Henley Fringe – Hot Rockers, the Crossfire Hurricanes

crossfire-hurricanes-katyOn probably the hottest night of the year, hot rockers, the Crossfire Hurricanes, returned to the Henley Fringe to transport us back to those heady days of the 60’s and 70’s   with a steady stream of Rolling Stones greatest hits at the Henley’s hidden gem of a venue – Lovibonds.

Mike Rowbottom (lead singer) was joined on guitar by Barry Rosier and Paul Cleverley with Pete Gregory on drums. In the sultry heat and lubricated by pints of the excellent Henley Amber and Henley dark it wasn’t long before the audience was joining in as Jumping Jack Flash was followed by (I can’t get no) Satisfaction and Paint it Black.  By the time Let’s Spend the Night together was belted out, the dance floor was  alive with rocking and rolling couples.  Stand out performances included Little Red Rooster, first released 50 years ago, You Can’t Always get What  You Want (Mike told us this was also known as  the ‘hand-on-body‘ song), from the 1969 album Let it Bleed, and my favourite, Sympathy for the Devil which was given a an original twist by Pete on tom-tom drums.

As a solitary butterfly, out past it’s bedtime, flitted around in the bright lights of the Lovibond’s garden, even the older members of the audience were drawn into the party mood.  The band then  launched into the closing run of 19th Nervous Breakdown, Tumbling Dice and Honky Tonk Woman which ended  the Rolling Stones set for the evening.  But the encore of Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode, and Sweet Little Rock and Roller and Elvis’ Jailhouse Rock showcased the Hurricane’s wider talents giving us a taste of 50’s magic.

Katy Garrod

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  1. Mike Rowbottom says:

    Any night would have done for performance but Saturday was a standout for the attitude of the audience and it was one of the best gigs we have played – some of us are saying the best in our entire musical careers. Mind you, those careers have been intermittent affairs with each of us having a day job as well – Drummer Pete and I are/were broadcasters, Baz a horticulturalist and Paul a software designer. I hardy need add that you will be quoted, quite liberally.

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