Pub rock boasts a 1976 vintage
Eddie and the Hot Rods are the latest blast from the past to make a date at the modest but perfectly formed Palladium Club in Bideford. The band began life in 1976 when four teenagers from Southend on Sea got together to playing their own brand of high-speed, high-energy rock and roll style RnB, and they were soon a big hit on the London pub scene.
Signed up by the legendary Island Records they went on to have three hit albums and four top 40 UK singles including the classic Do Anything You Wanna Do. They have filled almost every major venue in the UK and toured alongside The Ramones, Tom Petty, The Police, Squeeze and Talking Heads in the USA.
Still led by the "very rock n roll" Barrie Masters, the current line-up are still gigging all over Europe, Japan, Russia and America. They are still writing new songs and have released two recent self-penned studio albums – Better Late Than Never and the aptly titled Been There, Done That... In the last couple of years they've teamed up to play some big shows with Dr Feelgood and Nine Below Zero, as well as supporting Status Quo on their UK tour. They recently released a DVD of their 1977 performance at London's Rainbow. Lovely old job, as they would say.
Eddie and the Hot Rods play the Palladium Club, Bideford (01237 478860) on Saturday, October 12.