Review: American Idiot, Arts Theatre

Published in Time Out on July 23, 2015

The Broadway musical of Green Day’s 2004 concept album ‘American Idiot’ has finally arrived in the West End, in a low-key production starring X-Factor reject Amelia Lily. Those words will be enough to sell or put you off the show, but even as someone who spent her formative years in earnest singalongs of ‘Good Riddance’, there’s no nostalgia powerful enough to get me on board. Continue reading “Review: American Idiot, Arts Theatre”

Patti Smith’s Horses at 40: Lenny Kaye, Viv Albertine and more pay homage to the iconic album

Published in The Independent on Sunday on May 31, 2015

“Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.” Forty years ago, Patti Smith opened her astonishing debut album Horses with these immortal words. Delivered over piano chords with a slow, deliberate certainty, it was the unmistakable statement of a 28-year-old woman taking complete ownership of her life and sound. Continue reading “Patti Smith’s Horses at 40: Lenny Kaye, Viv Albertine and more pay homage to the iconic album”