Lisbon Review

Susana M. sent us this review about Lisbon show :

“[...] After buying dinner, we came back to the venue’s door, which opened at about 11 pm and we got in to the front of the stage. The club was a lot bigger than Coimbra, where they had played on the previous day, and it reminded me of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles started. The Prima Donna flag was hanging on the wall, it was good to see it there because it wasn’t at the gig in Coimbra. After a little bit, the club starts playing that song “Donna, the Prima Donna”, which I thought was absolutely hilarious.

The band appears and we all cheer and clap. I was just so happy it was happening again, I was seeing this amazing band play for the second time in two days.

The highlight of this gig for me was “Crimson Lust”. There was this crazy moment when Kevin got down on the stage floor and told us all to get down there too. So we and Kevin had our faces and arms “crawling” on the stage floor, singing the song. It was rad!
Levine was so hyper, he makes the funniest faces while playing, he’s a great great guy and I hope he will stay in Prima Donna forever!
Aaron, I just love him. He’s so cool and it’s great to watch him play the sax, then the keys, then the tambourine, then the sax again, then the keys… He’s fantastic!!
David is such a great drummer, I love how much he enjoys playing, he reminds me so much of Ringo Starr when he’s playing!
Erik is amazing, he’s so cool, his guitar playing is brilliant and he has great taste in guitars!

“I Don’t Want You To Love Me” was the last song before the encore. There’s that pause in the live verison of the song, the whole band went silent, Kevin looked at us and said “I forgot the lyrics!” so I sing “I ain’t ever gonna call you…” and Kevin smiles and says “That sounds right!” so they continue to play the song. It was so funny!

After the song they went backstage, we chanted “PRIMA DONNA! PRIMA DONNA!” and they quickly came back to play “Keep A-Knockin’” and finish with “Dummy Luv”. It really is a great encore. I love that cover. “Knock knock. Who’s there? Youkee. Youkee who? YOU KEEP A-KNOCKIN’ BUT YOU CAN’T COME IN!!”
And “Dummy Luv” is the perfect way to end a show, what a hot song.

It was an amazing gig. and the after-party was just as great and unforgettable. The venue turned into a night club, with us dancing and singing along to great music, from The Who’s “My Generation” to Prima Donna’s “Soul Stripper” to Blur’s “Girls and Boys”, and many many more. It was an awesome night!

A few hours later  we really had to say goodbye, so we hugged each other and said “see you soon”.
I’ll never forget those two nights. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to see this awesome band of great people again.

I LOVE Prima Donna so much. I’m very proud of each one of them and I hope they will get very far, because if there’s a band who deserves to conquer the World, it’s these boys.”

Susana M.

Pictures of the show here

Euro Tour Recap here

New photos & videos from the UK shows

Check our gallery: …New photos by Katie David from the London gig!
…New photos by Eddie Hall from the shows @ The Riga (Westcliff on Sea) and The Twist (Colchester)!
Also be sure to check out Eddie’s site for more amazing pics of Prima Donna gigs with Eddie & The Hot Rods.

Here’s a video by Katie David – check her YouTube Channel for many more great videos of the London gig :

…The Hot Rods joined by Prima Donna for a chaotic encore after each having played a powerful set in London :

London Review!

Here it is a great review!

“Prima Donna boys seem to have learnt the lesson: if you wanna rock, you gotta roll. They had been touring Europe for over a month and it didn’t matter if in front of them there were less than thirty people or a packed club: the band always kicked everybody’s ass.

Kevin, Aaron, Erik, David and Levine closed their European tour in the U.K, playin’ with the legendary pub rockers Eddie and the Hot Rods and having a show at the All Saints Art Center in London: actually, a church in the middle of fucking nowhere.

A half hundred crowd (most of them from France and Italy) and two great acts.

Prima Donna hit the stage first and they delivered what they do best: sleazy rock n’ roll in the vein of the New York Dolls. They played the same set-list they did in these Euro-days in the same exact way: rockin’ and rollin’.

The “Rumble” intro, “Soul Stripper”, “Some Kinda Nerve” and Generation X cover “King Rocker” (do the king kong, babies!)… The guys played our new favourites tunes “Feral Children” and “Puta Te Amo” and Kevin did his Iggy Pop tribute singing “Crimson Lust”/“Tv Eye” as always: shirtless (and, yes, the girls in the audience went crazy).

What can we say about Eddie and the Hot Rods? Well, they were huge in the late Seventies and this night they played all their hits just like back in the Top of the Pops days: “Teenage Depression”, “Do Anything You Wanna Do” and “Quit This Town”.

Aaron reached them on stage for playing saxophone on Sixties classics “Gloria” and “Wooly Bully”, but the real deal was the final part of the show with both bands jamming on the Easy Rider anthem “Born to be Wild”…

It was awesome seeing middle-aged English rockers playing and sweating together with their mates from the U.S (Prima Donna could be Hot Rod’s nephews), something like passing the baton in the name of rock n’ roll music and punk attitude.

They displayed they are wild youngblood for real, even if there was no need because we know we were all born to be wild: us, Eddie and the Hot Rods and Prima Donna. That’s the way we live, going to rock n’ roll shows, drinking beers and havin fun with Kevin, Aaron, Erik, David and Levine whenever and wherever they play.

But now it’s time to record a new album, com’on guys: let’s rock and see you soon.”

by Miguel Basetta

pictures here