Live: The Figgs, Charlie Watts Riots @ Putnam Den, 8/7/10

August 16th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Figgs

The Figgs

“In 1987, I met Peter Donnelly…. The first song we played together as a band was ‘Fire’ by the Jimi Hendrix Experience,” said guitarist Mike Gent near the start of the Figgs’ show at the Putnam Den last Saturday.

Twenty-three years after that auspicious beginning (when Saratoga natives Gent, Donnelly and former-Figg Guy Lyons first played together under the name Sonic Undertones), the Figgs were back in Saratoga Springs, where they spent much of the early ’90s playing marathon gigs at clubs no longer in existence (the Metro, the Bijou).

It was the second of two local shows celebrating the release of the Figgs’ new album, “The Man Who Fights Himself,” their tenth full-length release (counting 1992’s “Ginger” and 1993’s “Ready Steady Stoned,” originally released only on cassette). The night before, the Figgs unveiled much of the new material at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany.

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