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Thursday, August 13, 2009

8/15: Denny Laine at the Wincester

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 8:00 AM

The spotlight has glanced across Denny Laine’s career several times over the years. Even though he’s never been able to sustain that spotlight for very long, he remains an intriguing artist. As a 20-year-old in 1964, he co-founded the Moody Blues and gave them their first big hit with the R&B-flavored “Go Now.” Laine left a couple years later as the band regrouped behind a new lineup and prog-rock style. He started the Electric String Band (with amplified violin and cello), an approach Electric Light Orchestra would adopt more successfully a few years later. A collaboration with Cream’s Ginger Baker’s Air Force collapsed as quickly as it began. Then in 1971, Laine founded Wings with Paul McCartney. He endured through the band’s entire tenure and co-wrote the hit “Mull of Kintyre.” Since then, he’s released a handful of solo albums that revisits his old bands’ hits. His voice is still fairly strong, and performances are rife with entertaining stories and anecdotes. He performs with his backing band, the Cryers, at 9 p.m. at the Winchester (12112 Madison Ave., 216.226.5681). Tickets: $20. — Chris Parker

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