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Thursday 5th September 2013

Nik Underwood

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"Hello London! We are Hornet! And we play ROCK AND ROLLLLL!!!"

After what seemed an eternity setting up their gear, Hornet and frontman Joe Thompson unleash their mission statement and with feet stamped heavy on the gas pedal for set opener 'Drive On'. This young Hastings band keep things up-tempo and energetic to the end.

Displaying an admirable work rate that a few more bands could do well to take note of, Hornet seem to be using this gig as their warm up for Wembley Arena! We get synchronised headbanging, ego ramps, a walkabout solo that sees guitarist Tollef Rikje-Pearson taken from the stage and deposited on the bar via JT's shoulders, and a confetti cannon for encore 'Down To The Bone'.

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Perhaps suffering from a few other high profile bands in town tonight the venue is by no means packed but these lads don't let that slow them down and simply encourage their loyal "swarm" down at the front to get creative with the moshing which is happily obliged.

The band hit their stride for 'Sweet Lips', a snazzy Geezer Butler-esque bass interlude into 'Secondhand Smoke', fan favourite 'Hunky Dorey' and 'Storm The Gates'. 'Rock N Roll Riot' is a highlight with everyone joining in for another rabble rousing chorus before some obscene hand puppetry for the aforementioned set closer.


Debut album 'Skies Are Falling' provides the bulk of the setlist and is currently only available at gigs or direct from the band which is a nice gimmick for fan loyalty but if the boys want to really reach the masses it's a strategy they might want to rethink. Confidence, attitude and dedication are here in spades so why not let others in on the secret?

All in all Hornet's brand of second wave BritPunk (think Anti-Nowhere League snarl and Abrasive Wheels style terrace chants) and US Hardcore (I could swear I heard some Black Flag and D.R.I. in there) wrapped up in a Motorhead blanket may not get them to Wembley Arena but it doesn't really matter as EVERY gig is Wembley to this lot. Just with smaller confetti cannons.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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