Bush Empire… so many memories ;) It was in 2001
when Liverpool band Anathema (one of my all-time faves) invited
me to come over for a show in London together with Porcupine Tree.
It was my very first trip to London & UK. Chaos in great profusion
and unforeseen aftermath *laughing*
7 years later I’m back at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
to see WARRIOR SOUL, who have added to special shows after
their successful UK tour finished 5 days ago.
off early seeing :: RIOT
NOISE :: entering the stage. Young guys from Bristol
tasting the flavor of Rock’n’Roll and hungry for success.
They play it loud and with much enthusiasm, while the empire is
slowly filling. People take it easy and with reserve. There is
talent and potential to sense out. The guys have the groove, as
for me, they are still too meek.
LINDA :: do it differently. Progressive Rock, dense,
complex, sophisticated, touching on various genres with an obvious
love for Grunge and a voice that reminds of late Layne Staley.
But singer Rob Alder has more vocal skill. The London guys with
the odd band name typically play more introverted than aggressively
rocking out. BIG LINDA was a surprise to me and I really
liked their performance. Especially Get It While You Can
I can’t get out of my head again. Great band!
Setlist: Get It While You Can, Black Shirt, Not Mine,
Now a few
explaining words: tonight’s show is one in a prestigious
series of shows presented in association with Classic Rock magazine
and the Academy Group featuring classic rock acts performing their
of this special event was :: WARRIOR
SOUL :: playing their debut record Last Decade
Dead Century in its entirety. Ok, early curfew and a tight
time schedule made the last two songs Lullaby and Inconclusion
fell victim to it. The warrior souls looked crumpled and fatigued
and it seemed that the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (old theater)
isn’t the right place for a band such as WARRIOR SOUL,
that would probably feel much better in an underground club. Well,
nothing to complain for me: big stage, photopit and light ;)
However, the Empire was now well-filled. Around 1000 people got
quickly infected by Kory Clarke when he kicked of with I See
The Ruins. Everybody was singing along and in an twinkling
of an eye this magical, gooseflesh-causing atmosphere was built.
Although it was a great show I have to admit that I already have
seen better ones. As I heard the one last week at Astoria (which
by the way gets closed to make room for a new tube station) was
seemingly one of these legendary shows going down in history (*grrrrrr*
for not having been there…)
Setlist: I See The Ruins, We Cry Out, The Losers, Downtown,
Trippin’ On Extacy, Four More Years, Super Power Dreamland,
Charlie’s Out Of Prison, Blown Away
:: is one of these classic rock bands, even more than
Warrior Soul ;) Freshly reunited with a new singer they completely
played their 1989 debut Taking On The World, plus
some cover versions and new songs. The gents from Glasgow really
came down well and personable. Over an hour they played their
souls off. Seems like the guys are absolutely determined to rock
again. As for the cover versions of Word Up and Fight
For Your Right, well… I prefer the original ones ;)
A nice show, not really sweaty, not for me at least, it’s
probably too soft musically ;) But the fans had a blast, adoring
and celebrating the band, and some even burning out themselves.
There is a British die-hard fan called “Big Jim”,
attending almost every show since the very beginning of the band.
Traditionally dressed with a Kilt he always catches attention
and is allowed to enter the stage during the last song, singing
along with Tobi. That’s really a great act of friendship!
For 2009 a comeback album is announced, so watch out and look
Setlist: Money, Don’t Say It’s Over, Feeling
Within, Can’t Get Any Lower, Money To Burn, Girls In Love,
Taking On The World, Something To Believe In, I Will Be Waiting,
Inside Out/So Lonely, Something Worthwhile, Word Up, Steal Your
Fire, Shame On You // Welcome The Real World, Seems Like I’m
Losing You, Better Days // Fight For Your Right
people got swept quickly; hardly leaving time for any chats, especially
since I had to get me cam back (had to give it off after the 3-song-rule).
But contrary to usual custom there was no after party at the Fox
because WARRIOR SOUL had to head for the final show in
Glasgow I unfortunately couldn’t attend. Instead I directly
went back to the airport to catch the first flight with another
tour package waiting for its final tour show in Hamburg. Means,
the next 36 hrs non stop trip was awaiting me. Damn… such
a day is way too short… ;)