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Glen Matlock

Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London (5 night residency)
First night: July 30th 2018

Review by Ray Morrissey

Support act Emily Capell sung a few songs and played guitar before Glen came on. Some good tunes with hints of Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. Most are sat at tables but Glen arrives on stage and says "we may be in a supper club restaurant but we are a rock & roll band so get up and dance if you feel like it".

Glen & band arrive on stage at 9.25pm and play for around 80 minutes. From the start the band are totally rockin' as Glen opens with the first of eight tracks from the new album that will be featured during the evening. Glen has been playing many of the new tracks live over the past couple of years so it is great he has finally got them out on his new album.

Chris Musto and Jim Lowe are providing solid rhythm backing as legendary guitarist Earl Slick plays amazing solos and deft licks pretty much during every song as he weaves his magic. For those of you that don't know, Earl Slick replaced Mick Ronson in David Bowie's band. Glen is in his gold Billy Fury style jean jacket and Earl in cool clothes and shades - both still have plenty of rock star swagger.

Glen gets the crowd to sing and clap along to many of the songs. There were a few choice covers including a Bob Dylan gem in the encore. No Rich Kids classics played tonight as Glen focused on new album tracks, but superb versions of Sex Pistols' anthems God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant brought the house down. It is always good to see Glen acoustic but with a superb band like this the songs just sound bigger & better. A great show.
Afterwards Glen chatted with fans and signed copies of the new CD which is not in stores until September.

Spoiler Alert Setlist:
Won't Put The Brakes On Me / Wanderlust / God Save The Queen / Sexy Beast / Hook In You / Speak Too Soon / Couldn't Give A Damn / Chil / Montague Terrace / Happy / Blank Generation / Born Running / Pretty Vacant. Encore: Everybody Must Get Stoned / All Or Nothing 

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