LIVING COLOUR | 24.07.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

LIVING COLOUR | 24.07.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Living Colour – 24th July 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

1989 saw the release of Vivid the debut album from Living Colour. At that point 20+ year old me thought that he’d never hear as big a game-changing album as Van Halen 1 as that had turned rock guitar on its head and spawned a million finger tapping Eddie clones worldwide. However, that day when I took Vivid out of its cover I was absolutely floored the way this four-piece managed to mash up so many styles in one single album sometimes in just one song! I was once again excited by new music. Fast forward 30 years and the band are back in Newcastle for their second visit in two years to celebrate the three decades of this landmark!

Opening up though they chose a track from Stain their third album which was the first to feature the bass playing of Doug Wimbish (Sugar Hill Gang, Tackhead, on u sound and more) Ignorance Is Bliss is as fresh now as it was then and from the off both band and crowd are up for it!!!

Corey Glover then announces that for this celebration they are going to play the Vivid album in full in order much to everyone’s delight and without any further ado Vernon Reid cranks Out that all familiar riff of Cult Of Personality. It’s weird at first hearing this ( arguably their most famous song ) so early in the set as it’s normally the big set closer or encore but as it is side one track one they weren’t holding this one back! Corey’s voice is just incredible he can go from raw punk emotion to sweet soul in a heartbeat and shows no sign of weakening, in fact, it feels like it’s stronger than ever at the minute !! If you know the album you know the majority of the rest of the set, Middle Man still as huge a song as always, the light pop funk-rock of I Wanna Know and their take on Talking Heads Memories Can Wait highlight the bands genre-defying releases but as always it’s that anthem Open Letter To A Landlord that for me stands head and shoulders above many many bands attempts at writing powerful songs ! Corey holds the crowd spellbound as he sings those first few lines before they explode into the body of the song “you sent flowers to the family but your sympathy’s a lie” is still such a hard-hitting lyric aimed at those in power and their reaction to tragic events it gets me every time!!

They take the album through Broken Hearts & Glamour Boys to its frantic closer Which Way To America via the funktastic What’s Your Favourite Colour but we ain’t done yet

We head back to the Times Up album for a beautiful Love Rears It’s Ugly Head once again showcasing Corey’s vocal before smashing out a glorious Elvis Is Dead and Type (with a little snippet of Hound Dog in between) which has Will Calhoun absolutely beating the crap out of his drum kit proving throughout the night what a fantastic player he is!

No solo spots for anyone tonight just the songs in all their glory mixing punk rock rap soul-jazz hip hop funk in one big pot with no fear. Here’s to the next time gents!

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KISS | 14.07.2019 | Newcastle Arena | REVIEW and PHOTOS

KISS | 14.07.2019 | Newcastle Arena | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Kiss – 14th July 2019 – Newcastle Arena

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

“Aaaalllll Riggghhhht Nooocastle, You Wanted The Best …You Got The Best …The Hottest Band In The World … KISS!” And with that, all familiar announcement and a deafening barrage of pyro, the curtain drops and the Newcastle junction of The End Of The Road Tour is underway !!

The band that set the stage show bar high from their inception pulled out all the stops making sure that this final fling was going to be something that will be remembered for a long long time
The all familiar Detroit Rock City gets us underway with the band coming down from the rafters on platforms to the deafening roar of the Geordie Kiss Army. Of course, there’s flames, fireworks, lasers, more flames (so so hot at the front!!!) and jump out of your skin flash bombs in that opener than most bands could fit into a full tour and they weren’t done by a long way !!!
An absolute hit-filled set taken from 13 of their albums ( mostly KISS & Destroyer ) with the likes of the classic Shout It Out Loud, Calling Dr Love, later releases Say Yeah and Psycho Circus all held together by the master of frontmen Paul Stanley standing tall in those heels with every single member of that audience in the palm of his hand !! .

There are families here that have grown up on KISS music and many have brought their kids to see their first gig and what a way to start! It’s an absolute joy just looking around and seeing all ages here and so many of them “dressed to kill” for the occasion

Every song is a show stopper whether it’s Tommy firing rockets from his guitar during Cold Gin or Genes Fire Breathing And Blood spilling from the rafters there is simply something to make you go WOW with every note.

But unlike a lot of other stage shows this doesn’t detract from the songs Let Me Go Rock N Roll, Deuce, Lick it Up still get the crowd singing their hearts out every word! And the band themselves are absolutely on top form !! In fact quite possibly the best I’ve seen them in a very long time.

Paul Stanley still has all the moves and puts a lot of younger lads, me included, to shame with his onstage antics culminating in an arena length zip wire trip to the sound desk to belt out Love Gun and I Was Made For Loving You to the delight of those who had only seen him close up on the giant screens till then !!

It’s gonna be weird if this is definitely the end of the road as KISS have been a mainstay in the rock world and seen off so many naysayers especially here in the UK where they went from arenas and ice rinks, back to city halls ( mentioned numerous times tonight) then to festivals and arenas again ! So many bands exist solely because KISS caught their imagination I was once at a festival they were playing and every single band on the bill, and I’m talking big metal bands, were like giddy kids cos they were on the bill with KISS it was just crazy!!

The first encore is the only ballad of the night with Eric at the piano for Beth and there’s still something to be said for hearing thousands of voices singing along and lighting the place up with their phones

The night comes to a spectacular close with the anthem Rock N Roll All Night and the confetti cannon spewing out so much of the stuff I actually thought it was possibly broken, couldn’t see the stage through the blizzard of it at one point !!! And with that it’s done KISS LOVES YOU NEWCASTLE beams down from the screen and folk are still standing soaking in what they can of the last KISS show many of them may see.

A lot of my friends had spoken pre-gig of how they expected tears but to be honest they put on such an absolutely fantastic farewell all there were huge smiles everywhere I looked
I can honestly say if that turns out to be the last big show I photograph and write my thoughts on I can’t really complain Gene, Paul, Tommy, Eric, KISS, thank you in all your incarnations!!!

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND | JARROD DICKENSON | 17.07.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND | JARROD DICKENSON | 17.07.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jarrod Dickenson – 17th July 2019 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

The Boiler Shop continues it’s now established a reputation for attracting stunning artists to the region. I can’t honestly say I’d ever expected to see thee Kenny Wayne Shepherd in Newcastle. This was one of those must-see shows! Judging by the sell-out (or very very close to a sell out) I am not alone in grabbing this opportunity by the bullhorns!

Jarrod Dickenson – 17th July 2019 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

It’s an early show and the heavy summer rain ensure that everyone is sheltering in the venue enjoying a pint when support act Jarrod Dickenson and his wife Claire take to the stage for a rather humble and delightfully slow-paced set. Offering a sublime Americana, folk-tinged blues proving a perfect mellow start to the evening.

Kenny Wayne Shepard Band – 17th Jily 2019 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is enough to draw in a crowd tonight but this is not just a Kenny show. He’s assembled a rather stunning lineup of musicians. In fact, it becomes quite a who is who of the blues-rock world! I’ll not go into the boring details but if you’re reading this I am sure you know who these chaps are and just how incredible a lineup it is.

They deliver a diverse range of songs, taking to the stage with a Women Like You, through to Turn to Stone. The evening seems to whizz by in the blink of an eye as they take to the stage for the encore. It’s a relatively short and succinct set, perhaps perfectly timed some might say. I was certainly left wanting more, although some of these types of shows can prove a marathon-esque task to get through. Not tonight, it’s a fast-paced pow-wow of a masterclass. Voodoo Chile ensures the guitar nerds get their fill of stunning playing with this massive and jaw-dropping version of the classic Hendrix song.

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FRANK TURNER | THE WILDHEARTS | 13.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

FRANK TURNER | THE WILDHEARTS | 13.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls | The Wildhearts | Holy Moly and The Crackers | Beans on Toast – 13th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

Review by Lee Hammond and photos by Graeme J Baty

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls – 12th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

The second day of Wasteland festival had also been moved at short notice, tonight though the venue feels significantly cooler than last nights sweat box. Arriving in time for local band Holy Moly and The Crackers, they set about starting the party as early as possible. A fun packed set as they entertain this exuberant early crowd with their own brand of folk punk. Bounding round the stage in enthusiastic fashion it sets a huge precedent for everyone who is to follow them.

From a local band of reprobates to a lone man, Beans On Toast slopes on to the stage to an excited reception. Straight into tearing a strip off Donald and Boris it’s clear Beans On Toast is in the mood for a party, he rattles off a plethora of his better known tracks including the chant-along MDMAmazing, which never fails to induce a brilliant reaction. He then offers it out to the audience to request tracks, only to find most of those they’re after he can’t play.

It provides a fun end to a brilliant set, completely different to those that went before him, yet still no less compelling. There is no set style or genre tonight as next up are local legends The Wildhearts, personally requested by Frank Turner to play a special hometown show tonight. They’re a band who waste very little time in chatting, instead it’s heads down for this short set as they crank out riff after riff and hit after hit.

It’s a jam packed set, early on the brilliant Everlone has a multitude of heads nodding along in unison. With the likes of Suckerpunch quickly following after, new track Let ‘Em Go sees Frank Turner hopping on stage and bounding around in suitably ecstatic fashion as he helps out with this track. They power through to the end of this insatiable set, you’d be forgiven for assuming they were tonight’s headliners with a set as tight as this.

As the lights dim for the final time at this years Wasteland festival, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls file out on to the stage and immediately take the roof off with an astounding rendition of Get Better. It kick starts a hit filled set in which you can barely hear Frank and his band as Long Live The Queen, Photosynthesis, Polaroid Picture, Plain Sailing Weather all invoke massive sing-alongs.

There are few artists that can control a crowd in the way Frank Turner does, tonight he is on top form. Creating a circle pit, inciting deafening chants filled with heartfelt passion, for a moment it brings about that ecstatic feeling that takes you away from everything else. The odd track from Be More Kind softening the tone ever so slightly but he soon picks the pace back up.

The end of his set is an exceptional run through some of his most angst filled work, The Next Storm, Try This At Home, Recovery, I Still Believe and finally the ever brilliant Four Simple Words. It’s insane from start to finish this crowd moving as one, bouncing up and down to every beat. All lead in song by Frank, it is truly a sight to behold as we leave hoarse wishing it wasn’t over. Once again Frank Turner proving why he is one of the finest live acts in the country if not the world.

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JACK SAVORETTI | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 12.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

JACK SAVORETTI | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 12.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Jack Savoretti | The Wandering Hearts – 12th July 2019 – Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)


Rain was forecast for the evening on the second night of Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Tynemouth but it tried so hard to stay away and it did for the opening act of the night, The Wandering Hearts.

This trio of Tara, Chess and AJ got the party started with the upbeat Fire And Water and then showed Tynemouth what they could really do with their harmonies with Heartbreak Hotel and then stripping it back a little with Wish I Could. They brought everything with their first three songs whereas with most gigs it’s generally one way or the other for two of the first three songs if not all three before changing the vibe. But with The Wandering Hearts there is something special and to start your night with them and their backing band you could not have asked for a better way to see in the weekend.

There were quite a few in the crowd purely there for The Wandering Hearts with added bonus of headliner Jack Savoretti and with the majority doing it the other way round so to hear many be blown away by a support act is quite something. In fact they got genuine boo’s when they introduced their final song Devil and a little chant of ‘we want more’ started. I have seen the majority of live shows The Wandering Hearts have performed in Tyneside since they started to carve a name for themselves so to see their fan base grow and to hear first timers in awe of them as soon as they sing their first note genuinely puts a smile on my face so I can only imagine how they feel when they see it happening before their own eyes.

What also is great to see is that although they are vocal-harmony led, they sure are getting to move on stage that bit more too and with each performance, I have seen they are growing more in their vocals and personalities and keeping their feet on the ground. There is a genuine admiration for anyone who crosses the path of The Wandering Hearts and a truly great compliment for Jack Savoretti to have them open for him on these special dates that have seen him play in the woods to the remains of a castle by the North Sea in Tynemouth.

Jack Savoretti is the headliner this evening and it seemed nature knew what his setlist was as the clouds become darker and the orchestral feel to the opening of Candlelight begins sets the perfect mood, as the crowd roar when they see him step onto the stage. Atmospheric is the word, especially when the heavens finally do open for I Will Follow You. And a huge credit to the staff at the festival walking around giving punters ponchos, however with or without the ponchos everyone was lost in the magic of the music and dancing and singing with the rain. Yes, with and not in! There is definitely something euphoric about letting nature and the music wash all over us and Jack feels this as he tells the crowd he’s never seen so many smiling faces in the rain and that they are warriors for doing so.

“We’ve been travelling a lot…up on stage with me tonight I have a man from Brazil, a man Spain, a man from Scotland and a man from Denmark….and one thing we have in common is that there is a lot more to us than the languages we speak, the flags we wave, the football teams we support, the lives we just happen to be born into,” is the message he brings to the crowd as he goes into the upbeat Tie Me Down.

Jack Savoretti, like The Wandering Hearts, brought everything to the table through the power of music. The people were dancing and the drinks were flowing and people of all ages and races were joining in together. What a special evening and a special message he gave us. To make it more special he takes to the stage with a solo spotlight for the encore to sing, Singing To Strangers, before the rest of the band rejoin him with The Wandering Hearts lending extra harmonies to Going Home and on that note we did go home, or to the pub, and with our musical hearts beating.

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BLOC PARTY | CIRCA WAVES | MYSTERY JETS | 12.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

BLOC PARTY | CIRCA WAVES | MYSTERY JETS | 12.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Bloc Party | Circa Waves | Mystery Jets – 12th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

Review by Lee Hammond and photos by Graeme J Baty

Bloc Party – 12th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

After moving venue at the last minute, the show must go on and tonight the O2 Academy Newcastle throws its doors open to a horde of people expecting the best in nostalgic mid noughties indie. Opening the show The Mystery Jets kick things off to a lively start, their excitable style mixed with infectious choruses has everyone up and dancing. Their set mainly filled with newer tracks but the appearance of Young Love is a welcome addition to this short set.

Continuing on a theme of insatiable groove ridden choruses and spritely Indie Rock, Circa Waves hit the stage next. The relatively young band sandwiched between two stalwarts of the indie scene, they put on an excitable set. They appear to be as excited as everyone else, it’s not long before they have the ever-swelling crowd in full verse. Frontman Kieran is quick to get everyone clapping and singing as best as he can.

The likes of Fossils and Stuck in my Teeth are instant highlights in this energetic set, but they save the best until last. Finishing off in style with a riotous rendition of T-Shirt Weather, which has this entire crowd in song. An impressive way to finish any set, as they set this now packed out crowd up for Bloc Party.

As the lights dim, the band make their way on to the stage to a rapturous reception from this packed crowd. The heat inside the venue is soaring as outside the rain continues to pour (I bet you’re glad it’s been moved inside now). Opening with Compliments, the band have opted for a different take on playing their debut album in full, where most bands would play from start to finish.

Bloc Party decide to play from the end through to the beginning, it’s a slow build as the first few tracks lack the energy of the hits that otherwise litter the album. However, they hit their stride during This Modern Love and from there they’re firing on all cylinders. Hit after hit follows, you really cannot fault Bloc Party on this occasion, Blue Light, Banquet, Helicopter, Like Eating Glass everything sounds exceptional.

There is the obvious miss of the fact that this isn’t the original lineup but that matters less and less as Kele’s signature style permeates throughout the venue. Leaving the stage after the main event they return for a few tracks mainly those from Weekend In The City, all of which are welcome additions to this blistering set. Hunting For Witches and The Prayer are obvious favourites as they cap off an incredible set in style.

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NADINE SHAH | 08.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse | REVIEW and PHOTOS

NADINE SHAH | 08.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Nadine Shah | Annabel Allum – 8th July 2019 – Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

In its 15th year, Mouth Of The Tyne festival kickstarted on the Monday before the string of nights at Tynemouth’s Priory with a headline show from North East’s own Nadine Shah. Nadine’s voice is not only deep, soulful and raw but also a voice of power and a voice to be heard especially as she mixes in old and new material including some from the Mercury nominated Holiday Destination for this night at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.

Nadine has never been shy of speaking her own mind. From the moment she is in front of the microphone you feel her words pull you in and are immediately transfixed on the messages in her music. She tells us about how Holiday Destination ‘got legs and gained momentum’ but there is still so much more to do’ and urges the audience to ‘leave the gig with positivity and charge your activism.’ Watching some of the audience members in the crowd you could see that they were taking on this message. Nadine engages her audience for every second she is on the stage with her band. She has a ‘power stance’ as she performs and sometimes sways like a heavyweight boxer ready for the fight, a bit like shall we say, floating like a butterfly and a sting of a bee, as she stares out into the audience. It’s a stare that locks you in and engage with the message she is sending out.

The performance is very honest and open throughout the evening. We get to see the other side of Nadine in her warm, down to earth and personal approach in making sure everyone has a drink and toilet break to a shout out the nurses from the NHS who are there this night. She also tells us about the cancellation of her last tour as she needed time out and she recognises many ticket holders from those dates are in the audience but there are also many faces that she does not recognise, proving that Holiday Destination, although it didn’t have the ‘Adele factor’ of reaching the masses, it was definitely getting the message out there. That is how strong music is and seeing it performed by someone with such a genuine passion for every word she sings sends out a more powerful message.

The crowd is stirred by this and in this dark room you can see the outlines of bodies standing up echoing the performer before them. Roars are loud between songs especially when she dedicates Mother Fighter to the most inspiring and bravest woman she knows, her mother, and to Raghda who spurred on the song. Nadine is pumped throughout the night and as she closes it out with Out The Way she jumps off the stage and runs through the audience to the back of the room then back down onto a speaker on the stage. You can feel the energy and it pulsates through everyone witnessing it.

The same can be said of her support Annabel Allum (unfortunately I missed opening act The Dawdler). Most of the audience are in their seats and some rush back from the bar to catch her set as she and her band take to the stage in their boiler suits not too dissimilar to how you would imagine Maverick, Goose and I guess Ice Man from Top Gun but they carry it off with confidence. I am guessing most of the audience actually have no idea who Annabel Allum is but getting to take photos from the aisle for the third number you could feel they were taken by her and the energetic deliverance of the music.
Energy, power and passion. If I had to sum up this night of music those are the three words that would do it.

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STEREOLAB | 20.06.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

STEREOLAB | 20.06.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Stereolab – 20th June 2019 – Boiler Shop

Review by Lee Hammond Photos by Gavin Wyatt

After a decade away the much loved Stereolab have finally returned, and so far on their tour they’ve wowed crowds across the UK and Europe. As they arrive in Newcastle tonight there is an excitement tinged with tension in the air, after the band had to cancel the previous two shows on the tour. However, the show tonight is still to go ahead, opening are Tomaga whose motoric beats quickly hypnotise this crowd into synchronised toe-tapping.

The duos incessant beats set the tempo for the rest of the night, the only issue being the pair seem to have one set groove and don’t deviate from that. It means that their set feels a bit flat, fortunately the same cannot be said for Stereolab who are welcomed to the stage with a rapturous reception by the packed crowd. Opening with Come and Play in the Milky Night they instantly have the crowd under their spell. Lætitia Sadier taking time out to thank the crowd in between songs as they erupt when she announces French Disko early in the bands set.

This set is packed with classic tracks and this is the first that invokes a huge sing-along from the entire crowd. These classic tracks making everyone swoon, the beautiful disco beats ringing out throughout the beautiful venue as the sun sets outside. The likes of Miss Modular and Ping Pong have similar effects on this crowd, both are tracks which prove why Stereolab have been lauded as so influential. Both tracks sound absolutely incredible tonight and have everyone dancing.

It’s rare in such a miserable and divided world to see such jubilation and excitement filling a room, but Stereolab achieve this with relative ease tonight. As their set builds to a climax the tracks become increasingly emphatic before they close out with Lo Boob Oscillator, this wonderful track caps off their set brilliantly. It’s euphoric tone enthusing the crowd the bouncing beats providing the perfect close to their set, which at times felt like a slow burn but in actual fact this was perfect as they gently ramped up the tempo to this amazing finish.

They use a similar tactic for the encore opening with The Extension Trip and closing out the night with the awesome John Cage Bubblegum. Tonight Stereolab are truly out of this world, a truly welcome return!

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EMMY THE GREAT | BISHI | 29.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

EMMY THE GREAT | BISHI | 29.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Emmy The Great | Bishi – 29th May 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

It was a night of everything from people drawing, to human keyboard stands and lyric prompters to even someone telling the audience that The Pixies were on the phone (well the ring tone was them!) but before all this we had an electrofused sitar set in the form musician Bishi donning a somewhat Morticia Adams/Cruella De Vil hairstyle. She’s got style, she’s got substance and she mesmerised us with things I never thought could be heard from a sitar.

The crowd were somewhat dumbfounded and some, once they finished telling each other about their evening meal, were under the spell of Bishi who loop pedals her vocals and commands the audience with power stances and stares which are quite a contrast for what was to come but one thing for sure, if you witness Bishi live, it is one name you won’t forget and I am imagining that maybe her own headline show will be something big and bolder than what we had on this night.

So, Emmy The Great. I was actually going to start this review with pure cheesiness by saying that yes, she is great and well, thank fook for that but what is it that makes her great?

This tour is the 10th Anniversary celebration of Emmy’s first album, First Love. In those ten years she’s had a Second Love and other releases and is celebrating coming off maternity leave from having her first child and returned to Newcastle to play the first venue she ever played in this city. The night is all about celebration and reminiscing that there are some in the crowd that mouth every word that is sung by Emmy keeping her in check. If you follow Emmy on the socials, she’s made no secret that she has been somewhat suffering baby brain. She has also stated that she doesn’t like calling her fans ‘fans’ and this is what the night feels like. She’s connecting with those friends that you don’t see for a long time and when you do you just pick it up from where you left off, even for the 2-3 people in the crowd that have never seen or heard her play.

Emmy has her setlist ready which is simply a playback of First Love. She gives us a commentary of most songs including the MIA encounter which she says should have led to a sticky on the album as “cute but offensive!” The ‘interlude’ song, Easter Parade Part 2, follows where she jokingly invites the audience to top up their drinks and even exchange sketches as one gig goer, Jim, actually sketches throughout her set. She engages the audience as much as she can throughout on a personal level leading to great short exchanges, otherwise people are just living the album like they did ten years ago with many singing along especially that one audience member, Helen,  right in her line of view nailing every word with the exception of Emmy just getting right into it and sings ‘fuck on your grave’ rather than ‘piss on your grave’ during the title track which then leads the room singing in chorus for the rest.

Closing the night she invites Gary on stage who at her show the previous night in Sheffield to take on the roll to steady her keyboard for the closing track of the night, Everything Reminds Me Of You. And as she goes to step off the stage to a thunderous roar she returns to sing the last song from the album which is City Song and then into three of the four bonus songs on the album. The album has a few extras in sound but tonight it is Emmy, her guitars, a keyboard and a roomful of ‘friends’ reminiscing the good times through heartbreak to celebrity references. It was one of the most relaxed and fun nights of music I have had and this is the first time in her 10year plus career that I got to experience the greatness of Emmy The Great live and surely it won’t be another ten until I get to do this all over again.

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GOV’T MULE | 28.05.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

GOV’T MULE | 28.05.2019 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Gov’t Mule – 28th May 2019 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Govt Mule are a jam band that features a powerhouse lineup of musicians, including the Allman Brothers’ Warren Haines on lead guitar and vocals, Matt Abts leading the groove on drums with clockwork precision, Jorgen Carlsson on bass and Danny Louis on keys.

It’s difficult to predict what you’re going to get at a Mule gig – the band are renowned for taking a potential setlist of hundreds of songs on tour with them, they’re not encumbered by having any ‘anthems’ that they’re obliged to include. What you can guarantee is an evening that includes some deep cuts, unexpected covers, and extended jams all delivered with stunning musicianship.

The band decided to kick things off in an atmospheric fashion, starting the slow slide guitar led Hammer and Nails, then into Larger than Life and Whisper in Your Soul, which all showcased the band’s masterful control of dynamics, which would be a recurring theme throughout the night. The number of extended jams and slow-burning songs may have been a bit heavy to digest for a casual listener, but the Newcastle crowd (consisting of many well-known local musicians) appreciated the talent on show.

That’s not to say that the gig was simply an exercise in musical over-indulgence, there were still plenty of ‘hookier’ songs in the set too.’ Fool’s Moon’, ‘Slackjawed Jezebel’ and a pair of songs from the band’s new album Revolution Come, Revolution Go (‘Stone Cold Rage’ and ‘Drawn that Way’) were some of the highlights of the first set.

The second set included some exceptional cover versions, ‘Don’t let Me Be Misunderstood’ featured some mesmerising instrumental sections, ‘30 Days in the Hole’ elicited the obvious cheer from the crowd for the “Newcastle Brown will sure smack you down” lyric, but the highlight of the set was a goosebump-inducing rendition of the Allman Brothers’ ‘Soulshine’.

The band closed off the night with Warren Haines giving yet another slide guitar masterclass on a couple of blues covers, leaving the stage to rapturous applause, having given every musician in the room a kick up the arse to get practicing!

Set One:

Hammer and Nails (The Staple Singers cover)
Larger Than Life
Whisper in Your Soul
Fool’s Moon
Birth of the Mule
Stone Cold Rage
Drawn That Way
Slackjaw Jezebel

Set Two:

I’ll Be Creepin’ (Free cover)
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone cover)
Mule
Soulshine (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
Broke Down on the Brazos
Tributary Jam
Time to Confess
30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie cover)
I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ray Charles cover)

Encore:

Come On in My Kitchen (Robert Johnson cover)
Gonna Send You Back to Georgia (A City Slick) (Timmy Shaw cover)

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