From page 91 of Classic Rock Magazine October 2003
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Visions From The Cathouse (Angel Air DVD) If you’re among those who feel that bands such as Tygers Of Pan Tang are best left in the past, then this surprisingly entertaining DVD of a recent live show may go a long way to changing your mind.
Veterans of the NWOBHM era – which is providing more
than a few with pennies for their old age – the Tygers were among the ‘nearly men’.
Guitarist Robb Weir is the sole survivor from those semi-glory days, and he’s assembled a very decent 21st-century version of the band, with frontman Richie Wicks proving an adept successor to both Jess Cox and Jon Deverill.
Shot on the band’s 2002 tour, this is an unpretentious performance, full of exactly those clichés and poses one expects from bands of this generation.
It’s also somehow reassuring to revisit such Tygers classics as ‘Hellbound’, ‘Paris By Air’ and ‘Suzie Smiled’. And the climactic cover of Ted Nugent’s ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ can’t be faulted.
There’s bonus material, including a less than fascinating interview with Weir, but the main thrust of this footage is nostalgia. And the Tygers offer that in abundance.
★★★ ★★ Malcolm Dome