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Live: The Tubes

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Venue: Brighton Concorde 2

Shlock-rock brainiacs deliver brilliant ‘best of’ show.

“We released our first album in 1975,” muses singer Fee Waybill, disguised as a twisted quizmaster. “I didn’t think we’d still be playing the same songs in 2015!”

The elongated lifespan of rock bands rarely raises an eyebrow these days. However, The Tubes’ 40th Anniversary tour – a nine-date UK jaunt featuring original members Waybill, guitarist Roger Steen, bassist Rick Anderson and drummer Prairie Prince – is a cause for celebration. During their late-70s heyday these San Franciscan satirists successfully combined the theatricality of glam and the anarchic spirit of punk. They should have been megastars but became cult heroes instead. Although no one appears to have told Waybill.

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