Saturday, March 17, 2018

Skid Row/Night Ranger/Toseland/Bad Touch – London 11/3/18 live review

There are some gigs that I spend so much time looking forward to - and this one was definitely among them. Travelling from Scotland to London especially for the show was so exciting, and I couldn’t wait to see all of the bands.

Bad Touch opened the night performing a swift 30 min set including some of their best material (such as 99% and My Mother Told Me). Sounding reminiscent of The Black Crowes, despite their early stage time a good sized audience enjoyed their set. 

Pic courtesy  RJ Forster
Next up was one of my personal highlights (as I knew it would be) – Toseland! These guys just get better and better, having truly grown as a band since I first saw them live. Exploding onto the stage with opener Puppet On A Chain, James Toseland showed just what a great voice he has developed. The band has become a well-crafted, class act that delivers heavy, melodic songs like Living In A Moment and Hearts And Bones that are winning new fans every time they hit a stage. Their pacey, energetic (though sadly brief) set was a perfect fit for the audience. 

    I was lucky enough to catch a word with James, backstage after his set. See what he had to say.  

Pic courtesy  RJ Forster
Next to up were San Francisco rockers and co-headliners, Night Ranger. I first saw these guys live in the US several years ago and they blew me away, so I was very excited to get to see them again. The  blinding set included Sing Me Away, Don't Tell Me You Love Me and of course Sister Christian, along with a couple of  Damn Yankees tracks. The only downside was that it was over so quickly as the band only had an hour or so onstage, at what was a busy night. The crowd certainly loved it and the band seemed overwhelmed with the reaction. I do hope they’ll return to Europe soon for a headline show or two. Just brilliant.

                             I was delighted to grab a word with the brilliant Night Ranger just before they went onstage

Closing the night was Skid Row. The venue was rammed by the time the US rockers hit the stage and the fans loved every minute. Some people had raised concerns at Sebastian Bach no longer fronting the band, but boy did ex-Dragonforce singer ZP Theart, do a mighty job. These aren’t easy songs to sing, but Theart delivered wonderfully respectful renditions of 18 And Life, Slave To The Grind, and the groove filled Monkey Business. The biggest moment of their set came at the end, as the band belted out a storming Youth Gone Wild. The majority of the audience were perhaps no longer in their younger years but that didn't matter one bit! Skid Row had the entire venue singing along which was brilliant to be part of.

Skid Row frontman, ZP Theart did a great job
A fantastic bill and a night that was truly worth the long journey down from Scotland for. Do catch the tour if you can. Superb.  

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