Review: Huey And The New Yorkers at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Huey and the New Yorkers perform at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Luisa Cross
Huey and the New Yorkers perform at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Luisa Cross

The view is glorious as we head to Victorious!

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Huey Morgan is still cool. Very cool.

Yes, there are a few more grey hairs and a little more give around the jowls since his Fun Lovin’ Criminals heyday.

But it’s still there, omnipresent, undeniable and radiating from a man who remains one of the smoothest cats in the business.

For the time being, it’s the New Yorkers who are keeping the 44-year-old company on stage rather than the outfit he made his name with in the mid-90s.

He may have had to make do with a dodgy Chinese from Albert Road for his dinner, but the smile which spreads across Morgan’s face at a less-than-full Wedge on a Monday night is a true one.

A love of funk throbs through the opening, before slowing into the slide guitar ballad Shaniqua and then a surprise in the shape of country-soaked Fall Into Me.

What remains clearest, though, is Morgan is clearly loving the experience of playing with the members of the five-piece he regards as his mates. And, as a result, so are we.