Brighton Celebrates Iconic Album – ‘The Crack’

Posted On 13 Feb 2019 at 5:55 pm

Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

RUTS DC + THE PROFESSIONALS – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON 12.02.19

I have been looking forward to this gig since the day it was announced and literally had my ticket secured in minutes. There was absolutely no way I was going to miss this.

Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey/www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

In 1978/79 I became a big Ruts fan and fortunately saw them perform live on a number of occasions before the sad loss of their frontman Malcolm Owen, who was found dead in the bathroom of his parents’ house in Hayes, from a heroin overdose on 14th July 1980 at the age of 26.

Leigh Heggarty of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

I had the single ‘In A Rut’ and was eagerly awaiting the release of an album. 1979 delivered this and I pre-ordered mine, picking it up from the old Virgin record store by the clocktower in Brighton. I took it home played it and it has been an integral part of my life ever since. Back then the words from the songs on this album really resonated with how I was feeling and being treated, regularly being stopped and searched by the Police because of the way I chose to look. ‘S.U.S’ meant a lot to so many of us back then, as well as tracks such as ‘Jah War’. This album is in my top 5 albums of all time, bring on the gig!

John ‘Segs’ Jennings of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey/www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

I found out shortly after purchasing my ticket who the support band were and was really surprised to learn that it was “The Professionals”.

Ex Sex Pistol Paul Cook now of The Professionals live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

The Professionals were formed in 1979 by guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, both band members of the Sex Pistols. John Lydon had left the Sex Pistols, and both Cook and Jones had sung lead for the late Sex Pistols recordings ‘Silly Thing’ and ‘Lonely Boy’. The current line up on this tour with Ruts DC are Paul Cook (vocals/drums), Chris McCormack (guitar), Tom Spencer (vocals/guitar) and Toshi JC (bass).

Ex Sex Pistol Paul Cook now of The Professionals live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

On to the gig. Well the punk royalty were here in force tonight. I spotted Jordan of Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Sex’ shop fame, Captain Sensible of The Damned and Timmy DeRella of The DeRellas in the crowd as the Concorde 2 filled to capacity for this one.

Tom Spencer of The Professionals live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey /www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

On came The Professionals to a massive welcome from the crowd. They kicked off with the first song ‘Join The Professionals’ and I knew straight away they were going to be amazing. Paul Cook looking in his element right up close to the stage. It struck me how talented each member of the band are. With two lead guitars and Toshi on the bass a force to be reckoned with.

Chris McCormack of The Professionals live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

Next up ‘Good Man Down’ and all those around me in the crowd were loving this. Each song brought about great appreciation from all of us. Then the crowd went ballistic as the first notes of ‘Silly Thing’, the Sex Pistols cover hit us. Tom Spencer playing guitar and vocals was spot on all night and really delivered as the front man. Chris McCormack was also amazing on guitar, and Toshi blew me away on bass. Paul Cook looked like he was really enjoying this too and is brilliant on his kit.

Chris McCormack & Paul Cook of The Professionals live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey /www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

I knew I would hit the merchandise stall to buy the new album on the way out. I wish I had listened to it before the gig. I have to say that I loved and appreciated every song these guys masterly delivered tonight. If you haven’t seen them, I advise you to do so, Perhaps they will be headlining their own tour soon. Bring it on I say!

Tom Spencer & Toshi JC of The Professionals live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey /www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

The full setlist was:
‘Join The Professionals’, ‘Good Man Down’, ‘123’, ‘Going, Going Gone’, ‘Silly Thing’ (Sex Pistols Cover), ‘Rewind’, ‘Bad Baby’, ‘Hats Off’, ‘Kick Down The Doors’ and ‘Let Go’.

For more information about The Professionals, click HERE.

John ‘Segs’ Jennings Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

Next up Ruts DC. We all eagerly awaited their arrival onto the stage. Tonight was to be their second performance of the ‘40 Years Of The Crack Tour’.

David Ruffy of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

All of a sudden, the alarm and the Police sirens went and we all knew what that meant. ‘Babylon’s Burning’, that was it, the crowd surged forward and a lots of movement began at the front. I was to the left of the stage and immediately made my way into the front. It was at this point the nostalgia really hit me and the recollection of 1979 and 1980 filling me with anticipation. Others around me were visibly feeling it too.

Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

Next up ‘Dope For Guns’ with the familiar guitar opening and the first feel of “Wow I am going to hear this album beginning to end”. I never thought it would ever happen. Next up ‘S.U.S’, which was the first track with that amazing Ruts punk reggae guitar sound and one of my personal favourites from this album. Could this get any better?

Leigh Heggarty of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey /www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

Oh yes it could! ‘Something That I Said’ next leading into ‘You’re Just A’. The crowd were loving it and I could see them all singing the words. I was anticipating ‘It Was Cold’, which is in my top 5 songs of all time. I got all the goosebumps and an overwhelming feeling of euphoria as soon as ‘Segs’ Jennings started the intro. The delivery was superb and we were all loving this.

Ruts DC with guest vocalist at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

Side one complete, now for side 2, kicking off with ‘Savage Circle’ galvanising the mosh up the front into a frenzy. Another one of the Ruts most recognised songs ‘Jah War’ next. This was brilliant and had a real dub feel to it. To finish off the first half of the gig the ‘Crack’ album was completed with what I would describe as brilliantly performed songs, ‘Criminal Mind’, ‘Back Biter’, ‘Out Of Order’ leading into ‘Human Punk’. Ruts DC delivered the whole of this album to us superbly and I have to say I don’t think I will attend a better gig this year. This said there was more to come.

Leigh Heggarty of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

This section of the set was a real mix of new and old kicked off with ‘Music Must Destroy’, taken from the album of the same name. Then another one of my top tracks ‘West One’ and it turned out to be one of everyone else’s too. ‘Kill The Pain’, which led into ‘In A Rut’. The crowd literally surged forward and a big mosh started with people darting in from the sides, this was followed by ‘Psychic Attack’ and the first performance of ‘H-Eyes’, that I have seen for many years. Then for me one of the most emotional moments of the night as Segs introduced ‘Love In Vain’, There were people in the crowd around me that shed a few tears during the set and this track brought a few more. The last up tonight was ‘Staring At The Rude Boys’.

Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Andy Sturmey /www.brightlightspix.co.uk)

I feel really honoured and privileged to have reviewed this gig for one of my favourite ever bands. I will be getting tickets to do it all over again. If you want to find one after reading this please visit HERE.

David Ruffy of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

The bands line up is John ‘Segs’ Jennings (bass), David Ruffy (drums), and Leigh Heggarty (guitar). ‘Segs’ and Ruffy being the original members after the sad passing of guitarist Paul Fox and lead singer Malcolm Owen, RIP.

David Ruffy & John ‘Segs’ Jennings of Ruts DC live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 12.02.19 (pic Cris Watkins/www.punkinfocus.com)

The full setlist was:
‘Babylon’s Burning’, ‘Dope For Guns’, ‘S.U.S’, ‘Something That I Said’, ‘You’re Just A’, ‘It Was Cold’, ‘Savage Circle’, ‘Jah War’, ‘Criminal Mind’, ‘Back Biter’, ‘Out Of Order’, ‘Human Punk’, ‘Music Must Destroy’, ‘West One’, ‘Kill The Pain’, ‘In A Rut’, ‘Psychic Attack’, ‘H-Eyes’, ‘Love In Vain’ and ’Staring At The Rude Boys’.

For more information about Ruts DC, click HERE.

Ruts DC tour flyer

Ruts DC setlist

  1. Maggi Ebden Reply

    Brilliant Interview from someone in the know, how Society 40 years ago, has anything really changed? THe answer is sadly NO. The anthropology, of Our Society the RuTs/RuTs DC did SUS Long Ago.. Timeless Classics, Big Up TheRude Boys “tTHE CRACK” Tour, You Know IT is The Best GIG Of The Year. CEelebration Anniversary The 40th Year Music Genius Musicianship , Best Live Band, In The Land RuTs/RuTs DC, for me easily.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Maggi 🙂

  2. Miguel Diaz Reply

    Great review of a brilliant gig, couldn’t have put it better myself.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Glad that you too enjoyed it Miguel.

  3. Dave Chalk Reply

    Brilliant write up of a brilliant gig, felt like a teenager again dancing to these classics from 40 years ago. Thanks for getting my thumb into your pic of the setlist.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Thanks for letting us photo the setlist Dave. Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did.

  4. Pete jones Reply

    It was a top night!.. thought I’d be included in that punk royalty list though 😂😂😂

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the gig your highness.

  5. Toni Bond Reply

    Delighted and privileged to be an active member of the mosh at such a brilliant gig!! I felt like a teenager again, don’t now though!! Lol. It’s a shame that the lyrics, sentiments and anger are still just as applicable today as they were back then! But, great that we’ve got such a band to continue banging the drum! The Ruts/DC .. Awesome.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Glad that you had a fab time Toni. Thanks for your interest.

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