Michael Des Barres / Serving up a much craved fix of new live music

5 November 2020

Bone shaking gigs. It is a pure and legal drug that we are all missing. While we wait for the world to come out of these crazy times and to go back to whatever ‘normal’ is there is precious little of it about.

Michael Des Barres and the Mistakes – Live! (Die Laughing Records)

Words: Paul Monkhouse

Thankfully, Michael Des Barres has come along with this six shooter of pure adrenaline to give us that much craved fix of new live music.

Cover of Michael Des Barres and the Mistakes - Live

Recorded live in Los Angeles, this whirlwind of down and dirty Rock ‘N’ Roll should keep everyone as he dips into his own legendary career and also throws in some very tasty covers to bring a smile to everyone’s face. ‘Hello New York’ is as ragged, raw and exciting as it gets, an unbridled roar of pure energy that is like being strapped to a Saturn rocket taking off at Cape Canaveral.

Things take a twist that is as gripping as it is unexpected as the band turn their attention to Marvin Gaye’s socially powerful classic ‘What’s Going On’, imbuing it with a raucous edge that highlights the rallying call in a new and fresh way.

Another souped cover follows with their pneumatic take on ‘Get It On (Bang A Gong)’, this version not a million miles away from the T Rex original but a huge amount of fun and exactly what The Power Station intended when Des Barres fronted the supergroup.

Detective’s titular ‘Detective Man’ is an absolute blast of bluesy Rock ‘N’ Roll and Silverhead’s ’16 and Savaged’ primal beats get you every time.

The set finishes with a teeth rattling rush through a medley of ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’ that wrings every last drop of sweat from your bruised and broken body.

It is music like this that keeps our blood pumping and gives us hope for the future…long may Michael Des Barres & The Mistakes continue Rocking our world.

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