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Jun 05 2009 @ Islington Academy London, UK

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On Stage

Angelo C. Moore (v, sax, thr, per)
John Norwood Fisher (eb, b, v)
John Steward (d)
John McKnight (key, tb, eg, v)
Rocky George (eg)
Dre Gipson (key, v)


1. Poem Skank
2. Cheyenne Star Forever Moore
3. The Suffering
4. Everyday Sunshine
5. Ma & Pa
6. Date Rape
7. Deep Inside
8. Bonin' in the Boneyard
9. Behind Closed Doors
10. One Planet People
11. Alcoholic
12. Subliminal Fascism
13. Let Dem Ho's Fight
14. Party At Ground Zero
15. Chim Chim's Badass Revenge They said they hadn't played it in a LONG time.
16. Give it Up
17. Freddie's Dead
18. Sunless Saturday [not played]


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4 videos
Title:MVI 2696
Published:Aug 03 2009 04:37:29
Title:FISHBONE (live) - Freddie's Dead
Description:Live at the Islington Academy, London - 5th June '09.
Published:Jun 11 2009 04:07:15
Title:Fishbone Live London June 2009
Published:Jun 06 2009 03:47:30
Title:Fishbone. London. 5.6.2009. Part 2
Description:Fishbone live in Islington, London, UK
Published:Jun 08 2009 08:37:29


4 reviews
Review by Nativesun on Jun 10 2009 

I’m glad Fishbone are still around. They first formed 30 years ago in Los Angeles and were part of the scene that also spawned the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They could have so easily disappeared but their commitment to continual touring and their phenominal, energetic live shows has secured them a lot of fans. I think they’re easily one of the best live bands around, good on vinyl – brilliant in the flesh. Plus they were playing their own brand of funk, punk, rock, jazz, ska, reggae and metal long before it was popular to do so.

They’ve gone through several line up changes however, and have also been dropped from a couple of major labels in the past. It’s the constant touring that has kept them going and I’ve been going to see them for the last 20 years. Out of this line up, Angelo Moore (vocals, various saxes, theremin) and Norwood Fisher (funky 5-string bass and vocals) are the two original Fishbone soldiers. Both look as young as when they first started, although Norwood has a little grey in his goatee these days. :-)

That’s not to say the rest of the band aren’t great musicians too. Rocky George has some blistering guitar solos and sounds ultra heavy on some of the songs. John Steward is a powerful, rock solid drummer who is both loud and funky, effortlessly playing the different styles that Fishbone songs mutate into. John McKnight is rock solid on guitar, vocals, keyboard AND that funky trombone, sounding like he could give Fred Wesley a run for his money.

It’s a blistering set with a lot of crowd surfing from the audience and the band. At one point Dre Gipson, the keyboard player and additional vocalist stands right at the edge of the stage and manages to do a front flip into the crowd where he gleefully surfs across the dancefloor before being deposited back onto the stage. There’s a lot of their uptempo, funky and crowd pleasing songs played tonight. Stand out tracks for me were “Bonin’ in the Boneyard”, the Sublime classic “Date Rape”, “Party At Ground Zero”, the Curtis Mayfield classic “Freddie’s Dead” that they play for an encore and “Chim Chim’s Badass Revenge” (from the 1996 album of the same name) which they said they haven’t played for a good long while. It still sounds good and makes me realise that  I need to listen to this underrated album again really soon.

Uptempo, dynamic shows like this are what gigging is all about. Fishbone have always been great live and at the root of their shows is a firm belief in dancing, going nuts and involving their audience. The march of the Fishbone soldiers continues :-)


Oh by the way, for those that don’t know there’s a documentary being made about Fishbone called “Everyday Sunshine” and you can contribute to this film either financially or by sending in Fishbone memorabilia. Check out for more info.


Review by Karlos on Jun 16 2009 

Best show I've seen from them since the early 90's. this line-up has now really come together. Absolutely loved hearing Norwood play Bonin' again. Gutted they didn't play Sunless Saturday and a shame I've never seen them in front of so few people. Hope that doesn't deter them from coming back again. I want them back real soon!! Still the best live band on the planet, even my novice friend I took w...


Review by Colin on Jul 14 2009 

As usual I was early for the gig having to drive 120miles to get to London so I was loitering around the venue when I spotted Rocky and Dre lurking by the venue's stage entrance.  I decided to go over and say hi and in fact John McKnight and John Steward were there as well. John McKnight was trying to fix the slide on his trombone which had been slightly bent when someone had packed it for...


Review by Nijumu on Mar 29 2019 

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Fishbone & Islington Academy

Fishbone played already at Islington Academy 2 times.
>November 16, 2006Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66Rating : 8.66 No photo has yet been submitted.No video has yet been linked.3 reviewsAn ordered setlist was submittedNo recording has yet been submitted.6 'hoodsters in attendance
>November 04, 2012Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7Rating : 7 10 photosNo video has yet been linked.2 reviewsAn ordered setlist was submittedNo recording has yet been submitted.3 'hoodsters in attendance
Fishbone is not scheduled to play Islington Academy anytime soon.


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