Zombie Love Club (Muddy Bones / DJ Jyrki69) @ Bar Loose, Helsinki, 26/07/2012
"Hanoi Rocks are in town - and they are fucking annoying!". Admittedly, this comment by an already drunk visitor of "Bar Loose" is amusing when he discovers Muddy Bones standing outside the club. Ok, they are not Hanoi Rocks and Muddy Bones are not "fucking annoying" but regarding music and look, the comparison works. And Muddy Bones are naming Hanoi Rocks even as one of their influences, next to The Rolling Stones, New York Dolls, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, AC/DC, Ramones, Dogs D' Amour and Tehosekoitin. The only name which is missing is "Caroline" since they play a very similar kind of Blues Rock'n'Roll as Muddy Bones.
However, for the (also drunk) presenter, the guys from Finland's capital Helsinki are the heirs of ABBA - and after he had babbled a few more meaningless statements into the microphone- Pete Waters (Vocals & Harmonica), Mr. Jones (Lead Guitar), Aladar (Guitar) and Joe (Drums) started their show with a few technical problems and "Devil Woman". And yes, they have a new man on the bass - Blackdog. For the successor of band founder Dave Lindholm, this was his very first gig but thanks to his already existing stage presence, one didn't notice this little fact.
The other guys are true professionals as well, especially the extremely charismatic Mr. Jones who repeatedly went to the edge of the stage and rocked and posed like a guitar god. Without any doubt Mr. Jones was born to be on stage! He even succeeded in animating the audience to clap along, without the slightest effort. That's quite something as the audience in Finland is very often too cool to let its hair down. After songs like "Shootin' Gun", the Rolling Stones cover "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the melancholic composition "State I'm In", Mr. Jones was allowed to take Pete's place for one song while Pete exchanged mike and harmonica for the lead guitar. Due to the fact that the song performed by Mr. Jones is untitled yet, it's simply called "Jonin Biisi" [Finnish for: "Joni's Song"; Joni is the actual first name of Mr. Jones] in the setist. After that, Pete returned to the mike and covered Johnny Thunders' "I Wanna Be Loved" which can be found regularly in the setlist of Michael Monroe too. Yes, that's another reference to Hanoi Rocks. Besides own compositions like "Whiskey", a couple more covers, namely "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry), "Rappiolla" (Hassisen Kone) and "Blitzkrieg Bop" (Ramones) were played. During the latter two songs, Pete, Mr. Jones and Aladar were "topless" - and the girls in the audience pushed themselves all the more closer to the stage.
Altogether a fine show but unfortunately tonight's sound at "Bar Loose" left a lot to be desired. A pity, especially for those attendees who hadn't seen Muddy Bones on stage before.
After the gig, you could admire Jyrki69, frontman of The 69 Eyes, at the turntables. After all, this wasn't an ordinary gig by Muddy Bones but the "Zombie Love Club": a series of events hosted by mister Jyrki69 and every now and then, the "Helsinki Vampire" even invites live-acts to rock the stage. Like Muddy Bones tonight. Good choice!
Website of Muddy Bones: http://www.facebook.com/muddybones
Website of "Zombie Love Club": http://www.facebook.com/pages/ZOMBIE-LOVE-CLUB/174904709250457
Author: Stefanie Singh / Photos: Stefanie Singh
Last Updated (Wednesday, 26 September 2012 18:50)