Review: Fun Lovin’ Criminals at the UEA

Fun Lovin' Criminals' UEA gig photo by Time Sniper Photography

Fun Lovin' Criminals' UEA gig photo by Time Sniper Photography - Credit: Archant

Huey Morgan's three-man band came to the UEA to celebrate their 20th anniversary of their album 'Come Find Yourself' and gave a stellar performance for their appreciative fans.

Tracks from the 1996 album blew open the first set, 'Smoke 'Em', 'I Can't Get With That' and the lyrically gritty 'King of New York' brought rediscovered memories of how glorious this best-selling album was and how their eclectic music style has got them such a vast following.

This section also saw their Leicester-born drummer, Frank Benbini, calling out for old school hip-hop fans before the Criminals thrashed out a heavy loaded version of 'Bear Hug' and a crowd participated version of their most famous song, 'Scooby Snacks'.

The band's continued banter with each other as well as front man Morgan's interaction with the crowd was infectious and really portrayed the mellow coolness that the group just oozed all night.

Benbini and fellow band member Brian 'Fast' Leiser put in Herculean shifts throughout; the latter showed all his skills on bass, keyboards, harmonica and trumpet playing with incredible ease changing instruments between some of the tracks.

After a short interval, the trio returned and ramped up the second half, as they went to some of their other material to get the crowd going.

Their album, 100% Colombian, provided explosive tracks, 'Korean Bodega' and Big Night Out' to the masses and were delivered perfectly by Morgan's gruff tones.

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Their lesser known track, 'Loco' from their 2001 album of the same name was also received brilliantly but good things had to come to an end with the band thanking the audience before leaving the room.

After a brief spell behind the scenes, the Criminals returned and topped the night off with an electrifying encore version of Led Zeppelin's 1971 song, 'Rock and Roll'.

The fantastic threesome left the fans completely fulfilled and overjoyed to see the return of such a genre diverse band on a live stage again.

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