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GUN, Classic Grand, Glasgow
2 May 2012
Gun are a
band that have been through the highs and lows of the industry over the
years. Members have come and gone and the band have been on a hiatus on
a few occasions, but their musical legacy has always stood the test of
time and whenever they re-emerge you can be assured that whatever they
turn their collective hands to will be of the highest quality.
show was less of a gig and more of a showcase session organised by Real
XS to herald the band's latest return and to give a few selected punters
a taste of the band's forthcoming album aptly titled 'Break The
the night was long time Gun supporter, Tom Russell, who has championed
the band from their very early years, so after a quick intro the guys
took to the stage for a semi acoustic set which proved to be a cracker.
showcase for the new album, unsurprisingly, that is where most of the
set was culled from, opening with 'Lost & Found' the band were in good
form. The hub of the band are, as always, the brothers Jools and Dante
Gizzi, who have been the heart and soul of Gun for many years.
current line up Dante has emerged from behind his bass guitar to take up
the frontman role after Gun parted company with the last incumbent, Toby
Jepson, who left to pursue other projects, a wound that appears to be a
bit raw judging by some of the comments made later during a question and
new tracks followed, namely 'Running Out Of Time', 'How Many Roads'
which was introduced as the only ballad on the album and 'Last Train
From Central' which is the first track to officially surface from the
album. Rounding off the short but sweet set the band delved back into
the depths to play one of their earliest hits 'Better Days' which went
down a storm with the assembled throng.
looked genuinely amazed at the crowd reaction and were encouraged back
for another unplanned encore in the shape of 'Steal Your Fire' which
worked really well given the acoustic treatment and the addition of 150
people on backing vocals.
the set there was the afore mentioned Q&A session where we learned,
amongst other facts, that the decision to have Dante as vocalist was
made in the pub and that both Dante and drummer Paul McManus were
subsequently barred from said establishment!
also an opportunity to listen to 'Break The Silence' in its entirety.
Due for release in July, it sounds like a return to early form and will
hopefully re-establish Gun as one of the country's top rock acts, a
position that, on tonight's showing ,they most definitely deserve to be
in. Welcome back guys.
photos by David Wilson
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