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Starry night for Red Lemon Electric Blues Band reunion gig - with pictures

By Liam Keen | Entertainment | Published:

Legendary R&B and soul group The Red Lemon Electric Blues Band signed off in style as they played their last ever gig.

Returning to the stage at Stourbridge Town Hall on Saturday night, where they played their first big gig in 1985, the group brought the house down in what is expected to be their last show.

The show took fans through the band's 33-year history with a number of special guests including Climax Blues Band frontman Graham Dee.

The night was hosted by TV presenters Suzi Perry and Adrian Chiles.

Suzi's father Tony Perry once managed the group and Adrian was the band's first bass guitarist.

Lead singer Jim Merris said: "We were absolutely buzzing to get back out there and play some real classic stuff.

"It was an action-packed show and it was very exciting.

"It's been two years since our last show together and I still get the same buzz.

"Unfortunately it's probably the last time we'll play together as logistically it doesn't work anymore - we're all living in a lot of different places.

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"We sold a lot of tickets and the crowd as always were great, it's just brilliant to meet up with good friends again.

"We've had a lot of great support over the years, including Adrian and Suzi.

"So many people have helped us and it all finished with one big night out - it was explosive.

"It was very poignant. I had a lump in my throat thinking about all the people who have supported us but are no longer with us."

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Suzi Perry toured with the band when she was 18, travelling the country and dancing on stage for them during gigs.

She said: "This band has been a huge part of my childhood and teenage years and gave me some of the best days of my life, so it feels right to be a part of their final reunion.

"I toured up and down the country with them and had a lot of fun, it was a dream.

"The gig was a real throwback to 50s and 60s R&B and soul, it's real Blues Brothers inspired music and is 100 per cent pure entertainment and Jim is as charismatic a frontman that you could ask for.

"It's sad that its their last one but they have their own lives.

"More importantly, the gig was a celebration of brilliant talent."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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