Skid Row – 7th March 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

BANG! Slave To The Grind. Sweet Little Sister. Piece Of Me! Skid Row know how to grab your attention, kicking off their set in style! They’re definitely out to shake you by the scruff of the neck!

With the exception of a Ramones cover (Psycho Therapy) and We Are The Damned the rest of the night is taken from their first two albums Skid Row and Slave To The Grind. Rachel Bolan is still one of THE coolest bassists on the planet and Snake Sabo and Scotti Hill are still wrenching notes out of their guitars that really shouldn’t exist! The crowd take on most of the singing for 18 And Life and I Remember You and I swear I saw a lighter held aloft during the latter.

Skid Row - 7th March 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
Skid Row – 7th March 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

ZP Theart is a great frontman and gives his all throughout. Now I’m not a “No X = No Y” person when it comes to line up changes but I was never a Dragonforce fan to begin with, so was on a hiding to nothing going along tonight knowing his style of vocal wasn’t something to my taste BUT I’m not the one that matters it’s the 6-700 others in the room arms raised and cheering who count. I don’t want that to be seen as a negative comment as I could see the crowd were loving it and he was great, just not to my personal taste.

The bombastic Youth Gone Wild brought the night to a close and despite the niggles I had I really did enjoy the night overall. It’s still great just to see the music being played.

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