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MICHAEL MONROE/WEDNESDAY 13
Garage, Glasgow 27 November 2011
like buses at times, not many for a while then a weekend full. This was
the case when this package hit Glasgow. Deep Purple had played in town
the previous night and Alter Bridge were playing at the SECC a mile away
whilst this gig was taking place, so it was little surprise that the
crowd was a little sparse.
crowd lacked in numbers, it more than made up for in enthusiasm. Both
Michael Monroe and Wednesday 13 appear to have a loyal band of
supporters and they were certainly ready for a good night.
First up on this 3 band bill were Swedish glamsters, Crash Diet,
who put in a good set. Their influences are based back in the 80's
heyday of glam rock listing Kiss, Motley Crue and Mr Monroe's old
cohorts, Hanoi Rocks, amongst others. They unashamedly borrow the songs
and moves of that period, but it is highly entertaining stuff and a good
start to festivities.
tread the boards was Michael Monroe and his trusty band of rock
ragamuffins now bolstered with the addition of Dregen from the Backyard
Babies. Michael is the high kicking, high cheekboned frontman with all
the moves. Whether singing, playing sax or blowing on the mouth organ he
is the consummate performer who still loves an adoring crowd and the
masses down the front responded accordingly.
assembled band were an absolute gem playing both newer and older tracks
with gusto. From opener 'Twist Of The Wrist' to set closer 'Death, Jail
or Rock n Roll' they rocked like demons. There were even a few Hanoi
Rocks songs thrown in for good measure including 'Back To Mystery City'
and ‘Malibu Beach Nightmare'.
All in all
then, a classy set which went down a storm from one of the most enduring
frontmen in rock.
a rabid looking crowd of zombie and vampire lookalikes who lapped up
every note and line, it would appear that the band have a large support,
only after dark though for obvious reasons.
So lastly we
have the shock rockers Wednesday 13 with their brand of comic
book horror metal. Dressed in black with ghoulish face paint to match
the band took to the stage and launched into 'Calling All Corpses'.
They had a
rabid looking crowd of zombie and vampire lookalikes who lapped up every
note and line, it would appear that the band have a large support, only
after dark though for obvious reasons.
The music is good melodic hard rock with titles that raise a smile,
'Home Sweet Homicide', ‘Happily Ever Cadaver', '197666', you get the
Wednesday 13's vocal delivery is rough and ready which does suit the
horror persona well, but does get a bit wearing after a while.
the corpse paint the band are essentially a competent rock band with a
few good tunes. I enjoyed the set but they didn't excite me enough for
me to join the ranks of the undead.
Overall though, this is a good tour package with plenty of high spots
throughout the night. It would be a grave mistake to miss it, oh suit
Andrea Holmesvid Wilsonm
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