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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Nick Pride & the Pimptones @ Hoochie Coochie September 20

Nick Pride (guitar, vocals); Alex Saxon (alto sax, flute, vocals); Keith Nicholson (trumpet, vocals); Jimmy Brown (bass);  Peter Lawson (drums); Eliza Lawson (vocals) 
(Review by Russell)

Proprietor Mr T told a packed Hoochie Coochie that when he first opened the doors on Pilgrim Street Nick Pride was the first soul man to ask if he and the Pimptones could play a gig. It's only taken nine and a half years to get them back! said WT. And with that the sharp-suited Pimptones launched into a Northern (Tyneside) Soul-to-funk set which kept the punters on the floor from start to finish.

Come and Get It bellowed the Pimptones and that's precisely what the band's legion of fans did right up close and personal in front of the six piece. The rhythm section - bassist Jimmy Brown and drummer Peter Lawson - absolutely nailed it to the floor as Eliza Lawson bounced and stomped across the stage with boundless energy and killer, high octane vocals. 
The anthemic Queens Are Stronger than Kings received rapturous applause from Hoochie Coochie's queens and kings. This Friday evening set featured material from the Pimptones' new album including Don't Turn Me Loose. The horns - Alex Saxon and Keith Nicholson - couldn't stand still, clip mics enabling them to roam amongst the non-stop dancing bodies, blowing for all they were worth. Main Man Nick Pride surveyed the scene, he and they (the band) were having a ball. Encore done, the Pimptones strode off stage with Hoochie Coochie's Mr T telling all: The Pimptones nailed it! 
Russell

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