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Islington O2 Academy, London
12 December 2011
a fan of this band since the early 80s and their new material is as
strong as ever - Molly Hatchet are flying the Southern Rock flag higher
than anyone right now and proved it on this all too rare visit to
After an enticing support (Mojo Perry) - some competent blues rock with
blistering guitar, the venue started to fill rather nicely before
Hatchet took to the stage to a very enthusiastic roar.
Vocalist Phil McCormack, flowing locks and cowboy hat all present, ruled
the stage a menacing figure, his growls strikingly similar to original
vocalist Danny Joe Brown. His harmonica too, on the opening track
Whiskey Man, added to the sound.
Bobby Ingram and founder member Dave Hlubek rocked hard. Two more early
classics followed, a good way to warm the crowd, before we got American
Pride from the latest album Justice, and this went down as well as the
went down with a rough whiskey and a lot of Hell Yeahs. Fall Of The
Peacemakers (well, half of it, they've not played the whole song in
years, sadly) sounded fantastic, as did the new album's title track.
solo was good, but seemed a little unnecessary given the songs they
could have played in it's place, but a rawkous version of Beatin' The
Odds soon made up for things.
new track rocked well, and surprise track was the excellent The Creeper
from the band's debut - solid slide guitar that really stood out.
outstanding was John Galvin's keyboards - rock'n'roll piano at it's
best. And it was good to see Jukin' City get a rare outing.
set closed with a wonderful take on the Allman's Dreams (I'll Never
back for an encore of Boogie No More, which saw many a fist in the air
and many a head shaking, and the classic Flirtin' With Disaster.
Every track a wonderful southern rock classic, this band can boogie and
rock, and they make many of Hatchet's contemporaries (and I include
Skynyrd here) seem like an AOR band.
are still celebrating the new Justice set, as well as SPV's double vinyl
reissue campaign (these are truly wonderful items), and rightly so. And
on tonight's evidence the band should be bigger in Britain. A LOT
The fact the band were out by the merchandise stall almost immediately
says a lot about how much this band care about their fans and how nice
they are. A handshake with Phil and John made my evening.
If I had
one complaint, bar the 85 minute running time, it was the amount of
material they could have played from a wonderful catalogue.
Man/Bounty Hunter/Gator Country/American Pride/Fall Of The
Peacemakers/Justice/Drum Solo/Beatin' The Odds/In The Darkness Of
Light/The Creeper/Been To Heaven/Been To Hell/Jukin' City/Dreams (I'll
Encores: Boogie No More/Flirtin' With Disaster
by Bob Singleton
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