The Vauban, Brest, France
February 22, 2005
By GREG BOWEN
Well what can I say?? The MC5 (or 3) playing at Brest (50kms from me) cannot be missed. A packed house made it a warm welcome for DKT/MC5 to play in France.
The gig was well publicised and I was happy that it was a sell-out.
The Vauban is a new and great venue (500 capacity) for any bands that come through and it also has a hotel above which caters fo everyone.
This time the band continued with Lisa from the Bellrays but a new lineup of Handsome Dick Manotoba and Gilby Clarke from Guns & Roses, which made it even more interesting.
They started with "Ramblin' Rose" and powered on.I can say the place went off !!
Of course I think I missed a little of the Tyner/Smith influence, but as Wayne Kramer said: "It's a celebration of the music from the MC5."
All in all, these guys can still play.
They went through all the classics but the standout for me was "The Human Being Lawnmover". Amazing, I know ,considering the rest but we were ready for that.
Lisa on vocals and she fuckin' killed it.
The only setback was the final number which was added onto "Starship" and where the band broke into a 10-minute free jazz style thing.
Thinking there would be an encore it didn't faze me at first - but there wasn' t one.
In the end, who cares? Then again, they didn't play "American Ruse" which would have been better.
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