Classic set by a cracking band

The Doors Alive performing at the Assembly in Leamington.
The Doors Alive performing at the Assembly in Leamington.

The Doors Alive and Voodoo Vegas, Assembly, Leamington, February 17.

OUTSTANDING rock band and regular visitors to Leamington, Bournemouth-based Voodoo Vegas got the evening rolling with a set of original catchy rockers.

Included were fan favourites Mary Jane and So Unkind - a cracking set by a top young British rock band who, as always, received a fantastic crowd response, and they promised from the stage to visit Leamington for a gig later in the year.

Time next for a jump on the time machine with The Doors Alive, a tribute of course to the legendary Doors, upfront the vocalist looked (including trade mark leather trousers), talked and most importantly sang uncannily like the late great Jim Morrison. He even growled and screamed like the Lizard King himself.

The whole band captured the sound and the look of a Doors gig - and with just a little bit of imagination, you could easily be transported back to a smoky, sweaty late 60s Doors show.

The set included all the classics you could ask for, including epic set opener When The Music’s Over, an electrifying Break On Through, a full of atmosphere Riders On the Storm and a pulsating Roadhouse Blues.

Closing the main set, a spin-tingling L.A. Woman that had the audience in full-on dance mode and, as our Jim for the night announced from the stage, there was only one way to end a Doors gig - with the dark and brooding The End itself.

The Assembly has a knack of putting on high quality tribute acts and this band were up there with the best of them. And a master stroke getting such a top quality support band in Voodoo Vegas on the bill.

Verdict: Voodoo and a Shaman, a magical night.

Andrew Lock