at The Cluny 2, Newcastle, U.K., July 10, 2022

HIS LORDSHIP (Live at The Cluny 2, Newcastle, U.K., July 10, 2022)
Photo: Mick Burgess

On the hottest day of the year so far, probably the last thing that anyone wanted was to be holed up in the basement of a hot, sweaty club but a fair few hardy souls ventured away from their gardens and ice cool pints to see His Lordship, a new project by The Pretenders guitarist, James Walbourne and drummer Kristoffer Sonne. Decked out in snappy suits and ties, these are the new cool cats on the block.

Described in their biography as “Jerry Lee Lewis and Iggy Pop wrestling in the hallway with Englebert Humperdink trying to break things up and Little Richard swinging on a chandelier, laughing” sums them up perfectly. Perhaps add in a large dose of MC5 and Chuck Berry and the nail is hit squarely on the head. This was fast and furious, raw, primal Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Drawing on material from their two EPs, One Take Live Rock ‘n’ Roll and All Cranked Up, the energy levels barely dipped below turbo-charge. Walbourne’s Chuck Berry riffs and Sonne’s manic drumming hammered through “All Cranked Up,” “I Live In the City,” and “I’m So Bored of Being Bored”. There was certainly no risk of boredom at this show.

As if an uncaged animal, Sonne leapt onto his drums and out onto the stage to take the microphone on “Buzzkill” while bassist Dave Page took over the drum stool. This was thrilling, exciting stuff and the total antithesis of today’s polished, over produced mainstream music.

A slow, dirty Bluesy grind through Jack Scott’s “The Way I Walk” and a breezy “Repenter” gave everyone a slight breather before the full force Rock ‘n’ Roll returned with the Tyson Fury uppercut of “Joy Boy” and “Cat Call” before “I Am in Amsterdam” brought this short, sharp Rock ‘n’ Roll smash and grab to a hot, sweaty, breathless end.

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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