A group of friendly Norse Warriors showed up at the Staines Riverside Club this Friday for BROKEN BONES — the famous local hard rock band that emerged from the skeletal remains of the London Rock Legends BAD II THE BONE.
The Norsemen were eager to see the rock trio that includes Ed (on guitar and lead vocals) Smiffy (on bass & supporting vocals) and Les (on drums) — they play plays 1970s and 1980s Classic Rock.
The grunts and screams of the visiting ‘Vikings’ confirmed my suspicion that they were there for a bit of “Priest.”
The band’s drummer has played with Eric Burdon, Roger Glover, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, and Ronnie James Dio. But he is probably most famous for his work with Judas Priest.
The Staines club could have been busier — Friday night rock night is a new venture for the Riverside club who have been reacting to the generally glum mood in the area — felt & expressed by many — about treasured local music establishments closing. Live Music fans need to come down and support nights like this if they they want to help keep places running. There will be no use grouching and complaining when “all the venues are gone…” if we didn’t at least do our bit and support them… Right?
Broken Bones pack their superb shows with well-known cover songs like “Wishing Well” (Free) and “Hey Joe” (the traditional song, made famous by Jimi Hendrix.) We loved their energy and their drive. Their sounds are dark and muscular. And the trio are quite able to handle big and complicated hits like Deep Purple’s “Black Night” with dignity and power. The special treatment that Smiffy gave this song, on that low-line of bass, was pure delectation.
After the break, the second part of the show was also strongly exciting …
The 1973 Joe Walsh number “Rocky Mountain Way” was a pleasure. Rough cut yet handsome. With excellent, high-strung and edgy vocals and incredibly skilled drum work.
The trio managed to deliver two sweltering hot Skynyrd numbers too — “Sweet Home Alabama” and the show finale “Free Bird .” Both interpretations were bold. But they hit the spot.
An audience member told me, during the course of this final number “If you’re going to cover this song with only three musicians, then the guitarist had better be bloody good …. And My Oh My — this guy is one of the best I have ever heard…”
Yup! The well-respected local axe-man Ed Hudson certainly managed to convince all of us that there were twin lead guitars on stage!
Probably the most exciting cover was Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades”. Not surprisingly, the bearded and leather-clad ‘Vikings’ went mad for it. Most moved onto the dance-floor to really enjoy it. To move & shake their stuff. It was the heaviest speed-metal in the band’s repertoire… Oh Boy! What a reaction!
Unfortunately, we did not get any Judas Priest or Iron Maiden (maybe next time, boys … please squeeze one or two songs into the show) — but this was still a high quality night in one of only a handful of local live music venues left in operation.
There are a lot more amazing live shows coming up in Staines in the coming weeks…
Words & Photo: @neilmach 2016 ©