Kiefer Up Close – 2019

Kiefer Up Close – 2019

I’ve had a busy week and it all started with a trip to Manchester to see to wonderful Kiefer Sutherland.

Yes, less than a year after rocking Manchester last year, Kiefer was back, this time at Gorilla where he originally played in 2017. Monday night’s gig was an intimate evening of acoustic music, storytelling and a Q&A session. With it being a sit-down event, you’d expect it to be a little more subdued than the usual Kiefer Sutherland Band gigs, but the 200 strong crowd were just as excited and appreciative as the usual larger crowds.

Kiefer Sutherland on stage at Gorilla, Manchester.
Kiefer Sutherland on stage at Gorilla, Manchester.

Kiefer tells the most interesting (sometimes sad, often funny) stories between songs, usually about the songs themselves and the love or events that inspired them. Fans will know Kiefer likes his drink, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out it’s a bit of a running theme throughout his songs. An example is his song “Can’t Stay Away”, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was about a girl (his friends certainly thought it was), but his daughter had him all sussed, she knew it was about a bar!

The Q&A session was a rare chance for fans to ask whatever they liked. Fans of 24 will be pleased to know that Kiefer hasn’t ruled out a returning to play Jack Bauer (as long as he doesn’t have to do too much running!). The question “Vampire or cowboy?” elicited the response “Vampire, of course! Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. It’s fun to be a vampire!” (That’s The Lost Boys tagline, in case you didn’t know).

All in all, it was a brilliant evening and Kiefer looked like he was having fun too.


  1. Kelly says:

    I’m not always a great fan of live music, but a small-venue, acoustic event like this can be wonderful. Love that there was a Q&A session – how personal!

  2. Hi Nikki,

    I always enjoy those ‘evening with…’ shows on the TV, although I have only ever seen one event life. That was many years ago now, in the local Frome theatre, which sounds as though it is a similar size to Gorilla, and the guest was Brian Blessed, who is so much larger than life in the flesh so to speak! That trade-mark, loud booming voice certainly filled the room and he had some great stories to share and never stopped answering questions all evening!

    We have watched so many films starring Kiefer, although we are probably just as at home with movies starring his father, Donald, who had such a strong stage presence. Unfortunately we have never bothered watching ’24’, so I can’t really comment on the show.

    I checked out the links you so kindly included and listened to ‘Can’t Stay Away’. I had no idea that Kiefer could sing so well and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of his voice.

    Watching a live performance is so much better than a pre-recorded show and this looks as though it was a good call from you!

    Glad you had a good time and have a great Easter 🙂


  3. jeanie says:

    I’d love to see him in concert! Lucky you — and the photos are great!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Marmelade Gypsy and taking the time to comment, too!

  4. Jo says:

    How wonderful to be at such an intimate gig, especially with a Q and A session, it must have felt very personal. I just wanted to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my last post about the death of my mum, it was very much appreciated and helped so much to know that people were thinking of me at this sad time xx

  5. Tracy Terry says:

    I haven’t been to a lot of gigs, preferring to see plays, but if I do go I much prefer small more personal venues like this one and would love one with with storytelling and a Q&A session.

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