the historic town of Holmfirth.  Tonight’s show was a rescheduled date from October last year when the band were given the chance to go on a huge European tour supporting the mighty Saxon, forcing them to cancel the Holmfirth date.  

The small venue was bursting at the seams with excited fans.  The lights dimmed and FM stepped out onto the stage.  No massive entrance, just five modest guys taking up their spots on the stage.  The opening song of the evening was a song from their latest album Atomic Generation called ‘Black Magic’.  We were then taken back to the 80’s with ‘Bad Luck’.  The band continued with a selection of crowd pleasing songs old and new ‘That Girl’, ‘Crosstown Train’, ‘Tough It Out’…Each song played with pure brilliance and intensity as the next.  

FM’s music has not aged at all and sounded as good now as it did back in the 80’s.  The band are incredibly unassuming and really enjoy being on stage.  They all never stop smiling, and laughing.  Quite clearly, as reflected in their performance, they love what they do. And so do the army of loyal fans who were also having the same amount of fun, singing and dancing along to each track.  The evening progressed with the band blasting out song after song until ‘Killed By Love’ brought the main set to and end. 

The whole room pleaded for more and the band did not disappoint.  Under a single spotlight and alone on stage, Steve with his incredible voice, sang the beautiful ‘Story of My Life’ a spine tingling number.  Steve has one of the finest voices in the business.  The pace was brought back up again with ‘Someday’ and finally Jem broke out the keytar and joined Steve, Merv and Jim upfront to play ‘Other side of Midnight’ bringing this brilliant night to a close. 

In just over an hour and a half FM manged to pack in 18 big hitting tunes and I am sure given the chance would have carried on for another 18. They are rock’s genuinely nice guys and if you have never seen them live, I strongly recommend that you do.

 

Set list

Black Magic

Bad Luck

That Girl

Life Is A Highway

Let Love Be The Leader

Closer to Heaven

Dangerous

Face 2 Face

Dream That Died

Metropolis

Crosstown Train

Does It Feel Like Love

I Belong To The Night

Tough It Out

Killed By Love

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Story of My Life

Someday

Other Side Of Midnight

FM have a new live album/DVD ‘The Italian Job’ out on the 22 February and are currently working on new songs for a new studio album.   They are touring throughout Europe and the UK this year.

 

 

Tour Dates

Feb 22 Barcelona – Razzamatazz

Feb 23 Madrid – Sala Copernico

Mar 01 Reading – SUB89

Mar 02 Leamington Spa – The Assembly

Apr 01 Nottingham – Rock City

Apr 02 Cardiff – The Tramshed

Apr 04 Wakefield – Warehouse23

Apr 06 Sheffield – Corporation

Apr 07 Manchester – Ritz

Apr 08 Glasgow – The Garage

Apr 09 Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill

Jun 06 Sweden Rock

Jun 22 Hellfest (SOLD OUT)

Jun 23 Graspop

Jul 06 Rock the Castle, Italy

Jul 27 Rock of Ages, Germany

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