Review: Showaddywaddy - where every night’s a Saturday night in 1974

Showaddywaddy, Alhambra Theatre, Dunvermline, March 2016C
Showaddywaddy, Alhambra Theatre, Dunvermline, March 2016C

Showaddywaddy: Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Put it down to nostalgia, or simply the prospect of a fun night out as far removed from the grim reality of 2016 as you can get - but Showaddywaddy pulled in the best part of 1000 to the Alhambra last night.

Showaddywaddy, Alhambra Theatre, Dunvermline, March 2016

Showaddywaddy, Alhambra Theatre, Dunvermline, March 2016

Three years ago they sold out Rothes Halls, and this time they played to even more folk at the Alhambra - not bad for a band pretty much associated with the 1970s when K-Tel, Bell and Rak were leading record labels, and they were part of the golden age of Top Of The Pops.

They’re still billed as the hardest working band around with circa 100 gigs a year.

The songs you know off by heart - part one is packed with rock ‘n’ roll covers, and the second half is the greatest hits set.

Back in their prime, Showaddywaddy’s hits came from both camps as they added some colour to many rock ‘n’ roll classics first sung by guys such as Chubby Checker, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran.

They’re still tapping into that jukebox and delivering the essential harmonies, and chucking in some simple dance steps.

And, fast forward all these years - 43 and counting - and those three-minute classics still get folk up dancing.

They had folk up out of their seats by their second number, and the second half saw the space front of stage turned into a dance floor as they served up the Showaddywaddy hits the fans wanted to hear.

The audience was made up pretty much entirely of folk who remembered them from the 70s, and they knew every word to eery song.

As gigs go, this was fun - simple as that - and after a tough old week, that’s pretty much what you need.

Well, when else can you dig out your old teddy boy drapes and dance like it’s 1974 once more?