Let's get the party started...
The sellout show in Dublin’s Ambassador was the first time Andrew WK had played outside the US since his oversubscribed show at the London Garage in October last year. It was also the first time that LA’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club had played outside the US.
The show opened with at 7.30pm with Coral’s original brand of Las-influenced scallydelica – which saw the first outbreak of moshing during their second song ‘Badman’ – setting the tone for the whole evening.
The much-anticipated Black Rebel Motorcycle Club live appearance, with temporary drummer Pete Salisbury (ex-Verve), brought their Jesus & Mary Chain-styled black glamour wall-of-noise to a rapt audience. ‘Red Eyes and Tears’, ‘Love Burns’ and set closer ‘What Ever Happened To My Rock N’ Roll’ in particular receiving the kind of welcome normally reserved for a greatest hits set.
Pontypridd’s Lostprophets proved to be the biggest draw of the night with their nu-metal mix of riffage and scratching playing the highlights of ‘The Fake Sound Of Progress’. Their tough meaty sound, a blend of Limp Bizkit and Faith No More lifted an electrified audience even further especially on the wonderfully-titled ‘Shinobi Vs Dragon Ninja’.
New Yorker Andrew WK fantastically dumb rock brought the evening to an explosive end, running through a blistering set of high-octane party anthems. Each a paean to drinking and massive over-indulgence with highlights being (obviously) ‘Party Hard’ and ‘Party ‘Til You Puke’.
The evening took a surreal turn with the appearance of Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot who insisted on being photographed with Andrew WK after the show.
See the full report in this week’s NME.
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