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Rock Goddess – Islington academy, London – 14th May 2015

Tonight was the long awaited return of Rock Goddess, playing their first London gig in 32 years.  Judging by the amount of old rock fans dressed in Denim and Leather it’s fairly clear that a lot of the fans tonight are here because they remember Rock Goddess from the 80s, while some younger fans are clearly seeing them for the first time.  There are even members of several bands including Thunder in the crowd tonight.

First up was Love Zombies, a young Anglo-American band.  They’re not the most obvious choice of band to open for Rock Goddess as they are very different musically – more pop-punk than old-school heavy metal.  Despite the difference in musical style they put in a great performance.  They sound like a mix of Blondie, No doubt, The Ramones, and when they play Download later this year then I think they should go down a storm.  Singer Hollis J is a great frontwoman and her high energy performance definitely gets the fans going.  Definitely a band I’d like to see more of, but preferably on a bill with more similar bands.

Then it was time for Rock Goddess, back after a long absence.  By this time the small crowd that had watched Love Zombies had grown significantly and the venue was busy.  When the band came on stage the cheers showed how many people were glad the band had reformed.
well, one thing was certain tonight – after the long absence Rock Goddess are back and firing on all cylinders.  Jody and Tracey look to be having a great time with both moving around the stage and delivering great performances.  Tracey even throws in a few high kicks without missing a note.  Julie Turner is barely visible at the back of the stage behind her drum kit but like the other two puts in a great performance throughout the set.

Needless to say, most of the set is made up of old songs, but they do play several new songs too which sound great.  If those are anything to go by then their new album is going to be something to look forward to.

This was a great return to the London stage from Rock Goddess, and the band have already announced another date for later in the year – 3rd December at Islington academy.

Setlist:

Satisfied Then Crucified
God Be With You
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
This Time
You’ve Got Fire
To Be Betrayed
Flying To See You
Take Your Love Away
Make My Night
Drive Me Away
This is the Day
Back to You
Heavy Metal Rock ‘n’ Roll

Encore:
My Angel
Love is a Bitch

Encore 2:
Make My Night

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About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.