Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bloatermog 'Back In Time Tour' - The Troggs / The Move / Love Affair - Salisbury City Hall - 17th May 2009: It was one of those 1960's tours doing the rounds just now, and committed Troggs fans as my school pal, Eric Billett and I have been since 1966, we decided to go. The Move were no strangers to us, either, having been to some of their 'hey-day' gigs with the original line-up in Bournemouth when we were but young lads of 15 or 16.
The Love Affair had quite a few hits, too, but without original vocalist, Steve Ellis, they were good but not great.
The Move, even at the outset of their career, liberally sprinkled their 'Night Of Fear' / 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow' original songs with rock 'n' roll covers like Eddie Cochran's 'C'mon Everybody,' and this has never changed even to this gig. With a packed venue rocking to original Move member's, drummer, Bev Bevan, and guitarist, Trevor Burton; they even became "quite loud" at one point; as one of the people behind us mentioned. By Motorhead standards, however, it was like a damp squib in a telephone box; but I doubt they had even heard of Motorhead, never mind experienced one of their gigs.
But we didn't go for the volume this time. The Move were great, and began their set with a recording of Radio 1 on the day it started, with Tony Blackburn introducing their 'Flowers In The Rain' song; which they played as their first number.
The Troggs didn't disappoint, either; and Eric and I have been to see them many time over the years, but they'd changed their set to cover a great many of the songs on their 1st 'From Nowhere The Troggs' album; and it was great to hear those classic tracks again played live. Still with original member's, vocalist Reg Presley and guitarist, Chris Britton; The Troggs had everyone on their feet for their last few numbers.
(We first 'met' The Troggs on a school outing to Cheddar Caves on May 22nd 1966, when the band were having their 'From Nowhere The Troggs' album cover photo shoot; so it was 43 years to the week, if not the day later we saw them at this gig).