REVIEW - HARD ROCK CAFE GLASGOW 15-9-2017
LIZZIE AND THE BANSHEES - HARD ROCK CAFE - GLASGOW - FRI. 15/9/17 ANOTHER SUPERB NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE IN GLASGOW COURTESY OF 'SHOCK CITY PRODUCTIONS'. TONIGHT IT WAS A DOUBLE-HEADER WITH 'LIZZIE AND THE BANSHEES' AND 'TALK OF THE TOWN' ( TRIBUTES TO SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES & THE PRETENDERS RESPECTIVELY ). BOTH BANDS DELIVERED EXCELLENT SETS OF CLASSIC MATERIAL, BUT I WANT TO CONCENTRATE ON 'LIZZIE AND THE BANSHEES'. NOT ONLY WAS THE MUSICIANSHIP ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON, BUT THE FRONT WOMAN - LIZZIE WAS OUTSTANDING, VOCALLY AND THEATRICALLY - ENGAGING THE AUDIENCE FROM THE FIRST SONG. BLISTERING THROUGH 'ISRAEL', 'CANDYMAN', 'CITIES IN DUST', THEN AND SPECTACULAR RENDITION OF 'DEAR PRUDENCE', LEADING INTO 'HONG KONG GARDEN' WHERE LIZZIE GOT OFF THE STAGE AND MIXED IN DANCING WITH THE CROWD. STANDOUT SONGS FOR ME WERE 'FIREWORKS', 'HAPPY HOUSE', & 'HELTER SKELTER'. THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BAND TO ANYONE - GREAT MUSICIANS, PLAYING GREAT SONGS, BACKING THE ENIGMATIC 'LIZZIE'.
Jock Barnson 20-9-2017
Wow! What a night. I think just about every goth and Siouxsie fan from miles around filled the Greyhound in Beeston to almost bursting point for what has got to be one of the best tribute bands around and one of the best nights entertainment in a long time.
As a ageing rocker who never really got into Siouxsie that much back in the day I thought I'd struggle to recognise more than a couple of songs at best (as it happens it was nearer a dozen but don't tell anyone please, it will ruin my rock cred, lol).
From the moment the first chords of Hong Kong Garden were struck we knew we were in for one hell of a treat. To say Lizzie and the Banshees recreated the sound, feel and atmosphere the real Siouxsie and the Banshees is an understatement, just ask anyone who was there and they'll all tell you the same thing. This was one hell of a trip down memory lane.
Next was Love in a void followed by Dear Prudence, to which the Greyhound erupted with hair and arms flying in all directions as everyone sang and danced along with the band. The madness continued as the audience shouted for more, loving every minute of the show and Lizzie and the guys continued to fuel their enjoyment with Nicotine Stain, Cities in Dust, Staircase Mystery, Cascade and then Christine.
With energy levels never dropping once as both band and audience fed off each others passion for the music. Metal Postcard, Painted Bird, Melt and Israel next on the list followed by Icon, Playground Twist and Monitor before the big finish with Arabian Knights, Happy House and Spellbound to end an incredible night of music and entertainment.
It's crazy to think that Lizzie and the Banshees only formed in 2012 yet I'm not surprised they are rapidly becoming one of the best tribute bands around. With Bruce and Mark providing an incredibly tight back-line, Alex on lead guitar and Lizzie's vocals and stage presence you'd think they'd been together for a life time. This is with no doubt what they were meant to do and they do it so well. I challenge anyone who even remotely likes any of the Siouxsie and the Banshees songs to go to one of their gigs and not enjoy themselves.
Well done guys that was one hell of a show. I look forward to seeing you all back at the Greyhound again soon.