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  RAW GLORY AT THE EMBASSY, 23rd MARCH 2009

Set List: Rock Candy / City Life / Rock'n'Roll Hoochie Koo / Bad Girl / Don't Believe A Word / White Lies / Hanging On / Down So Long / It's a Man's World / Only The Night / Whole Lotta Love Encores: Rock And Roll / All Right Now

It had been some considerable time since I last saw former Blackmore cohort, and former Gillan drummer Mick Underwood's band.

Since then, former bassist / vocalist Johnny Heywood (also of Burn) has been replaced by vocalist Paul Manzi and bassist Ronnie Garrity.

The setting, Mayfair's luxurious Embassy Club is better known as a top end nightclub frequented by celebs such as Madonna and actor Ray Winstone. However in contrast, the club owner has recently decided to give Monday nights over to rock. DJ Krusher (who some may recall from the nineties ITV show Raw Power) has been given the job of finding suitable bands to perform with the ambition of creating a new Speakeasy.

Raw Glory suited the venue perfectly and produced a powerful set. Apart from the obvious line-up change, the set list is now evenly balanced between their own recently composed tunes, and a selection of covers, some of which work better than others. Of these the standouts were definitely Lizzy's Don't Believe A Word with some tasteful licks from former Heavy Metal Kids guitarist Cosmo and James Brown's "Man's World" where the lads were joined on stage by saxophonist Terry Marshall, son of the more famous Jim.

The rock / blues treatment of this soul classic also showcased the superb vocal talents of Manzi. Underwood had already raved about him to me in previous conversations, referring to Manzi as a kind of amalgamation of Gillan, Plant and Rodgers. Such comparisons can often be taken with a pinch of salt but in this instance it isn't a gross exaggeration. How on earth he hasn't been propelled to larger stages is beyond me. Manzi is as good a vocalist as anyone currently on the scene, and even ignoring the pedigree of Underwood and Cosmo, is reason alone to catch this band live.

Despite struggling with a minimal monitor sound his voice was superb, combining the key elements of feel and ability with aplomb. Meanwhile Ritchie's old band mate provided the kind of solid and powerful performance that was always a hallmark of his glory days with Gillan.

Irrespective of the Purple connections, ironically Underwood was always more of a Zep fan so Whole Lotta Love shouldn't have been too much of a surprise as the main set closer, complete with a thunderous drum solo that was adored by the good sized crowd. The encores of Zep's Rock And Roll, and Free's Alright Now wouldn't have been my ideal choices but there is some logic to closing with the latter as it should be remembered that Mick also worked with Paul Rodgers in the sadly, all too brief band Peace, in between Free's break-up period.

 Again these songs gave Manzi the chance to flex his vocal chords despite seeming physically exhausted after giving his all. For anyone in the London area this rock night is one well worth supporting. As of course is Raw Glory, a band that on the strength of this performance should be playing larger venues this time next year. (JB)

Jerry Bloom
Wymer UK
Specialists for the music industry but catering for all.
www.wymeruk.co.uk


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KRUSHER AT THE TIVOLI, BUCKLEY, Friday 30th October 2009

Krusher starts a monthly residence at The Tivloi, Buckley this Friday. 30th October.

This is the very first of The Tivoli's Classic Rock Nights which will make the walls bleed!!

FREE COACH FROM WREXHAM

call 01244 546201 for details

Open 10.30pm til 3am.

Dress to impress with Halloween in your Darkest Mind!

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KRUSHER KLUB AT THE EMBASSY, Monday 5th October 2009

There's a huge party this Monday at Krusher's Embassy Klub. Can't say who it is for but we've seen the guest list and there's some pretty impressive names on there.

So come on down and join in the fun. It's only a fiver in, there's a live band on (can't say who again I'm afraid but they're good) and cheap drinks as well.

We're open from 8.00pm and the party goes on until the last few people are standing.

The Embassy is close to Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus tubes. Click here for a map.

It's only £5.00 entrance which has to make it the cheapest Rock Night in London, possibly the UK. You can get a huge Jack and Coke for just £4.00 so what's stopping you coming down on Monday 7th for what will be one hell of a memorable night...

Need more details? Call Steve on 0207 237 3148 or mail us here...

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GUN AT THE EMBASSY, Monday 12th October 2009

Gun will be appearing at The Krusher Klub at The Embassy on Monday 12th October for their new album and tour launch party.

Toby and Jools will be meeting and greeting the fans, playing an acoustic set and will be available for a signing and photo session.

The Embassy is close to Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus tubes. Click here for a map.

It's only £5.00 entrance which has to make it the cheapest Rock Night in London, possibly the UK. You can get a huge Jack and Coke for just £4.00 so what's stopping you coming down on Monday 7th for what will be one hell of a memorable night...

Need more details? Call Steve on 0207 237 3148 or mail us here...

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NIGHT OWL, CHELTENHAM, Saturday 8th August 2009

Many, many moons ago, there was a time known as the 1960’s.

I was 612 years old and all I could listen to was the late, great John Peel, raise your glasses please, on Radio 1 (really shouldn’t) and my chances of seeing rock on the box was limited, but for it’s time sooooooo enjoyable to watch whilst the parents huffed and puffed in utter disgust in the corner, why they just couldn’t watch the TV like their dutiful son, I have no idea. Haaaaaaaaaaargh!!!

Click here for full review of Night Owl gig...

FORTHCOMING

Droogies, boozers, strumpets, losers and website abusers! Haaaaaaaargh!

It is with great, great joy, NO! Infact, I’d go as far as to repeat the spiritual, magical, wise words once spoken by that ‘eeeediot’ cat Stimpy and say;

“HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!! Klub ‘KRUSHER’ returns to the Embassy, Monday 7th September.”

Headlining the night will be the glorious ‘GUNS 2 ROSES’.

Formed 2002, and NOT ONLY regarded by many to be the biggest GNR tribute in the world, but, THEY’RE ALSO APPROVED by members of the ORIGINAL GUNS & ROSES, and have toured with STEVEN ADLER (and if you don’t know who he is, foooork off NOW) as his backing band when he toured the UK in 2006, as well as hosting the official Premiere for Chinese Democracy in London, November 2008!

A mere £5 (the blue, crinkly bit of paper in your mum’s purse) to get in.

Bottles of beer for £3, and generously large, spirit doubles with a mixer for a recession paltry, darling price of £4.

I will be dribbling over the death-decks, along with guest DJ’s to be announced, as does a special guest support band.

Now that the festival season is behind us, it’s time for LIVE MUSIC to return to the intimacy of the klubs.

As much as I love to see a crowd of tens of thousands watching a band live, NOTHING beats rubbing oily chests with them at a klub gig.

Please accept my invitation to join as at the re-opening of klub ‘KRUSHER’.

Guaranteed to ROCK HARD! ROCK HEAVY!! And ROCK ANIMAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!! HAAAAAARGH! HAAAAAAAARGH!!!!

Hopefully see on the 7th, September and watch out for arsechickens, they’re in season, Krusher

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The Krusher Klub at The Embassy returns from it's Summer hiatus on Monday 7th September with Guns 2 Roses appearing live.

The Embassy is close to Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus tubes. Click here for a map.

It's only £5.00 entrance which has to make it the cheapest Rock Night in London, possibly the UK. You can get a huge Jack and Coke for just £4.00 so what's stopping you coming down on Monday 7th for what will be one hell of a memorable night...

Need more details? Call Steve on 0207 237 3148 or mail us here...

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Krusher Rock Klub Gallery

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· Breakheart
· Gentlemen's Pistols
· Gun
· Guns 2 Roses
· Killing With Style
· Raw Glory
· Stampede
     
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
 
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