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100 Club, London 4 May 2010
Drive have been driving down Rock 'N Roll Avenue for only a short while
and tonight are playing their most important gig in front of invited
guests from the media of rock's top magazines and radio stations here at
the prestigious 100 Club in London's bustling Oxford Street on a night
when Luke Skywalker might say ''May the 4th be with you.''
100 Club plays host to jazz bands but over time the stage has graced the
Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Chuck Berry and even a secret show from
Metallica and now it is time for the Twickenham boys Four Wheel Drive to
rev up some noise and follow in some great footsteps.
Tonight is a
video launch for the premier showing of 'White Lines' a video recently
shot in Gunnersbury, West London. As with most showcase gigs the
evening starts at 6.30pm where industry bigwigs can mooch with each
other and make the most of the free booze on offer. the GRTR team were
there, and are we ready to rock? You bet. Are we ready to make the
must of the free booze? Make that a double.
invited an impressive 250 fans along for the ride and the place was soon
packed out. After a showing of the video which shows the band live
and hot in action, it was time for some proper live action.
Lines' sent us down the right lane and there was no time to look in the
rear view mirror, this was full on rock 'n roll. Singer and
bassist Jamie Lailey has a rasping voice similar to Tom Keifer of
Cinderella. Some great guitar work from Paddy Achtelik and Ben
Austwick who take turns in the solos with Will Richards doing some
serious damage to the skins.
Drive play good time rock 'n roll with touches of AC/DC, Quo and even
Bachman Turner Overdrive played at 45rpm, not 'arf mate.
from their debut CD 'High Roller' breaks the speedometer. The band
put 100% into their performance and I'm always ready to go for another
spin with the boys each time they play.
'Get A Move On' ended the night and left it's tyre tracks all over the
100 Club. Four Wheel Drive shirtless and sweaty did a lap of honour and
won themselves many more friends tonight.
of the venue was like being on an all night bender as it was still
daylight at 9pm, so with valuable drinking time still ahead, us media
hacks made a hasty retreat to the Crobar soon followed by the band for a
boozy Tuesday evening that went on until the early hours.
night and a great future ahead for the 4WD boys, but one thing I learnt
the following morning is, don't drink and Four Wheel Drive.
Set list : White Lines / Blood On The Walls / Hole Of Rock 'N Roll /
House Of Fire / Take A Drag / Big Fat And Ugly / Six Foot Poster / High
Roller Encores ... Rough Around The Edges / Get A Move On
Photos by Noel Buckley
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