4th October 2014
Review and Photography by Graham Hilling
The Jim Jones Revue call it a day in style with a blinding bash at the Forum in London….
The Forum is already looking pretty as I arrive just in time to catch the first band of the evening, John J Presley (2.5/5). These guys take to the stage with little fuss.
The guitar is distorted and dirty to the point where you can’t really make out notes properly, thankfully the drums cut through this very nicely and give the whole thing a much needed structure. The songs are slow and a little bit depressing, certainly you would not mention uplifting in the same breath as these guys.
Their short set is greeted with muted applause and we move swiftly onto the next band of the evening.
Walter Lure (4/5) is up next. Not sure if this is really The Waldos as Lure is on the lineup essentially as a solo artist. Never the less he has a band assembled around him and is bashing out some of the songs that originally made him a cult icon in The Heartbreakers.
They bash through a set of classics such as “Get off the Phone” and “All By Myself”. Much of the crowd see along, embracing the songs that many grew up with as the old friends they genuinely are. This is straightforward good old rock and roll, done well and while it isn’t going to break any new ground (or even garner new fans tbh) you can’t really knock it.
“Born to Lose” has everyone singing and closer “Do You Love Me” is a good thing to leave ringing in the crowds ears.
Before we get to see the Jim Jones Revue, however, we are treated to a special guest. This turns out to be an impromptu set from the legendary Nick Lowe(4/5). Playing with just an acoustic guitar, his songs actually sound better than ever.
Stripped down to the bone you can see how clever some of them are. The old of “Cruel to be Kind” sits well with the new(ish) of “Tokyo Bay” and Lowe himself seems to be genuinely happy to be playing to a full Forum crowd. He’s well welcomed as well, with the set hitting the mark in many areas.
The inclusion of Lowe, means that the Jim Jones Revue (4.5/5) don’t take to the stage until approximately 10:30pm which is a bit of a niuisance for those relying on public transport to get home. This is billed as their farewell tour as they’ve decided to call it a day after a short but impressive career.
They play music that tips more than a nod at early rock and roll, and mixes it with a punk and a squirt of heavy rock. Add in some impressive piano playing and you’ll be getting to something approaching their sound.
So this evenings set is part of their farewell tour (The Last Hurrah, and right near the end as well). You could expect the guys to be a little tour tired but there is no sign of it as they take to the stage and blast out a hugely energetic performance, starting with “It’s Gotta be about Me” they set the tone for the rest of the set.
“Burning Your House Down” keeps the energy level high and stylish keys on “7 Times Around the Sun” sees Henri Herbert in full flow, defying you not to engage. “Rock N Roll Psychosis” finally locks the crowd in with the music and the scene is set for a very special farewell from London.
The set continues with “Dishonest John” and other favourites until we finally get to the encores where Lure returns to the stage for a version of the classic “Chinese Rocks”. The conclusion of the gig is left to “Pricess and the Frog”, the first single from their self titled debut back in 2008. A suitable point to bow out methinks.
Better to go out shouting and screaming than to just fade away…Jim Jones Revue know this for certain!
Apologies, no setlists for any of the bands this evening.