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THE HAMSTERS, The Assembly, Leamington
chapter in the story of one of the most endearing and entertaining
blues/rock bands in the country is slowly coming to a close, The
Hamsters are finally calling it a day after some 4500 shows but not
before paying their second visit to The Leamington Assembly.
piece band are well known for swapping their sets around and for this
gig it was split between Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top numbers, performing all
of these iconic artists greatest works as well as a few lesser known
staple and live favourite of Mr Hendrix 'Killing Floor' got the evening
started in explosive fashion and the Jimi and ZZ material was mixed all
night, stand outs on the Hendrix side included classics 'All Along the
Watchtower',’ Voodoo Chile’ and the laid back and beautiful 'Little
Slim as well as giving us his explosive Hendrix style axe work also
showed his love and respect for the man with many stories relating to
the numbers performed, and talking of axe work his all-out guitar frenzy
during 'Star Spangled Banner' was a joy to behold.
of ZZ Top was also well represented with as expected a large selection
from the bands mega album Eliminator including 'Legs', 'Gimme All you
Lovin' and the rarer 'TV Dinners' while fans of ZZ Tops early years were
treated to a double hit of 'Waitin' For The Bus' and 'Jesus Just Left
Chicago' as well as out and out Texas blues classics 'Tush' and 'La
struggling with a nasty cold for this show and as well as apologising
for his vocal performance (not that I noticed) he also told the crowd
that he had needed an injection to get through the gig (they are not
often referred to as the hardest working band in the country for
performance included two prime examples of the bands showmanship, both
took place during a roaring version of ZZ Tops 'Sharp Dressed Man' with
firstly Slim and bass player Zsa Zsa both leaving the stage and with lit
up instruments performing amongst the crowd.
even this after their return to the stage the band swapped instruments
around finishing the track with Slim on drums, Zsa Zsa on lead guitar
and drummer Otis on bass, the number was performed faultlessly, only
confirming the bands renowned professionalism.
fun addition to the set was Slim throwing in the occasional classic rock
guitar riff now and again including 'Black Night', 'Stairway To Heaven'
and 'Enter Sandman'.
time and Slim announced from the stage that the band were too old to go
all the way down to the dressing room and back to the stage so they just
stayed put for a glorious 'Tube Snake Boogie' complete with plenty of
crowd participation on the chorus.
gig by a band that will be sadly missed and who really add a smile to
rock and roll, which after all should be fun.
photos by Andrew Lock
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