Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on May 17th 2010 7:30AM by Julian Marszalek
Addressing the crowd at the sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire in London, band linchpin Anton Newcombe said, "You know, you guys have to keep BBC 6 [sic] open. It's not about how many listeners it gets, it's about the quality of the music. You'll miss it when it's gone!"
Infamous for their onstage internecine differences, the psychedelic ensemble instead focused on delivering a two-hour set with no public drama. Rejoined by guitarist Matt Hollywood -- who took over vocal duties on 'Not if You Were the Last Dandy on Earth' and 'Hide and Seek' -- the band concentrated on a career-spanning set that barely gave new album, 'Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?,' a look-in.
However, anyone expecting to the band to have mellowed out in light of Anton Newcombe's sobriety was left disappointed (or quite probably thrilled) after guitarist Frankie Emerson and tambourine player Joel Gion turned their ire on erstwhile guitarist and founder member of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Peter Hayes.
Having proudly displayed a guitar that had been signed the previous night in Amsterdam by Paul Weller, Emerson sarcastically asked Newcombe, "Why didn't you get Peter Hayes to sign your guitar? He was in Amsterdam last night." Gion swiftly replied, "Because Peter Hayes is a stupid f---ing hippie."
Still evil then -- let's just hope that 6 Music campaign is just as successful.