At The Cluny, Newcastle, U.K., April 4, 2019

JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND (Live at The Cluny, Newcastle, U.K., April 4, 2019)
Photo: Mick Burgess

They may well hail from the gold paved streets of London but their spirit burns with the fires of downtown Detroit circa 1969 such is the raw energy and incendiary ferocity of their live show.

Rising from the ashes of the Jim Jones Revue, Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind take those Jerry Lee Lewis Rock ‘n’ Roll influences, sandblast them with granite and wrap them up in a Psychedelic cloak before stamping on them with a pair of winkle pickers etched with names of MC5 and The Stooges.

Their lounge lizard/Milk Tray man smooth image with matching black polo neck sweaters was at odds with their firestorm sonic frenzy of Attack of The Killer Brainz, the piano slam of Shazam, the tribal drums of Till It’s Gone, the Gothic Psychobilly of Satan’s Got His Heart Set On You and the Funky Cold Medina drive of Sex Robot, all shaking the foundations to their very core.

They bravely took Wilson’s Pickett’s Soul classic, I Found Love and recast it in their own image producing a perfect example of how to cover someone else’s song. Pickett would surely approve.

Not quite sure where to go when you’ve hit 10 and need to go one higher? Jones and fellow guitarist Mal Troon took the show right into the heart of the crowd to give them that very answer before climbing back on stage for the Gospel chant of Hold On and the knockout blow of Alphashit.

Review and Photos By Mick Burgess


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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