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TYGERS OF PAN TANG
Bridgehouse II, London 22 April 2010
Tygers Of Pan Tang played this very venue last year as a low-key affair
as a warm up for the Heavy Metal Maniac's Festival in Holland and are
using the Bridgehouse II again tonight for a rehearsal for an appearance
at the Keep It True Festival in Germany in a couple of days time.
Bridgehouse regulars Slam opened with an entertaining set.
Although the boys won't be winning any pin up of the year awards, they
did deliver a set of original tunes that hark back to the stadium rock
days of the 80's. Worth checking out.
The Tygers weren't the only band doing a low-key gig tonight.
Surprisingly, rising rockers Dear Superstar were added to the
bill. Fresh from there recent mammoth tour with Heavens Basement,
the DS boys took time out of the studio to play this one off gig before
they head out on a headline tour in May before striking the Festival
circuit across Europe in June.
Their brand of Funeral For A Friendish modern day metal may have been
out of place on this bill with the venue full of mostly denim clad
rockers, but that didn't sway the confidence of the anarchistic frontman
Micky Satiar who was screaming his lungs out with his foot raised on the
New songs like the single 'My Greed My Vanity', 'Dressed Like Helloween'
and the impressive 'Never Surrender' all bode well for the next album.
The traditionalists at the back didn't know what to make of Dear
Superstar, but the young female fans down the front loved every second
of them, not believing their luck of seeing their heroes up close and
personal in this pub sized venue.
Tonight's show almost didn't happen due to the ongoing volcanic air
disruption. Tygers singer Jacopo Meille was still stuck in his
homeland of Italy the day before but managed to get a morning flight at
the last minute so he could be with his band mates and give the metal
faithful a rousing set.
Tygers Of Pan Tang played a set mostly consisting of tracks from the
first three albums with only their hit single 'Love Potion
No.9' from the fourth album 'The Cage' released in 1982 the most recent
material, but what an explosive
set it was.
Metaphorically, we do get some new material as the Tygers have
re-recorded five tracks from the top 20 debut 'Wild Cat' album and just
released it as the 'Wild Cat Sessions' featuring new versions recorded
by the new line up.
'Euthanasia' from that EP opens the set in a loud and refreshed fashion.
My ear drums almost burst when Jacopo Meille screams ''Good Eveeeening
London, were you Raiiiisssed On Rooocckkk?''
My friend and fellow GRTR! writer Jim Rowland was with me and it was his
first time seeing the Tygers since 1985 and he was soon back in NWOBHM
heaven with his fist raised during 'Hellbound'.
He couldn't believe how good the latest incarnation of the band are, and
was very impressed with the vocals of the Italian stallion.
Normal bassist Brian West was away on guitar tech duty for Uriah Heep,
but his temporary replacement Kevin Fletcher did a very soild job.
'Suzie Smiled' was punky and punchy, another track from the 'Wild Cat
Sessions' 'Slave To Freedom' was pure air guitar heaven with riffs
aplenty from original Tyger Robb Weir. I would love to see
Metallica tackle this number.
An encore of 'Don't Touch Me There' had more of a heavy blues swing to
it compared to the original 'Wild Cat' version. With an old
fashioned set tonight I'm sure the Keep It True rockers in Germany were
treated to a great trip down metal memory lane.
Having to leave during 'Love Potion No.9' to catch the last tube home
from the edge of the map to the centre of London, a gig somewhere more
central in the capital is long overdue. The Tygers Of Pan Tang improve
with every performance and many are missing out on feeling the sharpened
claws of the Tygers.
Set list : Euthanasia / Raised On Rock / Hellbound / Suzie Smiled /
Slave To Freedom / Never Satisfied / Rock N' Roll Man / Wild Catz /
Gangland .. encores .. Don't Touch Me There / Love Potion No.9
Review by Mark Taylor
Lynne Saunders/Moonshayde Photography
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