27th November 2021
windy cold night in Liverpool, thanks to Storm Arwen, saw Matlock
aficionados warm themselves in a recently reopened Zanzibar Club on Seel
Street. Fittingly, they prove to be a warm and enthusiastic crowd.
There’s some old timers from the days of Eric’s in here who voice their
approval when Glen name checks the iconic club; there’s little doubt they had
witnessed the Rich Kids at Eric's back in the day.
Glen is a master of the one man acoustic performance format so
he gives everyone present, himself included, a selection of what they
want to hear. There’s a few musical cornerstones that can’t be ignored,
so a couple of crowd pleasing Pistols and Rich Kids songs are given
their customary acoustic workout. The impact of the likes of Burning
Sounds and Pretty Vacant never wanes.
However, Glen never
relies purely on nostalgia, and the trip through his solo catalogue is
met with as much applause as the biggies, starting with the opening
pair Won’t Put the Breaks on Me and Keep on Pushing, both from his most
recent album Good To Go. With just 2 songs played, Glen informs us
there will be audience participation aplenty throughout the
evening; hand clapping and singing to the beat. New song Magic Carpet
Ride leads the way and it's apparent some people are better than others
at this! It works though; this audience doesn't need much encouragement
to join in, and frequently does so spontaneously. Mind you, Glen
has no problems getting a crowd on side, it’s second nature.
few covers are thrown in, Scott Walker’s Montague Terrace, Bowie’s John
I’m Only Dancing and Springsteen’s Hungry Heart, all very different in
feel and structure, allowing Glen to show us his versatility. I suppose
we should class Stepping Stone as the cover it actually is, Glen even gives a brief history lesson of the song. Nevertheless,
everyone here views it as a bona fide Pistols song and responds
accordingly. Glen displays his range further with the self-penned Hook
in You and new compositions, Consequences Coming and Head on a Stick.
All or Nothing, what else, closes the evening off in the usual rousing
For me it will always be On Something, I can’t pinpoint why, it’s such
a fabulous and emotive tune. Oh, and also Ghosts of Princes in Towers.
Again it’s hard to say why, but tonight - as the country, hopefully,
begins to move beyond the pandemic - it sounds enchanting and other
pictures by Phil Singleton