Punk Rock: Classic and Modern

The REOFFENDERS are on an indefinite break. Never say never, but we currently have no plans to play. However, we had joy and we had fun... and we blogged about it. Enjoy reading and reliving some good times.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Express and Echo Review of Haiti Gig

"THIS gig was to raise money for Haiti but the ticketholders also benefited from a chance to see three of the city's best live bands in one night.

The Reoffenders, hyperactive in red and black stage gear, raced through numbers by the Sex Pistols, The Vapors, Blink 182 and Green Day with two singers and loads of cheekiness and charisma. The male vocalist also deserves credit for managing to pogo in the tightest pair of red drainpipes in Exeter.

El Cojones was a change of pace with its funky rock and blues covers of BB King, The Stray Cats, Doobie Brothers and sizzling versions of ZZ Top's Rough Boy and Steve Wonder's Superstition. Singer-songwriter Stephen James, also known locally as Steve Watts, had a solo spot as a special guest at the gig, including performing his Haiti fundraising single New Friends.

Kiss This had everyone dancing with a feisty female singer backed by a strong band playing pop classics by Gary Numan, Blondie and Dexy's Midnight Runners.

The crowd was still partying to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, well after the lights were switched back on."


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