There’s a scene in the 1959 classic movie Some Like It Hot where both a dragged-up Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are playing the saxophone and double bass with wild abandon and slap bang in the middle of these on the run from the mafia characters is Marilyn Monroe, as Sugar, giving it some on a ukulele.

Spool forward 60 years to this evening and onstage is a hot and sexy Samantha Fish looking for all the world like Marilyn with her platinum blonde bed-head curly hair, vivacious smile and sassy fashion sense playing up a storm with her exquisite electric guitar technique at a sold-out London Garage.

Charismatic and oozing sex appeal with her sweet fallen angel voice and heavy rocking-out guitar play, leavened by a well-balanced setlist of subtler songs, Fish captivated and captured her devoted fans in the alluring net of her stage-craft and fiery hot licks.

Firmly establishing herself on her own yellow brick road to stardom, this Kansas City gal of the guitar kicked her red heels onto the stage with new tune Bulletproof, from her upcoming album Kill Or Be Kind, which blasted off a night of banging blues as she followed up with the seductive chic of Chills & Fever; title song of her 2017 album and originally popularised by Tom Jones.

Mixing up songs in her sensational set list from her previous three releases: Belle of the West, Chills & Fever, Wild Heart and soon to be released Kill or be Kind, another newbie: Love Letters, with its forlorn sounding slide play exposed sharp songcraft which augurs well for the September release date.

Fish has a current body of work which exudes gravitas and range and an ever-growing partisan audience who egged Fish and her hot backing band on to incendiary levels of musical interplay this evening.

For a fitting finale, Samantha ‘Sugar’ Fish and her band blew the roof off tonight’s sold-out venue as she strapped on a cigar box guitar and slide for dynamite closing number Shake ’em on Down.

Some do like it hot, however, tonight’s audience basked in the intense fiery glow of a star about to go supernova with an eagerly awaited new album with which to burn the boards of much larger venues.

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I began my career in journalism at the now defunct, pre-digital Smash Hits magazine, which was situated in London's Carnaby Street. After learning the ropes, I washed up at Vox Magazine, essentially the NME'S monthly magazine, as the Internet arrived into our lives. Thereon, I eventually graduated onto Q Magazine when people still treasured the magazine that they bought. My journalistic career since has been on newspapers at The Times, The Independent/i newspaper, Daily & Sunday Express and, ofcourse, National Rock Review.

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