Arriving to a deafening cheer and to the backdrop of their mythical black on red band symbol, Radio Birdman set about displaying just why their burnt-eye legacy is so highly revered by lovers of true rock and roll. Over the course of their rapturously received set the band power through large swathes of hushed tones 1977 debut long player Radios Appear and equally vital follow up Living Eyes. With three original members still in tow, the band burst out of the blocks with a killer opening salvo of Smith And Wesson Blues, Do The Pop and Anglo Girl Desire.
A couple of new songs (from comeback studio album Zeno Beach and possibly beyond) infiltrate the set, and pleasingly fit in rather seamlessly amongst the seminal classics.
Typically Aloha Steve and Danno got the biggest crowd response, and the encore was simply untouchable, from rare airings (Alien Skies, Dark Surprise) through to the final clout of the unstoppably anthemic New Race, and the frenetic climax of their killer take on the 13th Floor Elevators classic You’re Gonna Miss Me.
For the disciples and true believers out in force tonight, the legacy of this mythically revered unit burns brightly still…