DANKO JONES: LIVE // THE UNDERWORLD CAMDEN - 25.09.15

I’ve been a fan of the Canadian punk rock band Danko Jones for a couple of years after I first heard “Had Enough” in a random mix thrown at me by Last.fm (from a time before I discovered the joys of Spotify). It instantly rocketed to the top of my all time faves list with its instantly addictive intro riff and Danko’s heartfelt vocals. Plus, it chimed with certain events going on in my life - a recipe for making this one of my favourite anthems!

 

Sadly, I was far too busy in “The World’s End” pub quaffing some fine ale with an old friend, putting the world to rights and admiring the bar’s music choices, to catch the support band, The Amorettes, but I have it on good authority that they are well worth checking out.

 

On to the main business of the evening, I had forgotten just how small and “intimate” The Underworld Camden was - there could only have only been no more than 150-200 people in the room waiting expectantly in front of the small stage in the corner. The toilets deserve an honourable mention, as well, for having such well decorated walls - plastered with band logo stickers. It was glorious in its chaotic beauty!

 

The band walked on stage and launched straight into “The Rules”, “Play the Blues”, “Sugar Chocolate” and a whole host of other kick-ass hard rocking high energy Canadian punk songs. It’s hard to describe the energy in the room - I know it’s a cliche, but it really was “electric”! Danko himself is so full throttle that you can’t help but be dragged along with him on his adventure and laugh at all his jokes. He is the consummate showman and had the audience eating out of his hand.

 

The evening progressed and we were treated to a cover of “Die, Die My Darling” along the way towards the song I really wanted to hear - of course, they played “Had Enough” and got the biggest cheer of the night from me afterwards. And this was only half way through the night!

 

They blasted on through “Code of the Road” and “Legs” and other hard rocking, head banging tunes, finishing up with “Gonna Be a Fight Tonight” before leaving the stage… Only to return a minute later for their encore which kicked off with an awesome Thin Lizzy cover, “Are You Ready”, leading into “Body Bags”, “Full of Regret” and, finally, “Mountain”

 

Quite simply, this was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. I say that a lot, but this time I meant it! I’ve seen big stadium shows with AC/DC, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones. I’ve seen big festivals such as Download, Reading & Leeds, Sonisphere. I’ve seen Slash, Tremonti, Alter Bridge, Seether at smaller venues… But I don’t think any of them gave me quite the same buzz as I had from Danko Jones that night.

 

Have I “Had Enough” of Danko Jones? NO!

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Reviewer: Simon Mills