The Hamsters Half Moon Putney
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The Hamsters Half Moon, Putney 30th March 2012
The end of an era has come as we went to the Half Moon to see the Hamsters playing there last weekend of gigs after 25 years and 4500 shows. Putney is a long way to go, especially on the District line but the train connections were nothing but marvellous, as I don’t think we had to wait a minute for each train to come from start to finish. I have never been to the Half Moon before and was looking forward to the trip. I enjoy all of it, the pre drinks and meal in the Plough, we have now found out that the 18.21 to London has a buffet car, so more beer on the train. Anyway the Half Moon is how I would expect it to be, a large pub with a hall at the back of it. The only difference between there and somewhere like the Standard or Riga is the cleanliness of the place. It really is a nice place to go to, clean toilets and your feet don’t stick to the floor. The sound is excellent as well. I am not saying that the Standard and Riga are bad because I love going there but the Half Moon is just that little bit smarter. The beer on tap is also very good, as with a lot of the pubs around that way they serve Youngs, There was also Sharpes Bitter which was ever so palatable.

The Hamsters played another 2 blistering sets and they do not often disappoint. This was a ZZ Top & Hendrix gig, don’t asked we what was played as we had been drinking since 5, but I definitely heard “Jesus came to Chicago” “Sharp Dressed man” “Tush” “LA Grange” and “Legs” from the ZZ Top part of the set. There were a lot more but I am not up on the bearded trio music. The Hendrix stuff was all the usual suspects, “Hey Joe” “Wind cries Mary” “Midnight Lamp” “Voodoo Chile” “All along the watchtower” “Purple Haze” and finishing with my favourite Jimi track of all time, the wonderful “Angel”. They played a lot more but my mind was a bit fuddled by then. It’s a shame the Hamsters are finally calling it a day as they are a great rock band who always deliver and they play the best Hendrix covers that I have heard. I suppose if you have been doing it for 25 years, it must get a bit boring, but I would like to say thank you for all of the enjoyment I have had watching them, from the early days at Snifters, when they were first starting, to last night. Good luck to all that you do in the future.

Duncan, March 2012

Gig Reviews 2012