Bottlenecks comeback?

The Bottlenecks on stage at Smokey's.
The Bottlenecks on stage at Smokey's.
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Rock band The Bottlenecks have given their fans a glimmer of hope that they might make a comeback.

Despite billing their New Year’s Eve gig at Smokey O’Connor’s as their ‘last hurrah’, the charismatic covers group have left the door open with a “never say never”.

While relaxing backstage during their December 31 showpiece, the four-piece told The Guide “we’re having a break” and did not rule out a return somewhere down the line.

The lads played three local shows over the Christmas period to give their fans a fine farewell, starting at the Ranch House on December 23, The Pub in Lancaster on December 30 and then the sold-out Smokeys gig.

Revellers packed into the upstairs room at the Morecambe Street pub, which is fast becoming the town’s most atmospheric music venue.

With the crowd very much in the party spirit, The Bottlenecks rattled through classic stadium rock covers including Livin’ On A Prayer, Run to the Hills, The Final Countdown and Highway to Hell.

Throughout, cackling front man Si Thornton held court, working the room with his usual verve.

Drummer Dom Clayton showed the percussion prowess which has seen him tour the world with Noise Ensemble, Anthony Gregson was coolness personified on bass, while lead guitarist Martin Fleming was a ball of energy and technical skill, particularly on The Eagles’ Hotel California.

Afterwards the consensus at Smokeys was the band had never sounded better.

And if this was indeed the end, it had definitely come much too soon as The Bottlenecks clearly have a lot more to give!

GREG LAMBERT