Bob Dylan-nut TIM BURGESS of Isle Of Wight festival headliners Charlatans bestowed possibly his ultimate compiliment on the festival when he declared from the stage that: “The Isle Of Wight rocks better than Bob Dylan.” Bob Dylan himself headlined the festival in 1969 shortly after recovering from his infamous motorcycle accident.
Earlier in a storming set Tim Burgess dedicated ‘Tellin’ Stories’ to Robert Plant who played second on the bill – including Zeppelin classics and tracks from his forthcoming album including covers of Billy Roberts rock evergreen ‘Hey Joe’ and Love‘s ‘House Is Not A Motel’.
Ash played what many considered to be the best set of the day packed full of energy. Tim Wheeler was in typically playful mood talking in an American accent, stating ‘It’s been 32 years – you must be starved of rock ‘n’ roll’, asking where the ‘naked hippy chicks’ were and – putting a snatch of Jimi Hendrix‘ ‘Voodoo Chile’ in ‘Kung Fu’. Jimi Hendrix played the last Isle Of Wight festival and the last gig of his life on 31 August 1970 – 18 days before his death.
Starsailor‘s James Walsh responded to the Jubilee celebrations on the mainland with an excitedly patriotic statement: “It feels good to have some British bands on the bill. Much as we love the Strokes and the Hives British is best. Buy British.” Unfortunately he failed to acknowledge that his band’s name came from an album by American troubadour Tim Buckley. America is not currently a county of Britain.
Coral and Hundred Reasons also appeared.