… seeing a lot of familiar faces, and excited ones at that – Walter Lure's UK gigs come once every 18 months or so, so there's always an enthusiastic, loyal crowd ready and waiting for him each time he rocks into town. As el numero dos in NYC's punk classic Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, he's certainly earned that loyalty, and every mouth in the room is ready to deliver the lyrics of the seminal LAMF right back to him.Once the crowd has been more than ably warmed up by the Parkinsons, returning to the stage recently re-formed and re-energised, Walter Lure's band take the stage, with the storming One Track Mind, unashamedly interrupting the low key quiet of the room (the DJ was only notable by his absence). Why save the best to last, when you can get the crowd hooked from the first ringing riff?
The rest of the set continues with the same energy; the set perhaps more organised than the '77 days, but losing none of the authenticity. Lure is an affable frontman, comfortably enjoying the stage as much as those who crashed it – hey, why just be part of the audience!? Be a part of the show!
He references his New York compadres on the opening to Chinese Rocks – written by Dee Dee Ramone but not recorded by them till much later. It's a family affair with Steve Dior joining the stage, but unlike Walter's previous London visits Billy Rath hasn't joined the reunion this time.
A long encore checks off the remaining part of the repertoire, leaving no one disappointed. The audience leaves buzzing, thrilled, out into the rest of the night – to after show meet ups with others who share the same loyalty to the scene and of course, the music.
Review by Hannah SteelPhotos by Svenja Block (taken at Rebellion 2013)