The Jim Jones Revue & Guttergodz – The Tunnels – 13/10/12
I’m not sure why we need a review for this gig at all. Seriously, you may as well just read this one from over two years ago because there not really much that has changed. A new man on keys in the shape of Henri Herbert (who I’m pretty sure appears in some pirate movies as Jack Sparrow but that’s a discussion for another day). So, at the back on the sticks we have Nick Jones and on the guitars Rupert Orton and Gavin Jay as well as the main man himself, Jim Jones. Ever go to a gig and start counting the patterns on the wallpaper cos there’s not much to watch on stage? Not this one, you’ll even forget to notice your friend who is bleeding to death beside you, there is that much going on. A non-seated piano player, a livewire frontman and two chaps on guitars who step forward into the limelight when they get their chance. Just brilliant to watch.
So, what about the music? It’s an old style rock n roll show with added grrrrr factor, it’s as simple as that and boy in a live set I love the style. They’ve given a huge chunk of the setlist (listed below) to the new album The Savage Heart which I rate above their second but still behind their first but with a few of their favorites still in the set. It’s a nice way to hone these songs, some of what Jim really gets the crowd involved with by schooling some fine singing along (he says Aberdeen was the best on the tour so far but he maybe says that every night… over to you Jim! 😉 ) and also getting the stage lights dimmed on a couple of numbers. Get the crowd involved without being cringeworthy right there. Perfect.
Standouts for me were my own favourite JJR anthem Cement Mixer, and a roof raising Elemental with new kids on the block Its Gotta Be About Me and Eagle Eyeball hitting the spot.
Summarising, really enjoyed it, as expected, and really, really, hope they keep Aberdeen on their tour dates lists.
Where da money go, Never let you go, Shoot First, Burning your house down, Gotta be about me, Catastrophe, Killin spree, Chain gang, Righteous wrong, Seven times, Cement mixer, Eagle eyeball, Rock n roll psychosis.
Encore – In and out, Dishonest John, 512, Elemental and finally High Horse.
Apologies to support Guttergodz for only catching their last song but a couple of my pals were saying that they have stepped up a gear the last couple of months with their debut album released and stuff but I’m sure I’ll catch them again very soon.
Words and pics by Still Burning.
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