These reviews were abstracted from blogs written by people who went to the gigs and posted on various websites, including Deep Purple and Rainbow fan club sites.
Glasgow is spoiled for choice with gig venues,…but I always feel the Renfrew Ferry is easily overlooked by the majority of people as a place they would normally see a gig.
My experiences have always been good ones because the place creates an atmosphere all of its own,..and it usually takes bands by surprise for how good the atmosphere can be there.
This gig was no exception.
No Dice took to their support slot with a serious intention of having a good time and whipping the crowd up to a frenzy by playing a strong selection of classic rock covers, mainly consisting of Whitesnake and AC/DC favourites such as Here I Go Again, and Sin City,…along with a sprinkling of Led Zep and even Motorhead .
With the crowd nicely warmed up,..La Paz hit the stage as if they’d never been away for so long.
Tonight was a follow up to the gig at Rockers recently which was the first time in 20 years the band had played together,..and that was really a test to see if the vibe was still there,.. more of a Rainbow/Deep Purple tribute night really ,..which was great fun.
Tonight was more about La Paz and their own songs,..and to see if the old magic was still in the original material.
And from the off,..the smiles in the band suggested it was. Dougie looked like he was having a ball,..and Chic’s playing was as sublime as ever.
The melodies in all the songs came across strongly,..and Dougie’s vocals shone through…..clearly enjoying himself…… It was good to be playing Glasgow again !
The whole band were as tight as a nut,..so the rehearsals had paid off !,..and the overall sound was very good,..only the keyboards were down in the mix..
I’m not sure how many of the audience would have remembered the last time they played, but I’m sure there would have been some new converts …
And they didn't disappoint with the finale of treating us to Stargazer and Burn which were awesome….
All in all, a night to remember,..and here’s to the other gigs going well.
We, as fans,.. look forward to more nights like this as there is clearly a demand for quality music like this being played with the passion and power La Paz have in abundance.
Ian Alexander, Rock Radio
"Hi guys, Spent £30 on a taxi home after The Ferry gig thanks to bloody Take That and it didn't bother me ,such was the uplifting phenomenon known as LA PAZ.It was great to here all the old stories and the old songs all of which sounded remarkably fresh. I don't believe (even though you've said so in print) that you guys rehearsed and no-one said "here I've an idea for a new song".Looking forward to the LA PAZ stars falling into alignment once again for a major assault on the album charts££££££££???? GO ON I DARE YOU!!! Hope you and yours are well, cheers Innes Campbell (ACME BOOB HANDLING CO.)1980's van driver"
"Great set last night!
Favourite song was probably Temple of the King. Don't think Dio could sing this any better himself to be honest. Still I'm Sad was a strange choice - a cover of a cover which must be a first. Great version though. The La Paz originals were also very good.
"Well another weekend of Gigs ends in Edinburgh for Doogie White and La Paz.
The day began at 3:00pm with an in-store performance at Imported Instruments down at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. The store sells musical gear, guitars, amps and so on. Doogie and Chic were at the back of the fairly large store, playing through a small PA and amp. This was absolutely amazing because you could really hear Doogie sing and Chic play. Chic is an excellent player and the interaction, the chemistry, between him and Doogie is superb, you can tell they are good friends, it just really works. Doogie’s vocals in this smaller environment were frankly superb because you could really hear the range and power of his voice. They really weren’t loud, it was almost acoustic, but Chic played an electric had a great sound and Doogie's voice really shone through. People rant about Dio and Bonnet and Glenn Hughes as the voices of Rock………………eh excuse me!! …… try Doogie White as the voice of Rock, he does it all admirably. Without doubt the best Scottish Rock vocalist working today, barr none. This in-store session was a real treat also because after performing Doogie and Chic chatted with the audience. Doogie White, despite having played with some of the Worlds premier rock stars remains a very grounded and natural person. There’s no edge, no front , just a guy who really enjoys his music. Ditto Chic the guitarist, no bull, great guy.
The evening gig at Studio 24 in Edinburgh followed. Studio 24 is a nice venue, but it’s got a strange reputation locally, so attendance wasn’t as good as the band might have hoped for overall. This was unfortunate as the proceeds were going to the La Paz Charity which would benefit from more support. So come-on people, dig deep here and support Doogie White and La Paz in their endeavours. You can download the La Paz songs for just 0.50p per track again all the money going to their charity. I don’t know what’s wrong with the people of Edinburgh, but it seems there is an apathy for most forms of live music here hence the smaller turnout. Ok, so the stage looked fantastic and the lighting was really good. The Band took to the stage around 9:00 and played through to 10:30. I’m never good at set-lists, but it was a mix of La Paz originals, which were really good, and rocked along really well and of course a number of Rainbow and Deep Purple covers as well. The La Paz material was new to me, but the songs are well put together and of course executed really well, it’s their own material, so it sounds natural of course!
The band were as tight as two coats of paint and Doogie was singing his heart out. The range of his vocals and the general timbre is amazing. Doogie is a seriously good singer and entirely professional, he played the show and interacted with the audience brilliantly. Just like last time I saw them, the whole band really clearly enjoy the whole thing, they are playing entirely for their audience and their own enjoyment. The whole band had a more interactive role this time and it really works. I came away feeling I’d been privileged to have been there and that is a pretty rare feeling to get from a gig these days. So all credit to Doogie and Chic and the guys, they have got it entirely right here. It’s all down to chemistry and these guys really have that visibly going on. They played the Rainbow/Purple songs really well, plenty of excitement and lot's of pressure on Chic, but he delivered it all as required, even with StarGazer, which is pretty mammoth song for most guitar players!
It would be interesting to see if La Paz could produce another Album, because their own material, which I believe came from the 80’s, didn’t sound like it came from the 80’s! It had a modern hard rock feel to it and didn’t sound at all dated, the way some music form that period very definitely does. Very well put together, good writing and well worth a listen for sure. Well worth a buy too!
In summary, a great afternoon and another great evening in the company of Doogie, Chic and La Paz, well worth the ticket money and great to hear these songs performed so well. Exciting, invigorating, thrilling, basically everything that a really good hard rock gig should be. Thanks guys, look forward to next time.
Zicos 18th June 09:
Hi Chic / Doogie
Excellent gig last night. The sounds was so much better than at Rockers last time (could actually hear Chic!). It was great to see you doing "A Prayer For The Dying". Any chance of some Cornerstone next time??
Zico's February 09:
Billed as a "Tribute to Deep Purple and Rainbow", this was the first of 3 gigs for the newly reformed La Paz.
A respectable crowd saw (ex Rainbow singer) Dougie White and his band play a covers only set of classic Deep Purple and Rainbow material.
The band themselves were on top form, Paul McManus on drums, Alec Carmichael on bass, Andy Mason on keyboards and Chic McSherry on guitar. Chic McSherry was certainly the surprise of the night and played a blinder, certainly surpassing his level of playing back when La Paz were on the Lanarkshire scene. Overall the band were as tight as the proverbial!
The vocals were fantastic and without a doubt on the Coverdale Deep Purple songs vastly superior to the original.
Overall, this gig was a great success, for both the band and the venue and hopefully after these 3 dates Chic will muster his troops to a more permanent reformation and get Dougie White to rehearse the original material, which might be a better measure of acceptance rather than playing covers to the "part-time" rockers!
When I stepped into Rockers last night I wasn’t sure what to expect. The last time I’d seen these guys play was 25 years ago in Hamilton when ankle warmers, string vests and skin tight jeans were considered acceptable stage gear. Last night they mustered on stage looking relaxed and thankfully wearing more befitting jeans and t-shirts.
They hit the ground running with a more than polished performance of Perfect Strangers and went straight into Highway Star. Doogie White’s vocals carried an excited crowd into Black Masquerade before thrilling us all with Temple of the King.
This was the 2nd night of a three date tour and La Paz were obviously enjoying every minute of it.
Chic McSherry’s finger work didn’t disappoint. He delivered screaming solos while making it look ridiculously easy. He was having fun and his performance throughout drew the enthusiastic crowd.
Paul McManus was a master on the drums. He provided a tight beat with characteristic flourishes throughout the 12 song set list before a thrashing rendition of Long Live Rock’n’Roll - their enthusiastically received encore.
Unfortunately we didn’t see much of Andy Mason as he was hidden, for most of the performance behind his two tier keyboard rig. We could, however, hear his excellently executed keyboards throughout. For a tall guy he really was a bit dwarfed by his gear.
Alec Carmichael epitomised cool. His stage presence was the perfect foil for Doogie White’s larger than life showmanship. He and Paul McManus effortlessly demonstrated a natural understanding of each other’s role in providing the rhythmic backbone essential for a high quality, live performance. The questionable eyewear was undeniably cool and didn’t detract from his masterful performance.
After 25 years these guys still know how to rock and the years have added a maturity that made them relaxed and in control. They worked with the crowd who were entertained by Doogie White’s self deprecating commentary of the gig.
Last night I was privileged to see Doogie in a very small club playing a selection of Rainbow and Deep Purple classics with his old band La Paz. La Paz were part of the local heavy rock scene in the West of Scotland in the 80s - a great band that I saw a few times way back when.
The setlist didn't include any La Paz songs (although these may be be added to the set if/when La Paz play more dates later in the year).
Temple Of The King
Still I'm Sad
Kill The King
Long Live Rock 'n Roll
An excellent gig - it was great to see Doogie at close quarters having fun and playing SIUA songs + the music that was an inspiration to him.
YouTube links to most of the set here.
Behind The Wall
Well guys, fun in Falkirk for sure. I long held the view and have often written it here that Doogie White was the best of all the Rainbow Singers because he had to work the hardest to do his own material and then cover all the other other guys who went before him. A big job for sure and one which he has ALWAYS carried off with great aplomb.
So the opportunity to see Doogie in a small venue, near Edinburgh was not to be missed. This was the very best £5 I've spent in a long long time. Doogie was in really great voice and sang all the old Purple and Rainbow like his life depended on it. It was really obvious that Doogie and the guys were doing this for the enjoyment value and that made all the more interesting. Doogie was fantastic in ever sense and at close range, you could appreciate his vocal ability fully. He can sing, oh how he can sing.
It's easy to understand why Ritchie wanted Doogie in Rainbow, he has a great range and power and a superb timbre in his vocal. Definitely one of the best British Rock Singers around at this time. Sad that as yet he hasn't got the full recognition he really deserves, but it will come I'm sure.
The set, as far as I remember, was much as listed by BIGJ in his topic . The band were great and played really well, the guitarist was no Blackmore, but then who is! He played very well anyway and did a mix of bits of Blackmore mixed with his own solos, which is always best and the bass/drums/keys were seriously tight and sounded great. All in all a really good night, well worth the drive home in the snow!
On arrival at the gig I went and introduced myself, and a drummer friend, to Doogie White, and we then spent the next 30 minutes in conversation with him, buying him a beer, before it was time for the show. This was a revelation for sure. Doogie is one of the most pleasant and most genuine people I've had the good fortune to meet in this business. A totally down to earth and entirely normal guy who enjoys his singing. A hard working musician, no front, no bull.
Respect due and respect given.
He is an entirely top guy barr none.
Thanks for a great night Doogie.