Rob Jones

These previews are not about the writer but the content. However, as somebody who has attended hundreds of shows over several decades a long memory can grade gigs in order of their impact. The Skids at the long lost Top Rank, Cardiff on 4 November 1979 is yet to be surpassed. There have been many that have pushed that evening but it still stands proud at the peak of pop performances that I have witnessed.

Therefore. the thought of a 2017 return to action for the Scottish punk bravehearts Is alluring. Unfortunately the sad demise of core member Stuart Adamson has left a huge void in any reunion and his guitar gusto and integral initiative will always be missed. The strange quirk of fate has brought former Big Country companions
of Adamson to the rescue. These characters Brothers, Bruce and Jamie Watson, offer their six string skills to accompany originals: Richard Jobson (vocals), William Simpson (bass) and another former member Mike Baillie (drums).

You Tube footage of a 2010 reunion has the lads playing a lively and lengthy set on their home turf of Dunfermline and a 40th anniversary tour promises more magnificence. The highlights will include excerpts from their early albums and a host of hits from the late 70’s and early 80’s. The guys will also incorporate new material recorded for their current Burning Cities long player.

This combination is sure to be a reminder of the majesty of The Skids and tunes such as The Saints are Coming, Into the Valley, Charade, Masquerade, Animation, Working for the Yankee Dollar and Circus Games will be to the fore. With the enigmatic presence of Jobson leading proceedings these boys cannot fail. Do not miss out on a trip across the water to the Bristol Bierkeller on Thursday, June 8, 7.30pm. For ticket details of £24.75 go to: see