can I say after seeing the band play at The Rio last night. Once
again we cranked up the jalopy and took to the road.
No sooner had
the doors opened, than we all piled in and camped down on good
spot near the stage to view the band.
Our ears were still buzzing off the night before and the
adrenalin still pumping through our veins. We patiently watch
the hands of the clock go round and round until 10 o' clock came
and it was time for the band to come out and play. The one
saving grace for the long wait was the appearance of local rock
band Anubia who did a rather loud and enthusiastic support set
just after 9 o' clock.
The venue was small but had quite a nice atmosphere going on
with its wooden clad interior. It was also incredibly hot and
humid. How would our heroes manage to play in these conditions?
Would their make-up run half way through their set we wondered?
Who would pass out first with heat stroke? Them or us? Better
stock up on something wet and refreshing before they come on
(no, not fish! beers!).
Just after 10 the lights were turned down and we saw Chris
scurry about in the darkness making one last minute check to see
that everything was plugged in and ready for the band to come on
and do their stuff.
The lights came on (loads more than last night! We could
actually see Robin this time, which we couldn't do very well
The band jollied on grinning like demented Cheshire cats. The
crowd pushed forward against the wire cage that surrounded the
stage … and the band. (Do they usually keep the bands in a
cage or was it because these guys are wild and dangerous party
Opening once again with 'Antarctica', Chris Dale beamed out at
the crowd and they beamed back at him. Baby penguins could be
heard calling in the distance for their mums, or maybe that was
just Chris Nubile with his face painted like Spot the dog?
Dressed in stripy black and white outfits this bunch of loons
had rode into town and were ready to take on some new victims
with their madness. Behind them was rag-dolly Robin Guy on
drums, a strangely appealing looking character if ever there was
one. Tucked into the corner was Joe Inferno on percussion
surrounded by penguins, he even had one perched on the top of
The venue and stage may have been a lot smaller than some of the
other gigs they had played on their tour, but the crowd here
tonight was most definitely die-hard fans that had come out in
Both the lighting and sound was so much better than the previous
night and the atmosphere was much more relaxed and enjoyable.
One of their many fans had given them a penguin mobile which
they had duly hung above them on the stage. The whole stage in
fact was full of little penguin presents that they had been
given to the band over the years.
Once again the set was stuffed full of all the fans favourites
from their first two albums. Among them we had 'Hiring Camels',
'Cheesy', 'Blue Ice Cream', and a frenzied 'Microwave
Sweetheart'. It was when the band started the opening lines of
'All I Want Is Fish' that the assembled crowd really gave their
lungs a good clearing and sang along with all their might.
Was I the only one that felt a wave of joyful emotions when they
launched into 'We're On Our Way Back'? It's only a matter of
time before a sea of lighters appears at one of these gigs
during this little darling!
The band finished their set just before 11 o' clock. Oh no! You
can't finish it like that! We want more! The crowd cheered and
jeered for more and more we did in fact get! An encore followed
of the Kiss song 'Strutter'. Little did we realize but Gene
Simmons had heard about tonight's gig and had duly come along to
help put the lads through their paces!
As the clock struck 11 the band said their farewells once more
and skipped off the stage looking dripping wet and really funny.
had run and their clothes were absolutely wringing wet and
clinging to them. But just one look at their happy little faces
and judging by the way they gone totally flipping mental during
their encore, they seemed to have enjoyed every second of
Everybody that had turned up to see them perform certainly did
and next time they tour they will have an even bigger legion of
fans than they had when they first arrived.
There's so much more I could tell you about tonight's
performance and the madcap characters that we saw onstage
tonight but I won't. What I will tell you however is that this
is one band you cannot afford to miss. If you are looking for a
good time, an evening of sheer insanity, then a Sack Trick
concert is for you. This band is for the totally insane.
If you're looking for deep meaningful songs then forget it.
Someone forgot to lock the doors to the asylum and this is
what's escaped! It's scary - it's grown lads in tights and
It's loud and lively - they bound around the stage like a bunch
of 5 years olds that have eaten too many smarties. But best of
all … IT'S ONE HELL OF A LOT OF FUN!!!