The Bad Touch boys returned to their spiritual home The King Edward VII Norwich on Saturday night to celebrate the Easter weekend in style.
Joined by ‘The Upgrade’, fresh from their solid support performance at The Brew’s Waterfront gig, as well as the brilliant ‘Sons of Icarus’, who really got the party... started, the ingredients were in place for a great night.
The boys kicked off with the classic ‘Water’s Edge’, and were definitely in the mood to celebrate the Easter break, as well as the Birthday of Road Manager Mark and although ‘Happy Birthday’ wasn’t adorning the set, a special rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock & Roll’ was performed for the guest of honour and the ‘daddy’ of the band.
Battling with the heat, Stevie had an impromptu on-stage wardrobe change after belting out debut single ‘Set the Night on Fire’, and slowed things down with their brilliant cover of Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’
The 90 minute set combined a fine blend of original tracks, including ‘Lying and Losing’, ‘Too late’ and ‘Preacher’, with anthems performed ‘Bad Touch’ style including ‘Whole Lotta Love’, Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Superstition’.
One highlight of the night was Rob G’s lead guitar performance in the epic original rock ballad ‘Time Rolls On’, a track that leaves you in awe of his musical ability and apparent nonchalance on stage.
Bailey took matters into his own hands on the 5 string bass, holding together the crowd favourite ‘Lock & Load’, expertly but bizarrely blended with Nelly’s 90s classic ‘Hot in Here’. The changes of the tempo kept the crowd guessing, and Stevie made sure the audience knew the chorus by the end of the track. Leaving the stage for a classic drum solo from George, Stevie made sure the whole band received the well-deserved appreciation of the audience.
As the show drew to an end, Seeks came into his own during ‘Whole Lotta Love’, making playing the rhythm guitar look so easy, giving the legendary Jimmy Page a run for his money.
Another successful gig in the bag, and the word spread to a host of new fans, the boys now travel back to Bar Red in Kings Lynn next Saturday along with Leicester-based trio Skam.