Thursday, 29 November 2012

Gladstone go to London.

Vampire Victims and Steampunk Slayers; Gladstone at The Electrowerxz.

    Just like Dick Whittington's pussy Sherlock's Dog found himself on the streets of London, pounding his way through Islington to the Slimelight/Electrowerxz club, here he found a tank (I kid you not!!) and the most friendly club in the Metropolis. Events kicked off at 8pm and a good sized crowd filled the room, splendid Steampunks and voluptuous Vampires abounded, the evening began in cabaret style with the multi talented Nigel Osner giving us his superb Vampire act. Next was the lovely Lexi Wolfe (of Emmerdale fame no less!!) who performed her Vampire cabaret for the first time I believe and she did it beautifully.
    As it was getting on for 10ish it was time for Pocketwatch, our paths had crossed before at the Asylum in Lincoln and it was great to see them again, they are such a talented band, I'd love a CD (hint!). Their version of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Tonight, tonight" was just...well...smashing! however the night was drawing on and soon it was Gladstone's turn in the (s)limelight.

    After a great introduction from Darren Demondaz the lights went down and Amy Teacake sounded a mournful bell on her keyboard, Spook came on complete with lantern and Scarecrow mask and began......"Five and twenty ponies trotting through the dark....." the band launched into Night Creatures, Cloud in long black coat with a sheep skull around his neck looked demonic, Paul Shovel Hands thundered his bass and a zombified Dave Evil dripped venom from his drums.
    From Night Creatures came The Madness of Tilly Matthews and on through Bluey, The Ballad of William Winter and Twisted Lip. Through Newgate and Dr Dexter's Dream they went and Jack Hall went down well with everyone clapping in time, the new composition Purple Reefer sounded great and The Curse of Tutankhamun brought an end to the set. Gladstone ended the night with covers of TMTWNBBFN's Boilerplate Dan, God Save the Queen and a superb blast of Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    It had been a fantastic night....but it was not over, the wonder of Slimelight was yet to be explored and it was with great enthusiasm, Spook and Mr Evil didn't leave until 5.30am!
    We must express our thanks to Living on Video, Kirlian Blue, Darren Demondaz, Claira  Idrilieth Hooper (great photos) and Julia Gosling (my lovely guide to the Slimelight) and Thadeus Tinker and Lady Elsie for the recommendation...we love you all!!

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