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Richard Jobson of the Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

SKID + RAMONAS – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON 30.10.21

The Skates is a Scottish punk rock and new wave group, formed in Dunfermline, Fife in 1977 by Stuart Adamson (guitar, keyboards, percussion and backing vocals), William Simpson (bass and backing vocals), Thomas Kellichan (drums) and Richard Jobson (vocals , guitar and keyboards). Their biggest hit was the 1979 single ‘In the valley’ and the 1980 album ‘The absolute game’.

The audience at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

Scottish punk veterans, the Skids, were back in Brighton tonight. Let me say first that they put on a terrific performance with original vocalist Richard Jobson and original bassist William Simpson. They’ve released a full set of those crowd-pleasing anthems from the band’s ’70s and’ 80s releases and albums, along with some of their most recent tracks from the latest. “Cities on fire” album.

Richard Jobson of the Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

As I mentioned before, it was a fabulous mix of old and new material. A well put together and perfectly executed set. Right off the bat Jobson immediately took control of the stage, he’s a tall guy and he’s captivating and charming to watch with his engaging and powerful stage presence. He does not stay still for a second and wins again the prize for the “most delicate person to photograph” for 2021, he had already won in 2018! I can’t blame him – how can you stay still to this music? The crowd, and myself included, joined in and practically danced and sang for the whole set!

The Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

The Skids have reached the Concorde 2 stage with a strong and lasting exhilarating reception. Brighton was ready for it. They opened with ‘Animation’ and ‘From one skin’. A dazzling start! Some other songs in and “The saints are coming” was in place and as Jobson pointed out “Work for the US dollar” means pretty much the same as when it was originally recorded.

The Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

The band composed some of the most memorable and recognizable tracks of the late ’70s. Stuart Adamson, sadly, committed suicide in 2001, which Richard Jobson reminded us of with a brief moment of reflection.

Richard Jobson of the Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

The Skids reformed in 2007 to honor him, with Bruce Watson and his son Jamie sharing the guitar duties. Great to see this duo on stage again tonight. They have performed in Brighton a few times now, the last time was pre-Covid in the summer of 2018 and was also in Concorde 2. So good to hear these older classics played with such vigor and reproducing this unique style of guitar and distinctive from Adamson. Those included “The saints are coming”, “Circus games”, ‘Work for the Yankee dollar’, and ‘Masquerade’.

The Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photos Ian Bourn) (click on the photos to enlarge!)

The fabulous “Circus games” rocked us and once again those voices from Brighton sang true and loud! Mr. Jobson pointed out that this concert was the only concert where someone shouted “Albert Tatlock” as they took the stage – and we were on a track he told us recorded for laughs “Television stars! “ The crowd cheered and screamed in time, sometimes even drowning the group!

The Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

Tonight’s concert was perfect, breathtaking! Sound mixing and lighting was done by the Concorde 2 team. The band was so tight and energetic from start to finish. Richard Jobson’s conversation with us and the inter-band banter between some of the previous songs exuded that warm Scottish charm and humor. There was a “rowdy” in the crowd. He might have been fun at first with the screaming between him and Jobson. Mr. Jobson was clearly getting a little restless as he was constantly interrupted. The crowd that surrounded this “fan” was also fed up with his boyfriend, Jobson delivered a few knockouts and he ended up running away. Well managed!

Richard Jobson of the Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

With the restrictions relaxed, the Skids are back and continue to play live, mixing old and new material together. Mr. Jobson gave us a preview of a new album of some of the band’s favorite songs that should be coming soon. A few of them were on set tonight with ‘Fairly vacant’ (sex guns) and ‘What am I getting?’ (Buzzcocks).

Richard Jobson of the Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

Prepare yourself Brighton! Three assault songs – ‘Masquerade’, then this percussive and immediately recognizable guitar for ‘In the valley’ lit the crowd fuse! ‘Olympian’ closed the whole.

The Skids live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

“One more song” and the guys were back to close with ‘Full control’ (Shock).

A triumphant return indeed for the Skids in Brighton. They broke it with a top quality live performance, and it was a lot of fun to be there. Well done, and thank you very much for allowing me to photograph the set and for the setlist!

Ramonas live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

Support for tonight came from Ramonas. They were on tour as guests with the Skids. Initially, they were formed as a female tribute to the Ramones.

Lisa des Ramonas performing live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

It was great to catch up before they hit the stage – thank you! I have a lot of respect for the Ramonas, and we have met several times in the past. Always a joy and a pleasure and I must say that I must love the Ramonas!

Lisa des Ramonas performing live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

I’ve seen them play their Ramones tribute sets many times now and it’s never boring! They are well worth seeing them do it if you get the chance. They’re really pretty good at it!

Victoria des Ramonas performing live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

If you’ve seen them before, but are wondering if the Ramonas can write and / or make their own material, let me assure you they can. They have released two solid albums and a third is set to release self-written titles daily. The Ramonas keep this punk flag fluttering and have occasionally been joined by British submarines legend Charlie Harper, who also contributed to the album’s releases.

Victoria des Ramonas live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

The guys have taken their places, and the band, not using their pen name Ramones, is Scottish singer Lisa, on bass is Victoria, on drums Camille and on guitar is Maxine.

Maxine des Ramonas performing live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

Lisa threw herself on the stage. The Ramonas have built up a large clientele and their confidence has thus increased. Ramonas’ opening salvo was ‘Installer’, from their first album. Brilliant! The crowd moved from the bar. “Cotton wool”, “Outer space” and the wonderful “Daily failure” were shot at us, almost at the speed and intensity of the Ramones. Something special was happening and the crowd clearly wanted to come and see what was going on. Soon the room up front was packed as the Ramonas walked through their 30-minute slot. I enjoyed this set and it was great to see Victoria set up a number regarding Dee Dee Ramone.

Maxine des Ramonas live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

I think there were quite a few local Brighton fans who gathered near the front. The group is seen quite regularly in and around Brighton. Moreover, not a “1-2-3-4” in sight tonight. I can confirm with pleasure that the Ramonas really generated a “vapor heat” and pulsed in the “back beat”, they managed to entice everyone with their enthusiasm and the generated joyful excitement that only music can bring. A quality service.

Camille des Ramonas performing live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Cris Watkins / PunkInFocus) (click on the photo to enlarge)

Well done the Ramonas, and I loved the new material presented tonight. Drop me off for a copy of the new album!

Camille des Ramonas live at Concorde 2, Brighton 30.2.21 (photo Ian Bourn) (click on the photo to enlarge!)

For more information on the Skids, visit HERE and for the Ramonas, visit HERE.

Concert flyer

Skids setlist (photo Ian Bourn)

Ramonas setlist (photo Ian Bourn)

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