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Camden Underworld, London 30 November 2012
A rare UK
show by one of the forefathers of Scandinavian melodic rock, TNT, should
have had the fans flocking to the Underworld, but in a week when Europe,
Magnum and the Electric Boys were in town, and many people had decamped
to Hard Rock Hell for the weekend, the result was a very disappointing
turnout, barely into three figures.
Those of us
who made the effort were treated to a very strong three band bill, even
if with a Friday night curfew Neonfly came on stage at an
unfeasibly early 6.45.
only caught the last half of their set but was very impressed with a
metallic yet melodic two guitar sound and their self-confident swagger,
but with the musical ability to match.
material fitted comfortably alongside a heavied up cover of 'Separate
Ways' and they seem to have taken a quantum leap forward from when I
last saw them a couple of years ago.
continued their heartwarming comeback on the back of last yearís fine
reunion album 'A Sudden Impulse', even if the number of original members
is now back to two in evergreen singer Reuben Archer and bassist Colin
was noticeably different from when I had heard them before with a far
greater emphasis on harmony lead guitars, the rapid fire technical
ability of Rob Woolverson and the more restrained Chris Clowsely
complementing each other nicely in the style of Thin Lizzy or Praying
leads, delivered together from the centre of the stage, gave a fresh
dimension to songs like 'Shadows of the Night', 'Days of Wine and Roses'
and above all 'Missing You', with a quite brilliant solo from Rob. Newer
songs 'Having Fun' and 'Humble Pie' both had an enjoyable natural groove
Well in to
his sixties but still full of vitality and good humour, Reuben is one of
rock n rollís survivors and even gamely got the sparse crowd to sing
along to the commercial 'Send Me Down an Angel', as well as premiering a
new song in 'Stone Cold Turkey'.
minute set was perhaps the most enjoyable of their shows I have seen,
though my love of the twin lead guitar sound may make me biased!
are celebrating their 30th anniversary and are also now down to two
founder members but the star of the show is still guitarist Ronni Le
Tekro, one of the generation, along with George Lynch and Vito Bratta,
of superb technicians whose guitar pyrotechnics built on Eddie Van
Halenís trailblazing style, but who is also able to mix up his style
with meatier riffs.
Last time I saw them at Z Rock in 2006, ex-Shy singer Tony Mills was
very much the new boy and feeling his way, but on this occasion he
seemed to fit in seamlessly, and opener 'Invisible Noise' proved he had
no problem attacking the high notes Tony Harnell made his own with ease.
commercial numbers from 1987ís classic 'Tell No Tales' such as 'Listen
to Your Heart' and 'As Far As The Eye Can See', or the simple fist in
the air choruses of 'Harley Davidson' and 'USA', the crowd response made
up for the relative lack of numbers.
gripe was that Tony introduced very few of the songs, and as someone
whose knowledge of TNTís more recent output is patchy it would have been
nice to know what some of the less familiar songs were.
After a solo
slot from Ronni culminating in him playing his guitar behind his head,
he cranked out the unmistakable intro to their best known classic,
'10,000 Lovers In One', but surprisingly that was the end of the set
after barely 45 minutes.
atoned with a trio of encores that probably eclipsed everything that had
gone before: the straight ahead urgency of 'Everyoneís A Star',
'Intuition' with its chorus of almost Journey-esque smoothness, and the
enjoyable anthem 'Seven Seas', going all the way back to their 'Knights
of the New Thunder' debut.
It was a gig
to reawaken my interest in a too often neglected band, but equally
important a good night out with real strength in depth in a three band
bill. More fool those who passed up the opportunity to be there.
photos by Andy Nathan
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