Venue 229, London
Despite being a fan, I was at college when they last played the UK and less able to get around the country for a gig so I’d never seen them before. So here they are and we’re all a little older – it’s 37 years since they last graced these shores.
There have been line-up changes over the years but this is almost the ‘classic’ line-up.
After the rather good Surfing Lungs got the place warmed up (on a dark, damp January Monday evening), The Rubinoos stormed the stage… or rather ambled on one by one to set up their equipment, Jon light heartedly mumbling that he was sure that last time they had people to do that for them!
The opening song was an A Cappella ‘Sandman’ which then powered into something altogether more guitar driven. They did new songs and many of the classic oldies such as the fabulous ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ and ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’. As ever, it was a mix of originals and covers, a cover of ‘Shake Some Action’ went down particularly well. For the encore all four of them gathered round the microphone for an almost unaccompanied version of ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ followed by a rather more raucous ‘Rock and Roll is Dead’. And that was it… off into the dark, damp night, we weren’t in California after all but it felt like it might have been for the last hour or so.
If you missed this one, hold tight, I’m sure they’ll be back soon!
Huge mixture but probably mainly male and most of them (OK us) didn’t have a lot of hair!
It made me think..
If you want to go, buy a ticket… I went straight home and got a ticket for another gig next week that I’d been procrastinating over going to!