GIG REVIEW – THE HEARTBREAKERS – LONDON

The Heartbreakers in London, January 1977

The Heartbreakers in London – Never did see the New York Dolls (the line-up includes two former Dolls – Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan) but if they are anything like the Heartbreakers, they had better come over here soon.

The Heartbreakers recently accompanied the Pistols, Clash and Damned on the package tour ’round the country, and have apparently been playing London gigs to raise the fare back to the States.

their numbers

Their numbers are short, loud and uncomplicated, like ‘Chinese Rocks’, ‘Get Off The Phone’, ‘All By Myself’, ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’, ‘Going Steady’ and ‘Born To Lose’. For an encore they played ‘Do You Love Me’ by the Contours.

The Heartbreakers don’t muck around between numbers, making weak comments – they really get on with it. Among the audience were a number of Sex Pistols, Clash and one Damned and a Little Bob Story, all of whom registered appropriate enthusiasm – even to a point where the thinly padded ceiling got punched by pogo dancers.

The sound wasn’t bad either, except for one small incident when someone accidentally unplugged the mixing desk.

(Record Mirror, January 1977)

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