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Camden Underworld, London 7 December 2004

Budgie are one of those bands that seem to have been around for ever yet still have a loyal following. Judging by the good size of the crowd and the atmosphere in The Underworld, tonights gig was promising to offer a lot - and we wasn't disapointed.

From the moment the band took to the stage and from the first song on, there was no stopping them.

Budgie have a back catalogue going back 30+ years and tonight they stormed through many old favourites including Forearm Smash, In For The Kill, Turned To Stone, Panzer Division, Parents, Napoleon Bonapate (suprisingly though, no Crime against the world) - the list goes on.

Burke Shelley seems to have a new lease of life at the moment and a part of this must be down to the superb guitar playing of Simon Lees - this guy is electric, all backed up by Steve Williams on drums.

The band were absolutely on form tonight with the crowd playing their part, too. As usual, the gig was over far too soon but not until a encore of Breadfan, complemented with a top notch guitar solo from Simon.

Many people may not realise that Budgie are still around, and who knows how much longer Burke can hold onto his voice, but on tonight's showing and the reaction of the crowd, there's life in the old bird yet.

For good honest rock, make sure you catch them next time they're around - on this showing, you won't be disapointed

Review: Dean Dukelow

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