By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Stiff Upper Lip is a blues album, Clyde, a real throwback to the early ’70s. And at its best -- the two-string pluck of the title cut and ”Hold Me Back“; the slithering, menacing riff of ”Can‘t Stop Rock ’n‘ Roll“; the inexplicably catchy ”Satellite Blues“ -- the beat impales you like an iron spike as Malcolm Young yanks his strings on rock’s most primitive solos. (Dig that squonky lead on ”House of Jazz“; must‘ve cranked up an old Fender Twin tube amp . . . put down that fucking book, you idiot.)
Best plan: Don’t listen to it at all, just put it on and party. Johnson, after yelling ”Give it up“ and other encouragements-to-rave about 50 times at the end, finally stops and croaks, ”Am I making myself clear?“ You are, sir.
Dio plays House of Blues on Wednesday, March 29.
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