THE DICKIES | 21.07.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

THE DICKIES | 21.07.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

The Dickies – 21st July 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

After a scorching hot afternoon out and about I met up with some friends and set off to see punk legends The Dickies. I exited the lift into the venue and could not move any further! It was rammed, even saying excuse me to try and get behind people not even in front was no use. This is why the photos have literally one angle as I just could not get anywhere else 🙂 Which to be fair is brilliant!!

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ASHES OF IRON | DESERT STORM | KARMA TO BURN | 23.06.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

ASHES OF IRON | DESERT STORM | KARMA TO BURN | 23.06.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Ashes Of Iron, Desert Storm and Karma To Burn – 23rd June 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

A fantastic night of HUUUGE RIFFS kicking off with local heroes Ashes Of Iron with their groove-laden take on things. It’s great to see these lads getting better and better every time. Heavier vibe next with tour guests Desert Storm who I have seen before (also with KTB oddly enough) but again they have just got better and stronger.

Finally, Karma To Burn absolute legends in the genre I love this band and have seen many times and I am never disappointed. Any band that just have numbers for song titles of predominantly instrumental riffs that just build and build are getting thumbs up every time from me! The trio just connect on stage and you can’t help but be drawn into the hypnotic

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BULLY | 24.05.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

BULLY | 24.05.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Bully – 24th May 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Storming set in the Tank, another in the ever increasing and encouraging list of bands to watch and get excited about!

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BUCKCHERRY | 15.06.18 | Newcastle Riverside

BUCKCHERRY | 15.06.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Buckcherry – 15th June 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Photos

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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GHOSTFACE KILLAH AND KILLAH PRIEST | 11.06.18 | Newcastle Riverside

GHOSTFACE KILLAH AND KILLAH PRIEST | 11.06.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest – 11th June 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Hip-hop royalty hit the Toon with what will be in a lot of peoples top gigs of the year. There was a slight bit of anxiousness beforehand as a previous nights gig was cut very short with Ghostface walking off stage and the Wu-Tang show at the O2 had been hit and miss with a lot of folks. However, all fears were quelled once the duo took the stage and ripped through a set of classic tunes and not just Ghostface / Priest solo stuff either there were all manner of Wu-Tang classics in there for everyone to throw up their “W’s” to lots of happy hip-hop heads in the house that night !!

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MAVIS STAPLES | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

MAVIS STAPLES | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Mavis Staples – 13th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

During the first three songs, I had to stop taking photos and stand and just take in the fact I was in front of the legendary Mavis Staples and she was belting out Slippery People by Talking Heads as though it was her own and to be fair she smashed it! This was a night to savour and whilst the set did feature new songs from the latest album you still felt like you were totally familiar and at home with them all. I have to say I most impressed with how strong her voice still is. You expect a little wavering but nope not this lady she just hit everything spot on and effortlessly! Big shout to the band and backing singers too who were just brilliant.

After Take It Back Mavis explained that the song had been written for her by Benjamin Booker who had opened up the night earlier the mention of Ben’s name raised a large cheer Mavis then jammed the chorus of Bens’ Witness track which she guests on the album not realising Booker was side stage raising an even larger cheer she got Ben up and played the full track with her band just nailing it!

If You’re Ready, I’ll Take You There, Freedom Highway, talks of protest marches, Dr King, family, The Staples Singers etc gave the night a very very special feeling indeed! “A lot of love in the room” is often an overused phrase but not tonight! Love was most definitely in the air.

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BENJAMIN BOOKER | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

BENJAMIN BOOKER | 13.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Benjamin Booker – 13th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Benjamin was here opening for legend Mavis Staples on a few dates and certainly did not disappoint! Unlike the last time he was here, this is not a full band affair it’s just Benjamin and guitarist Sam Cohen (who also produced Benjamins’ last album Witness) but the power of the songs from his two albums was not lost.

He has such a sweet soft soulful voice yet standing far back from the mic it still fills the room with ease and by the time he airs title track Witness the crowd are totally on board. I loved the stripped back versions of the songs and seeing Benjamin so obviously buzzing being on the bill with Mavis Staples but hoping he comes back for a headliner spot soon.

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LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL | 02.07.18 | Whitley Bay Playhouse

LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL | 02.07.18 | Whitley Bay Playhouse

Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul – 2nd July 2018 – Whitley Bay Playhouse – Review and photos

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

On entering the auditorium the first thing you see is that the big red curtains are drawn across the stage and you immediately get the feeling you’re at a big “SHOW”. However, as the curtains part and the band kick off with Arthur Conley’s Sweet Soul Music the soldout crowd are all up on their feet clapping singing and dancing their collective butts off!! This is Steven’s second visit to the North East in less than a year having played at the O2 in November 2017, but it wasn’t just the same set. Tonight though was the opening night of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival and what a great way to start it!

Little Stevie brings a huge 15 piece band on stage, with full brass, percussion, backing singers, keyboards the works brought the feel of an Apollo Theatre night out to our little seaside town! Etta James, Gary US Bonds, Southside Johnny, James Brown, Jimmy Barnes numbers all get the Van Zandt treatment alongside his own Disciples Of Souls work mainly taken from the debut Men Without Women.

Two and a half hours they played with no break for the encore just ploughed straight through. To be fair he’s used to that playing with Springsteen but even so the set never lost momentum and kept everyone’s attention

Steven had been in Newcastle the day before and went to The Tyne bar to see The King Bees, who he not only dedicated the Animals Club A Go Go to but also invited them to the show as guests and this is what stands out about Steve Van Zandt to me, it’s not the trademark bandana and coat or the Sopranos or Lillyhammer it’s his genuine love of keeping music alive whether through gigs like this or his radio show he just wants people to discover great tunes

A mention has to be given to the organisation Teachrock which he is championing too, whereby he is inviting teachers to come along to a seminar in the afternoon and then allowing them free tickets to the show where available as an appreciation of those who try to educate others.

Under The Gun, Princess of Little Italy and closer Out of the Darkness were personal favourites of mine but to be honest the whole show was a highlight start to finish!!!

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TY SEGALL | 08.06.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

TY SEGALL | 08.06.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Ty Segall and the Freedom Band – 8th June 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – Photos

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

A fantastic night of fuzzed out garage rock n roll at a packed out Boiler Shop!

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ARCITE | 16.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

ARCITE | 16.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Arcite – 16th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – The final gig

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Two things;

  1. This is probably the biggest gallery I have posted on here but point 2 will kinda explain why…
  2. Apologies to the Arcite boys for the length of time in getting these done, this was for a couple of reasons the first being; at first look i thought I had taken a load of dogs**t pics as they were very very dark. The second reason was as I took further looks I started liking some of the images as although not the best crispest quality of photo I thought they started to resemble the feel of that last gig so I have made this gallery bigger than usual as it ended up I had more photos I liked than I thought I ever would have!!

Right ..on to the gig. Perceptions & The NX were absolutely perfect openers tonight Both bringing their own brutal style of metal to the party

I have watched Arcite for many years now both supporting and headlining, so it was a sad day when I read the announcement of this final gig.They rightly come ou t to a very receptive crowd of friends and fans alike and they absolutely tear it up on every song . Kev leaning out over the crowd with his trademark mic in hand Scott and Martin trading riffs and solos and Matthew and Brian pummelling out the drums and bass keeping the tunes going.

Tonight is about saying goodbye though and the guys are doing it in style and with massive smiles on their faces even though it must be an emotional task.

They tip their hats to past members and collaborators bringing on guests Gary and Carl who filled in on bass for Brian while ill and original guitarist Newton steps up too to play a song or two. Laura Henderson shares the vocal at one point with Kev. It’s all just a big metal leaving party atmosphere rounded off with the NX lads firing off unexpected confetti cannons during the last song from the side of the stage.

With the crowd all singing the refrain from The Escape Key well after it had finished it was over… literally!! The guys can be proud of what they released, played and achieved and I am sure they all have things they will be bringing to the city in various guises very soon

In the meantime though bang the CD on have a flick through these photos and hopefully they’ll remind of a great night…

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