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The Assembly, Leamington 7 July 2011
that really puts the fun into rock and roll more than any other, Hayseed
Dixie rolled into Leamington on the eve of their set at The Sonisphere
Festival at Knebworth, this was their second show at the town's Assembly
venue and if anything even better than their 2009 performance in the
came from impressive Liverpool four-piece rockers The Jokers, a
band with plenty of style and plenty of high energy good time rock and
roll numbers at times with a glam rock feel.
tracks in the set included scorching rocker 'Shake', 'Ocean of Kings'
their one ballad of the evening, a belting cover of the Beatles heaviest
moment 'Helter Skelter' and the closing number the super sleazy 'Super
Groover' which has touches of classic T.Rex and also cleverly borrows
but slightly changes lines from classic numbers 'The Girl Can't Help It'
by Little Richard and' Revolution' The Beatles rocker.
have a great look, vocalist Wane Parry has plenty of Jim Morrison things
going on as well as being a powerful vocalist in his own right,
guitarist Paul Hurst is a real live-wire pulling all the classic rock
god poses and an air of mystery is added by masked bass player Jokers'
Next up on
stage Barley Scotch, Reverend Don Wayne Reno, Deacon Dale Reno and Jake
"Bakesnake" Byers known collectively as the celebration of Hillbilly
music meets classic rock that is Hayseed Dixie.
their set the band can be seen carrying instruments and beer (most
important) on to the dimly lit stage and quietly setting up, no rock
star pretensions these guys just the occasional wave to acknowledge
applause and cheers from the crowd.
intro music or introductions as the band take the stage for the first
number which went right back to the early days of the band with their
unique take on AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', of course
everything about this band is unique, playing numerous hillbilly style
covers of all time rock classic and humorous original numbers with an
assortment of acoustic guitars of all sizes, banjos, fiddles and even an
was music so full of fun it makes ZZ Top
seem like an art house band.
pick out the standout tracks in such a fantastic performance but the
Queen duo of 'Fat Bottom Girls'/ 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (complete with 4
part vocal harmonies) and their original takes on 'Detroit Rock City',
'Walk This Way', 'Poison', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Ace of
Spades' will do for starters.
band's original material 'I'm Keeping Your Poop' got the award for most
laughs and also most lighters in the air, with the classic 'She Was
Skinny When I Met Her' coming a close second.
good as the originals are the fun of the bands inspired covers are
possibly the main draw of the band and this set included plenty more of
those, 'Bad Moon Rising' three more AC/DC classics 'Back in Black', 'You
Shook Me All Night Long', and 'Highway To Hell', Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta
Love' and complete with devil horns, Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs'.
interaction between the band members has to be seen to be believed and
if they are not the very best of buddies off stage they must be among
the world's best actors, this was music so full of fun it makes ZZ Top
seem like an art house band.
fabulous set finished with a frantic 'Duelling Banjos' and the good
sized crowd left thoroughly entertained, Hayseed Dixie as always
delivered a set full of incredible musicianship, great tunes, and
photos by Andrew Lock
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