On the day of the Coronation, Glen Matlock launched his new studio album, ‘Consequences Coming’, at an official Mayor of London Coronation event. He played along with this publicity, using it to promote his new release, contrastingly a politically dissident soundtrack for the current times.

The band opened his set on new song ‘Speaking in Tongues’ with cranky guitar, then doing for one night only ‘God Save The King’; Matlock changing the lyrics of the 1977 Sex Pistols’ single to reflect his anti-monarchist feelings about the event. He also played new singles ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, featuring James Halliwell’s whistling keyboards, and title track ‘Consequences Coming’. The album includes a KD Lang cover, ‘Constant Craving’, which Matlock performed with his regular guitarist Neal X, however, the latter was unable to reach the heightened notes on the recorded track due to technical issues.

The band moved onto doo-wop song, ‘Tried To Tell You’, with Neal X’s guitar solo. As well as playing from the current release, Matlock also returned to his last 2018 solo album, ‘Good To Go’, with ‘Couldn’t Give A Damn’. After throwing in a cover of Richard Hell’s ‘Blank Generation’, they ended the set on his new whirlwind single, ‘Head on a Stick’, performed slightly out of time due to lack of rehearsal time, with an encore of Bob Dylan’s ‘Everybody Must Get Stoned’ and the Small Faces’ ‘All Or Nothing’. With his sly Coronation slights and message of rebellion, Matlock is a grumpy old punk who ain’t quite done yet.

06/05/23: Glen Matlock @ The 100 Club, London.

Photo © Ayisha Khan.

© Ayisha Khan.