Zak Starkey/Penguins/Parker McMillan Club/26-9-08
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Sun Sep 28 15:32:12 CDT 2008
THE PENGUINS featuring Zak Starkey,
Sept 26, 2008 - Parker McMillan Club, London
Zak Starkey on drums, Shane "Dodger" Devaney (of Black Dove Experiment) on
guitar, Tatia Starkey (of Belakiss and Zak's daughter) on bass and Sharna Liguz
vocals and harmonica.
The club was in the former site of Whitbread Brewery barrel cellar/store
room in the City of London. The club had 5 archway tunnels that where brick
faced and now lined with canvas pop art and all local band's upcoming gig
posters. There wasn't even a purpose built stage or any gig lighting. There was just
chandeliers hanging as it in the Ritz.The crowd was very much a 18-30 (years
of age) Friday evening crowd and very city orientated, drinking their
champagne and just posing. Most of the crowd didn't even know that there where
bands performing this evening most of the crowd where waiting for the midnight
disco to start and where unaware of the 5 band showcase that started at 9.30
p.m. . When speaking with some punters they didn't even know who the Beatles
or The Who where? Go figure?
Zak was in great spirits and was pleased that he was going to be playing
with his new family band.This was just there third live performance ever! All
he wanted was for them to be "good and have some fun". He mixed with the crowd
prior to show with ease and was not bothered by any one.
The band played 7 numbers and hit the stage at 11.25 p.m. after an intro of
The Who's "Can't Explain" by the club D. J. Unfortunately, from the start
there was technical problems with singers Sharna's microphone levels. It was
soon resolved and away with the first tune, "EXTRA, EXTRA".this was followed by
"JET ENGINES". Sharna played harmonica on an oblong style mike to give it a
60's style mod sound. Zak's played a mean snare drum.
(Don't Give Me) "NO LIPCHILD" was the next song up as originally performed
by the Sex Pistols.
"SPACE INVADERS" was performed next and Shana said "that this was one of
the bands favourite tunes to play".
The next tune was about no self control "I'M NOT HAVING IT" (?),
unfortunately, once again there was technical problems and this song was aborted by Zak
he achieved this by slicing his neck with his drumstick in hand to indicate
to cut the song short.
SWAMP SNAKE was the 6th song of the night made famous by the late
(Sensational) Alex Harvey. The club was getting hot and steamy by this point and
everyone needed a beer.
Zak wanted to finish the set but agreed to play one last tune song "URBAN
GORILLA". This tune is currently being performed by Primal Scream and Sharna
wanted the audience "too shake their bum's off" and she threaten everyone
with her fist that "I'll give you this if you don't". At this stage Zak was
profusely sweated to the hilt and at the songs conclusion waved to crowed smiled
and said goodnight.
The band was held together by Zak and really gave his all. The band seemed
to be having fun and let's hope for some more gigs soon with a lighting rig
and a stage. Maybe they can even be support to The Who on their next tour?
Melissa & Gary Hurley
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