Wonder in Aliceland
There were two support bands. The first was MC50 – basically the one remaining member of early alt rock/psych rock outfit MC5, Wayne Kramer, on guitar, plus Soundgarden's Kim Thayil on guitar, Fugazi's Brendan Canty on drums, and Faith No More's Billy Gould on bass. Quite the supergroup! The vocalist was someone I hadn't heard of, Marcus Durant of Zen Gorilla. Anyway, the music was all MC5, as they were touring to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kick Out The Jams. Mr Robot loved it. I'm on the fence, but I'm giving MC5's 60s/70s recordings a whirl. Always good to try something new.
There was also a genuine sense of energy to the Stranglers. They may be getting on a bit, but you could tell this was the band who once picked a fight with the Clash, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols all at the same time. I had the basslines to both 'Nice N Sleazy' and 'Get A Grip On Yourself' on the brain for about 24 hours afterwards. They came out to 'Waltzinblack', ended with 'No More Heroes', and were brilliant. I'd love to see them again, in a smaller venue.
And after that it was time to leave and experience real horror: a kebab down Cardiff's infamous Chippy Alley…