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Water Rats, 22 July 2010
seen playing with the reformed New York Dolls and in Michael Monroe's
new solo band, Steve Conte was in town to play some rare live solo
dates. Playing songs from his recent released and critically
acclaimed 'Steve Conte And The Crazy Truth' album.
reason, the London date had five support bands before Conte graced the
stage and on a hot evening there was no way was I going to stay inside
this sold out sweat-box for the entire evening. However I did get here
at an early time to see The Virginmarys who were playing a
low-key London date to keep the media darlings happy before home time.
impressed with The Virginmarys after witnessing their set at this years
Download Festival and the band were on explosive form again tonight.The
power trio blasted their way through with selections from their debut
'Cast The First Stone'. Drummer Danny Dolan bashes his way through 'Bang
Bang Bang' with the most looniest drumming not seen since the days of
Ally Dickaty hunches down on the mic whilst Matt Rose stamps the floor
with every chord.The band sound like the White Stripes being blended
through a meat grinder. You can check them out for yourselves
later this year when they support Skunk Anansie and also again at the
Hard Rock Hell Fest.
outside for a fag and a chat it was a joy and a privilage to meet singer
songwriter Frankie Miller. The Glasweigian had a string of hits in
the seventies and was a big influence on Phil Lynott and Bob Seger.
Although he suffered from a brian haemorrage in 1994 which left him
unable to have a conversation, he was still fully coherent and able to
raise a smile. A real pleasure.
Melodramas were special guest of Conte on this tour after they
supported the New York Dolls and have also grabbed the attenton of Foo
Fighter Taylor Hawkins for a support slot.
play a commercial garage mixture of The Strokes, The Specials and The
Cure. They've just played in Vietnam and China and are about to embark
on a tour of Australia. A name for the future.
Conte was without his Crazy Truth band tonight and was instead
joined by Dutch musicians Jeroen Polderman on drums and bassist Jozz
Verheijn. The fans here tonight were treated to a very special show
indeed playing every track from the Crazy Truth album plus a few wise
with a trio of tracks from his last album it becomes apparent that these
songs could easily belong any of the last two New York Dolls albums.
A fine cover
of Eddie Cochran's 'Summertime Blues' followed which steam rolled down
the tracks like a train pumping out happy clouds of smoke in an old Walt
were raised for 'Texas T' which has an easy to learn sing along chorus.
Paul Ronney Angel from The Urban Voodoo Machine joins Conte on 'Busload
Of Hope' for some harmonica playing fun. The wonderfully titled
'Strumpet-Hearted Monkey Girl' has a rockabilly feel to it.
guest was Spanish flamenco guitar player Raimundo Amadur (a major pull
in his homeland.) joins Conte for some drawn out jamming on 'Indie
Girl'. The doo-wop feel of 'Gypsy Cab' should belong on a Quentin
time way past midnight there was still time for encores. Angel
joined the band once more for a run through of 'Pills' a track
originally written by Bo Diddley that was covered by the New York Dolls
on their debut.
paid tribute to his former colleague Willy DeVille with a great cover of
'Venus Of Avenue D' slowing the pace down completely at the end with a
traditional Spanish number 'El Lago' along with Raimundo Amadur and Lin
surprisingly great gig which was worth missing the last tube home for.
Set list: This Is The End/ The Truth Ain't Pretty/ Get Off /Summertime Blues/ The Goods Are Odd/ Texas T/ Her Highness/ Busload
Of Hope/ Strumpet-Hearted Monkey Girl/ Indie Girl/ Gypsy Cab/ Junk
Planet...Encores: Pills/ Venus Of Avenue D/ El Lago
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