Wait… Kiefer Sutherland? Rocking? Yes, you read that right! The Hollywood actor well known for films such as The Lost Boys (my favourite!), Flatliners, Young Guns and Phone Booth, as well as epic TV shows, 24, and most recently, Designated Survivor, takes to the music stage like he owns it. His country album, Down in a Hole debuted in 2016, and somehow he’s managed to add another string to his bow.
Supported by Rick Brantley, Kiefer and his band brought the Reckless tour to Manchester, a city home to many music greats. A somewhat daunting prospect, but he’d been here before. If members of the crowd hadn’t heard his music beforehand, they had certainly loved what they heard by the time the last notes fill the former Wesleyan chapel.
Unfortunately, some of the crowd must have only been there for the Hollywood star rather than to see him perform because I could hear quite a number of people behind me (and very near the bar) chatting throughout the first half of the gig. So annoying and very rude… If you want a few pints and inane football chatter, go to a pub! (Rant over!)
Kiefer put on such a great show and really got the audience going. He is a wonderful storyteller and chats between songs, many of which he admits are about bars and drinking! He even brings a glass of whisky to the stage.
Eagerly awaiting the next album, I headed to the merchandise stall after the gig and picked up a copy of Kiefer’s limited edition, four-track EP – Reckless & Me. Seriously, if you’ve not heard his music, head over to YouTube and give it a listen.
On a side note: My day was made before the gig even started! In the heat of the afternoon, Kiefer kindly came to see us in the queue. He took time to sign autographs and have photos taken with everyone who waited. A true gentleman!