Monday, May 15, 2006


After struggling through a long illness, Charlie Speed came back to The New Roscoe for the first time this year, looking fitter and healthier than he has done for a long time. From playing the first chord of the night to the last, Charlie was back to his best, and gave the crowd what they wanted, and much more besides. Playing tracks from his last album “Sugarhills”, including Sleep And Me Apart, and Coffee, Tea and Coke to the Charlie Speed classics, “Ten Years Old” and “Walk Away”, this was Charlie and his band performing at a level that very few bands can aspire to. With arguably the regions best drummer in Roy Whyke, Bass guitarist Jon Short, Jon Burr on Harps and the brilliant Johnnie Hardcastle on Guitars and Lap Steel, this is a formidable line up that knits tightly to Charlie’s guitar skills and vocals, the music fans of Leeds will be cheering today, knowing that Charlie Speed is back!

A film of the Charlie Speed Band performing live at The New Roscoe in July 2005 is scheduled for summer 2006 release on DVD. This gig was a very special celebration of Charlie's return from illness and times when he it was thought he'd never perform again! The band were hot and Charlie, even though he had to sit down from time to time to conserve his energy levels, still managed to rock the house! It was a great night, captured for posterity on DVD and due for release in summer 2006 on Sugarfree Records.