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April 8th, 2011

Live & Photos: Kyuss Lives! @ London Kentish Town Forum – 02 & 03 April 2011

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When the Kyuss Lives! dates were announced last year, you may remember we looked at reasons for and against such a legendary band reforming without one key member. Obviously the resounding success of last year’s ‘Garcia Plays Kyuss’ tour was enough to tempt Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri back into the ranks. In retrospect it seems most that were against were those who caught the original incarnation of the band and didn’t want their memories tarnished. That didn’t stop most of the Kyuss Lives! dates selling out and us going out for not one, but two nights of stoner mastery.

Six things we learned when Kyuss Lives! played London

  • You cannot fault Bruno Fevery for anything other than being called “Bruno Fevery” and not “Josh Homme”. Anyone that has moaned about his guitar playing is talking utter shit. If anything, as the weakest link, Bruno has to play everything note-perfect to prove he is worthy of playing in a band of actual Kyuss members. His guitar tone, feel and solo work are all as close as can be to the actual recordings and it is worth being aware that not even Josh would play these parts as exactly. Why not? Because he wrote them – he has every right to change things and improvise. Bruno does not, which is why every note has to maintain total authenticity.
  • Within his first verse John Garcia proves he is still the man with the golden voice. He looks cool as fuck coming out in his trademark sunglasses and swinging his microphone stand like it was the mid ’90s again. Interestingly he was less chatty than he was on the ‘Garcia Plays Kyuss’ tour and opted to let the music do the talking, freeing up space for a two-hour set consisting of 18 songs.

Kyuss Lives! @ Manchester Academy - 05 April 2011 courtesy of Matt Thomas - http://mattthomas.co.uk

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Sad Nick Oliveri is sad.

  • Whilst many may feel that Scott Reeder was the definitive bass player in Kyuss and certainly a better musician in terms of technicality, Nick Oliveri always had an air of chaos around him and ultimately more stage presence. He looks happy to be back on a bigger stage, spitting out backing vocals and delivering his own, as well as Reeder’s bass parts, with absolute conviction.
  • Arguably the most talented member in the band – it’s great to see Brant Bjork back behind the kit again after years of touring as a frontman in his solo project. His behind-the-beat approach to drumming was always paramount in giving Kyuss that laid-back, utopian groove. Given that he was also one of the chief songwriters, this reunion would not have made sense without him.
  • One of the biggest cheers each night came when Orange Goblin’s Ben Ward walked on stage to lend his instantly recognisable, gruff vocals to ‘Supa Scoopa And Mighty Scoop’. It’s great to see a local hero invited on stage by a band that influenced him in many ways, and on the flipside getting the well deserved recognition for his contributions to the genre.
  • There’s no denying Kyuss Lives! were absolutely spellbinding both nights. The first night felt more like a greatest hits set, whilst the second had more jams and some lesser known tracks thrown in. The usually treacherous acoustics of The Forum seemed to actually suit the band’s psychedelic rumble, adding just the right amount of space and depth. We still haven’t figured out whether there there was a smoke machine: it seemed most of it was coming from the crowd rather than the stage. With the band confirmed for Hellfest 2011, let’s hope we get to see this show again over summer.

Kyuss Lives! @ Kentish Town Forum 02/04/10 setlist
Gardenia
Hurricane
Thumb
One Inch Man
Conan Troutman
Freedom Run
Asteroid
Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop (with Ben Ward from Orange Goblin)
50 Million Year Trip (Downside Up)
Odyssey
Whitewater
Tangy Zizzle
El Rodeo
100°
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Spaceship Landing
Green Machine

Kyuss Lives! @ Kentish Town Forum 03/04/10 setlist
Spaceship Landing
Gardenia
Hurricane
One Inch Man
Thumb
Conan Troutman
Freedom Run
Asteroid
Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop (with Ben Ward from Orange Goblin)
Fatso Forgotso
Tangy Zizzle
Odyssey
Whitewater
El Rodeo
100°
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Allen’s Wrench
Green Machine
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I’m Not


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