Live Review: Jaguar

1 Jan

Venue: Old Blue Last, London.

Date: 29th December 2012.

Image: Crash Alternative Music Blog

Image: Crash Alternative Music Blog

With the addition of new bassist Simon Patel in 2006, the newly-reformed Jaguar seemed to have  had a somewhat sporadic return. They’ve played just a handful of venues and festivals over the years, including the Astoria London and Thrash ‘ Till Death festival in Germany, but beyond this their presence has been muted ever since the band folded with their second album This Time (1984). Despite reforming and remoulding several times, they have never been able to replicate the success of their earliest days.

It must have been quite a surprise to long-time Jaguar fans, then, to see the band live in Shoreditch. Musically, it was very easy to see the appeal. Playing several numbers from the band’s original album ‘Power Games’, as well as some very good new material (‘No Lies’, ‘War Machine’) the composition was classic heavy-metal. Lead singer Jamie Manton was interacting and talking with the packed room as if he was having a beer down the local.  The devoted crowd must have loved him because by the end of the set, he was crowd-surfing around the room. There’s not much about Jaguar on the web at the moment – they are yet to get going on the social media side of things – but it will be interesting to see if they can reinvent themselves for 2013.

Have a listen to the set here:


2 Responses to “Live Review: Jaguar”

  1. Smokey69 June 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Jamie Manton is rumoured to be making a surprise appearance at Tetbury Fiesta on July 14, 2013, fronting pub rockers Hang Tough. Has Jamie left Jaguar? Has the new album been recorded yet?

    • Crash Music Blog June 22, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Hi Smokey69,

      Thanks for your comment. It is possible for an artist to have several music projects at one time. As for your other questions, I cannot comment on them in any capacity.

      Kind wishes,
      Victoria, Crash Music Blog.

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