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Primal Scream returns to Inverness Ironworks for Friday 13th gig celebrating the singles on latest compilation album Maximum Rock n Roll


By Margaret Chrystall

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WE gave our lives to rock n roll!” Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie declared in an interview back in the spring, going on to share his belief rock n roll was dead, but also that it was a joy and a privilege – and a reason for living.

At the time the band had just released their third singles compilation album Maximum Rock N Roll.

And it will be a selection from those essential 31 Primal Scream singles they will be sharing live onstage at the Ironworks at Friday 13th’s Inverness gig.

The ups and downs, drugs and deaths, happy accidents and near-misses, have all played their part in the Primal story since they formed in 1982.

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie - shares the message about Friday's sell-out gig
Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie - shares the message about Friday's sell-out gig

A very different band they maybe were then (listen to Gentle Tuesday).

But already something of the experimental, rock-powered, maverick lust for dangerous life beat at Primal Scream’s heart even then.

Their now 37-year history and 11 studio albums (plus long-lost Give Out But Don’t Give Up album belatedly released in 2018) is a story of survival.

Screamadelica in 1991, which won the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992 was just one game-changer. Reinvention and embracing an experimental approach, while riding the temptations of drugs and drinking, became the Primals signature.

So is the euphoric live show – one the north witnessed here at Inverness Ironworks in 2007.

Bobby Gillespie.
Bobby Gillespie.

Even “distorted by flesh-melting volume”, the performance is still up there with the venue’s best ever.

The Ironworks and sell-out crowd could be in for another unforgettable performance this week.

For this gig, expect an eclectic mix of the odd wildcard moment alongside the inevitable string of hits to check off like a string of holy beads as the night hots up.

The old-fashioned pleasure of anticipating what they might play on the night has been overshadowed in recent years by bands revealing a tour setlist online early.

But that means salivating over songs you are apparently guaranteed to hear and reading the setlist like runes to foresee the gig highs. All those highs.

Primal Scream supported by The Illicits (see QnA under 'music') play a sell-out gig at the Ironworks, Inverness, on Friday.


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