Review: The Jim Jones Revue at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
By Elin Berta
Tuesday November 1, 2011
I was pretty excited about going to see The Jim Jones Revue last Thursday at the Empire, as I had heard about what an amazing live show they put on.
But unfortunately, I ended up being well disappointed.
I guess it looked like rock’n’roll, and yes it did sound like rock’n’roll. It just didn’t feel like rock’n’roll.
A couple of weeks ago I went to a gig with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Bush Hall, which gave me quite the opposite impression than The Jim Jones Revue.
I wrote then about how the music was probably enjoyed best as a live experience.
But when it came to The Jim Jones Revue, I really like the straight forward rock’n’roll with piano sections (which reminded me of Jerry Lee Lewis and old ‘50s rock). But I’d rather listen to it at home than live. That’s the end result of my Thursday night experience.
The whole point of enjoying live music is to get some of the energy from the performer, like an infusion of happiness, with you during the gig. And with great gigs that energy stays with you for hours – or even days.
But on Thursday night I could have easily just gone home and listened to their album, instead of standing yawning throughout a gig that reminded me of a bored wedding band.
I read somewhere that singer Jim Jones himself considers his band as being one of the last original rock’n’rollers still playing, and I guess maybe that’s just it. They are just a bit too plain. Maybe we have heard it all before? And as much as I can appreciate their music, it’s just not all that live.
At a good live gig you see people enjoying themselves. At a quiet singer/songwriter performance at a pub you will find people sitting relaxing and singing along to at least a few lines. But at a rock’n’roll gig, the crowd shouldn’t be able to stand still. And that was just what they did last Thursday...
I think it’s time Jim Jones called for an independent revue.