The Angels @ Twin Towns Services Club 7.8.09



Twin Towns was all fired up last Friday night when legendary Aussie rock band, The Angels, flew into town and played to a packed auditorium. In spite of a cold that caused Doc to struggle with his voice during the night, the band gave a brilliant performance. In fact, it seemed that most of the appreciative crowd never even noticed the fact that Doc was close to losing his voice on several occasions throughout the set. Indeed, being the consummate performer that he is, the singer managed to work his magic on the crowd with his usual finesse and few obvious signs of discomfort.

The set list for this latest tour, dubbed ‘The Angels Live – By Request’, was voted for by fans. The set is made up of the most popular songs according to those votes but, interestingly, the opening song, ‘No Exit’, was not included in that list. The band then launched straight into ‘Back Street Pick Up’ before building the excitement with The Animals’ hit, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’. That, of course, was the last thing anyone was thinking of doing as guitarist, Rick Brewster’s familiar opening riffs of ‘After The Rain’ brought an even more enthusiastic response and the crowd became a sea of jumping, air-punching maniacs for old favourites, ‘I Ain’t The One’ and ‘Coming Down’.

It was actually something of a welcome relief by the time the band decided to slow the tempo down a bit with ‘Be With You’ especially, I would assume, for Doc himself as he worked up quite a sweat there on stage.

The guys kept the energy going with ‘Mr Damage’, and ‘Dogs Are Talking’, moving smoothly into the moody ‘Face The Day’.

One of the band’s biggest hits, ‘No Secrets’, was a definite crowd-pleaser as was ‘Shadow Boxer’, showcasing Doc’s sparring skills which were dutifully imitated by the fans.

During the ever popular ‘Marseilles’, Doc dragged 4 lucky ladies up on stage to dance. The girls were clearly delighted at the opportunity to be sharing the stage with their idols and relished every moment in the limelight as Doc serenaded with his schoolboy French and coaxed chants of ‘Ooh La La’ from an enthusiastic audience.

It wouldn’t be an Angels show without the crowd favourite, ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ complete, naturally, with the now obligatory audience chorus of ‘No way, get f***ed, f*** off!’ A chant the punters never seem to tire of.

The impeccable rhythm section of bassist Chris Bailey and drummer Buzz Bidstrup worked up another frenzied reaction from the crowd with their classic intro to ‘Take A Long Line’ as Doc held a soaking towel above his head and announced ‘This is it folks… Over the top!’ And, as always, it was.

Even though the crowd was screaming loudly for more, there were a few moments of uncertainty that we would see them return to the stage when someone switched on the venue lights and recorded music a little prematurely. Oops! The mistake was quickly rectified and the band members started to reappear, one by one. The encore commenced with the slower ‘Out of the Blue’ which had everyone swaying from side to side in unison…. Well, maybe not quite in unison but the thought was there.

The guys closed the show with ‘Devil’s Gate’ featuring an impressive harmonica performance from rhythm guitarist, John Brewster.

As the band took their final bows for the night, there was a strong agreement among the crowd that they had just seen one of this country’s best ever rock bands and that, more than 30 years on, they still have what it takes to put on a powerful and exciting rock and roll show. Yep, The Angels still have it! And I think we will be seeing their faces again

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