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The Rats 100 Club, Oxford Street, London
The Rats with Gerry Cott
(from L-R: Garry Roberts, Peter Barton, Simon Crowe, Darren Beale, Gerry Cott)
  

100 Club, 7th August 2008

More than two decades ago The Boomtown Rats opened the first Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street in London, and last night The Rats returned to Oxford Street to play at the legendary 100 Club.

The Rats consisting of original Boomtown Rats members Garry Roberts (guitar) and Simon Crowe (drums), with the addition of Pete Barton (lead vocals & bass) and Darren Beale (guitar) showed they could turn back the clock whilst still moving forward.

It was with some trepidation that I went to see The Rats - asking myself the same question as many will ask - how would the band stack-up playing live, not just against the Boomtown Rats of more than 2 decades ago, but also against Bob Geldof?

The Rats took to the stage, and the first thing to note is that Garry and Simon have aged well and are looking great. As soon as Garry launched into the opening riff of Close As You'll Ever Be it became apparent that he still has what it takes - the whole band does.

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Gerry Cott Wizard of Oz

When The Wizard Of Oz opened at the Royal Festival Hall this week the reviews were somewhat patchy.

With a noteable exception for the character Toto... a dog, who was widely praised by the critics.

Toto is played by Bobby, a West Highland terrier who has something of a showbusiness pedigree - he is the protégé of former Boomtown Rats guitarist Gerry Cott.

Gerry has coached Bobby to perform tricks that leave audiences open-mouthed.

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