|Glen Matlock Live Acoustic
Select Stadium, Widnes
April 22nd 2017
It goes with the territory. A stir crazy, hard working
musician who loves to entertain is bound to find himself in the most
unlikely of settings. Conversely, it's also a perk of the trade. So, on
a Saturday evening in April, Glen rolls up in Widnes at the Select
Stadium, home of the Widnes Vikings rugby league team. The refurbished
function room (seemingly the wedding venue of choice for many locals)
boasts great acoustics and comfortable surroundings.
Glen, as we all know, is a seasoned raconteur and performer. Working
the receptive crowd has long been second nature but it doesn't stop him
treating every performance as unique and honing it to the individual
audience. Self penned live staples Somewhere Somehow, A Different
World, Ambition, Burning Sounds, Ghosts of Princes in Towers, are
augmented by recent compositions Sexy Beast & Hook in You. Of
course Stepping Stone, God Save The Queen & Pretty Vacant are
included, but the most intriguing songs tonight are interpretations of
Bowie's John, I'm Only Dancing, Scott Walker's Jacques Brel inspired
Montague Terrace, and Richard Hell's Blank Generation. The latter - a
catalyst for Glen's own Pretty Vacant - has quickly established itself
as a key element of his set. There's no one more qualified to take
ownership of this classic.
After the show, over at the merchandise table, one happy punter
remarked to Glen "I've been a fan for 40 years, but I didn't realise
what an accomplished musician you are!" No one here tonight would
disagree with that sentiment.
In the foyer was a poster advertising Elton John, who is playing the
Select Stadium in the summer, although he won't be assigned the
I know which show I'd rather be at. Sorry Reginald.
pictures by Phil Singleton