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Gig Review: Glen Matlock @ Valhalla, Wellington - 25/11/2017

05 Dec 2017 // A review by Rory McDonald
As soon as I saw him walk so casually over from the side of the bar up on stage, I knew that this would be a different kind of gig, and possibly one of the most intimate experiences I would have with one of punks most beloved musicians, Glen Matlock.

Throughout the night, Glen took us on an audio tour of his career, belting out songs from the rich kids, Glen Matlock and the Philistines, and what you will recognize him best for, the sex pistols.

Every song I could feel him giving his all, one particular song that blew me away was a cover of Iggy Pops Ambition, the vocals delivered on this track definitely made it an unforgettable night.

When songs like God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant rang out from Glen's guitar, the drunken roar from the bar side made it clear that the man standing up on that stage has made rock history, and with such an up close and personal experience, it will be a time I will always remember.

To top off an amazing set, I found that finishing touch of magic in the form of an autograph and chat with the man himself, which he followed up with most of the people in Valhalla, and with that icing on top of the cake, I could not ask for a better trip down punk rock memory lane.

Review written by Rory McDonald

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