Adam West live review in Music Monthly - April 2001
Adam West at the Ottobar in Baltimore, March 27, 2001
. . . DC's Adam West has nothing in common with the show openers (Boom Boom Cats), save for their Ottobar veteran status. Too bad for us Baltimorons, they make the Northeast trip rarely, preferring to gig regularly in the capital. As the most venerable punk band in their hometown, Adam West fits the bill at Baltimore's most venerable punk club like a fist in a studded glove. For the provincial, the last area appearance was at the legendary Dundalk "Rumble In The Alley" days after Halloween. That set was among the evening's many highlights, and tonight the band maintained that standard. After nearly a decade of ass kicking, this quartet (sic) is better than ever. This dues-paid security results in the confidence of the frontman. Requests for attendees to approach the front of the stage unheeded, dude is off said stage and in our faces, dirty teeshirt . . . and all, following "Fire In My Bones." The attitude matches up vocally: Glenn Danzig minus the croon, and an equally drama-free Ronnie James Dio. A punk Dio, of course. The metal influences are present musically as well: the guitars specialize in AC/DC riff raff, in addition to the Stooginess. And one of the guitar players boasts the guitar god stance of Billy Duffy, Sonic Temple era. "Swagger," claimed as his own by the singer, could as well apply to the headbanging axe slinger. This pair makes Adam West almost as much of a gas to watch as the similar-sounding Nashville Pussy, with equally fun song titles. Consider the opening ditties: "C'mon And Bludgeon Me" and "Piece Of Ass." Elsewhere was "Right On!", which they were; and "Gentlemen's Evening," which had us raising our glasses. Sorry, ladies. Actually, there was too little "elsewhere," as the performance came in under the preceding band's at a mere half hour - eleven songs. Not enough to tide us over before the next crabtown appearance. Here's hoping it's sooner rather than later.
By Stone Scruggs, Music Monthly - April 2001, Vol. 18, No. 4, Issue#199.
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