Review: The Blockheads at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

The Blockheads
The Blockheads
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They may have been on the road for 35 years, but the Blockheads sure show no signs of stopping – much to the delight of the packed-out Wedgewood Rooms.

Originally fronted by vocalist Ian Dury, the band has continued to perform since his death in 2000.

Led by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, the group performed a variety of hits, old and new.

Popular tracks from their latest album, Same Horse, Different Jockey, included Express Yourself and the comedic Sorry I Apologise, which saw Hussey acting out his drunken antics on stage.

The album was released on November 23, 35 years to the day that the band’s first and only number one Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, with which they closed the show, went on sale.

The instrumentals were flawless throughout, with mesmerising solos on all instruments.

Hussey was a charismatic front-man delivering the songs with his lovable rogue attitude.

The most popular hits of the evening were certainly the singles recorded with Dury such as What A Waste and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

For the encore, they performed Blockheads to rapturous applause.

By the end, the band had certainly given their adoring fans in Portsmouth Reason to Be Cheerful.