Snowy White and the White Flames Band
Live at the Bottom Line, Shepherd's Bush, London.
February 23rd, 1996
by Ed Sander
At 10 o'clock p.m. the band - Snowy, Juan and Walter (Snowy's
Dutch drummer and
bass player) - finally stepped on stage.
The concert started with the Peter Green classic Looking for
Snowy did for the Rattlesnake guitar tribute album. After this
familiar tune a
few new songs were played. First among these was Welcome to
a rocking new track with a sequence which reminded me of Golden
Radar Love (must be a Dutch influence). The next one,
Right was a more laid-back blues piece and was followed by
Dream, an up-tempo song with a psychedelic sequence.
The next piece was an unreleased but familiar track, Midnight
slow sad song we had already heard at the gig in Amsterdam
Kuma Harada and percussionist Tony Moronie (who had previously
joined Snowy for
the live performance of All My Money on the VH1 channel)
stepped on stage
to help out on this song. They would go off stage and come back
to add some extra dimension to some of the songs which were
played in the
The night had a lot of Peter Green songs, like the next two.
During the first
one, Long Grey Mare, Walter did some fingertapping on the
neck of his
bass guitar. Very striking. Looking at Snowy, this song could
almost have been
called Long Grey Hair. The other Green song was Slabo Day,
on the Gold top album. Although the guitar playing on this track
as always the song doesn't do much for me; it goes on too long
change in tempo. I went to the back of the venue to get some more
The next song was the title track of the upcoming album, No
and the first song we heard with the 'religion theme'. It was a
exceptional song with a sad beginning and very cynical lyrics.
Further on in
the song there was an explosive speed up, followed by a slow-down
ending. Great track !
Now it was time for some songs which were more familiar. The
first one -
another Green song - was Loved Another Woman, played solid
and was followed by an alternative version of Long Hot
Instead of the missing piano solo by 'Rabbit' Walter stepped to
the front of
the stage and did some vocal scatting; he sang the same notes he
played in his
bass solo. I almost expected him to shout out "I'm a scatman !".
funny idea was invented by the band during the tour in Greece.
When Snowy announced the next song, Memory Pain, one of
the Thin Lizzy
songs from Gold top, a Lizzy fan freaked out and shouted out a
"YEAH !". Snowy looked up and answered "You like pain, do you ?".
laughed but the guy responded with "No, I've got memories!". This
The next song was All My Money, a favourite of a lot of
it still sounds a bit strange to me (I haven't got the CNR
version of Highway
to the Sun).
Two more new tunes followed, the first one was called Blues
like a Fever.
The final new track Snowy played was called A Miracle I
Need and was
another song with the 'religion theme' in it. The song itself was
slow and had
an acceleration at the end. It flowed into a sort of jam session
Snowy played a very typical guitar style by only using the knobs
and the neck
of the instrument. Walter followed with a furious bass solo which
crowd clapping along.
I don't know if it was because of the time but to my
didn't do a solo. Instead of that the band launched right into
Farm. I thought I went mad; it's my favourite live track ! It
was a bit of
an anti-climax when they ended it after the first part, thanked
and went off stage.
Snowy seemed to be very tired after playing one and a half hour
without a break
and furthermore a substantial fee might be charged for every
minute the band
would play after 11.45 (those Brits have some strange regulations
I found it a bit disappointing they had to end the gig this way;
just the first
half of Parchman Farm and no encore. Maybe it might have
from an audience point of view if they had left after Blues
like a Fever
and had come back to do one or two encores, including a solo by
The performance itself was very good. Snowy, Juan and Walter were
well and Kuma and Tony certainly added some extra mood and
dimension to the songs
on which they played. The new material sounded very promising and
remind me of Highway to the Sun, but without the keyboards and
Because of the lack of keyboards I did miss some of my favourites
I was slightly disappointed by the lack of I Can't Get Enough
of the Blues
and Judgement Day, but hey, we got to hear a lot of
splendid new material
for the first time, didn't we ?
Four Peter Green songs and seven new tracks which might be put on
the new No
Faith Required album; the gig could almost have been called
meets No Faith Required.
The White Flames Band:
Snowy White - Lead Guitar
Juan van Emmerloot - Drums
Walter Latupeirissa - Bass
Kuma Harada - Rhythm GuitarBR>
(on songs marked *)
Tony Moronie - Percussion
(on songs marked +)
Looking for Somebody
Welcome to the Blues
That Ain't Right
Midnight Blues * +
Long Grey Mare
Slabo Day * +
No Faith Required * +
Loved Another Woman
Long Hot Saturday Night
Memory Pain *
All My Money * +
Blues like Fever +
A Miracle I Need +