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Roadhouse, London 7 February 2010
FM are in
town for the first time in some 15 years to promote their first album
proper in that time with the forthcoming 'Metropolis'. I was very
excited when I heard the band had reformed to play the Firefest a couple
of years back ,and was hoping for a full blown reunion. With the success
of the Firefest gigs the band are back to give it another crack of the
time I saw FM was back in 1991 at the Marquee Club around the corner in
Charing Cross Road when the band were Taking It To The Streets. A
night when the band managed to get Glenn Hughes out of then hibernation
to perform the Stevie Wonder classic 'Superstitious'.
Roadhouse is an American themed bar located in the heart of Covent
Garden Market and was a popular rock hang out in the glory metal days of
the late 80's. Later tonight the Superbowl final was showing here
in the early hours. It was going to be one of those long nights.
was packed out with fans, with many familiar faces from those days and
also many media hacks including a strong turn out from our very own Get
Ready To ROCK! team.
were a few rock celebs here too joining in the fun. Of course
Romeo Daughter's Leigh Matty was here cheering on her partner Merv
Goldsworthy on the FM bass, but also ex-Rainbow warbler Doogie White,
Bad Company's Mick Ralphs (more of him later) and propping up the bar
was Motorhead's 'Fast' Eddie Clarke.
was in full swing listening to the playback of the forthcoming release
'Metropolis' which will now be released at the end of March, and a
little rocker it is too. The son of Mick, James Ralphs did a short
acoustic set but unfortunately he was drowned out a little bit by the
noise of chatting and the clinking of glasses.
FM came on
stage to an impressive explosion of ticker tape launching into the
recent single 'Wildside', a stomper of a track that has blown away the
mullets. New boy Jim Kirkpatrick delivers a blistering solo,
sending out a message that he is best guitar player the band have ever
two tracks from the debut 'Indiscreet'. The opening lines of 'Face To
Face' were sang in fine unison by the crowd saving Steve Overland the
job of doing it, he could only smile back.
and 'Don't Stop' quickly rocked by, before giving us three more new
songs. The title track, 'Over You' and 'Flamingo Road' were all
lapped up by the faithful. The new FM songs remind me of Honeymoon
Suite and oddly enough latter day Bad Company.
It was good
to see the old B-side 'Dangerous has been resurrected to good effect. At
times it was easy to forget that keyboardist Jem Davis was there,
because due to the size of the stage Jem played along adjacent to the
band surrounded by fans. He could have done a Rick Wakeman special and
ordered himself a curry and got away with it.
It was a
trip down memory lane encore time. 'Frozen Heart' the track that started
it all had us singing along followed by the Bon Jovish 'Bad Luck' which
had us rocking, but the surprise was seeing Mick Ralphs joining the band
for a run through of the Bad Company hit 'Feel Like Makin' Love' which
was sublime. A second time for Steve Overland to play alongside a Bad
Company member, the first time being with Simon Kirke when he joined the
Overland brothers in Wildlife back in 1983.
on the band's Face to Faces said it all. FM are back. Flipping
Set List : Wildside / Face To Face / That Girl / Don't Stop / Metropolis
/ Over You / Flamingo Road / Only The Strong / Blood And Gasoline /
Dangerous / Hard Day In Hell / Burning My Heart Down / (I Heard It
Through The) Grapevine...encores Frozen Heart / Bad Luck / Feel Like
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