Thursday 24th March 2005.

I have to say that I went with a certain trepidation to see Eddie and the Hot Rods at Music bar Club Riga although a well known Southend Band, I had never seen them before and could only think of one of their tracks 'DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO' So I met with Duncan, Maurice, Barry, Paul and Ashley in the Plough by Chelmsford Railway Station. Steve picked us up at 8.30pm and surprise surprise we were all ready and for once didn't keep him waiting. When we arrived we went into the Cricketers which has been done up since the last time I was in there. We stayed in there about 1 hour and as proved correct later we saw the lead singer Barry MASTERS in the Cricketers downing a few pints of Lager, how rock and roll, drinking with your adoring fans. When we got into Club Riga, the support band called Little Egypt were playing we only saw there last two numbers and were quite good but I now can't remember what they played. The beer went down hill after a few nice pints of Greene King IPA most of us drank bottles of Newcastle Brown which was strong and a bit sweeter then we are use to. (This may in some way be responsible for the later argument)

The main event arrived and The Rods came on the stage Barry was resplendent in is Cross of St George shirt. Their set was a mixture of old favourites including 'DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO', 'TEENAGE DEPRESSION' and 'GOING TO QUIT THIS TOWN' (it's surprising how many of their songs you can remember), new tracks my favourite being 'LOVE, LOVE, LOVE' and cover version such as 'WOOLLY BULLY' and 'RIOT IN CELL BLOCK NUMBER 9'. Not being a muso so my opinion wont count for much, I thought the band gelled well together and all in all gave a strong performance. I don't know how many if any are part from Barry the original members, but I don't suppose long time members of the band would be disappointed. At the end of the gig I managed to get a word from the main man himself Barry MASTERS, he said 'I LOVE PLAYING CLUB RIGA, THE ATMOPSHERE IS GREAT, WE ARE ALWAYS WELL SUPPORTED AND ITS CLOSE TO HOME'. How times change I don't suppose being close to home was high on his priorities when he first started out still the life of an ageing rock n roll star. All in all a good night, at a good venue with good company who could ask for more.

Review by Colin Egleton