|THE BANDITS |
|THE BANDITS Live @ Liverpool Academy 2 14/09/03|
opener 'On My Way' the sublime sextet stole the audience's attention and they never let go.
Singer John Robinson in his almost folk vocal style got toes tapping in 'Once Upon A Time'. Both he and the band remained focused all night and did not get distracted, even when part of the drum set toppled over and crashed onto the stage floor. John and Gary entertained the crowd while the kit was reassembled, before continuing unperturbed with the apt track 'Hit The Road'. It is to be hoped that this is what the person who erected the drum kit did shortly afterwards, as it looked as stable as Frank Bruno's state of mind all night. Critics who have dubbed The Bandits a "Tribute band singing The Coral B-sides' obviously hasn't witnessed the variety of their live sets. The encore demonstrated this including the catchy pop number '2 Step Rock', as well as a stirring and convincing cover of The Clash song 'Guns Of Brixton' bringing matters to a frenetic and crowd pleasing end.