Sunday, June 15 2003 @ 09:23 AM UTC
Contributed by: Dan
Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Adur Festival Marquee Series, 14th June 2003
Arthur Brown and Captain Beefheart were played throughout my childhood. This may explain much.
And from the moment Arthur Brown takes the stage tonight, for a demonic version of 'Hard Rain's Gonna Fall', it's easy to see why he has a place in my memory. His vocal range breaks microphones, summons storms and brings plague and drought on the land. His stage presence - this first number is performed wearing a black veil with a shamanic staff in hand - is equally possessed and possessing. His take on this harrowing Dylan song and on Screamin' Jay Hawkins 'I Put A Spell On You' show that Arthur's magic, despite his apparently devout Christian belief, comes from somewhere altogether darker and more primal - the seat of rock 'n' roll.