Thursday, 20 October 2016

Caught Live: The Tubes @ The Robin 18/10/16

#1,184: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Fee Waybill and The Tubes have been around a long time. They've shocked, they've challenged and they've been inventive through their various phases. Fans of ELO, in theory, would find very little in common between the band who brought you the excesses of "White Punks On Dope" and "Mondo Bondage" and the music of Jeff Lynne, save for the fact that The Tubes made a cameo appearance in the 1980 film "Xanadu" and also managed to split the song "Dancin'" with Olivia Newton-John on the "Xanadu" OST (the best track on the non-ELO side of the LP, in the opinion of Yours Truly KJS).
Yet, The Tubes are a band who also drive intrigue and are almost irresistible, especially if they happen to be gigging in your vicinity. Hence, a return trip to The Robin 2 in Bilston on the night of Tuesday 18th October to catch them during their 2016 UK tour was something to look forward to. And what a show it was! Starting with out and out funk in tribute to James Brown, dabbling in country, sublime Blues, hard rock and a little Glam rock too in a tour de force of their varied and substantial catalogue with Waybill going through several costume changes - and utilising some interesting props! There was to be no "Dancin'" and, sadly, no "Prime Time" (one of my faves) but there was a cracking cover of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There".
Glamtastic: "White Punks On Dope"
The set list ensured an energised performance ensuring that this concert was truly an experience. The likes of "What Do You Want From Life?", "Show Me A Reason", "Love's A Mystery" and "She's A Beauty" balanced out the more raucous elements of the show with the odd monologue/diatribe by Fee added for good measure - alongside a cover of Gene Pitney's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". Special mention must be made of the guitar wizardry of Roger Steen and the astounding drumming and percussion of the legendary Prairie Prince. Bassist Rick Anderson and keys man David Medd weren't bad either! This was a gig that rocked the packed midweek house, proof in and of itself of the draw of The Tubes here in 2016.
Find out more about the band and their current tour via their official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend The Tubes to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 20-Oct-2016

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