... a solo show that would put many performers half his age to shame ... superstar..Locorriere demonstrated the true meaning of the word ... instantly recognisable, spine-tingling, sexy vocals wowed the audience ... a truly magnificent singing voice ... rising from the tenderest emotionial whisper to a powerful roar, his voice is one of the most distinctive sounds in popular music ... Dennis Locorriere, fully lived up to his world-wide reputation a one of the most enduring musical legends of our time.... he enthralled a capacity audience... oozed star quality and charisma... held his appreciative audience spell-bound... truly memorable night... ranking alongside the appearances by other legends such as Johnny Cash... I was totally swept away by the power and emotion in his voice... It was one of the greatest one-man shows I have ever seen... Not many singers could sing like that for two hours on their own with just a guitar...Absolutely brilliant top performance!!!!... such a generous performer with bags of charisma and a terrific sense of humour ... pure brilliance ... Long may he tour ...
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Liverpool Sound and Vision

Dennis Locorriere, Gig Review. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Published on March 31, 2013 by  in Live

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Over the last few years the main stage of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has hosted many impressive evenings with musicians who have come from and wide and been part of many different genres. For every single one of them, whether Richard Marx, Roger Hodgson, Robert Cray, Brain May and Kerry Ellis it has been a matter of joy and pride to give the Liverpool audiences something to go home, sit down with a drink and exclaim, ‘Wow, wasn’t that ace!’

For the former Dr. Hook singer Dennis Locorriere that is also true and as came on stage to respectful but loving applause from all gathered, the audience realised they were in for as good a night as the one that the musician recorded for posterity live in the city just a few short years ago.

With a career that stretches back over five decades and from the humble beginnings of the bars and clubs in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, Dennis Locorriere has honed his craft, he stands on stage as if he were a towering colossus but one filled with humility and a bucketful of self-deprecation and humour. Between songs, the musician that made touring back in the 70s an art form, gave the audience an idea of the man and his music, his adoration of the song-writer and American poet Shel Silversteen who helped him in his writing career was undoubted and by association the talent that lies in the voice of Dennis Locorriere in his ability to perform, not just a song or a ballad but to get the idea of a story across.

With several solo albums and an abundance of songs by Dr. Hook at his disposal there would always be someone disappointed that, as he kindly pointed out himself, he didn’t play their favourite one. No one in the audience though could have left saddened by any omission as what he sang for the crowd was beautiful, gracious and good natured. Songs such as Everybody Loves Me, A Couple More Years, the exquisite If Not YouDance On Daddy’s FeetShine Sonand Wonderful Soup Stone were greeted by the crowd like old friends and Mr. Locorriere visibly revelled in the appreciation.

With the evening having been split in two, effectively giving the singer his own support slot, there was so much to be taken from this show and with cracking songs such as Ask Her, the surreal but brilliant Freakin’ at the Freaker’s Ball and the show stopping Sylvia’s Mother included in the set there was more than enough to keep everyone happy.

A tremendous night out with one of the all-time greats of American music, a real honour!

Ian D. Hall



Review: Dennis Locorriere, The Point Zero Tour, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

by Chris High. Published Mon 01 Apr 2013 17:26

There are certain bands and singers who create the soundtrack to one’s life almost subliminally. Dr. Hook are just such a band and Dennis Locorriere’s smooth vocals on hits such as Sylvia’s Mother – and Ray Sawyer’s eye patch – will forever be synonymous with adolescence. 

Yet there is so much more to Dennis Locorriere than romantic, heart-wrenching ballads of lost love. Armed with an acoustic guitar, an acerbic wit, a superb understanding of his audience and a voice and enthusiasm that has barely diminished with the passage of time, he manages to enrapture those assembled with two hours of quality music and anecdotes that are difficult to surpass.

As the man himself said, there are songs that mean something to each and everyone differently and, were he to lock the doors and play for ten hours the material he and Dr Hook have accumulated, there would still be someone who’d say something personal had been missed off the playlist. 
I’m Gonna Love You A Little Bit More, More like the Movies and If Not You were presented beautifully, although Sexy Eyes and When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman were absent. That is the scale of his back catalogue, both with Hook and as a solo artist.

Also present were the more light-hearted songs that made Hook such a draw in the 1970’s and 80’s. Freakin’ at the Freaker’s Ball is an hilarious homage to Rock ‘n’ Roll debauchery on a grand scale, Ask Her from his theird solo album, Post Cool, is probably what every divorced man has ever thought to be the reasons for no longer being married and Everybody Loves Me is, well, OTT self-deprecation made real. What truly stands out though is that Lororriere is able to put so much into his shows because he simply loves playing live before an audience who hang onto every note from his oiled throat and chord from his fantastically well played guitar. 

Highlights were many but The Wonderful Soupstone, Shine Son and This Guitar – again from Post Cool – will linger long in the memory, and all too soon encore time was against us. Forty-two years following its release, Sylvia’s Mother still won’t get her daughter to come the phone. Not that it really matters because the more she ignores Dennis Locorriere’s pleading, the more he’s going to keep trying to get her back and, so, the longer he will continue to entertain us with nights such as this. 

What a truly wonderful night and it can only be hoped that the wait isn’t too long for a repeat performance from this truly talented artist.


Click rating: ***** Sensational!

Dennis Locorriere: The Point Zero Tour
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
March 30, 2013.
2hrs 15 mins

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Swansea Theatre Review: Dennis Locorriere at Pontardawe Arts Centre

What a great night we had seeing Dennis Locorriere at Pontardawe Arts Centre on one of the early dates of his 2013 Point Zero Tour.
For over 2 hours it was just this one man with his engaging sense of humour, acoustic guitars and distinctive voice entertaining us and it was brilliant.
He really is a great talent still.
Many will remember Dennis Locorriere as the voice of Dr Hook but he has done so much more in the 30 years since the band went their separate ways in the 80s.
Dr Hook was the early part of his story. Since then Locorriere’s career has included appearing in a one man play, a major movie with Dustin Hoffman, writing songs recorded by a wide variety of artists from Bob Dylan to Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton and touring with the likes of Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings as well as bands of his own.
The Point Zero Tour though is a 100% one man show where Locorriere performs songs from all points of his remarkable career accompanied only by his own guitar playing. The quality of the music produced by just one man and his guitar is remarkable.
The audience at Pontardawe was warmly appreciative of this talented musician. Many had very obviously seen Dennis Locorriere before and had a good knowledge of the full range of his music as they joined in with his songs and conversations throughout the evening. With humorous anecdotes and a great mix of Dr Hook favourites and tracks from more recent solo albums, the evening just sped by and when it ended, there was a well deserved standing ovation. Lacorriere then chatted and had photos taken with all who wanted to meet him, which was probably most of the audience.
As one who had seen Dennis Locorriere in concert before I was certainly not disappointed seeing him again on Saturday. In fact, seeing him at Pontardawe Arts Centre, a smaller and more intimate venue, it was a real privilege. I hope he’ll come back to Pontardawe again at some point and, if he does, I know I’ll be there.

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Review: Dennis Locorriere at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

FOREVER associated with chart-toppers Dr Hook, this supremely talented songwriter and singer occasionally gently pointed out to an adoring audience that he did actually have a professional life long after the iconic band had faded from fashionable taste and consciousness.

Mind you, this doesn’t stop him dipping into the better known catalogue at strategically paced intervals. So the hardcore fans are not kept waiting long for Sylvia’s Mother, Queen of the Silver Dollar and When you’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman.

Locorriere is a generous man and is not slow to give credit where it’s due.

His friend Shel Silverstein was obviously a huge influence on his professional life and is accorded the respect that any great tunesmith should receive as of right.

Silverstein’s work therefore makes up a large proportion of the current repertoire, skilfully constructed narratives that seem to exist only on the other side of the Atlantic.

It’s precisely because storytelling seems to be a dying art in Britain that Locorriere’s music has such resonance… you just can’t beat dreamy West Coast instrumentation, all weeping guitars, soaring organs and heavy four-four drums that connect straight on the beat.

For example, Different Faces was textbook American rock songbook material. We just can’t do this sort of stuff – why not?

As you might imagine, backing band Tomorrow Road was not found wanting. This is certainly not lost on Locorriere, who has been to the hall on several occasions and usually appears by himself, something he almost lamented towards the end of this fabulous gig.

So the bench mark has been set. Worcester wants a return visit as soon as possible… there is indeed life after Dr Hook.

 

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6:27pm Thursday 11th March 2010 By Hilary Porter

The last time Dennis Locorriere “the true voice of Doctor Hook” played the Pavilion he blew us away with just his guitar, his charisma and what is surely one of the most distinctive and enduring voices in pop music.

Back with an impressive band – and a brand new self-penned album ‘Post Cool’, he once again held his audience spellbound with the powerful, emotional vocals of a man who has loved and lost and lived - and laughed, to tell the tale.

The new material included two amusing “nasty little numbers” about two ex-wives and a jaunty, rather cheeky tune about a physical conquest: ‘I’m Impressed with Myself’. And the twice divorced middle-aged, if still very youthful, bearded rocker pays homage to the one ‘love’ who sticks by him through thick and thin “My Guitar”.

It’s witty, conversational story-telling clearly influenced by his mentor Shel Silverstein who was responsible for many unforgettable Doctor Hook hits. But the early tunes are better than ever performed by such an expressive, engaging entertainer: Sylvia’s Mother, More Like the Movies, and his own song ‘If Not You’ are so romantic and bitter-sweet they almost move you to tears.

Aberdeen-2010
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings 2008

Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, Summer Pops, Liverpool

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DR HOOK frontman Dennis Locorriere was a surprise addition to former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings gig at the Arena last night.

He joined legendary guitarist Albert Lee and the taciturn bassist on stage as part of the nine-piece outfit that ripped through 20 songs.

Wyman, as ever, stuck to the shadows through a rip-snorting set list, only stepping into the limelight to introduce the lone Stones song, Honky Tonk Women.“We were the first non-Merseyside band to play The Cavern,” he told the Arena audience. “We always got a good reaction out of Liverpool crowds and so, just this once, we’ll do a Stones version – but just this once.”

Note perfect, but in no way reverential, the band blew the cobwebs away from the 1968 number.

This was a high point of a great gig, but it was possibly surpassed by Beverley Skeete’s stunning version of Nina Simone’s I’ve Put a Spell on You, in which the sax and vocals intertwined with visceral force.

Then Albert Lee took centre stage, laying down his six-string in favour of piano to accompany a heart rending version of The Everley Brothers’ Crying in the Rain. He picked the guitar back up to shred through Tear It Up, with Wyman’s articulate bass keeping pace with his frenetic fretboard work.

The Rhythm Kings are a vast family of musicians and are incredibly adaptable.
Locorriere’s last-minute introduction made soul classics such as Wilson Pickett’s Do You Like Good Music effortless, and his loose-limbed dancing acted as counterpoint to Wyman’s static presence.
In fact, after last night’s performance, it is hard to imagine a Rhythm Kings gig without him.

In contrast to the headliners’ high energy performance, The John Martyn Band seemed a little lost on an Arena-sized stage.

Martyn’s heart-wrenching blues and space age folk nevertheless carry a formidable weight.

These days he performs from a wheelchair and rambles between songs, but when he gets behind songs like The Man in The Station and Dreams By The Sea, he captures something deeply touching and it is patently clear the pain he intones is very real.

Wyman and Martyn make an unlikely pairing, but the combination of a crowd-pleasing band and an introspective solo artist made for an oddly fulfilling evening at The Pops.

Bill Wyman And The Rhythm Kings at ECHO Arena

HE was once one fifth of one of the most famous bands in the world and last night Bill Wyman (pictured) proved he could still pull a crowd.

The bassist took a back seat role and let the Rhythm Kings with special guests Albert Lee and Dr Hook frontman Dennis Locorriere raise the roof of the ECHO Arena with a 20-song set.

He did, however, surprise the audience with a Rolling Stones favourite, Honky Tonk Women, and a Chuck Berry classic, You Never Can Tell. Both songs had members of the audience up on their feet dancing away.

Stepping up to the mic before singing the Stone’s classic, he said to the crowd: “We (The Rolling Stones) were the first non Merseyside band to play The Cavern.“We always got a good reaction out of Liverpool crowds and so, just this once, we’ll do A Stones version – but just this once.”

The air in the ECHO Arena was electric despite there being fewer than 3,000 people in the 10,600- seater venue, a true testament to the brilliance on stage.

The first song of the night, Motown classic, Do You Like Good Music, set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Soul singer Locorriere wowed the crowd with his sultry tones as well as his erratic dance moves.

Louisiana 1927, a reflective song based around floods which echo the disaster in New Orleans, was perfectly pitched and provided the audience with a reprieve from the energetic set.

Singer Beverly Skeete gave an amazing rendition of Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You as the group’s finale, before they came back with a two-song encore.Her voice sends shivers down the spine.

A duet with Skeete and Albert Lee singing Crying In The Rain, originally sung by the Everly Brothers, was the first encore.

A beautiful and reflective song which mellowed the crowd in time for the final song, Tear It Up. Everyone was on their feet.

Bill Wyman And The Rhythm Kings were a class act, they were in tune with one another and bounced off each other.

Their enthusiasm was infectious.

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Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at the City Hall.

Rolling Stones bassist goes back to his roots

OL' stone-faced Bill Wyman and his mates gave Salisbury a shot of rhythm and blues par excellence on Tuesday night, on a tour of their musical roots that took in soul, blues, rock 'n' roll, jive, skiffle and even a bit of Cajun zydeco.

The former Rolling Stones bassist has surrounded himself with great musicians with a shared love of music and the joy of playing live.

They may have seemed a well seasoned, craggy bunch but with the likes of legendary guitarist Albert Lee, Welsh keyboard wizard Geraint Watkins and ace sax player Frank Mead on board, they are an ultra-tight outfit who can play anything and have a good deal of fun in the process.

Dennis Locorriere and Bill Wyman 2008

Special guest for the tour is Dennis Locorriere, of Dr Hook fame, proving himself a fine soul singer, negotiating gems from back catalogues of Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye as well as a fine duet on the Harlem Shuffle with the band's regular vocalist (and certainly youngest member) Beverley Skeete.

Along with sterling versions of tracks by The Coasters, T-Bone Walker, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Wilson Picket and Lonnie Donegan, there were several unexpected but inspired choices. A jazzy Johnny B Goode preceded by a very droll recitation of the lyrics in the style of Dylan Thomas, courtesy of the deadpan mirth-maker Mr Watkins and a Memphis soul take on Bob Dylan's Maggie's Farm a la Solomon Burke. Dennis's heartfelt version of Randy Newman's Louisiana 1927 had the appreciative audience on their feet.

Throughout the evening the inter-band banter was both dry and witty, usually revolving around the age of Bill Wyman. Mind you, without the pressures of stardom, Bill exudes an easy charisma and seems to be having the time of his life. Also on the humorous side, I've got to mention the funky horn players, Nick Payn and Frank Mead, who virtually had a show of their own going on their side of the stage with their clever choreography and crazy antics.

By the time we reached the last note of Beverley Skeete's spine- tingling rendition of Screaming Jay's I Put a Spell on You, the crowd were up on their feet once again roaring for more.

The gig ended with a rousing romp through Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell, which simply took the roof off.

After that, who could ask for anything more?

Roger Elliott


ALONE AGAIN with DENNIS LOCORRIERE! (Autumn 2007)

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Dennis Locorriere - Mansfield Palace Theatre
By Melissa Shaw


AS the lights went up on three guitars and a table with a couple of water bottles on it, I began to wonder if Dennis Locorriere would be able to entertain the packed audience with such little accompaniment.
But as soon as the singer, who is best known for being the lead in 70s soft rock band Dr Hook, came onto the stage it was obvious that he could more than fill the empty space for the allotted two hours –– not only with his amazing voice and musical expertise, but also with his witty banter and lively personality.

I inherited my love of the legendary lyricist and his former band from my mother, and still enjoy listening to the string of memorable hits they created all the way through to the 1990s.

And on Friday night at Mansfield Palace Theatre, the performer treated the audience –– some of whom had travelled around 70 miles to see him –– to some of these old favourites intermingled with his new solo pieces.

Songs ranged from the comical This Guitar, Jungle To The Zoo and I'm Impressed With Myself to ballads like If Not You, The Things I Didn't Say, Underneath the Moon and Shine Son.

Then there was The Right To Walk Away, which included a bit of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, and the ever-popular When Your In Love With A Beautiful Woman with some audience participation thrown in for good measure.

The breadth of musical material was incredible, but what really impressed me was the quality of his performance and how amazing his voice still sounded after all these years.

I can quite easily say that this was one of the best live concerts I have ever been to and I now have a new-found love of Dennis Locorriere –– who proved himself to be whole lot more than just the voice behind Dr Hook.


.... Dennis Locorriere exploded on stage rather like a whirling dervish to Walk Right In and how he had the energy to bound about the stage for more than two hours I don’t know. The tour was billed as Dr Hook – Hits and Memories and we were straight into the hits with Sharing The Night Together, I Don’t Want To Be Alone Tonight and Better Luck Next Time. Dennis had an easy manner on stage and quickly built a rapport with the very receptive audience, many of whom had undoubtedly seen him perform before. There were anecdotes, storytelling and friendly banter. But the hits and memories continued to roll along, Millionaire, More Like The Movies, If Not You and Sexy Eyes. A tribute to Shel Silverstein who wrote many of the bands songs lead to an an emotional Lucy Jordan. As with Chris earlier in the night, this audience was singing along but there was also the chance for some ‘official’ community singing with The Cover Of The Rolling Stone. As hit followed hit you remembered just how successful the band had been but Dennis also wanted to remind us of his own song writing skills with Hearts and Minds which was also a chance to show what an accomplished guitar player he is. The show was now reaching a climax as, alone on stage; Dennis broke into the first verse of Sylvia’s Mother before his superbly competent band gradually joined him on stage. Queen of the Silver Dollar brought the show to an end but this audience wasn’t going to let him go so it was back for a few more numbers and then a final thank you to the audience with Years From Now.

A fantastic night’s entertainment and it would be hard to believe anyone left with a feeling of disappointment.

Dennis Locorriere @ The Lowry
Chris Brierley

22/04/07

THERE’S a space in my musical memory that holds a special section for Dr Hook.

It’s not that I had a girlfriend called Sylvia or because of my wife's sexy eyes.

It's because a tape of Dr Hook’s greatest hits always kept the kids happy on summer holidays as we travelled through France.

You Make My Pants Wanna Get Up and Dance was guaranteed to keep them singing along while we trundled along the autoroute.

It was music that brought a smile to all our faces and at the Lowry on Sunday Dennis Locorriere, the voice behind all those famous songs, had a packed theatre laughing and singing the night away.

It’s 22 years since the original Dr Hook decided to go their separate ways but from the moment Locorriere bounded on to the stage with Walk Right In the audience were clapping and singing along while the 58-year-old frontman milked it for all it was worth like the seasoned professional he is.

The voice is a bit more gravelly but he looked in great shape and the old hits kept rolling out ­– More Like The Movies, If Not You, When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman, A Couple More Years. Each one was interspersed with playful banter with the audience.

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“Play one we know” joked one wag. “I’m just happy I can play one I know,” replied Locorriere.

The band, formed way back in 1968, split up in the mid-eighties when Ray Sawyer ­ – the one with the eye patch – left to pursue a solo career later performing Dr Hook songs on the road.

Locorriere dropped out of the limelight until a few years ago when he started touring on his own. This time round he has five new members in his band including guitarist Clive Gregson from Manchester.

Sunday’s gig was the final date in an seven week tour of Britain and Locorriere was certainly enjoying himself as much as the fans.

“For 15 years I toured 300 days a year with Dr Hook but in 1985 we split up and for 15 years I kept my head down, until I decided to pop it up again,” he said, “night’s like this make it all worthwhile.”

Then he wound up a wonderful evening tinged with nostalgia with Years From Now. Let’s hope it’s not too many years before he’s back.

Dennis Locorriere @ Philharmonic
Spencer Leigh takes a trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic to see Dennis Locorriere recreate his hits with Dr Hook, but did it live up to his fond memories of the 1970s?

Dr Hook was one of the great bands of the 70s with a combination of witty songs, often by Shel Silverstein, and romantic ballads. They split up somewhat acrimoniously – essentially, they were worn out after years on the road - and as Dennis Locorriere said to me, “The only people who never talk about a Dr Hook reunion are the members of Dr Hook themselves.”

..... this year’s tour is different as Dennis decided to embrace the Hook legacy and do a full set of Dr Hook material. For the first time in years, he had a band with him and what an excellent five piece band it was including Clive Gregson (the Manchester singer/songwriter who is often seen with Nanci Griffith), Andy Roberts (formerly with Grimms and Liverpool Scene), Mark Griffiths (Plainsong, Matthews Southern Comfort), Sev Lewkowicz and Martin Hughes. Their arrangements were superb and included a thrilling, 10 minute workout with extended guitar solos on ‘Hearts Like Yours And Mine’, while ‘The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan’ had Clive Gregson’s accordion augmenting the references to Paris in the lyric.

Immensely entertaining
There was a full house at the Philharmonic Hall and several hands shot up when Dennis asked if anybody was seeing him for the first time. “What took you so long?” said the 57 year old, “Why did you wait until I was nearly dead?” His banter with the audience is the best there is and an entertainment in itself. When he had difficulty tuning his guitar, someone shouted, “Charlie Bennett can do that for you” which led to a very funny discussion about some local guitar teacher. When he paused dramatically before singing the opening words of one of his hits, someone sang them out for him: “I know the words,” he responded, “I know what I’m doing.”

Dennis got the whole audience to sing along with ‘The Cover Of Rolling Stone’, an hilarious song about not quite making it as a superstar: Dr Hook clearly knew how to make fun of themselves. Clearly, the ladies found the slimmed-down Dennis Locorriere very attractive as they screamed when he sang “Who’s gonna want me in bed?” during ‘If Not You’. “They never scream on the line, ‘Who’s gonna iron my shirts?’” he once told me, “They don’t realise I’m just looking for somebody to do my laundry.”

This was an immensely entertaining show and I would guess that most people would not realise how many great songs Dr Hook was responsible for. I loved the comedy numbers – ‘The Millionaire’, ‘Freakin’ At The Freakers’ Ball’ – but by and large, Dennis was performing the romantic hits – ‘Sexy Eyes’, ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman’, ‘More Like The Movies’ and ‘A Little Bit More’. “I like to think I’m romantic,” said Dennis, “but two ex-wives will tell you that I’m not.” ...

"His banter with the audience is the best there is and an entertainment in itself."
Spencer Leigh

REVIEW: DENNIS LOCORRIERE, VICTORIA HALL, HANLEY

Dennis Locorriere, ex guitarist and vocalist from 70s legends Dr Hook and the Medicine Men (he was the one without the eye patch), bought his distinctive musical style to the Victoria Hall in Hanley last night.

The support was provided by another famous name from that era, Smokey ex-lead singer, Chis Norman.

This was an unexpected bonus for me, as I sang along to classics that included Alice and I'll Meet You At Midnight. Chris provided an excellent start to the night, but a 20-minute interval after just half an hour could have cooled things down before the show had even begun.

However, when Dennis made his entrance, his strong stage presence and pounding music meant the atmosphere was quickly regained and he gave the audience exactly what they wanted.

Dennis's performance, supported by his band, showcased his talent and versatility.

Dennis is a showman and engaged the audience with spontaneous humour and background to the songs, creating an intimate atmosphere.

The music included rock and pop, with some impressive instrumental guitar pieces. However, for me, what he did best were those husky ballads for which Dr Hook et al are best known, such as More Like the Movies and A Little Bit More.

His interpretation of Ballad of Lucy Jordan could only be described as outstanding.

... this was a superb night and Dennis, with his distinct whisky-over-gravel voice, can still deliver powerful, enchanting music, which comes straight from the heart.

Fern Basnett



Dennis Locorriere Celebrates Dr Hook Hits And History, Darlington Civic Theatre

AS 780 hearts beat faster in the comfy, cosy, coldly-named Civic (capacity 901 hearts), the spotlight tracked Dennis Locorriere as the former lead singer of Dr Hook lurched on stage and went straight into a spirited version of Walk Right In.
The audience began "seat-bopping" they were hooked as Locorriere paid tribute to the Hits And History Of Dr Hook, which he once sang alongside eye-patched Ray Sawyer and various line-ups of fine musicians and lyricists down the years, who provided such memorable songs as Sylvia's Mother, The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, More Like The Movies, A Little Bit More, Sexy Eyes and When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman.
Dennis seems more relaxed with his audiences these days. He worked his fans in that easy-going, almost matey, way he has about him.
This is no egotistical rock/blues/country singer; he saves his flamboyance for his songs which he sings with conviction and feeling with that sexy, husky, rasping voice while pixie-hopping about the stage on the up-tempo numbers.
He was unstinting in his praise for the much under-rated songwriter Shel Silverstein who wrote many of Dr Hook's best songs.
His five-man backing band, all brilliant musicians, looked for all the world like gracefully-ageing committee members from York's Tramways Working Men's Club, but man, they faithfully reproduced Dr Hook's unique sound.
Dennis has mellowed, but his love of music is still very much alive and kicking. Let's hope it still is Years From Now.
- Tony McKinstry

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Dennis Locorriere @ Symphony Hall
Apr 11 2007

By Adam Smith, Birmingham Mail


WHEN you're in love with a beautiful woman you've got to watch your friends - good advice there from American rockers Dr Hook, but as I've got neither I went to see the band's lead singer Dennis Locorriere with my mum.

In front of his devoted fans in the Symphony Hall, the amiable bearded rocker with the scorched velvet voice gave a peerless two-hour performance of his greatest hits.

Sexy Eyes, Cover of the Rolling Stone, Millionaire, I'm Gonna Love You a Little Bit More, Silver Dollar and many more were played to perfection.

My soft spot for Dr Hook is a guilty pleasure which is down to growing up in a house where the band never seemed to be off the radio, record player or cassette player.

As a boy I loved lyrics like 'you make my pants wanna get up and dance' and the genius of Shell Silverstein's heartbreaking tales of love's lost and found left a lasting impression.



Assembly Hall, Worthing
By Nicole Greatrex

Dressed in a red waistcoat and ruffle-collared shirt, Locorriere skipped out energetically to the opening bars of Walk Right In.
Bounding from one side of the stage to the other, the former Dr Hook singer and guitarist was clearly glad to be back on this celebratory Hits & History tour.
Sticking to a collection of catchy country hits, comical offerings, such as You Make My Pants Want to Get Up and Dance, were woven in among classic Hook ballads, such as I Don't Want to be Alone Tonight, More Like the Movies and a cover of Sam Cooke's Only Sixteen. Locorriere remained faithful to the old records and his voice - sometimes a throaty rasp and often cracking with emotion - marked him out as the superstar he should have been.
His between-song banter was gushy but cute, as he paid tribute to one-time Dr Hook songwriter Shel Silverstein, and detailed his bemusement at hearing about the use of Sexy Eyes on a cat food commercial.
A solo acoustic version of Sylvia's Mother did the business and the crowd were upstanding following an encore performance of Years From Now. Locorriere's show was a beautiful wave of nostalgia from a truly entertaining performer and gentleman.

THE soulful voice of Dr Hook arrived in South Shields to yet another full house and didn't disappoint.

The joy of Locorriere is that although he's an old pro, he knows he still has to work hard to win over an audience. His witty banter and general relaxed state always had him on the same level as the crowd and they loved it.

There was the usual smattering of Dr Hook classics as well as work from his two solo albums, and not one song sounded out of place.

The set list was perfectly put together and although there were 400 people in the auditorium, at times it felt like he was performing to just you in your front room. Rarely will a more powerful and inspiring performance from one man and a guitar be seen on stage.

Dennis Locorriere, Ramada Hotel..
BEWDLEY Festival got off to a terrific start with an enthusiastic performance by Dennis Locorriere.....

He talked intimately to the sell-out audience with amusing and moving stories between songs, performing a see-saw tempo mixing melodic ballads and country numbers with almost manic powerful performances of more lively numbers.

He mentioned his two solo albums Out of the Dark and One of the Lucky Ones, performing the upbeat Lazy Day and the sensitive Underneath the Moon to warm responses from the audience.

The Dr Hook hits rolled along with ease including A Couple More Years, If Not You and When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman (with chorus harmony singing by the audience a particular success.) The Queen of the Silver Dollar brought the bulb down from the downlight but this failed to faze the professional performer.

Few singers/guitarists could rely on such an extensive back catalogue of their own compositions and the range of his strong voice and accomplished guitar playing did credit to his writing.

I have not seen a performer creating their own echoes and fading effects by running so enthusiastically from the front to the back of the stage before.

Percussion was achieved by foot stomping and drumming on his guitar fret-boards.

He also showcased songs by other writers, including the Sam Cooke hit Only Sixteen which went down well.

The evening was superb for variety and entertainment lasting until 11pm.

I had not seen Dennis Locorriere perform live before and would recommend any fan of guitar music from rock to country to watch him. DLT

Review: Dennis has crowd Hooked

Dennis Locorriere, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Dennis Locorriere, the former lead singer of Dr Hook, entertained a rapturous crowd for more than two hours with one of the most distinctive and instantly recognisable voices in popular music.

That amazing voice, ranging from husky tenderness to gritty power, swooping from bass to falsetto, combined with 35 years of confident stage presence, touched many hearts.

The songs he writes and sings are meaningful stories with carefully-crafted lyrics and memorable melodies, from the early Dr. Hook ballads - If Not You, Never Got To Hear Those Violins and That's All - to the disco-influenced When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman.

His versatile rhythm guitar expertise negated the need for bass and drums but some of the songs yearned for a steel guitar or a string section.

Nevertheless, four standing ovations and encores confirmed Dennis Locorriere as an exceptional singer-songwriter.

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THE former Dr Hook lead singer, now based in the UK, kicked off the Eastleigh Summer Festival with If I Had A Nickel in front of a sell-out crowd.

Just Dennis and his guitar and that rich, golden voice offered up over 20 songs covering loads of Hook hits and a selection from his revitalised solo career.

A skilled and versatile guitarist as well as one of the greatest voices in pop, the charismatic Dennis achieved an instant rapport with the crowd as he belted out Queen of the Silver Dollar, The Millionaire, and Carrie Me Carrie from the Hook days and new self-written songs like The Heat and Shine Son.

All got an equally enthusiastic response from an enthralled audience.

"Incredible!" said the lady next to me at the end of the gig as Dennis encored with Sylvia's Mother, and I wouldn't argue with that.

Superb entertainment from a warm and gifted entertainer on top form. This is Hampshire

Dennis Puts Meaning Back in Superstar

DENNIS Locorriere wowed the Waterfront Hall at the weekend with a solo show that would put many performers half his age to shame.

Indeed, in an era when the term 'superstar' is quickly applied to those who have been in the music business for what seems to be the equivalent of 15 minutes, Locorriere demonstrated the true meaning of the word.

On stage with just his guitar for company, the 53-year-old Locorriere showed that his inimitable voice is as powerful as ever, and that his passion for the songs that established him as an international star is undiminished.

In fact, like a fine wine, New Jersey-born Locorriere just improves with the passing of time.

He thrilled the audience, which included many younger fans, with a mix of 70s classics from his years as lead singer with Dr Hook and more recent material, especially from his first solo album, Out of the Dark, released in 2000.

Whoops of delight went up as the first bars of huge hit songs such as Sylvia's Mother, When You're In Love with a Beautiful Woman, A Little Bit More and the Ballad of Lucy Jordan were instantly recognised songs with an enduring appeal which, to many, were a soundtrack to large parts of the 70s and which won Dr Hook more than 60 gold and platinum albums and No1 chart records in 42 countries.

Among the newer tracks he performed, including The Right to Walk Away, and the Heat, Locorriere sang a song he is especially proud of - Shine, Son - written for his son, JesseJames, and looking at their relationship as the young man was setting off for university.

Locorriere comes across as the life and soul of the party, a consummate professional, who quickly establishes a rapport with the crowd. When he asked if anyone was seeing him for the first time, and a few hands shot up, he quipped why had they waited 'until he was almost dead'.

Talking about Sylvia's Mother - written by the late Shel Silverstein, his friend and musical collaborator - he joked that he felt at times that people could be so bored with it that he ran the risk of being beaten up but, if he didn't play it, he was also in danger of getting a beating!

Locorriere closed with a rousing Over the Years, paying tribute to the warmth of Northern Ireland audiences. But, despite the staminasapping set, he looked as if he had enjoyed the gig so much that he could have started all over again.

They don't make 'em like that any more!

The man who was Dr Hook told his adoring Belfast audience: "You know everywhere I go, I tell them about you guys." The doctor was back in town, his hook still very much intact. "This is a respectable turn out," he said early on "for a guy like me". The Doc's prescription is a panoply of perfectly formed songs powerfully performed. In the most basic sense, this was a medicine show. Locorriere, surely one of the most awkward surname in showbusiness, was the main voice of the 70's satirical-cum-country supergroup who used to add Medicine Show to their name. Thirty years on, he still injects the same mix of self-deprecating fun, pathos, reminisence and passion. Most of the audience were, ahem, of a certain age though one nice little nine year old girl ran to the stage. "When's she's 21," quipped Locorriere, "I'll be dead." His songs, though, are the kind that live forever. Armed only with two acoustic guitars, played of course individually there was inevitably a 'samey' feel to them, hits and all, reduced at times to a common, three-chord, crescendo denominator. He made up for it, though, with that voice - sleepy, growly, warm and angry by turns through More Like the Movies, Sharing the Night Together, new songs from his solo albums Out of the Dark and Alone, including Lazy Day, Shine Son and The Right to Walk Away and even a brand new ditty which doesn't even have a title yet. Right away he paid tribute to Shel Silverstein, the legendary storyteller songwriter who gave the songs their Hooks and also brought Locorriere back from semi-retirement by writing a play for him to star in. Mildly irritated by a seemingly enforced interval after just 40 minutes, Dennis reached deep into his back pages for stunning renditions of I Can't Touch the Sun, Cooky and Lila, The Eyes of Lucy Jordan and the Queen of the Silver Dollar. How anyone ever mistook the guy with the eyepatch, Ray Sawyer (something to do with the dominance of Disney and its take on Peter Pan is my guess) for the heart and soul of Dr Hook was blown away. Then came two encores; first Carry Me Carrie and then, of course, Sylvia's Mother, and Years from Now and the medicine had worked its healing powers yet again. Community Telegraph

It may have been 18 years since pop band Dr Hook called it a day but one of the most distinctive voices of the eighties brought back the memories last night. For one night only, Dennis Locorriere, the voice behind Dr Hook, took to the stage as part of his country-wide tour. His appearance may have changed a little in those two decades but his voice definitely had not. His instantly recognisable, spine-tingling, sexy vocals wowed the audience, most of whom were there because they were ardent fans. With renditions of A Little Bit More, When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, The Right To Walk Away, and a beautiful song penned for his son's depature ot university called Shine Sun. Dennis and acoustic guitar brought back to life the hits of the band. When he was lead vocalist with Dr Hook he won more that 60 gold and platinum albums, having number one chart hits in more than 42 countries. But this concert was not just about the old. It was about the new - about a talented songwriter and a gifted performer, who delivered two 45-minute slots of eclectic proportions with charisma. In 1999 Dennis received another platinum album for his CD Dr Hook Love Songs. Alone With Dennis Locorriere is his new solo album.

Blackpool Gazette Frances Bickerdike

Dennis Locorriere has two good reasons for feeling lucky he's been blessed with a truly magnificent singing voice and he also had the good fortune to meet Shel Silverstein. Silverstein didn't play in Dr Hook, but he was the writer of their musical melodramas, Sylvia's Mother; I Can't Touch The Sun and Wonderful Soup Stone, and Locorriere has the yearning in his voice to carry them off. Their collaboraions dominated Locorriere's show. However, the rest of the material on show proved the band still had a life without Shel. A Ltitle Bit More and If Not You gave them further chart success, and Locorriere delivered them in a more understated way ... Silverstein's Queen of the Silver Dollar, Cookie and Lila and A Couple More Years worked well and the unexpected delight was Locorriere's Shine Son a heartfelt message of affection to his university-bound son. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - the record which made Dr. Hook unlikely disco dudes - was the crowd pleaser. Locorriere closed with The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, Silverstein's finest moment. The two were made for each other.

Leicester Mercury Steve Pumfrey

You may not instantly know the name Dennis Locorriere. Why should you? He hasn't troubled the UK singles charts for the best part of 20 years. But as soon as he opens his mouth to sing the opening bars of his first song, you're instantly transported back to the late 1970s, and the heyday of Dr Hook. Rising from the tenderest emotional whisper to a powerful roar, his voice is one of the most distinctive sounds in popular music. Clearly enjoying himself, the nigh saw Dennis play his own songs, alongside the very best of Dr Hook's. While giving credit to his late friend and songwriter, Shel Silvestein, the selection of songs - including A Little Bit More, If Not You and When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - were a fantastic showcase for his unique vocal chords. Making the show solo and acoustic was a great way to highlight the perfectly-crafted mix of lyrics and melody that made you love these songs first time round. As Dennis himself said: "In the age of Pop Idol and fleeting celebrity, it's nice to know that people will still turn out in their hundreds to see one man with a guitar and a bunch of songs." The severe weather was not enough to deter a capacity crowd a The Customs House. After a rousing standing ovation, the audience were eager to brave the elements and head for home. But Dennis returned for one more encore, and the opening bars of Sylvia's Mother brought many rushing back to their seats. Remember the name. He'll be back

Shields Gazette Jane Harker

 

Concert Review: Dr.Hook Star Lives Up To His Legendary Status By Eddie Hearne

DR. HOOK star, Dennis Locorriere, fully lived up to his world-wide reputation as one of the most enduring musical legends of our time when he enthralled a capacity audience at Stage 2 at The Forum on Wednesday night last. Burly, bearded and sporting a stock of shoulder-length hair, the US-born former frontman of Dr. Hook, showed that the passage of more than three decades has done precious little to blunt his distinctive voice and enthusiasm. Dennis oozed star quality and charisma in a performance lasting an hour and forty minutes. He held his appreciative audience spell-bound with over twenty numbers including the timeless classics, some of which he helped pen in collaboration with his renowned songwriting friend, the late Shel Silverstein, which earned them more than sixty gold and platinum discs with No. 1 hits in forty-two countries. Dennis arrived on stage unannounced, opening with several numbers from his recently released album Out Of The Dark. Instant applause greeted the opening notes of If Not You, one of his hits from the 1970s and early ’80s. Only Sixteen and I’ve Got A Couple More Years On You Baby — covered by Ronnie Drew — were also warmly received. Dennis Locorriere demonstrated his artistry on guitar with a full-blooded rendition of Queen Of The Silver Dollar and When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. The song, which he wrote for his son Jesse, Wanna See My Son Shine, was wonderfully sensitive as was his 1976 hit A Little Bit More and The Ballad of Lucy Jordan. WARM RAPPORT His hit single, Cover Of The Rolling Stones, reflected his warm rapport with the audience whose shouts for “more” were rewarded with a double encore — Sylvia’s Mother, the song with which Denis Locorriere will forever be synonymous and finally, Years From Now another of his classics. This was yet another truly memorable night at The Forum, ranking alongside the appearances by other legends such as Johnny Cash at the popular venue in The Glen. Full credit on this occasion is due to local promoters Shay Quinn and his partner, Karen, of Crystal Star Promotions, for keeping the faith and giving the Waterford public an opportunity to see such a hugely talented entertainer live in concert, culminating in a fabulous gig. It was very encouraging also to see a “full house” on a night particularly as Man. United and Juventus were a big counter attraction on ‘the box’.

WATERFORD NEWS & STAR

Dennis Locorriere, Ramada Hotel, Friday: BEWDLEY Festival got off to a terrific start with an enthusiastic performance by Dennis Locorriere

He talked intimately to the sell-out audience with amusing and moving stories between songs, performing a see-saw tempo mixing melodic ballads and country numbers with almost manic powerful performances of more lively numbers.

He mentioned his two solo albums Out of the Dark and One of the Lucky Ones, performing the upbeat Lazy Day and the sensitive Underneath the Moon to warm responses from the audience.

The Dr Hook hits rolled along with ease including A Couple More Years, If Not You and When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman (with chorus harmony singing by the audience a particular success.) The Queen of the Silver Dollar brought the bulb down from the downlight but this failed to faze the professional performer.

Few singers/guitarists could rely on such an extensive back catalogue of their own compositions and the range of his strong voice and accomplished guitar playing did credit to his writing.

I have not seen a performer creating their own echoes and fading effects by running so enthusiastically from the front to the back of the stage before.

Percussion was achieved by foot stomping and drumming on his guitar fret-boards.

He also showcased songs by other writers, including the Sam Cooke hit Only Sixteen which went down well.

The evening was superb for variety and entertainment lasting until 11pm.

I had not seen Dennis Locorriere perform live before and would recommend any fan of guitar music from rock to country to watch him. DLT

The Devil & Billy Markham

Press Reviews:

Time 18/12/99 ...The sole performer, as both Markham and his demonic adversary, is Dennis Locorriere, erstwhile singer-songwriter of the pop group Dr. Hook. His energy is boundless, his timing flawless, his depravity seemingly bottomless in this bewitching romp.

New York Times Theatre Review, December 4, 1989 by Frank Rich .... Under Mr. Mosher's direction, Mr. Locorriere gives an ingratiating performance, and he works hard enough to break out in a hellish sweat. The audience's sweat is prompted by anxiety. Watching "The Devil and Billy Markham" is like being trapped at a bar with an amiable drunk who simply refuses to let go of your arm or his convoluted, often-told tale. You know the spiel won't end until one of you falls off his stool

Off Broadway Review: .... It is performed with gravely voiced gusto (and an impressive memory) by rock singer Dennis Locorriere....... Performed with great showmanship and elan by Dennis Locorriere (late of the rock group Dr. Hook), it's a little like a cross between a Grateful Dead song and Eddie Murphy's "Raw"... Shel Silverstein's "The Devil and Billy Markham" delivered in a bravura turn by Dennis Locorriere is an epic ballad in rhyme... A remarkable feat of memorization on Locorriere's part...it is also a mesmerizing performance of the storyteller's art. Locorriere grits-and-honey voice and his young Santa Claus appearance hold us in his spell from the first line to the last. (And he does it all with a mop, a guitar and a tiny harmonica as his only props)

LIFESTYLES Locorriere prowls the stage with manic purpose...He sings he dances and otherwise uses everything within him to keep us involved...

THE RECORD It's raucously performed by rock singer Dennis Locorriere. With his shoulder length locks and widely expressive voice, Mr. Locorriere makes both a lewd, seductive Satan and a cocky winsome Billy.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Locorriere held the audience in the palm of his hand throughout using nothing but a pail, a mop, a hat-stand, a guitar and his own incredible talent UPI ...Locorriere doesn't place a gesture wrong, or miss a single phrase in a performance of operatic bravado and wondrous comic braggadocio.

NEW York POST ...It's a phenomenal performance, not to mention a feat of prodigious memorization.

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