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TYGERS OF PAN TANG
Bridgehouse II, London 22 October 2009
Of Pan Tang were at the forefront of the NWOBHM movement back in the early
eighties. After four successful hit albums the band disintegrated
only to emerge a few years later with an ever increasing number of members
to pass through the ranks.
Fast forward to 2009 the Tygers are still going strong after original guitarist
Robb Weir has assembled a band that look set to be the steadiest line up ever in
the history of the band. Last year they released 'Animal Instinct' which was
praised by critics. Even respected journalist Geoff Barton rated the album
far greater than those new releases of Def Leppard and Whitesnake. High
The band are
in town to play a low key gig as a warm up before getting ferried off for
the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival in Holland. I was a big fan of
the band in the glory years but was too young to witness them live.
this line up perform a couple of times before, once supporting Waysted and
again at the Hard Rock Hell Festival and wasn't completely bowled over,
but I was knocked for six by this performance.
greatest find has to be in singer Jacopo Meille. An Italian from
Florence who was a member of Mantra. Not only has he a similar voice
to former Tyger singer Jon Deverill but also tackled the material
originally sang by Jess Cox from the debut album with aplomb stamping his
own identity on the songs and making them his own.
like 'Don't Say Rock N' Roll's Gonna Die' and 'Live For The Day' are melodic and
memorable. 'Slave To Freedom' from the debut is a classic with Weir
and Dean Robertson trading licks. I was mighty surprised to hear
'Never Satisfied' from 'Crazy Nights in the set with it's crunching riff
building into a fast chorus.
Being a low
key gig there was a lot of camaraderie between singer Meille and the
punters especially the ladies in the house. He got us all to join in
and sing along to 'Rock N' Roll Man'.
encores we were taken back to the debut EP 'Don't Touch Me There' a song
the band hadn't performed in a long time before ending with the Leiber/Stoller
hit single for the band 'Love Potion No.9'
gig the Tygers manager told me they were doing a warm up gig because he
wanted the band to be on fire for the date in Holland two days later.
If they performed like they did tonight they should've gone down a storm.
out of the cage to prowl the streets of Canning Town tonight were treated
to a spellbounding gig by the Tygers. They certainly got my roar of
Set list :Euthanasia / Raised On Rock / Don't Say Rock N' Roll's Gonna Die /
Take It / Suzie Smiled / Hot Blooded / Slave To Freedom / Never Satisfied
/ Rock N' Roll Man / Hellbound / Live For The Day / Gangland...encores
Don't Touch Me There / Love Potion No.9
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