LIVING COLOUR – October 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Living Colour – 7th October 2017 – Riverside Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

It’s been 24 years since Living Colour last played Newcastle. A few feathers were ruffled when their co-headline tour with Glenn Hughes was cancelled, as it felt like we had seen the last of them. Thankfully, the release of their new album ‘Shade’ has brought them back over for a tour which has taken in more cities than the usual London, Manchester and Glasgow ‘UK tours’. Tonight saw them back in Toon for the last night of the tour!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

The band looks relaxed taking the stage and the outfit Corey was wearing could easily spark an online argument about its colours the way it seemingly changed in the light!!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Kicking off with Robert Johnsons ‘Preaching Blues’ the guys kinda lulled us into a sense of false security then kicked it up with ‘Wall’ (from the ‘Stain’ album) and a double blue whammy of ‘Middle Man’ and ‘Desperate People’ from the debut ‘Vivid’. New album is represented with a middle set segment of ‘Who Shot Ya/Come on/Who’s That’.

F.O.X Corey’s voice is incredible and you get to hear it’s full strength when during a technical hitch he just goes into a solo rendition of ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ which had the hairs on everyone’s arms standing to attention! A friend said it was like something he’d expect to have seen on footage of the greats at the Apollo in its heyday and I have to admit he wasn’t wrong.

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Vernon, Doug and Will all have their spotlight moments too which in my opinion are a little unnecessary as we know just how good they are already BUT it’s still nice to see I guess! It’s the strength of their genre splitting songs that have always excited me though from the soulful ‘Love Rears It’s Ugly Head’, and the caustic ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ to the social commentary of ‘Open Letter To A Landlord’; Living Colour have never been scared to speak their minds and along with Fishbone they are one the most important bands of the era that expanded my (already eclectic) musical taste.

As always set closer ‘Cult Of Personality’ raises the roof and the band looks genuinely over the moon with the reception they have had, here’s hoping it won’t take as long to return or we will all be needing pass outs from nursing homes to attend!!

Living Colour - 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – 7th October 2017, Riverside Newcastle

Living Colour – PHOTO GALLERY

Click a thumbnail to browse the image gallery


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

Advertisements

MR BIG – November 2017 – Northumbria Uni – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Mr Big – 17th November 2017 – Northumbria University

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Of course, there were bass and guitar solos. Of course, the drills were out (first song in fact!). The hit ballads separated the set nicely and the band were all on top form.

Mr Big - 17th November 2017 - Northumbria University Institute

Mr Big – 17th November 2017 – Northumbria University Institute

However, for me, what made this show was the bands love and support for their original drummer Pat Torpey who is suffering from Parkinson’s. Not just a toast, or a raised fist salute either. These guys have Pat out with them, doing what he loves best; performing. Next to the full kit there’s a smaller one set-up for Pat, who comes out after the first few songs where he can play tambourine, toms, etc.

It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, but it shows just how much these guys think of their friend. It’s stuff like that that makes them a Super Group! Erics’ voice is still a force to be reckoned with. No one can doubt that Sheehan and Gilbert are masters of their instruments, but watching them gel as pals and having fun was the thing I really loved during tonights’ set.

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – REVIEW and PHOTO GALLERY

THE TUBES – Newcastle Boiler Shop, 9th November 2017

There’s a lot of love in the room tonight flowing both to and from the band. The Tubes frontman; Fee Waybill is beaming and thanking the audience and a friend of mine who worked for the band for many years and is still good friends with them turned to me and said; ” Fee doesn’t do bullshit very well. That happiness and gratitude is genuine!”

THE TUBES - November 2017 - Newcastle Boiler Shop

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

The band have been around since the early 70’s delighting audiences with their theatrical Rock ‘n’ Roll show. They are over on a kind of double tour taking in some headline shows then off out with old friend Alice Cooper opening up alongside the Mission on an arena tour.

For nearly 2 hours the band bang out the tunes that they have crafted for over 40 years with almost no gap between them even when Fee is changing costume /character the guys play introductions and instrumentals in their matching white boiler suits.

THE TUBES - November 2017 - Newcastle Boiler Shop

THE TUBES – November 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

All of Fees’ personas are out tonight TV King, Mr Hate, Mondo Bondage, Golden Boy, Game Show Host for What Do You Want From Life. We are treated to a Beatles and Beefheart cover too along with the contractually obligated ballad (Fees’ words ). But of course its the larger than life glam rocker Quay Lewd who steals the limelight in his 13″ heels and spandex closing the set with the anthem ‘White Punks On Dope’. A quick change and an encore of singles ‘Talk To Ya Later’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’ leave the crowd on a high, smiling faces throughout the venue. Not content with that, the band then tell everyone they’ll meet them at the merch stand for chats and beers. True to their word, as I left 20 minutes later they were still meeting and greeting everyone who wanted to!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

LIFE OF AGONY – September 2017 – Northumbria University – REVIEW and GALLERY

Life Of Agony, 19th September 2017,  Northumbria University

It’s safe to say a lot of the Newcastle alt-rock rock/hardcore scene missed out on one of the best gigs they could have seen tonight!! However for those that bothered their arses and came it was an intense, intimate show that will be remembered for a long time!

LIFE OF AGONY - September 2017 - Northumbria University

LIFE OF AGONY – September 2017 – Northumbria University

It’s the first time LOA have played in Newcastle, which is odd considering how long they’ve been going but hey they got here. They come out and blast straight into ‘River Runs Red’ then ‘This Time’ showing the songs still stand today.

In fact that debut album features heavily in the set with six songs from it and the rest of the back catalogue spread out around them (‘Weeds’, ‘Love to Let You Down’, ‘Lost at 22’and more).

Once the band came to terms with the small attendance they seemed to kick it up a gear and just have a blast. Mina Caputo sang the majority of the set from the security barrier right into the faces of the first couple of rows. Her voice was as powerful and emotive as it ever has been and the Joey Alan and Sal just absolutely tore up the stage behind her. I could go on at length about how great this was but it would make too many people sad that missed out and it’s kinda nice to keep this one “our little secret ” for those that made the effort.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.

 


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

REEL BIG FISH, ANTI FLAG and MAD CADDIES – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies October 2017, Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Fireball Whiskey have the right idea with these yearly package tours. Send out four touring bands of a similar fan base add a local band to the bill and cap the ticket price to a tenner and BOOM pretty much packed out show and value for money even with shorter sets than you’d get seeing fewer bands!! Add to the mix reps dishing out Fireball samples and a DJ playing massive ska/pop-punk anthems and you have a crowd thinking its actually a Saturday on a midweek night. I have to say I sadly missed the first two bands even though the night was actually running late when I got there BUT the place was already jumping and folk seemed oblivious to the time problems.

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies - Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 - Newcastle

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle

Mad Caddies took to the stage with a set of ska and reggae-tinged tunes creating a very cool vibe! The band have been going for ages so a short set was always going to have miss out some favourites but with the time they were given they made a great job of the situation!

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies - Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 - Newcastle

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle

The tempo is taken up a notch and a half next with Anti Flag using the full stage to run, spin and jump all over the place whilst belting out their political punk rock to a very enthusiastic crowd. Again due to time constraints and the night running late Anti Flag’s set was shorter than expected BUT the managed to get their message across as well as getting a huge circle pit going and having a couple of tunes with the Reel Big Fish brass section! By the time Reel Big Fish were due to take the stage the reps were free pouring Fireball into the mouths of the front row faithful and the party atmosphere was well underway!

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies - Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 - Newcastle

Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies – Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 – Newcastle

Reel Big Fish have been the party band of the ska punk scene for years and tonight was no exception, alongside the expected hits of Beer, I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend their versions of Journey/Van Halen/Nirvana/Bosstones/Lit and of course, Aha just kept the party going. It was a shame about the lateness cutting the sets BUT for a £10 ticket, you really couldn’t complain. See you all again at next years for more of the same!

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

American Head Charge – September 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

American Head Charge September 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

AHC are back in brutal style giving the Toon crowd plenty to mosh about to! An eleven year gap between albums could have deterred some punters but not this lot, diehard fans are here in force!!

Good to see that the band are not afraid to throw in the classics early in the set. ‘A Violent Reaction’ was the second song in the set causing quite the reaction!

Circle pits stage diving guitarists bullwhips and all by the 3rd song a hot loud sweaty night was had by all!!

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.

 


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

Nothing But Thieves – April 2017 – Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop – PHOTO FEATURE

Nothing But Thieves – April 2017 – Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

One of the biggest and most ambitious projects in Newcastle Hit The North was spread out across the city at 15 venues showcasing approx 120 bands. I managed 4 venues over the night and here are some of the photos of the fantastic Nothing But Thieves. Another band I have watched go from Think Tank to Riv and more and just get better every time!

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

THE HUNNA – April 2017 – Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop – PHOTO FEATURE

The Hunna April 2017, Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Another fast growing band selling out bigger and bigger venues up and down the UK. The first time I saw these I was instantly impressed by the fact they had no record out yet but the kids in the crowd knew every word they sang and weren’t shy about screaming them! Tonight they were on before Nothing But Thieves but that didn’t stop them playing like arena headliners.

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

CHEAP TRICK – June 2017 – Manchester Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Cheap Trick – 28th June 2017 – Manchester Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Cheap Trick are a band I have loved for decades and seen a few times and they never cease to amaze me with their dedication! For example, they played three shows in the UK and performed about seventy-five songs over the three gigs BUT only repeated 5 songs across them! Now that is some serious rehearsing!

I was totally buzzing, having only confirmed the pass a day or so before the gig and was worried that nerves may get the better of me and I might just stand there and sing at Rick Neilson when they came on! Well, that kinda happened I definitely sang my head off but remembered to take some photos 🙂

Cheap Trick - June 2017 - Manchester Academy

Cheap Trick – June 2017 – Manchester Academy

Instead of the usual “Hello there” they opened with ‘Just Got Back’ one of my favourites so I was already off to a good start as I wasn’t sure what set we would get! But belter after belter had my grin fixed for the full set.

There were a couple from the new album but that’s okay as it’s a great album. The expected ‘I Want You To Want Me’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Dream Police’ were all in there along with a Velvet Underground cover loads of album tracks and my particular high light Stop This Game. Robin Zander still looks and sounds fantastic (tonight in the white Dream Police outfit) and Rick Neilson still keeps plectrum manufacturers in business trying to make sure almost everyone at the gig gets one!!!! Tom Peterson is still that cool as owt bass player but with Daxx (Ricks son) on drums these days they are as great a rhythm section as they have ever been. Looked like Rick found it funny me singing in the pit too 🙂 So much fun to photograph!

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – July 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena – PHOTO FEATURE

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – July 2017 – Newcastle Arena

Circle pits, crowd surfing, ten songs spanning five albums… hang on… only ten songs?! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Frank was actually supporting Blink 182 tonight. That didn’t stop him nor the band coming out and giving it 110% though and the arena crowd loved it getting them properly warmed up for Blink.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view full screen.


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image