featuring Earl Slick, Chris Musto & Jim
100 Club, London
31st August 2018
Review by Simon Leppington
|After a recent
5-night residency at east London’s Boisdale, Glen Matlock returns to
this famous rock 'n' roll venue for the official launch of his new
album, Good To Go.
There are two great support acts tonight. First up is Thee Unholy
Innocents, a noisy, grooving combo featuring ex Sigue Sigue Sputnik
guitarist Neal X. Neal is one of three guitarists that contributed to
the album launched tonight and took up six-string duties for Glen’s
show at last year's MTV Calling festival in Gibraltar, alongside Musto
(drums) and Lowe (bass) who also feature tonight.
Next we have JC Carroll of The Members, performing an acoustic solo set
including hits Offshore Banking Business and Sound of the Suburbs. Both
acts went down well with the packed crowd who were clearly well primed
The evening’s headliners come onstage and after introductions for each
band member by Glen, get proceedings off to a flyer with the album
opener Won’t Put The Brakes On Me. Starting the show with new material
demonstrates the confidence of Matlock and his band. Thankfully the
sound is punchy and clear straight off, and we quickly get another new
With a rockabilly rhythm clapped out, we're treated to an early God Save
The Queen with a "new take" on the solos from the fantastic Earl Slick.
He arrived from New York mere days before this show and is about to
embark on a nationwide solo tour sharing stories and tunes from his
career - much recommended as this guy includes Bowie and the New York
Dolls as well as Glen on his CV. He really has the guitar chops and
always looks super cool in his threads and shades.
Sexy Beast follows and the crowd join in the chorus. Although only
released now, this song has been part of Glen’s set for over a year and
is familiar to many. Next up we are reminded of the great Screamin’ Jay
Hawkins' track I Put a Spell On You and finally the connection makes
sense - what is this reviewer's favourite new track - Hook In You. This
really is set to be a classic and a staple of the set as both Chris
Musto, dressed in natty waistcoat and the solid bass pounder that is
Jim Lowe join Slick to back Glen on vocals. These guys, who have played
with Glen many times, always deliver a strong rhythm section. And look
like they're having fun.
What is great about this show is that the crowd are really digging the
new material. They either know it or pick up on it quickly as the whole
place seems to be rocking out. We then get four new album tracks on the
bounce, the terrific Speak Too Soon, Couldn't Give A Damn
and Chill, followed by Glen's powerful cover of Scott
Walker’s Montague Terrace. Next up is the classic Rich Kids’ Ghosts of
Princes in Towers and covers of Happy and what Glen rightly describes
as the first punk song, Richard Hell’s Blank Generation.
Born Running and then new album closer Keep On Pushing follow and then
they’re off. That was nine new tracks off the album played here with a
few classics and the crowd loved it.
Of course, that can’t be it, but the encore throws up some genuinely
nice surprises. Up onstage we get Neal X and early Pistols producer
Chris Spedding joining the band for Pretty Vacant (with crowd drowning
out the vocals) followed by Dylan’s Rainy Day Woman. That’s all three
of the album’s guitarists on stage at once. But there’s more! For
Matlock favourite and set closer All or Nothing we see JC get up
alongside Maggi (sister of Mick) Ronson to help out on backing vocals.
A fine ending to a terrific evening’s entertainment. More soon please.
Picture: © Earl Slick