AN EVENING WITH GLEN MATLOCK
‘Legendary pioneer of the punk movement, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, is back on the road with his one man show of storytelling and acoustic performance. First showcased at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and touring by popular demand, Matlock takes time out from recording his new album to have a chat with his fans and play some tunes from decades of material that started at the tender age of 16 when rebellion ruled and West London embodied the spirit of rock n roll’
Glen Matlock is one of rock’s most iconic figures, bass player, gentleman, founding member and songwriter for the iconic Sex Pistols firmly placed in the annals of rock n roll history for his part in the bands short, but meteoric rise to fame, the voice of a generation and a band that influenced and changed not just music, but life as we know it.
Glen’s contribution to the Sex Pistols, and thus culture itself, is well documented. Penning the anthem ‘Pretty Vacant’, arguably the most famous punk song ever, Glen wrote the music to all the Sex Pistols classics, including ‘Anarchy In The UK’ and ‘God Save The Queen’, creating the benchmarks for any aspiring rock band who followed in their wake. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the band.
In the late 70’s Glen’s next band, The Rich Kids, a mini super group featuring Midge Ure (Ultravox/ Visage/ Band Aid) and Rusty Egan put out one of the most influential albums of that time, ‘Ghosts Of Princes In Towers’. A recent sold out reunion gig saw Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) join them on stage for a night of pure, nostalgic post punk rock. Throughout the 80’s Glen went on to write and tour with Iggy Pop, keeping him musically sharp and much sought after by bands at that time.
In the 1990s Glen emerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album ‘Who’s he Think he is When he’s at Home?’ recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album, blistering in its intensity, taking everyone by surprise. Not content to kick up his heels, the reinvention continued with a series of fine albums by his band project, The Philistines. Invigorated in the wake of the Pistols re-emergence, Glen continued to record songs to rival those on ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ for swagger and craft. ‘Open Mind’, ‘On Something’, & ‘Born Running’ were albums showcasing the full spectrum of Glen’s prowess. it’s not just Glen’s solo work that sets him apart from the pack. Headhunted by artists from all backgrounds and styles, both in the U.K. and abroad, has seen him not merely contribute, but shape some of the coolest sounds around. Recent acclaimed cutting edge albums by Wendy James, Viv Albertine, and King Mob have been enriched by his input, while his own studio projects with Earl Slick (Bowie’s guitarist) & Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) show a continuing rich vein of inspirational song writing. Always in demand live, Glen has heeded the call from all corners of the musical world, whether it be the rockabilly of Robert Gordon or performing in the reformed Faces with Ronnie Wood.
Glen is a troubadour in every sense of the word. A storyteller and all round personable guy. Performed at Glastonbury and Montreux Jazz Festival this year, his solo shows involve as much conversation as music, with Glen informally narrating anecdotes his life, interspersed with his songs in an acoustic, rockabilly style.
An Evening With Glen Matlock – Tour Dates & Tickets
Nov 1st – Manchester, Gorilla
Nov 4th– Gloucester, Guildhall
Nov 6th – Ramsgate, Music Hall
Nov 7th – Brighton, Komedia
Nov 10th – Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre
Nov 11th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Nov 12th – Newcastle, Think Tank
Nov 13th –Glasgow, Broadcast
Nov 17th – Derby, Hairy Dog
Nov 18th – Nantwich, Words & Music Festival, Crown Hotel.
Nov 22nd – Bristol, Colston Hall
Nov 23rd – Falmouth, Pavillions