|Subject||Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth @ The 100 Club|
|DateCreated||4/22/2013 2:39:00 PM|
It's less than two weeks since I saw Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth on their UK tour, but here I am in another small London venue seeing them again. Yes - they are that good. Tickets for these shows are bargain prices too - yet the venues are less than sold out.
Which begs the question; Is it wise to book two London shows so close together? I'm not complaining though, as I get to go twice - as do quite a few other people. However - first thing's first. Or thirst. Two real ale pumps on the 100 Club bar, and neither are in use tonight - not impressed.
The first act I see tonight is Genna Marabese.
She may look more like a pop/indie chick, but she rocks more than you'd expect. OK - not massively, but a bit. In a singer/songwriter style. Nice voice and a good backing band - one of whom I realise later was in the the Quireboys for a while. Which means there are actually two ex-Quireboys in the room as Guy Bailey is also here.
Genna Marabese is certainly a decent enough support act and worth checking out if you happen to spot her name on a bill.
Next up is Long John Laundry - you may recognise one or two members of his band from earlier...
This is more more rockin' stuff than the previous act - very 1950's influenced in-your-face rock 'n' roll and R&B, although they look more like the sort of band you'll find playing covers in your local pub.
The Les Paul wielding axeman in black is good - looking like a very young and skinny Billy Gibbons, although not sounding like the Texan tornado himself - but who does?
So - onto the headliners.Tonight this small club beneath Oxford Street drips sleazy Big Apple tasting rock 'n' roll as the ex-New York Dolls guitarist lets rip in his own style.
I guess I could just copy and paste my recent post on the Water Rats gig from just over a week ago as it's the same band/setlist/special guests, but actually it's not quite the same as far as the guests go - and of course I have new pictures.
Paul-Ronney Angel of the Urban Voodoo Machine is again guesting on harp/vox for a few songs, but he's wearing a different suit tonight - good thing I had my camera with me huh?
Not only but also: In addition tonight we get Jim Jones - also sometime Urban Voodoo Machine member as well as these days fronting the Jim Jones Revue.
We again get Tracie Hunter and Phoebe White - who have also found time to go home and change since the last show.
The Water Rats gig was a pretty damn good rock 'n' roll show, but if anything, tonight is even better - but without stinky toilets or real ale. Swings and roundabouts...
There are excellent performances all round tonight, from both the band and all the guests - it's not often to get to see a pure rock 'n' roll show of this quality. Most of the band's superb album is in the setlist, along with a surprise (unless you were at the last show) cover of Graham Coxon's 'Freakin' Out'. The encore includes a cracking version of the old Bo Diddley number 'Pills' as covered by the New York Dolls.
There is a new Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth album in the pipeline (no Johnny Thunders pun intended) so hopefully it won't be too long before this lot are back to promote it...