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Glen Matlock Band

The Salty Dog, Northwich
May 11th 2019

The Salty Dog, Northwich
There's a wind of change blowing through the world of gigs & venues in the UK, with new vibrant locations springing up well away from the traditional city centres. The Salty Dog in Northwich is a prime example - within two years it has helped breathe life into a sleepy Cheshire town. With the arrival of Glen Matlock and his band, it has now come of age. Announced a little over a fortnight previously, the show quickly sold out, and the day arrived.

Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of small town gigs, is the level of appreciation from the crowd - it's a different mentality to the big city vibe, and often more enjoyable for it.

Glen's set was enthusiastically received throughout - from the rockers to the bluesy numbers - with the opening Won't Put The Breaks On Me and Wanderlust illustrating both styles perfectly and setting the tone for the evening.

But what of the band? Earl Slick adds an extra layer of magic, it's as simple as that. Whether it's the Brooklyn swagger, the immense pedigree, or merely the fact he is so damn good. And unique. The panache he added to Montague Terrace was stunning, drawing the crowd into the mini-movie landscape of the song. It's not just the atmospherics in which he excels, it's the rockers also. He effortlessly puts his own stamp on the songs, reworking the guitar on Pretty Vacant to electrifying effect. Who else could pin down and expand the licks on Blank Generation so majestically? The trusted rhythm section of drum maestro Chris Musto and top record producer Jim Lowe on bass, both hold and improvise the grooves allowing Glen the freedom he needs to deliver the goods and interact with the eager Northwich audience.

New material such as Couldn't Give A Damn, Speak Too Soon, and the crowd sing-along Sexy Beast ensured energy and banter flowed freely both ways to and from the stage. Although the set was drawn primarily from his current Good To Go album, Glen dipped into his solo back catalogue and gave us Born Running and, especially for tonight, one of my all time favourites, On Something, perfect for Earl Slick's dreamy guitar. We also got treated to a brand new song, Empty Heart.

Keep On Pushing closed the main set in energetic style while the epic All Or Nothing brought the encore, and the evening, to an end in customary rousing fashion.

The best way to find out what punters really think is to eavesdrop at the end of the show. One local lady
had emblazoned on the back of her jacket "I dream of Bowie". She expressed her feelings by the merchandise table. "I can't believe Glen Matlock came to MY town. And Earl Slick - he played with Bowie! They came to The Salty Dog!" Her enthusiasm was shared by all. 100% positivity, 100% appreciation. From both the fans and the group.

Finally, well done The Salty Dog for leading the way in a new type of venue - long may you succeed.

Review & pictures by Phil Singleton
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