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Saxon | Ritz Manchester | 23 April 2013

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Support:

The Quireboys

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Nice early 7:20pm start for Redline, but there were still plenty in and down at the front for the opening band’s set. Excellent vocalist, great metal voice with some nice soaring vocals. Sound was muddy and indistinct but then we were right down at the front. Drummer seemed to be lacking sufficient monitor mix (unless his face always looks that pained…?!). Overall not too bad at all.

Last time I saw The Quireboys I was actually supporting them in my own band at a tiny club in Stockport called Monroe’s…their gear was still stencilled with their former bandname of The Queerboys, so that must have been sometime around 1986..or ’87 perhaps…? Great bunch of lads back then and I remember swapping Spinal Tap quotes at the bar. Spike hasn’t changed much (although the headband has now turned into a full headscarf!). Same old Rod Stewart (Faces era) swagger mixed in with a bit of Johnny Depp’s pirate look. Vocals and music still as good, shame they didn’t play ‘Mayfair’ though, always thought that was a top tune. They did do ‘Hey You’ and ‘7 O’clock’ of course. Couple of new ones sounded good, one of which was almost AC/DC in style (and better sounding than most of the recent DC stuff too – is it me or does Brian Johnson sound like a constipated Donald Duck trying to sing AC/DC these days…?)

Onto Saxon: bloody brilliant. Particularly with it being St George’s Day too. A flag with the cross of St George quickly made it onto the stage and was ceremoniously draped across the front of Nigel Glockler’s drum kit. All the classics and a full 2 hour set too. Shame about the overlong drum solo, even though Mr Glockler’s technique and kick drum style is particularly impressive. Thank God we didn’t then get 2 equally pointless guitar solos…(Mr Coverdale take note). Biff was as charming and entertaining as ever and even managed to still hit most of the notes. Took me right back to Manchester Apollo 1981…

Loved it.

Sacrifice
Wheels of Terror
Power and the Glory
Made in Belfast
Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy
And the Bands Played On
I’ve Got to Rock (To Stay Alive)
Night of the Wolf
Conquistador
Drum Solo
Broken Heroes
Guardians of the Tomb
Never Surrender
Ride Like the Wind
Crusader
Stand Up and Fight
Dallas 1 PM
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Wheels of Steel
Strong Arm of the Law
Denim and Leather
Princess of the Night

Tremonti | Ritz Manchester | 17 February 2013

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Supported by Logan and Heaven’s Basement.

Pretty much the exact same set from Manchester Academy a few months earlier…awesome sound though!

Leave it Alone
Giving Up
All I Was
Proof
So You’re Afraid
Doesn’t Matter
The Things I’ve Seen
All That I’ve Got
Wish You Well
You Waste Your Time
New Way Out
Decay
Encore:
Gone
Brains

Thunder | Manchester Academy | 22 December 2012

 

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The Christmas Show from Thunder, featuring all the classics and plenty of interesting cover versions too. The show started with Thunder ‘supporting’ themselves by doing an acoustic set and then turning ‘electric’ for the main show.

ACOUSTIC SET
1. Stand Up
2. The Moment of Truth
3. Does It Feel Like Love?
4. Weather With You (Crowded House cover)
5. This Forgotten Town
6. Don’t Wait Up
7. I’ll Be Waiting
8. It’s Another Day
9. Low Life in High Places
10. Amy’s on the Run

ELECTRIC SET
11. Backstreet Symphony
12. The Devil Made Me Do It
13. Until My Dying Day
14. Might Just Take Your Life (Deep Purple cover)
15. Jet (Wings cover)
16. Numb
17. Isn’t It Time (The Babys cover)
18. River of Pain
19. On the Radio
20. Hammer to Fall (Queen cover)
21. Love Walked In
22. Dirty Love

ENCORE
23. Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen cover)
24. I Love You More Than Rock ‘N’ Roll
25. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard cover)

Rasmus | Manchester Academy 2 | 13 December 2013

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Supported by The Dirty Youth. First time I’ve managed to catch The Rasmus live…top show. Highly recommended.

First Day of My Life
I’m a Mess
Ghost of Love
Someone’s Gonna Light You Up
Immortal
Time to Burn
Funeral Song
Chill
It’s Your Night
Funky Jam (guest vocals from a member of the audience…!)
Stranger
Livin’ in a World Without You
No Fear
In My Life
F-F-F-Falling
In the Shadows
Encore:
Wonderwall
Sail Away
Mysteria
Guilty

Magnum | Ritz Manchester | 24 November 2012

 

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All the Dreamers
When We Were Younger
Blood Red Laughter
Wild Angels
Brand New Morning
How Far Jerusalem
The Flood (Red Cloud’s War)
Les Morts Dansant
The Spirit
Dance of the Black Tattoo
All My Bridges
All England’s Eyes
Vigilante
Kingdom of Madness
Encore:
See How They Fall
Rockin’ Chair
Days of No Trust

Europe | Ritz Manchester | 23 November 2012

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Supported by StoneRider

Riches to Rags
Not Supposed to Sing the Blues
Firebox
Superstitious
Scream of Anger
No Stone Unturned
Demon Head
The World Keep on Turning
Drink and a Smile
Open Your Heart
Girl From Lebanon
Love Is Not the Enemy
Carrie
Sign of the Times
The Beast
Doghouse
Rock the Night
Encore:
Prelude
Last Look at Eden
The Final Countdown

Shinedown | Manchester Apollo | 29 October 2012

Support band Exit Ten

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Excellent support bands, including one from Canada whose name I can’t remember…! However, Shinedown were excellent although I found the frontman’s constant chatter/preaching/motivational speaking became a little wearing. The middle section of the set was also a bit too ‘samey’ with several ‘ballad/anthemic’ tunes all lumped together. What happened to some of the best rockier tracks off their new album; ‘Adrenaline’, ‘My Name (Wearing Me Out)’ and ‘Nowhere Kids’ all totally rock! There also seemed to be a lot of triggered vocals/samples to fill the sound out which smacked of cheating a little…

Setlist:

1. Sound of Madness
2. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
3. Enemies
4. The Crow & The Butterfly
5. If You Only Knew
6. Fly From the Inside
7. Amaryllis
8. I’ll Follow You
9. Unity
10. 45

Encore:
11. Devour
12. Simple Man [Acoustic] 
(Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
13. Second Chance
14. Bully