STARS GIVE IT SOME RHYTHM STICK

Actor Keith Allen and rock quiz show comics Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr lend vocals to The Blockheads...

Actor KEITH ALLEN and comedians PHILL JUPITUS and MARK LAMARR stood in for the late IAN DURY with THE BLOCKHEADS last night (March 23) at a gig at LONDON LA2.

The two comics, who had also joined the group on stage at Brighton Concorde 2 last week, took it in turns to provide lead vocals with the group, with Allen – who appears on the forthcoming Dury tribute album ‘New Boots And Panties’ – making a special guest appearance for a further two tracks.

Jupitus performed ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ and ‘Sex And Drugs And Rock’N’Roll’.

Lamarr sang on ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’ and ‘Blockheads’, while Allen lent vocals to a punky version of ‘Blackmail Man’, the track he contributes to the tribute album, followed by ‘Plaistow Patricia’. Singing the latter, he held a lyric book, but didn’t need to refer to it.

At one point, Lamarr jumped into the crowd and had difficulty getting back out again, with ardent fans ripping at his clothes.