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Juicy Lucy At Robin2, Bilston, 14th July 2005

70's rockers Juicy Lucy are back after a long break with a new line-up, and from tonight's performance, they should be around for a few more years. A 'small' crowd gathered into the newly refurbished Robin2, one of the best venues in the U.K. today.

Frontman/guitarist Ray Owen remains the oldest surviving member, and retains his very fine voice, which was crystal clear through the mix.

For those who don't know of the band, they are a mix of Blues, R 'n B (that's 'proper' R 'n B, not the thing they call R 'n B in popular music today) and the 70's classic rock sound, and with lead guitarist Mr Fish packing the solo's with ease, the pounding bass lines from Fudge, held together by one of the best unknown drummers around named Fletch, JL is a fine outfit.

Mississippi Woman was played early in the set, and at this time was their finest number, but jumping towards the middle of the set was Where Were You? which went straight into a mind blowing guitar solo from Mr Fish in a instrumental called Floss .

Nadine was another strong song, and of course the single from around thirty years ago Who Do You Love which was a crowd pleaser. Highlight for me was Silver Bird. This song in my opinion is the band's anthem, and is a nice moving piece which flows very well indeed.

After the set closer Freedom, in which drummer Fletch entertained the crowd with a breathtaking solo, in which he sank a pint with one hand while the snare drum got loads of taps per second (so it seemed!) they encored with Talk To Me, which the crowd were sad to see the quartet disappear from the stage.

Juicy Lucy for me are well worth going to see, and with great performances like tonight's, you would be lucky to see them play any better. Check their website for up and coming gigs. (See below for photo gallery.)

Danny Mayo

Juicy Lucy

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Juicy Lucy


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