The Skids and My Pierrot Dolls at the Cutlers Arms Rotherham 7th June 2024

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Review and Photos by Mark and Mathew Pitfield

The Skids and My Pierrot Dolls at the Cutlers Arms Rotherham 7th June 2024

This was a first visit to the town of Rotherham for the mighty Scottish icons the Skids lead by the charismatic legend Richard Jobson. 

Formed in the late 70s in the mining town of Dunfermline the Skids hit the punk scene with explosive anthems like Charade Masquerade Into the Valley and The Saints Are Coming. As with all bands it came to an end after a few years and the members went their separate ways with Jobson forming the Armoury Show and the late great Stuart Adamson heading the brilliant Big Country. 

An expectant crowd of a few hundred packed in to the marquee tent awaiting the arrival of the Skids. Up first though were local heroes My Pierrot  Dolls who got back together for this unique gig supporting Ivor lead singers all time fav band. The Dolls rattled through a short set of songs like Bathe Your Body,This Boy,The Toy and 80s classic End of an Era. Ivor, Ian, Baz and Pete did themselves proud and we’re well recieved by their home town crowd.

The anticipation levels went through the roof or should I say tent when the Skids entered and the fans were not to be disappointed. Jobson and his men Nick, Connor, Fin and Martin gave a blistering hour of Skids classics with Jobson making the joke that the song The Saints Are Coming was their song not the cover those wee bands U2 and Green day did supporting the American flood fund.

Jobson never seems not to deliver and with his charm, sense of humour, witty banter and rubbish dad dancing (as he calls it) blew the fans of Rotherham.away. There’s loads of rubbish thrown about the Skids are not the same and obviously they’ll never be the same without Stuart Adamson but the current line up with a mixture of old heads and awesome young talent like Connor Whyte can hold their own with any band on today’s circuit of live entertainment. So the dust settled and the Marquee emptied and the fans lucky enough to be there marched home with no doubt the song TV Stars and the line Albert Tatlock ringing in their ears.

Massive thanks to Ivor for inviting Matthew and I along, the Cutlers and staff for being as ever so nice and The Skids for taking the time to meet with Matthew afterwards.

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