October 26, 2019
Café Nine New Haven, Connecticut, USA
View: Wobbly table near the exit.
No less than Johnny Marr called Television’s Marquee Moon a guitar manifesto and Lloyd gave us three tracks from that album - Friction, Elevation and show-opener, See No Evil. Misty Eyes and Alchemy show his strength doesn’t lie in his voice but he made up for the deficit with his playing, a combination of virtuosity and abandon.
A nice choice of covers included The Thirteenth Floor Elevators’ Fire Engine and The Velvet Underground’s I’m Waiting For The Man, a grim reminder of Lloyd’s own struggles with hard drugs. New-ish song Whisper, from last year’s underrated Countdown LP and Monkey from 2007 stand with his best solo work.
This show and his recent autobiography, Everything Is Combustible are a telling overview of his lengthy career. Climax came with Field Of Fire, Lloyd blazing across the bridge from classic rock to whatever they’re calling it nowadays.
Published in Record Collector Magazine