Lynch Mob followed up their main stage set at HRH XI with a headline spot in London on the final date of their UK tour. HRH Mag’s Guy Bell was there.

 

Guitar icon and boss of blues George Lynch returned to the UK with the rest of his Mob 17 years since their last tour, but the axeman’s disappointment was visible when the set was curtailed by a blown amp.

Lynch Mob’s first London date since the early 2000s meant Britain sorely missed out on almost two decades of brutal blues from the former Dokken shredder.

Sound issues and sickness threatened what was their final evening of their UK tour having swapped the basement of BB King’s blues club in New York for Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Wales and London.

Opening with Street Fighting Man, Lynch Mob’s return was red hot and raw and their absence of 17 years was instantly forgiven.

Frontman Oni Logan’s struggled with illness was almost unnoticeable as he dipped and dived in between old and new while also dabbling in some Dokken numbers.

When Heaven Comes Down, Into the Fire and The Hunter provided a metaphorical tip of the hat to Lynch’s time with Don Dokken while The Brotherhood’s Main Offender was given its first outing on UK soil.

After Lynch’s sound was killed in its tracks just 53 minutes into the show, many of the 500 fans gathered in Islington must have thought this would have been Lynch Mob’s forever farewell.

A distraught Lynch revealed a blown Marshall was the cause and Jimmy D’Anda began distributing cymbals and sticks to soften the blow.

Technicians desperately tried to fix the problem but with no backups in his quest for perfection, Lynch had to wave goodbye to fans who will be hoping the Mob return sooner rather than later.

The quartet’s short-lived yet classy set proved once again George Lynch and his Mob are masters of what they do.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 17 years before we see their magic on a UK tour once again.