London Suede

New guitarist Richard Oakes, an energetic 18-year-old, has ably filled his predecessor's shoes; his addition appears to have energized the band. Led by the enigmatic Brett Anderson, Suede offered a whirling, dynamic show that covered a world of heartache, frustration and despair, all wrapped by the band's guitar-heavy, semigothic styling that electrified the capacity crowd.

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Band: Brett Anderson, Richard Oakes, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert.

New guitarist Richard Oakes, an energetic 18-year-old, has ably filled his predecessor’s shoes; his addition appears to have energized the band. Led by the enigmatic Brett Anderson, Suede offered a whirling, dynamic show that covered a world of heartache, frustration and despair, all wrapped by the band’s guitar-heavy, semigothic styling that electrified the capacity crowd.

Darker, more involving songs from the current “Dog Man Star” album (nude/Columbia) showed a marked progression from the pop material found on the debut.

London Suede

(Legion Hall; 1,000 capacity; $ 15 top)

Production: Promoted by Goldenvoice/Avalon. Reviewed March 2, 1995. London Suede has made a strong case for its future. The band showed at Hollywood's Legion Hall that it can overcome the loss of its original guitarist, an impairment that once appeared to cripple the quartet pegged less than two years ago as the musical second-coming destined to put the U.K. rock scene back into the world spotlight.

Cast: Band: Brett Anderson, Richard Oakes, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert.

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