On the second tour of their 2017 ‘And It Was So!’ studio album, The Adicts arrived onstage to the ‘William Tell Overture’, launching straight into ‘Let’s Go’. They then began playing off their most recent albums with ‘Horrorshow’ and ‘And It Was So!’ from ‘All The Young Droogs’ and their latest release, with frontman Monkey spinning around a torch umbrella.

The band, featuring original members and brothers guitarist Pete Dee and drummer Kid Dee, moved onto ‘Troubadour’ from ‘Smart Alex’, and ‘Angel’ from ‘Twenty-Seven’, the latter with its surf rock guitar riff; all the time Monkey was throwing cuddly toys, confetti and streamers into the crowd and venue.

The Adicts graduated throughout most of their albums, performing mostly from their first five, with ‘My Baby Got Run Over By A Steamroller’ from their second album ‘Sound Of Music’, including a short singalong to ‘Singing In The Rain’ before moving back to their debut album, ‘Songs Of Praise’ with ‘Who Spilt My Beer?’, which saw Monkey fill up a novelty joker hat with beer and toss it into the crowd.

They finished their set on ‘Bad Boy’ and 1982 debut single ‘Viva La Revolution’, bringing out the masses of beach balls for ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ on which they ended their show.

03/10/19: The Adicts @ O2 Academy Islington, London.

Photos © E. Gabriel Edvy/Blackswitch Labs.

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