The Undertones at O2 Ritz
Neville Staple, known as the Original Rudeboy, was in Specials and Fun Boy3 in 70's and 80's. He is touring with his band, including his wife Christine ( who danced and sang for the entire show ! ) - they started their set fairly early to a small crowd, but it soon filled up, the crowd singing along and dancing to many of the songs, some Specials and Funboy3 like Gangsters, Ghost Town, Message to Rudy,and Ska classics like Pressure Drop and Monkey Man. There was even Really Saying Something ( FB3 with Bananarama ) sung by Christine ( Sugary Staple ) They were full of energy, great crowd interaction, superb trombone and sax playing, everyone in the crowd dancing and singing. Highly recommend to get along and see them soon and wear your dancing shoes.
Undertones never disappoint. Although they play without their original front man, Feargal Sharkey, Paul McLoone was a fantastic lead, seriously into every beat of the music, doing some serious hip wiggling and moving round the stage and giving it his all for the songs. the venue was packed and the crowd excited.
My partner saw the original line up at the Russell Club in the 70's and they didn't disappoint tonight either. So much energy and great sound that took you straight back to youthful pogoing at the front, in the more slender years. The energy never let up for the whole set.
Many old hits like Jimmy Jimmy, Get over You, Male Model, My Perfect Cousin, Here Comes the Summer and of course Teenage Kicks ( though only once this time, sometimes get an extra rendition as an encore, but not tonight ) and some songs from albums released in 2003 and 2007. Every song sounded fresh and tight, sound quality was great, energy filled the room, everyone had a ball. We were hoarse from singing by the end.
Just a top night out, thanks to the Ritz for a well organised and safe venue, cheery young bar staff as always ( fast service too ) and 2 great quality bands.