THE PICTURES TELL THE STORY.
THE FINAL OF THE FIRST EVER Family of Rock/Geronimo Pub Quiz was held last night, 181109 at the legendary Elgin Pub Ladbroke Grove – not the Elgin in Maida Vale our pals from Lord Palmerston inadvertently fetched up at but the Geronimo chain’s flagship west London live music, pub and eating establishment.
And so it happenned that the winning team, The Elgin Eggheads, actually secured the first prize on the night – a mouthwateringly beautiful, signed and personally dedicated, limited edition hot babe…
Oh no, sorry that is our boss, Scarlet – its what she’s holding in her hot little hands that was the prize – a signed, limited edition Crimson and Roxy Family Tree.
See it and weep, guys n gals.
I know I did.
To mark the venue’s historic place in Joe Strummer’s career we asked our live guests – The Wutars, Galelee and Country Dirt – to put a little Clash tribute into their short sets.
They did so, most agreeably.
The Wutars kicked things off with a blisteringly confident acoustic salvo , their first gig of the evening before racing across town to play in Kings Cross. Their choice of Strummer favourite, Eddy Grant’s ever timely Equals classic Police On My Back, seized the moment, rocking hard and free.
After Eugene Manzi mastered the quiz there was more music before the results. Galelee, comprising Siskin’s Galen Ayers and Lee McDougall, honoured us by playing their first ever gig featuring pointed originals and a canny and participatory Guns Of Brixton.
Galen has got strong Rock Family Tree genes through her dad Kevin , great English psychedelic iconoclast/Soft Machine stalwart ,and she’s extending it every which way – solo, with Lee in Galelee and Kirsty in Siskin and the everythingisabenefit charity.
The crowd on the night included many friendly faces from the previous heats, writer Paolo Hewitt, video director Pedro Rhomanyi, guitarist promo director Chris Chesney, the irrepressible Tracy Winchester, Nuala, that lovely bloke who used to work at Virgin and who took me (and a bunch of freeloading journos) out for lobster at the start of The Rolling Stones tour in Boston 4 years ago.
Nice to see you all!
And to close the evening came the amazing Country Dirt. I’m biased, of course. But they are great AND they got people dancing.
So great was the music and so good the chat afterwards that I ALMOST could forgive The Elgin ipod for – not once but twice! – breaking the cardinal rule of ANY venue with its eyes set on rock glory – NO COLDPLAY ON THE SOUNDSYSTEM.
Still a good time was had by All (All Green that is, brother of Al).
Lets do it agin, y’all.