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HEAVY METAL KIDS
The Underworld, Camden,London 25 March 2004
Back again for their second visit to the Underworld in under a
year and good to see an increased turn out. As an aside there are
growing numbers of classic rock and metal gigs in & around London and
each is getting sizeable turnouts which is good to see. Just proves
that the more a band tours, the more word of mouth/reviews spread and
crowds increase. The Underworld has a very strong line-up for 2004
and full marks to them for putting on these bands.
Anyway, back to the gig... first of the support acts was Tony
Bacardi & the Shakespearos. Never heard of them before and they had
more band members than ELO on stage! Talented guitarist and the line-
up also featured a flautist, but as with many bands they are let down
when the vocalist starts to sing. Enjoyed the music but not the
Honest John Plain as befits his name played honest, no holds
barred punk meets rock `n' roll. Very tight three-piece band,
featuring a superb drummer who was from the John Bonham school of
pounding. A band made for the live circuit due to their energy and
sheer enjoyment factor.
The Heavy Metal Kids took to the stage and rocked from the off!
Lots of new songs from their 2003 comeback release `Hit The Right
Button' including `Blow It All Away', the superb pop punk
of `Message' (a radio hit that never was), `100 Skeletons'
and `Gotham City'. Old tunes were there as well in the shape
of 'Chelsea Kids', `She's No Angel' and ' The Cops Are Coming' (an encore
last time round) plus encoring with `Delirious' (a staple of Hanoi
Rocks live show). The second encore descended into chaos as you had
stage invading bimbos, an ex-member of 70's punk band
Splodgenessabounds and Drew, the man who books all these bands, all
Some sound problems as I personally couldn't hear Danny
Peyronel's keyboards at all but all in all another fine night of
rock `n' roll with a healthy dose of punk attitude. Not as quite as
good as last year's show to be honest but still a great way to spend
a night out. Fans of modern bands/artists like Butch Walker, Sum 41,
Good Charlotte et al, should go see the originators who still put on
a damn fine show.
Review: Jason Ritchie