Having been a lifelong fan of The Heavy Metal kids, you could have knocked me down with a feather when I heard they were playing just an hours drive from Ponte Carlo with their new line-up.
So Mrs Tightpocket & me dusted our boots off, jumped into the new blue hornet & shot down the M1 to The Diamond in Sutton.
Now the Diamond in Sutton is a cracking little gig venue with a lovely, warm, welcoming atmosphere. It holds about 300 people & it deserves your patronage. All too many of these places are dying out, which can only be a bad thing for people who love live music.
|Gimme a 'C'.|
|Gimme an 'osmo'.|
All I can say is 'shame on me' for having such thoughts. Shame on me & roger me senseless with the thick end of a rag mans trumpet.
These guys weren't here just to make up the numbers, they played it all with real heart soul & passion, also suffused with a liberal dose of humour. A heady brew indeed!
It turned into quite a surreal experience; here I was stood in front of one of my all time favourite bands listening to all those songs which I grew up listening to. I found myself grinning from ear to ear like a cheshire cat, singing along at the top of my voice.
New songs like 'cruel world' & '100 skeletons' blend in with the old ones perfectly, which gives credence to my theory that great rock'n'roll never whithers with age.
'Squalliday inn', 'she's no angel' & I even got to bawl into the mic during blue eyed boy. Man I was in heaven!
The new guys; Justin on guitar (jeez, the man's a contortionist) & John Altman on vocals also blend in perfectly. After actually seeing them in the flesh it becomes apparent that he must be the only man on the planet who could replace the late Gary Holton & make the role his own. All dark brooding menace with a hint of humour. An absolutely inspired appointment.
We even got an interval, the band played two 40 minute spots. Now for 7 quid, that's what I call value for money.
It was during this break that the bread knife & me ventured backstage for a chat & to get some snapshots, which I have to say they were very friendly & approachable. Absolute gentlemen in fact.
The above shot was taken by the Kids sound engineer Mr Karl Green, formerly of Hermans Hermits no less.