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Hammersmith HMV Apollo
28 November 2009
November, It's London, it must be time for Another Perfect Date at the
With four bands on, it was an early start and short sets, which didn't do
anyone enough justice. I missed most of the opening band but it's always a
pleasure to see Girlschool live. I've never seen them play a bad
show, their rock'n'roll full of energy.
girls make heavy metal sound and look fun, and from the opening number
'Demolition' you knew it would be good.
guitar work from Jax Chambers, and guitarist Kim McAuliffe and bassist
Enid Williams sharing vocals. 'C'Mon Let's Go' featured some thunderous
drums from Denise Dufort, and 'Hit And Run' went down well too.
wasn't all early material; 'I Spy' from the new Legacy CD went down well
and showed a much heavier side. 'Screaming Blue Murder', 'Coming Our Way',
'Race With The Devil' and 'Emergency' finished their set, before
Motorhead's Lemmy joined the band for a rousing rendition of the Motorhead/Girlschool
hit 'Please Don't Touch'.
It's been a
long time since I last saw The Damned live (1985), and tonight
reminded me (and many others) just how good the still are.
line-up, still promoting last year's 'So Who's Paranoid' album, centres
around vocalist Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible, and with a
keyboard player swelling the ranks too, it was good sound.
opened with 'New Rose' (Britain's first ever Punk single), before going
straight into 'Street Of Dreams'. The latter is taken from
'Phantasmagoria', one of my favourite albums, ever, so to see this played
live and so well was a real treat.
Neat' and 'History Of The World' were also part of the set that pleased
many. Top marks to Captain Sensible too for his comments berating Simon
Cowell and The X Factor.
one of Britain's greatest Metal institutions, still put on a good
performance. That said, while many t-shirts proclaimed 'Everything louder
than everything else', this show could largely have been billed as
'Everything the same as the last November tour, and the November tour
complain about the music, no one in their right mind would at a show that
opens with 'Iron Fist' and 'Stay Clean'. 'Shut You Down', 'Metropolis',
'Over The Top' and a track from the latest Motorizer set all followed.
25 years on, 'Another Perfect Day' gets recognition, and the single 'I Got
Mine' always goes down well; shame the same could not be said for the
following guitar solo. Pointless and self indulgent, and a waste of
precious time in a 90 minute set when there are so many decent songs in
the ‘Head catalogue that haven't been aired in years.
track from Motorizer reminded the crowd that there is vaguely current
material available, and was followed by 'Cradle To The Grave', a decent
enough song but a strange choice being a single b-side.
'In The Name
Of Tragedy' (from Inferno) is a good track, but the drum solo sent me to
the bar. 'Orgasmatron' and 'Killed By Death', two of Motorhead's heavier
tracks, always stand out, well performed tonight, and 'Going To Brazil'
was a surprise inclusion, an excellent and welcome break from the norm.
From here on the set was as excellent yet predictable as ever; 'Bomber'
closed the show, with the encore of 'Whorehouse Blues', 'Ace Of Spades'
The whole evening was full of excellent and enjoyable music, Motorhead
really do epitomise British bluesy/ ballsy metal and rock'n'roll at its
best, but have done precious little to blow me away, on stage or on
record, in the last 15 years.
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