Pretty Boy Floyd + L.A. Guns 5/12/2010 @ Camden Underworld
So it's an average sized crowd that mills about The Underworld, waiting for the long-awaited arrival of Pretty Boy Floyd followed by Tracii Guns' L.A. Guns. Perhaps strange that Pretty Boy Floyd were listed as “special guests” but they definitely brought out their own following of young and old tonight.
The last time Pretty Boy Floyd were here was actually around the same time in December 2009 and at The Underworld too, a well-suited venue for them it seems. The quartet were looking glam as ever, if a little older, Steve Summers actually dripping with attitude from behind his aviators. Breaking out with album title track “Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz,” Pretty Boy Floyd showed that they can still command the stage after taking to it twenty-three years ago. Alive with energy and armed with a great sleazy sound, the band ran through the Leather Boyz album, finishing with “Fight for your right to party.” What I've always loved about this band is that they can pull off just about everything they do on the record, live, including the harmonised backing vocals. Special mentions there go to Kristy Majors and Criss 6 for keeping that up. So Kristy may have looked a little bored during some of the performance, but still managed to share a brotherly kiss with Criss, while Steve shared one with a girl in the front row. Picks were thrown, girls were invited backstage, choruses were screamed and beer was spat. Not bad for a glam concert in 2010.
Next up were L.A. Guns. Having never seen Tracii Guns' incarnation of the former L.A. Guns I was keen to see what kind of show they'd pull off. I wasn't disappointed. The floor seemed fuller as the band took to the stage, although I can't help but feel they lack the arrogant charm that Pretty Boy Floyd have written all over them. A little less virtuoso display and a little more entertainment wouldn't go a miss. Nevertheless, the performance was of a high standard, Jizzy Pearl's voice stirring the crowd with his gritty edge. No, I don't like his stage name either. It was nice to see Tracii Guns forever smiling while performing, something many bands seem to lose the ability to do whilst on stage. The set list was made up of songs from most albums, notable songs been “One more reason,” “Rip and Tear,” and “Dreamtime.” There was also a well-received cover of “Knockin' on Heaven's Door,” with an alternative guest bassist (I didn't catch his name), claiming it was the only song he and Tracii could both play.
Two great bands made a great night. I can't help but think Pretty Boy Floyd took the biscuit, outdoing Guns in style and presence, but Tracii Guns will always have an edge on stage, one that holds that band together; I think he knows it too.
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