The Kentish Town Forum, London.
There is a very healthy sized crowd for when The Philstines take the stage. It's their biggest London show for a while, can they deliver? They are given just 30 minutes but cram in eight Philistines gems. The band are looking super cool, Koozie and Chris with slicked back hair, Ray with his new goatee beard and Glen tanned and looking many years younger.
starts the set off nicely, Glen's vocals are nice and clear and the band step
up the pace for solid versions of Whose Side Are You On ? and Suck It And See,
with Chris standing behind his drumkit and getting the crowd to clap along, which
they do. The twin guitars really kick in for Piece Of The Action and White Knucke
Ride, with Ray and Koozie twisting and grinding their guitars into the amps. Before
you know they are gone. So a short but very sweet set. Paul Cook was there to
watch it and New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain was also enjoying it from the side
of the stage. Set list: Hot Water, Yeah Right, Whose Side Are You On?, Suck It
And See, Idiot, Somewhere Somehow, Piece Of The Action, White Knucke Ride.
May 18th 2006. Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Here we stand in the town that Frank Sinatra was born and raised in - Hoboken, New Jersey. Yes the man that originally brought My Way to our attention. Well, tonight we have an original Sex Pistol visiting Frankie's town to do it HIS WAY. Glen Matlock took the stage at about 10:00PM. This was a big return to the New York/New Jersey area for Glen Matlock. He didn't waste any time, and hit the stage and never stopped. Here's the set list for last night's performance:
Yeah Right, Hot Water, Who's Side Are You On?, (I'm Not Your) Steppin Stone, Somewhere Somehow, OK Kiddo, Idiot, Suck it and See, On Something, Burning Sounds, Piece of the Action, White Knuckle Ride, Pretty Vacant.
After the show, Glen and the band hung around talking and taking pictures with fans and friends. Trust me when I say, "Whenever there's a Pistol in our area - The City is ALIVE!"
Review by Eliot Wien, NYC
April 11th 2006. The Joiners, Southampton.
It's a pretty miserable drive down to Southampton but The Philistines' first show on the South Coast for this current line up is something well worth the 75 miles each way drive. The Joiners is a great venue to watch a band and the place is suitably rammed with fans.
The band get off to a flying start with Pretty Vacant which knocks the crowd for six. New tracks Yeah Right and Somewhere Somehow mix in well with the older material. All the songs played mesh into a superb hard, aggressive uptempo rock and roll sound. It's not long before there is a crowd at the front dancing and jumping around. By the time the band finish with killer versions of Piece Of The Action and White Knuckle Ride, the mosh pit is full of people really getting in to it. Encore of God Save The Queen is, as you can imagine, just rocktastic.
This was a warm up for the bunch of shows starting next week in Blackburn which are a must see if you live in the general area. Remember, the more people that turn up to see the Philistines in action, the more gigs they will play, and that can only be a good thing.
Setlist: Pretty Vacant, Yeah Right, Whose Side Are You On, Somewhere Somehow, Idiot, OK Kiddo, On Something, Stepping Stone, Suck It And See, Hot Water, Piece Of The Action, White Knuckle Ride, and encore of God Save The Queen
Review by Ray Morrissey
emailed to say: "Thank's for a great night in Southampton. You were all bloody
Hit Toon! Review added March 06
Glen Matlock returned to the North East to play a charity gig for the Bubble Foundation based at Newcastle General Hospital on October 30th 2005 and he brought the house down with his new band 'The Philistines'. With a sell out crowd of 250 people at 'Sutherlands' in Windy Nook Gateshead and a great set by warm up band RAYNE the stage was set for the former Sex Pistol to do what he does best.
After a rousing introduction by event organiser Steve Wraith, Glen and the boys took the stage and opened up with Hot Water. The crowd lapped it up. Many of those in attendance were not sure what to expect but they were not disappointed. With a few Pistol classics thrown in for good measure the Geordie public pogoed with passion at the front of the stage and Glen and the band gave it there all. After signing every autograph and posing for every picture they had a well deserved drink before heading back down to the smoke. A great night for a good cause and a rare chance for the Geordies to see one of the finest musicians and a great up and coming band in action. Thanks for the memories lads.
Set List: Hot Water / Be Somebody / Whose Side Are You On? / God Save The Queen / Ok Kiddo / Idiot / Suck It And See / On Something / Stepping Stone / Piece Of The Action / What Do You Want From Me? / White Knuckle Ride / Pretty Vacant
Review by Steve Wraith
March 3rd, The Cavern Club, Liverpool
The Philistines on Friday night was the perfect way to get in the mood for the weekend, and an ideal antidote to the snow outside.
Glen Matlock's rock 'n' roll outfit gave a nod towards the nature of the weekend by opening and closing the show with Pretty Vacant and God Save The Queen respectively.
The sound was clear and crisp, which enhanced the power of the the dual guitar onslaught of Koozie Johns and Ray McVeigh. Chris Musto is one of the most solid stixmen in the business; he put such energy into his performance he was literally out of his seat on occasion!
The rock 'n' roll songs kept on coming in the guise of Whose Side Are You On, Burning Sounds, Idiot, White Knuckle Ride, Piece of the Action, and the ever-wonderful, On Something. The two new songs on offer, Yeah Right and Somewhere Somehow, sounded fresh and exciting, boding well for the next album. The appreciative crowd was swelled by an influx of European tourists, who were fascinated by the spectacle, and approached me on the Merchandise stand, enquiring about the 'Sex Pistol' on stage. A couple even dug into their pockets!
Another great night in the company of The Philistines.
Review by Phil Singleton
What better way for the packed crowd at this hip East London venue to kick out the winter blues than with The Philistines' first show of 2006.
The band open with a song never heard in the U.K before and destined to be a crowd favourite. "Yeah Right" features some great call and return vocals of the tracks' title between Glen and guitarists Koozie and Ray. This track was knocked into fine shape whilst the lads were out in the States late last year.
Without pausing for breath, they launch into "Whose Side Are You On?" from the last LP "On Something", and then the crowd are treated to a loud and raucous, and previous show opening "Hot Water". Taken from Glen's solo album "Who's He Think He Is….", this song pile drives home like a Sherman tank, with some fantastic guitar work from ex-Professional guitar slinger Ray McVeigh.
One of Glen's finest songs of late, "White Knuckle Ride" sees the crowd jumping before there is another surprise. "Somewhere Somehow" gets its world debut and shows how fast this group are developing their distinctive Rock 'n' Roll sound.
As always, Glen gets the crowd to sing along the chorus to "Idiot" as Ray points out the best dressed punter in the house.
"Suck It And See", is followed by album title track "On Something" before they finish with the fantastic "Piece Of The Action".
The crowd scream for more and The Philistines don't disappoint. Swaggering back onto stage and without saying a word, the opening of "Pretty Vacant" rings out loud and clear. And before you know it, it's all over. A fantastic show with 2 new tracks, the band play in Kilburn and in Twickenham next weekend. With strong rumours coming out of The Philistines' camp of more possible dates in Europe and the U.S., these may be the last chance to see the boys in London for a while.
Review by Simon Leppington
The last date in a handful of California engagements, the Knitting Factory in Hollywood is where Glen Matlock and the Philistines would close out 2005, but not without a surprise or two. The current line-up of Philistines, Koozie Johns, Ray McVeigh and Chris Musto took to the intimate stage and immediately got themselves into "Hot Water" from the "Who's He Think He Is…" release. "Whose Side Are You On" from their current CD "On Something" was followed by the rockin' "Be Somebody" from the same release. One of the surprises came in the form of a new song titled "Yeah Right" which was well received by those in attendance.
Things were just warming up when Chris Musto hit his skins in unison to usher in "OK Kiddo". This proved to be a nice segue to what could arguably be the song that defined the punk movement in the seventies: "God Save The Queen". Glen appeared to be enjoying himself singing the anthem he had written and his band mates were equally enthused. A couple of songs later, the audience are treated to a cover of the Monkees hit "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone". Written in 1966 by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, the song was given new life courtesy of Ray McVeigh's and Koozie Johns' guitar work, and proved to be a worthy addition to the set list.
The title track "On Something" featured great guitar licks and backing vocals, as did "Better Get Start Getting Use To It". With its infectious hook, which was still ringing in my ears, they immediately went into "Piece of the Action". Glen and the band were joined on stage by former Sex Pistol Steve Jones for the Philistines' "White Knuckle Ride". Jones who hosts a show on radio station KDLD 103.1 called "Jonesy's Juke Box" indicated he liked the song when he had the band on his show prior to the gig.
yes, the glory days of real punk became apparent when they unleashed "Pretty
Vacant" and an encore of "God Save The Queen". Jones, fighting
a nasty cold came through in fine form. For those who may have never witnessed
a Sex Pistols show, this might be as close as it gets. That is, until March of
2006, when they are slated to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Review by Joe Lodinsky
Review 1. Saw
The Philistines at Bourbon Street in Concord, CA last night (12/14). There were
5 (FIVE) bands! Glen Matlock didn't go on until almost 1 AM. But he was REALLY
good - what a great band, even though they were using another band's equipment.
I bumped into him before the show and he signed my CD of Pretty Vacant. Nice guy.
He went on and told everyone to come up front, get cozy, then proceeded to blow
the doors off. We were literally inches away from the band. They were very tight
and it was obvious they were having a good time. I'm not a huge fan of their recorded
work but they play heavier live, with material from the latest album plus they
threw in GSTQ, Pretty Vacant, and Stepping Stone. I didn't know what a great guitarist
Ray McVeigh was. What a great set.
Review 2. Bourbon Street Bar & Grill is located in the East Bay, about 30 miles outside San Francisco. The Philistines hit the stage in the wee hours of Thursday morning and were in great form. One wouldn't have suspected that they drove up straight from L.A. just hours before. The band really looked like they were having fun.
The songs I recall them playing were (not in exact order): Whose Side Are You On?; Piece Of The Action; Burning Sounds; GSTQ; On Something; Stepping Stone; Suck It And See; OK Kiddo; Idiot; White Knuckle Ride; Pretty Vacant.
During the finale,
Glen positioned his microphone into the audience for a Pretty Vacant sing-along
and motioned Sebastian of support band The Twots to join the stage for the remainder
of the song. It was a unique and refreshing opportunity to see such a great band
in a non-San Fran venue. It's been over 2 years since I last saw Glen in action
(with the Pistols). I didn't get to see The Professionals in Berkeley in the early
'80s, so it was very cool to see Ray McVeigh play his Fernandes Burny right in
front of me. I look forward to The Philistines gig in San Francisco (next year)!
Pictured below: In action in Concord.
11th September 2004
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