It's Bank Holiday weekend and Sunday is a Saturday night out with the
return of the Heavy Metal Kids part 4. The Kids are my favourite new
band although they released their first album back in 1974. It is only
now that i'm realizing the true greatness of this underrated band.
flamboyant Gary Holton was the original singer before he said Auf
Weidersehn Pet to this world. In 2002 they were hitting all the right
buttons again with Danny Peyronel taking over the vocal duties, then
last year the band were back yet again with none other than John Altman
on vocals, but 'ole Nasty Nic' has acting commitments and the story of
the HM Kids was becoming a soap opera in itself.
Putney even Joe Elliot was getting in on the act singing an encore and
it was that Daft Leotard that recommended to the band that they should
try out the one time Girl, Torme and LA Guns cockney sparrow Phil
Lewis......Oh yes!....even on paper this is a marriage made in heaven.
in the mood were two hot support bands. Roughshooter had a modern
bluesy feel to them. This is how Terrorvision would sound if they only
ever listened to Free.
Cigar were simply smokin'. A young guitarist who looked like a clean
living Johnny Thunders wiff riffs coming from all angles. The singer
Sharkie Cottrell is a cock sure figure who in his fake fur coat pranced
around the stage like comic Noel Fielding, but there was nothing fake
about their music sounding like MC5 or the Stooges, this band are out to
search and destroy.
had a Stray Cat strut about it and one song even had a bit of flemenco
to it. These boys are not pussying about . One of the best support slots
I've seen in a long time. Watch out, they'll be getting your girlfriends
number off the bathroom wall.
Now this was
the fourth time I've seen the Heavy Metal Kids this year and was
now watching them with their third singer for the year. I saw the band
recently in Twickenham with guitarist Justin McConville taking over the
mic and although he has a great voice lacked the necessary charisma to
do these songs the full justice. Step forward please Mr Lewis.
every inch the rock star in black leathers, a real dead fox or stoat
skin hanging from his waist and wearing a top hat, Lewis was the circus
ring leader and the band were rocking from word go. 'Chelsea Kids' has
never sounded better. 'Blue Eyed Boy' was dedicated to his hero Gary
Holton '' Somewhere up in heaven, that lil' devil will be having a good
personal favourite 'Whisky' left me with a thirst quenching for more.
There was some Alice Cooper theatrics with 'The Cops Are Coming' with
lighted sparklers coming out of his helmet (A helmet worn on his head
that is, ladies) and then pulling out a ghoulish head which almost made
me laugh my own head off.
Keith Boyce makes full use of the cowbell and I couldn't help thinking
that a certain Steve Adler learnt his tricks from Boyce for that sound
on the Guns 'N Roses debut album. Ending the main set was 'She's No
Angel' which was spunkier than punk.
for the encore Lewis came out looking dapper in a white jacket and polka
dot shirt reminding me of David Essex and if he decides to stay in the
band full time then the Heavy Metal Kids are gonna make him a star all
over again. Yet again I went home delirious. A cracking night out.
Set list : Hangin' On / Blow It All Away / Hit The Right Button /
Chealsea Kids / 100 Skeletons / Blue Eyed Boy / Whisky / On The Street /
Message / It's The Same / The Cops Are Coming / Matseilles / She's No
Angel.....encores ..Run Around Eyes / Delirious