The 27 Club (1 star)

This article is from 2013.

The 27 Club

Now That’s What I Call Tragic Dead People

When you decide to base your show around a tragic procession of musicians who have died aged 27, you are giving yourself some pretty big boots to fill. Jack Lukeman, an Irish fellow with last century’s facial hair and partial green nail varnish, has not got the chops for the jobs.

The strength of the songs is the downfall of the performer. Paint It Black, Purple Haze and Smells Like Teen Spirit deserve more than a posturing grave robber backed by a competent wedding band. Love is a Losing Game had undertones of Leonard Nimoy. His Killing Moon, slowed down to agony pace, performed in the X Factor ballad style, would have been laughable if people hadn’t paid good money to hear it.

Things looked up a little with a chunk of Robert Johnson but the constant exhortations to clap jarred. This is not joining in music. Had we wanted to whoop, cheer and provide a DIY rhythm section, we would have gone to Drum Struck.

The Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, 668 2019, until 24 Aug, 6pm, £10–£13.

27 Club

  • 1 star

Jack Lukeman. 'Brillant live performer' ★★★★★ (Scotsman). 'The voice of an angel' ★★★★★ (Guardian). 'Mesmerising' ★★★★★ (Telegraph). Winner: Edinburgh Spotlight Best Music Award. The work of such iconic artists as Joplin, Doors, Robert Johnson, Rolling Stones, Winehouse, Bunnymen, Hendrix and Nirvana interpreted by…


1. Mark75127 Aug 2013, 3:19pm Report

Sorry Anna, I can't agree with that review. I found it a very enjoyable hour and well worth the entry fee, an opinion apparently shared by the other punters around me going by their reactions and comments at the end.

Your 'grave robber' comment is a little odd. It was a tribute act, nothing more - nothing less, and while you say 'posturing' I would say 'charismatic'. I can't recall a single concert that I've been to where the performers didn't interact with the audience, and that was no different here. Far better this than a singer walking on stage and simply singing while standing still for an hour!

Their take on some of the songs was different, and I agree that a couple perhaps didn't quite work as well as the others. However, on the whole I felt they were very clever. A particular highlight for me was actually 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which I thought was outstanding.

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