Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.
The kings of “cheese metal” proved being much alive after all these years – especially singer Whit Crane, who seemed incapable of standing still, and (live session) guitarist Sonny Mayo, with his incredible high jumps.
Split for 13 years, UGLY KID JOE reunited in 2010 and have just released the EP “Stairway To Hell” ever since, in 2012 (re-released last month with three acoustic bonus tracks), meaning that the approximately 75 minutes of show were a parade of classics. And even “Devil’s Paradise”, “No One Survives” and “I’m Alright”, the songs they played from the aforementioned latest EP, were very welcomed and sung along by the majority of the sold-out venue.
It’s kind of hard to say which moments were the highest, as the whole concert broke the charts, but I’ll drop a few titles such as “Neighbor”,“So Damn Cool”, “Cats In The Cradle” (the Harry Chapin song that Whit used to listen to with his sister when he was a kid), “Milkman’s Son” and “Goddamn Devil”, as I believe the screams of the crowd were slightly louder.
“Now let’s pretend that we went backstage and you guys will scream for us to come back”. We were happy to do so and the obvious choice for “the encore” was “Everything About You” – where Whit replaced the last “you” by the name of a woman. I think it was Madeleine Porter, but I honestly can’t say for sure, as the roar of the crowd muffled his words.
But they still had an ace up their sleeves – literally. Showing their appreciation for the British metal, UGLY KID JOE said good night to London with an amazing cover of Motörhead’s “Ace Of Spades”.