Ash was on top form, belting out one song after the other, switching from older punky numbers to newer rocking tunes such as ‘You Gotta Say’ and ‘Dirty Little Tricks’ and the Wild West strains of ‘Tell Me What Your Thinking’, stripped to the waist with heavy coloured armour glistening with sweat after a couple of numbers. The now lean machine long legged Bowen, displays a lot more aplomb and cool than previous, and I swear he’s the secret love-child of Michael Monroe. Manning with his excellent drumming urged Phil and Matt to “keep it going, keep it going”, as he smashed his kit and in-between grimaced wildly for a photo. First time I’ve seen this newer line up, they have added Matt on bass and Fran on guitar, but it was also time for reminiscing and before too long we had all the previous band members jamming along – Leon Murphy, Andy Neafcy and Welliez [Ethan Mulvaney].
Everyone was videoing, photographing and we even had some audience participation with a spot of crowd surfing, Neafcy was spotted spread-eagled on top of the sweaty masses, whilst others danced and sang along.
Not only were they celebrating their grand finale, but it was also Matt's birthday, and he was treated to a birthday cake complete with candles, a raunchy sexy number, a cover version of ‘I got erection’ by Turbonegro, with a touch of friendly homo erotic frolicking with Matt and Ash, and if that wasn’t enough a lap dance from a rather chunky looking male [Ben Balmer] wearing nothing more than a thong and black nipple tassels. The place was in uproar; it was a wonderful gesture and its pretty clear they are all still good mates.
Reaching a heady climax with a blistering rendition of Little Richards ‘Long Tall Sally’, the band has certainly grown in confidence and stature since I last had the pleasure, and although it is with a sad heart we say goodbye they certainly went out in their prime, and a state of euphoria and that’s what counts. The Adjusters we love ya, wishing you all the best for the future!!
Review/photos/videos by Mel