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Matlock, Gramophone, London - April 19th 2006
elegant East London hangout has only been here since January, being opened by
ex-Philistine Terry Edwards, however it has proved to be a popular venue for intimate
evenings by a variety of performers.
has by now played many of these types of evenings - his performance, particularly
the vocals, sounding powerful and self-assured. Opening with "A Different
World" and then perennial favourite "Burning Sounds", he moves
up a gear and into more recent material with "Whose Side Are You On".
By this time the crowd have moved stagefront and are instructed to help out with
one of The Philistines' new tracks "Yeah Right". This audience participation
hits the spot and so Glen seizes the moment and repeats the trick with "White
Knuckle Ride", the crowd now gleefully screaming out the chorus.
the tempo down a little, we're treated to Rich Kids' classic "Ghosts Of Princes
In Towers". Of course the crowd don't need any coaxing into helping along
with "Stepping Stone" and then Glen demands to crowd calls for "Pretty
Vacant" - even Duran Duran's Andy Taylor can be seen chanting from the back
of the venue.
short but punchy set in great surroundings.
by Trixie Palmer
Matlock, Hard Rock Cafe, Leeds - October 13th 2005
to put on a show, deliver it, and appreciate it. This was a credit to everyone
concerned: Hard Rock Café Leeds, the punters, and Glen himself.
Hard Rock Café is an excellent venue for a solo show, blessed with an ample-sized
stage and relaxed atmosphere where you can treat yourself to a burger and a drink.
Perfect intimate surroundings for an acoustic show. Hats off to the Hard Rock
Café for some decent promotion and to all those who attended, making it
an excellent turnout of a couple of hundred. Ideal for the venue.
kicked off with Burning Sounds followed by Mugs Game, both going
down well. It was heartening to be part of a crowd devoid of any cynicism, who
were as delighted by the solo material as by the obvious hits. There were no irritating
shouts of 'Vacant' (it's the expected encore anyway, so you may as well
call out for something original). The Leeds crowd were here to listen to the man
and his music, and the between-song banter. It must be hard to think of original
anecdotes to use as song introductions, but Glen delivered a fair few good humoured
stories that were new to me, and helped shape the feel good vibe in the audience,
who responded with laughter and red-hot appreciation. I won't reveal any anecdotes
for you here, go and see the man.
plus Idiot with its raucous audience participation, galvanised the crowd,
and the rockabilly take of God Save The Queen remained ever popular. Live
staple Different World acted as a nod towards his 1996 solo album, while
Sad Meal For One remains one of the best of Glen's Philistines compositions,
showcasing his attention to detail in both tune and lyrics, leaving no doubts
as to why Glen is a top songwriter. Ghosts Of Princes In Towers was a blast
from his Rich Kids past, and was accompanied by the story of its origin.
put such energy into Stepping Stone, augmented by the audience, that the
microphone stand flew off the stage at the end of the song! It happened so fast,
quite how I don't know, but there was an energy spike from somewhere! Quick repair
work by fellow Philistine Koozie Johns, acting as roadie tonight, added a further
touch of humour to the event with some good natured back-chat between the pair.
Knuckle Ride and On Something, two recent highs, rounded off the main
set, before the previously mentioned Vacant encore. After a short rest,
Glen was available for a signing session, and there was no shortage of people
wanting to meet the man. When, eventually, the end of the line was in sight, the
Hard Rock Café staff seized their chance to have pictures taken with Glen.
The show had been a hit, and the reaction from the staff was a reflection of that.
Everyone went away happy.
this is representive of a Hard Rock Café gig, I can only hope this won't
be the last collaboration with Glen. Top night out.
by Phil Singleton
Matlock And The Philistines - September 8th 2005
The Rhythm Factory, London
ears are ringing with the Philistines sound! Superb show last night. Always good
to see a top notch rock operation, tight as a thumbscrew!
as there were about 4/5 bands on the bill, but Glen & Co turned in 30 minutes
of wall-of-sound quality. There was a 9 camera video shoot capturing the event
for a forthcoming DVD on the life of........Dave Goodman! So the boys were loving
the cameras, guitars being thrashed, strings breaking, the works. Songs I remember;
OK Kiddo, Be Somebody, Idiot, Piece of the Action, and Whose Side Are You On.
Ray McVeigh must now be the most OTT "guitar slinger" in town, couldn't
quite hear his solos due to the sound, but it looked like he was playing like
Made the other bands just look plain amateurish.
by Steve Glitterbest
Matlock And The Philistines - August 2005
Plaza De Toros (The Bullring),
Medina Del Campo, 80 miles North West Of Madrid,
we are outside Madrid in this bullring as 500 up-for-it Spaniards are lucky enough
to witness the first show of 2005 by Glen and the boys. Things start late here
because of the heat so its after midnight when the band arrives on stage but its
nice and cool and dark so even though we are outdoors it feels like it could be
in a small club with the lightshow and dry ice.
band are all looking super cool and tanned as they launch into "Hot Water"
and " Be Somebody" . Glen manages to squeeze in a few words of Spanish
and its clear he loves Spain as much as they love seeing him as this was the bands
third or fourth visit to this country in as many years . Ray and Koozie play guitar
brilliantly off each other and offer great backing vocals to most of the songs.
Chris Musto's drums keep the unit together tightly for every song. Ray's low slung
guitar playing has now got to the stage where he was a playing a couple of songs
with the guitar down by his ankle.
did not take long for the front of stage to be full of fans jumping around. The
Faces influenced "OK Kiddo" was another real treat and Glen's lyrics
and voice were on top form. "God Save The Queen" created some chaos
down front and a couple of the crowd jumped on stage to help with backing vocals.
"Piece Of The Action" and "White Knuckle Ride" from the recent
album "On Something " were both fantastic catchy rockers that had everyone
roaring for more. A finale of "Pretty Vacant " was a superb way to end
this excellent hour long set. Let's hope the band plays their postponed UK tour
dates before the end of the year and maybe we might see them get a major tour
support slot in the future as well.
by Ray Morrissey
Setlist: Hot Water, Be Somebody, Don't Put Me On, Whose Side Are You On ?, Stepping
Stone, OK Kiddo, Idiot, On Something, Suck It And See, God Save The Queen, Piece
Of The Action, White Knuckle Ride, Pretty Vacant.
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