Punk spirit is alive and well at the Walter Lure concert in Camden

Walter Lure

By Chris Patmore, London Correspondent

Venue: The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London–September 17, 2015

It’s no exaggeration to call Walter Lure a punk survivor. One of the original members of New York punk band Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers (not to be confused with Tom Petty’s band) as well as a session player with The Ramones on two of their albums, one of which was the appropriately named Too Tough to Die. After leaving The Heartbreakers he formed his own band The Waldos, and has proved that someone does get out alive, having outlived all his previous bandmates.

Lure has just completed a seven-date UK tour, backed by the same band he had when he made a guest appearance at final gig of The Jim Jones Revue at London’s The Forum last October. Rock at Night caught Lure at The Jazz Cafe in Camden, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Local rockers The Bermondsey Joyriders opened the show with their high-energy, Cockney fusion of punk and rockabilly, getting the audience properly warmed up.

Lure showed that the spirit and energy of punk was still very much alive, although with vastly refined musical skills. The audience were still equally enthusiastic, however most were in the “too old to mosh, too young to die” category. The energy was cranked up a few notches when Lure was joined onstage by Jim Jones for a couple of songs. Jones’s new band, The Righteous Mind is getting radio airplay and about to embark on a UK tour (http://www.righteousmind.co.uk/#!live/ca5s).


Walter Lure and Jim Jones


The Bermondsey Joyriders




Walter Lure at Jazz Cafe, Camden, London

“Get Off the Phone”


The Bermondsey Joyriders


WEBSITE-Walter Lure

WEBSITE-The Bermondsey Joyriders

WEBSITE-Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind

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Chris Patmore