REVIEW: Ricky at CaMassive, The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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For a while there Ricky were the great hopes for Portsmouth’s music scene. Sadly, despite a winning way with a tune the musical gods were against them and their career stalled before it had the chance to get out of the blocks.

At this concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the indie-rockers were back together on stage for the first time in nearly a decade.

The one-off reunion took place in tribute to their friend Cammi Dickens, who died of cancer aged 25.

The band split in 2006 without ever playing a final gig, so there was a sense of unfinished business.

Lead singer Jim Lines, looking dapper in suit and tie throughout, was in fine voice, and considering the band only had two rehearsals together – rhythm guitarist Gary Rex now lives in Australia and only arrived back in the UK days earlier – their performance was far better than it had any right to be.

And judging by the number of people singing along word-perfect – including on songs never officially released – the band have not been forgotten.

Their Byrds-ian cover of Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man fitted in seamlessly, it could have been written for the gents.

And their performance of the wistful Speculation, Cammi’s favourite song by the five-piece, was another set highlight.

For the final number, Jim and guitarist Guy Gyngell played a pared down version of Beat Out The Best In Me, a track Cammi had originally played piano on.

It was the perfect end to their set, and a fitting note for Ricky to finally end on.