Crobar: The 10th Anniversary Gigs Reviewed
The Crobar has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. And London’s leading rock bar decided to mark the occasion by having four covers bands playing on successive nights.
Words: Malcolm Dome
It all starts with Led Zeppelin tribute act The Black Dogs. Despite the problem of trying to recreate the sound and style of such a huge band in a small environment, they succeed admirably. The Dogs even get bar staffer Emma BRANETT up onstage to do the female vocals for The Battle Of Evermore. An auspicious start to the week.
Sadly, Guns 2 Roses are disastrous. The Guns N’ Roses covers band are sloppy, slap-dash and utterly out of their depth. It’s so poor you wish they’d follow Axl Rose’s occasional habit and not bothered to turn up.
Higher On Maiden get things back on track the next night. The Iron Maiden celebrations are well thought through in a balanced set, although the sniping onstage about Maiden’s recent albums being “Shit” is both unnecessary and wide of the mark.
But the best is certainly saved for the finale. Rat Salad are immense. They don’t so much recreate Black Sabbath as take their blueprint (and songs), adding in their own dimension. It’s a tremendous performance that actually make you forget they’re a covers band. And Crobar mainstay Olivia Airey is heroic when she joins them for six numbers on bass.
Overall, a fine way for the bar to mark the landmark occasion. What have they got planned for the 20th anniversary? Maybe Black Dogs and Rat Salad tribute bands?