Just witnessed your
best live gig?.. send us a review!
Municipal Arts Centre, Pontypridd 16 April 2010
officially reformed back in 1999 to the delight of many hardened
rockers, myself included. It's been a couple of years since the
band last toured and when I saw this one off date announced, I jumped at
the chance of taking the journey up the M4 to see one of the most
influential heavy rock bands ever.
out show in a converted church is a warm up gig for Budgie, who are on
home soil tonight, before the band fly across the Atlantic to the States
for a handful of dates. (Although the Iceland volcanic ash
conspired to keep Budgie firmly perched for the time being.)
There were a
few raised eyebrows by fans and the media when Dio guitarist Craig Goldy
stepped in to replace Simon Lees to tour the UK a couple of years ago
and I was surprised to see him still in the band for this upcoming tour.
When I last
saw the band at the Camden Underworld in 2008, Goldy was having
problems with his equipment and seemed uncomfortable with the new
musical direction he was taking. Tonight, however, he had no
problems taking on those great riffs made famous by original Budgie
guitarist Tony Bourge, smiling and interacting with those down the front
throughout the gig.
Burke Shelley, with his muscular arms, ripped jeans and big mop of hair
covering his face prowls the stage with his heavy bass, has a younger
appearance than someone who will be celebrating his 60th birthday this
year. Shelley is one of the most underated bass players often
playing his instrument as a lead.
from the 2006 release 'You're All Living In Cuckooland' were aired with
the fast funkiness of 'Falling' being the best. 'Turn To Stone' from
81's 'Night Flight' was dedicated to Big John Thomas, the guitarist who
originally played on this track, who according to Shelley was ''Alive
and Well and still living right here in Pontypridd.'' received a
It was great
to hear the full ten minute version of 'Parents' which featured some
transcending work from Goldy which reduced a girl standing next to me
The set was
almost identical to the last tour and I would've liked to have seen
'Black Velvet Stallion' or 'In The Grip Of A Tyre Fitters Hand' welcomed
back into the set, but I can make do with the other clever tiles such as
'Hot As A Docker's Armpit', 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman' and
set ender 'Napoleon Bona part I & II' which were all mind blowing.
with their signature tune 'Breadfan', Budgie taught a valuable lesson to
those younger rock fans here tonight, but most of the audience - mostly
40-60 year old men - went home extremely happy.
Set List : Panzer Division Destroyed / Guts / Dead Men Don't Talk / Melt
The Ice Away / Justice / Turn To Stone / Falling / Parents / In For The
Kill / Crash Course In Brain Surgery / Hot As A Docker's Armpit / Nude
Disintegrating Parachutist Woman / Zoom Club / Napoleon Bona Part I & II
...... encores ... Breadfan / Whiskey River
Review by Mark Taylor
|Print this page in printer-friendly format
|Tell a friend about this page