Currie, Last Great Dreamers & Scream Of Sirens
Venue: The Globe, NewcastleDate: 14 November 2015
it was announced the one of the legends of female rock n'
roll bands was playing the small but intimate venue of The
Globe in Newcastle, I was a little surprised, but on other
hand that the legend that is Cherie Currie was returning the
stage and that Newcastle was on the list of cities as part
of her comeback tour, made this a must see show.
say the venue was small was an understatement, we were just
about fifteen foot from the stage and we couldn’t see
anything. So those behind us got a 3D radio version of
the gig, it was like the band were playing in someone’s
front room as one punter put it.
was the fourth gig of the tour and despite the rain
bleaching down outside and the late doors, (due to there
being a lack of on site monitors and the sound guy having to
seek some out at the last minute), the crowd packed into the
venue for three top-notch rock bands.
up were local band Scream of Sirens who were
performing their very first live show and boy did this
female trio deliver the goods!
up were a band taking to the boards a second time
around. Last Great Dreamers reformed in 2014
when guitarist Slyder and singer Marc reunited through a
mutual friend they found the spark was still there.
Now with drummer Denley Slade and Ian Scrufffykid welcomed
into the fold, the band return to the pop infused rocking
and bring back the sound that saw them frequent many a show
at London’s Marquee club.
guys showed their little funky side with the excellent
‘Far From Home’, before turning up the heat with what
for me was one of the songs of the set, the lick fuelled
'Ashtray Eyes’. The set was rounded off in style with the
anthemic ‘Last Great Dreamer’, before capping off their
great set with the new single ‘Dope School’. This
is the second incarnation of the band, but this is
definitely them at their very best. The pressures of
the 90’s have been put aside and this is simply four guys
putting on a good old fashioned rock n' roll show as it
should be. No pretentious rock n' roll swagger, just
four guys having fun. I for one can't wait to see them
up was the main event, after some 35 years out of the
spotlight former Runaway Cherie Currie returns to the
world stages and shows us why The Runaway’s were one of
the most influential bands of the 70’s. Tonight the
Globe was near capacity for her return with not even enough
room to swing a mouse, let alone a cat.
was back to The Runaways classics with the edgier ‘It Day
Or Night’, before Cherie asked if anyone had seen The
Runaways movie, to which the majority of the crowd replied
... "Yes!". Well it was time for Nick
Gliders ‘Roxy Roller’, another storming rendition which
seemed that Currie's voice has improved over the years, as
she filled venue with power and grace.
where Currie really showed us just what a great vocalist she
still is, was when the tempo was brought down just a touch
with the wonder ‘Heartbeat’. Then the tempo was
soon back up to speed with a little ‘California
Paradise’, with the crowd again in full sing-a-long mode
for this song.
Then it was time for a little medley of Roy Orbison’s 'Pretty Woman', a little Bowie with ‘Rebel Rebel’, before rounding it off with Kiss’s ‘Do You Love Me’. The set was rounded off with 'Midnight Music', before the icing on the cake with what else but ‘Cherry Bomb’. The crowd were going wild by this time singing along with all they had to this song, which capped off a great show. Let's hope this is the first of many and that we get to see Currie return to these shores next year. Hopefully with the enthusiasm of this tour, they will be playing bigger and better venues next time.
Currie’s back and she’s hotter than ever!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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