February 11, 2002 12:43
The show is watched by The Charlatans, Starsailor and, erm, the Sugababes...
and - Andrew WK
all playing explosive sets.
Punters were queuing early on in order to see the first band on at 7pm, Coral. When Coral arrived on stage, the venue was almost full already – almost unheard of for a support band. They did not disappoint, playing a confident, fired-up set which included new single ‘Skeleton Key’.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
were also a strong draw on the night, following their Top 40 hit ‘Love Burns’ and their support slot with Oasis at London’s Royal Albert Hall last Wednesday (February 5). The US band, with Pete Salisbury, formerly of The Verve, on drums, played an incendiary set on a starkly lit stage. For most of the gig, they were hardly visible in the darkness, but the audience showed their appreciation throughout. The loud, feedback-heavy set included the aforementioned ‘Love Burns’ and ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)’.
One of the strangest sights of the evening was seeing the Sugababes in the VIP area getting down toBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club. Also in attendance were Starsailor
’s James Walsh Charlatans’ singer Tim Burgess and the Ping Pong Bitches.
Lostprophets also proved popular with their brand of energetic nu-metal. Their set included ‘Kobrakai’, ‘For Sure’, ‘And She Told Me To Leave’, ‘Fake Sound Of Progress’, ‘Still Laughing’ and ‘Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja’.
Headliner Andrew WKhad to face some doubters for his poppy metal early on, and some punters used beer cans as missiles. Before long, though, there was a lively moshpit going for songs like ‘I Get Wet’ and ‘Party Hard’ and <Andrew WK proved to be the night’s most charismatic star. His band, which features three guitarists, filled the Astoria with huge riffs as Andrew jumped around manically.
Andrew WK also played a new song, ‘Your Rules’, and after the finale stayed around to press the flesh with fans who flocked to the front of the stage.
Speaking exclusively to NME.COM backstage after his performance, Andrew said: "It’s impossible to sum up what we’ve just experienced. It’s the beginning of the beginning and a huge kick of infinite importance in the slam dance of life."
He added: "This has been one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. And what’s moving about it is that it’s just the beginning. Thank you to everyone who came to the concerts."
Andrew WK also denied reports of disharmony between the bands on the tour. "It was nothing except a good time for everybody," he said.
Andrew WK now heads off to Europe for gigs. "Now we go to Paris and we play little small basement clubs to introduce the rest of the world to what we are doing," he told NME.COM.