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Million Dead/Gay for Johnny Depp
Rock City, Nottingham
The sight of a very wasted, nearly naked Marty Leopard writhing around on the floor, screeching maniacally into a microphone threaded through his boxers is one that stays with you. So is the sight of Sid Jagger dancing to the tune of Vanessa Paradis’ ‘Joe le Taxi’. In fact, just about everything about Gay For Johnny Depp’s hilarious, madcap live show manages to burn its way into the audience’s brains. They are a band who really perform rather than just play, and between diving into the audience to steal beer and offering sage advice to the crowd (“Fucking: not cheating. Blow jobs: just two guys helping each other out.”), Gay For Johnny Depp grind out their brand of insane, oversexed hardcore with a mixture of aggression and infectious enthusiasm. This band is all about sex, and they deliver a show that’s better than it.
Million Dead take to the stage and promptly ruin everyone’s evening by confirming they’re splitting up, but the epic set which follows almost makes up for the fact. Crowd-pleasers such as ‘Smiling at Strangers on Trains’ and ‘Breaking the Back’ are mixed in with newer, more melodic material, and songs like ‘Holloway Prison Blues’ and ‘Engine Driver’ sound much more vital live than they ever did on record. Million Dead may be over but they’re going out on a high, leaving an ecstatic audience deaf, dumb and paralysed from the neck up. Fucking genius.
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