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Review: Gun

16:49 06 October 2015

Gun appeared at Waterfont Studio in Norwich

Gun appeared at Waterfont Studio in Norwich

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The late-1980s were an exciting time for British rock. The likes of Thunder and the Almighty were flying the flag for the genre, oblivious to the destruction about to be wrought by the imminent arrival of grunge.

GUN

Waterfront Studio, Norwich

The late-1980s were an exciting time for British rock. The likes of Thunder and the Almighty were flying the flag for the genre, oblivious to the destruction about to be wrought by the imminent arrival of grunge.

Some of those young bands survived that upheaval, some didn’t, and some – such as Little Angels – called it a day only to reform many years later.

But while Gun took a few years off around the turn of the century, they’ve never really been away, even though they’ve been through numerous line-up changes.

Gun in 2015 remain faithful to the feel and sound of the Glaswegian band that released a killer debut album in 1989. Unsurprisingly, tracks from Taking On the World litter the set – and even though only two of that era’s line-up remain in the band, Money (Everybody Loves Her), Inside Out and Better Days have stood the test of time. At the other end of the spectrum, new song Let It Shine is a decent opener.

Dante Gizzi – who nowadays combines lead vocals with his duties on bass – is a seamless replacement for original vocalist Mark Rankin, and the band has a familiar feel, although the PA system does its best to lose him early in the set.

No Gun show is complete without their cover of Word Up!, but it’s the encore that steals the show. Welcome To the Real World and Shame On You are huge songs that deserve a stadium audience. Perhaps those days are gone, but Gun are doing far more than living on past glories.

Adam Aiken

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