30 years on and The Buzzcocks are still playing like it’s 1976. Though with a different drummer and bassist (Tony Barber and Danny Farrant) Pete Shelly
and Steve Diggle are the same as ever. While Diggle is the constant showman,
lifting his guitar in the air and jumping around, Shelley seems to unite
with the other band members (especially the reserved bassist) in looking at
Diggle and thinking what is he doing? When Shelly takes the mic he helps to
emphasise his vocals with expressions for every word and by tilting his head
from side to side.
Either side of the stage are screens showing pictures of old album covers,
publicity shots over the years and naked women with irons instead of heads.
There is little banter between songs, even though this is a landmark show in
their hometown. They appear to be enjoying the crowd down front though,
pulling faces at them and mouthing quips back and forth.
A few songs from the new album ‘Love Bites’ appear but most notable are
‘Whatever Happened To’, ‘Soul Survivor’ and ‘Going Blind’. It is a 2 hour
set, including a 15 minute interval (well, they are a bit older now) for a
costume change. The white shirt was a bad choice for Diggle, as his guitar
strap left sweaty black stains on his back. Pete Shelley, for the fashion
conscious folk, is wearing an ‘Orgasm Addict’ shirt which changed to a
‘Whatever Happened To’ shirt.
The great songs that everyone knows ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ and ‘Orgasm
Addict’ are the last from the pop punk legends before its time to retire for
some hot cocoa.
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article by: Danielle Millea
photos by: Danielle Millea
| published: 05/12/2006 10:43|