So this is what a legend looks like. It's rare that a reviewer gets to use the word
“legend in a review and really mean it.
Bo Diddley at The Cavern was one of those times.
But even to call Bo a blues legend still doesn’t give him full credit for the influence he has had on all types of music in the last 50 years.
Everybody knows the name Bo Diddley, even if they have never heard a note from him.
That he rightly took his place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 is proof enough of his contribution to music.
And here he was at 73, with a sparkle in his eye and still making his trademark, square,
maple-coloured guitar moan and sing.
This was 11.30 at night and Bo’s second performance of the evening, and he showed he still has what it takes and then some.
As a rather happy drunk said at the end of the night “He was so cool I thought I saw a penguin go fetch fire wood.”
The slower songs felt like warm ups for the moments when he would let fly. And when he did, the brick wails seemed as though they were going to crumble.
The final encore showed Bo at his finest, connecting with his audience.
Stories of disagreements with his mother over his music and how Hey Bo Diddley’s lyrics had to be changed for the record company, all mid-song, wowed the crowd.
If you needed any more proof of his greatness, the duet between Bo and his drummer provided the evidence. The audience, went mad.
CHRIS BROWN Liverpool Echo