Now I am one
of those fortunate people who remembers Tigertailz, when this guy was in
the lipstick wearing, high-heeled tapping, glam rock band.
And yes I am old enough to have seen them when he was the lead singer
back in the late 80's early 90's. I used to think they were fantastic
and when he formed his own outfit Jamez Gang, when he left the Tailz; I
even went to see them too. (But to be honest, they weren't a patch on
the Welsh glam gods of the past.) Never the less, we went to see him
supporting LA Guns and I entered the room with an open mind as I knew
that once upon a time he had been bloody good.
The band came on stage about 8ish in a mist of dry ice. Stevie ran on
from the stage left, looking like a cross between a Raggedy Anne in his
cut off pin striped pants and Jemima tights, and a blue denim jacketed,
long haired, Iggy Pop.
He burst straight into song, getting the crowd warmed, screaming "allll
rigghhhttt" at us all. I was quite pleasantly surprised as he
jumped about the stage screaming at the audience and getting them to
sing a long to "Cat on a Hot tin Roof" which was very like a
good Tailz song.
He still is a pure entertainer. He warmed to the crowd getting cheekier
and more rash but still trying his hardest to entertain them to the
He kept leaping around the stage like a frog in red n black stripy
tights falling on his knees to receive sufficiently huge holes in the
for said tights and probably the bruises the next day to warrant them.
The songs were good, happy and cheery which was good fun and what you
want when you go and see a band because lets face it you do want to go
and see someone who depresses the pants off you.
The performance that he gave was pretty outstanding, especially when you
think that he was just the support band. The other noticeable thing
about the gig was on his final song there seemed to be rather a lot of
bananas ascending from the back of the stage!!! What the relevance of
the bananas was I haven't got a clue. But then more fruit seem to soar
into the audience too. Very strange, but very funny.
In a nutshell, it was a good gig. Nice and lively, good tunes and
rocking melodies to sing along too. As an after thought though, I think
that he should get rid of the image of the stripy tights - the music was
good enough anyway to hold it's own, so the image of the tights could
most definitely go the journey.
Get the old PVC's out Stevie, they suit you better.