Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snakecharmer - Saturday 23rd February - Islington Assembly Hall

Another trip to Islington, this time a solo trip to a venue I'd never been to before - the recently reopened Assembly Hall. The venue inside has been nicely restored - there's no proper ticket office, so the £20 "on the door" fee unfortunately only got me a hand stamp, not a proper ticket. I grabbed a quick can of Red Stripe and headed for my standard gig position (down the front on the left) assuming that would be Micky Moody's side (it was).

For those who don't know, Snakecharmer includes ex-Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray and had started life playing primarily old Whitesnake material. Tonight however, they were promoting their self titled album of all new material which is actually quite superb -

The venue was busier than I'd anticipated and the show excellent, from the duelling lead guitars to the powerful drumming of Harry James (ironic how all the shows I've been to since Thunder in Manchester have contained the 5 members of Thunder between them!). Vocalist Chris Ousey doesn't appear totally comfortable engaging with the audience, but his singing vocals were spot on, both on the new material and the Whitesnake songs including the ever popular "Here I Go Again" and "Fool For Your Loving". Let's hope the bands touring schedule becomes less erratic than previously and they come around again soon.

Guilty As Charged
A Little Rock & Roll
Ready an' Willing
Accident Prone
To The Rescue
Falling Leaves
Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
Smoking Gun
Moody's Blues [Mick Moody & Harry James]
Slow An' Easy
Cover Me In You
Nothing To Lose
Here I Go Again
Take Me With You
My Angel
Fool for Your Loving

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