Sham 69

Sham 69
O2 Academy Islington, London 21/11/2014
Reviewer: David Bignell
Photos: Svenja Block

Who would have thought that nearly forty years on from that magical day when Sham 69 first formed in Hersham, Surrey that they would be able to take the stage again and play to a full house. Tonight they played to an appreciative crowd who had turned out in their droves to pack out the O2 Academy in Islington, London.

Highly skilled drummer Robin Guy joined three original Hersham Boys – Jimmy Pursey, Dave Treganna and Dave Parsons once again for another mesmerising performance.  The exhilarating set kicked off with ‘What Have We Got’ which went down a storm and so of course did everything else which was to follow. A mixed set was put together which kept everybody happy. Early songs and tracks from the first album ensured that everyone could sing along. Seven of their singles hit the charts and scored positions in the UK best-selling singles charts while three of their albums had secured positions in the UK Top 30 which helped to make Sham 69 a success. The evening brought people together for a very special treat. The crowd went crazy for ‘Borstal Breakout’ which had become an anthem for the band. It was also good to hear tracks from ‘That’s Life’ which is certainly an album which tells a story.

Jimmy Pursey made his thoughts known about how he felt when he wrote the song ‘Stockwell’ which reflects on the shooting of an innocent young man and how badly the case was handled at the time. Another reminder of the sad world we are all living in.

The set continued with ‘Money’ and ‘Questions and Answers’ then Sham 69 burst into ‘White Riot’ by The Clash. The audience showed their full support by joining in with the lyrics. It was a frenzy down the front and that’s how it continued until the boys finished the set with ‘If The Kids Are United’. The grown – ups were still united and long may it continue. Some original fans of the band had brought teenage sons and daughters to witness tonight’s performance. Everybody was united.

Nobody was going to leave the building without an encore. Another three tracks followed with ‘One Faith’ and then ‘Hersham Boys’ and ‘Hurry Up Harry’. This left the crowd leaving on a high and gagging for more.

Their latest album ‘Evolution Of Punk’ features live recordings from the Rebellion Punk Festival in 2013 and studio tracks. Well worth looking out for.

Please note: Sham 69 have already been confirmed as one of the headliners for Rebellion Punk Music Festival 2015 in Blackpool/UK, the biggest Punk Festival in the world.











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