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Oxegen 09 - Therapy?

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ATL | 18:16 UK time, Friday, 10 July 2009

O2 Stage, Friday 10th July, 5.10pm

Describe in a Tweet: A smoking crater is all that remains...

What happened: At one point during 'Crooked Timber', the title track from their most recent album, Michael McKeegan's bass exlodes forth from the speakers like a Panzer division, crushing the audience beneath it's iron tracks. All the while, Andy Cairns and Neil Cooper hover overhead, layering a blitzkrieg upon the survivors. From the moment they leapt onto stage, Therapy? owned this crowd. Looking every part the rock gods that they are, they ploughed through all the classics, giving their audience exactly what it wanted. 'Innocent X', 'Teethgrinder', 'Potato Junkie'... they all got an airing, and sounded as fresh today as they did when we first heard them in the previous century. Alongised this, 'Die Laughing' (dedicated to Michael Jackson', 'Screamager' and 'Nowhere' whipped the crowd into such a frenzy that a mosh pit erupted, bodies being hurled in all directions. This was the stuff of legend, and few who were there will ever forget it.

This is a high: 'Innocent X' sounded so incredibly awesom that 'Evil Priest' Micheal McKeegan finally achived his intention of creating "bowel shaking bass."

This is a low: Some of the slam dancing was, shall we say, a little over-exhuberant, but it all got under control pretty quickly.

Oxegen rating: 9/10


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