Belfast singer supports Hot Chocolate at The Waterfront Hall
It’s not everyday you get the call literally on the day of the performance to perform as the Support Act for Hot Chocolate; one of the most successful bands ever to come out of the 70’s are still performing today to audiences all over the world who love the band’s classic hits and distinctive sound.
“After two nights back to back gigging with Abba Tribute Band – The Bjorn Identity I was planning my usual Sunday off to spend time with the kids, but when I got the call as asked what the gig was well, how could I say no”
On Sunday 30th April Karen Rush was asked to be the support act for Hot Chocolate
Being a lover of the 70’s with most of my NI tribute bands, The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute, The Iconettes – Motown and Soul band and my disco themed band Lust in Music all replicating this amazing era of music. I was in no doubt this was the gig for me.
Opening with a classic disco diva Donna Summer number Hotstuff set the scene for my singing set which I throw myself into much to the audiences delight as they waved their arms an sang back in full voice Oh What a Night! taking them on a short journey of my favourite 70’s songs was a joy and pleasure. Thirty mins later and it was all over. Finishing on Disco Inferno I left the audience well and truely warmed and ready for the bands arrival.
Although I shared their stage, sadly I did not get to perform alongside them. However I had the pleasure of chatting back stage and had pictures taken with them. I delighted in hearing how original singer Errol Brown’s perfect replacement in the fine smooth voice of Kennie Simon; grew up on the street parallel to Errol Brown and how he joked about them having the same postman… hhmn ones wonders… the likeness is uncanny.
Audience feedback for my performance really took a me aback as I took my seat in the auditiorium to watch the bands set I was received my applaud and praise from every angle. I must be honest having spent many years performing as a Tribute Artistes with many bands and Wedding Singer it was , wonderful to feel the praise was directed at me as apposed my take on the role of someone else. I hope the opportunity will come around again. It was a great gig!! check out some footage.
Hot Chocolate formed in Brixton, London, England in 1968. Original members of the group included Errol Brown, Tony Connor, Larry Ferguson, Harvey Hinsley, Patrick Olive and Tony Wilson.
In 2010 singer Kennie Simon replaced Greg Bannis on vocals creating what many are saying is the best sound ever.
The band has enjoyed years of continued success touring all around the world performing to many thousands of fans who love the music of Hot Chocolate.
HOT CHOCOLATE are:
Kennie Simon Lead Vocal
Patrick Olive Bass Guitar / Vocals
Harvey Hinsley Lead Guitarist
Tony Connor Drummer
Andy Smith Keyboards
Steve Ansell Keyboards / Guitar