|Pic Courtesy of Mick Mercer Collection.|
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
JOHNNY THUNDERS - Live in London 1983 (Re-Post)
Gone but never to be forgotten. This gig at The Lyceum in London 1983 is one of the best gigs I've been to, and definitely the best time I saw Johnny Thunders. On a cold October evening, the Lyceum was hot, the atmosphere was electric. The support bands Jayne County, Chelsea, Turkey Bone and The Wild Dogs had heated the audience to boiling point. Johnny played a lengthy set made up from the old (Jet Boy) the new (In Cold Blood), the borrowed (Be Bop A Lula) and the blues (Gloria), plus an armful of Thunders classics. He even took a well received acoustic break. Johnny was on top form alive not dead, both lucid and lairy “Has anyone raped that bitch Margaret Thatcher yet?” he had the audience in the palm of his hand. After two hours he was joined for the encore by Peter Perrett and Patti Paladin, ending the evening on the same high it started. There will never be another Johnny Thunders. You can't put your arms around a memory, but you can grab a copy of Johnny Thunders CosaNostra Live at The Lyceum in 1983 here and here, (it's a two part download.) Thanx again to ic1960 over at the Chatterbox Forum for replacing my well played, stretched and snapped Camden Market cassette copy with this digital one. I've chosen to post this as it's my favourite Thunders bootleg and it seems a fitting way to remember him twenty two years since his death. Enjoy MuthaFuckers Enjoy!