Dante's Inferno

Posted on Sunday 3rd December 2017 23:16 by FreckFest

Freckfest decamped to Ayr for the first time last Friday to host Gun at the Town Hall. On something of a hot streak just now, Gun are riding high on the back of a Top 20 album, a sold-out charity gig in the tiny King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and were booked to play for us the night before their now annual Christmas show at Glasgow Barrowlands. We were very lucky to have the band play a Freckfest show right in the middle of such a big week for them.



As it would transpire, Friday’s show demonstrated just why Gun are nearing the end of their most successful year since their days touring Europe with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi . Line-up changes have failed to dilute the power or appeal of the band and their faithful fan-base turned out in force for the band’s Ayrshire date. The show was a real pre-Christmas cracker and, to use a football analogy, it was a right gig of two halves.


With the noisy audience suitably warmed up by local act The Belafonte, Gun took to the stage at 8.45pm prompt and launched into She Knows, the opening track from current album Forbidden Pleasures. Driven by Giuliano ‘Jools’ Gizzi’s crunching rhythm guitar and his brother Dante’s raw rock vocals, they tore through a well-balanced set that featured the highlights of their current record amongst a healthy picking of their greatest hits – Word Up, Don’t Say It’s Over and Taking On The World. It was during this track that the unexpected happened – an over-zealous smoke machine in the band’s stage set caused the fire alarms to go off. Band and audience were duly evacuated to the safety of the High Street while Ayrshire’s finest firefighters confirmed all was well and the show could go on. It was all dealt with in 30 short minutes and, after everyone had been allowed back in, Gun once again took the stage to a raucous response.


Part 2 of the show continued in much the same vein as the first; the hits kept coming, augmented and embellished by Tommy Gentry, the latest in a long line of hot-shot guitar players who’ve put the rock into Gun’s roll. Prowling from stage left to stage right, up on the drum riser one moment, on top of the stage front monitors the next, he’s the focal point when the band is firing on all cylinders.


Finishing the show with a breakneck speed run-through of Shame On You, played out while the original video was flashed on the giant screen at the back of the stage, the band huddled around the drum riser before breaking to play a surprise version of the Beastie Boys’ Fight For Your Right. All very daft and silly, but a perfect way to end a show that for many will be their favourite gig of the year.



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