When brothers Jim and William Reid reunited The Jesus and Mary Chain in 2007 for Coachella — which included Scarlett Johansson sharing vocals on a song — fans of the Brit noise rockers in Las Vegas anticipated their tour stop here with bated breath. However, it was not to be as the reformed band cancelled that gig. Five years later, on June 16, it finally happened at the House of Blues.
Unlike the early days, the band played much longer than the 25-minute sets that angered concert-goers so much that riots broke out. The five piece, which also features Phil King on bass, Loz Colbert on drums, and Mark Crozer on guitar, ran through their hits for an hour and 10 minutes. On the minus side, there was every little interaction between the band and their audience. They also weren’t the most crisp group with multiple song restarts, even predicting at one point in the set that “this is where we usually mess up.”
However, when the music sounded good, it made it all worth it. Big-time songs “Just Like Honey,” “Halfway To Crazy” and “Some Candy Talking” had all the distortion and grittiness the crowd wanted.
While the show was far from perfect, it did happen. That alone would have been a success, but The Jesus and Mary Chain at least proved to be more than just a nostalgia act on this night. Maybe next time ScarJo will even stop by for “Just Like Honey.”
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆