Occasional covers band GOR played a private gig in East Devon last Saturday in support of South West sure-shots Thick as Thieves. Playing a trio of songs, GOR warmed the audience for the reveries ahead, starting with a mellow The Wind Cries Mary – a soft and slow version as if playing for the over-60s – and they then switched up to a buoyant version of Little Bit of Love. With Pete the P ripping it up on lead, Cool-M on rhythm and lead vocals, Styubud setting the pace on drums, and Glenn on bass, the band gave these classics a little bit of their own interpretation but let the familiarity do the major running. Their last number in this brisk set was a rousing rendition of the rock anthem Rockin’ In The Free World with P the P stonking on guitar licks, Cool-M singing with passion, Styubud continuing to hold the beat and adding harmony vocals, and Glenn seeming to get happily lost in the anthemic call to rock’n’roll for all its simple pleasures. There’s no deity greater than Rock, and GOR’s occasional worship at its altar reminds us all of the camaraderie in that righteous congregation.