THE RUTS DC / THE PROFESSIONALS - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 24.02.19
PHOTO CREDITS: PLAN9NINE Photography
THE RUTS were one of the original wave of punk bands to explode onto the scene in 1977. With their punk chord progressions, fused together with reggae, they were a staple of the early movement, winning them legions of fans for their diversity and honesty that rang true in their songs. Playing as a three-piece band as THE RUTS DC, this was a highly anticipated gig that created a great deal of buzz on the music scene.
Playing at The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, THE RUTS DC were supported by THE PROFESSIONALS, which historically were made up from one half of THE SEX PISTOLS with Steve Jones on guitar and Paul Cook on drums. Today Steve has bowed out of playing with THE PROFESSIONALS and has given his blessing to his lifelong friend Paul to carry on the band in his absence and tour with a new line up.
There was a buzz in the air as people got there early to make sure they saw old ‘Cookie’ perform on drums and perform he did. As I had hoped, he played up to my camera and threw me some cheeky glances and smiles as I snapped him through a purple haze of Liquid Room lights! Unfortunately, the lighting could have been much better as there was really no light on the band as all the coloured washes were behind the band pointing out towards the audience. Despite this I managed to get some decent shots…But you can judge for yourself!
THE PROFESSIONALS played like their name suggests. Tom Spencer put on a great performance as the band’s frontman. They really looked happy to be there playing live and the crowd absolutely loved it. They played all their hits and one of my favourite Sex Pistol songs ‘Silly Thing’. I did miss Jonesy not being there, but I guess he’s busy with his commitments as host and presenter of his L.A. based radio show. If you’ve not done so already, give him a listen on You Tube or on-line 95.5 KLOS.
THE RUTS DC took to the stage to the sounds of sirens and flashing lights as one of the best songs ever recorded kicked in, ‘Babylon’s Burning’. The crowd went nuts and I found it hard to keep my camera in focus as I pogoed in the pit! I had to stop dancing and remind myself I was there to shoot these guys, so with my game face on and camera in hand, I shot until I had no more media left.
Overall the photos looked good, despite lighting challenges and they do capture the mood, tone and excitement of the gig.
The band were extremely tight and well-rehearsed and played song after song and sounded great! These guys are at the top of their game and it’s great to see and hear such good music coming to Edinburgh. It was a privilege to see THE RUTS DC doing what they do best, play The Ruts’ hits live and play them well. If only every gig could be like this!
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