BROTHERS OSBORNE | LUCIE SILVAS | 27.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

BROTHERS OSBORNE | LUCIE SILVAS | 27.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Brothers Osborne and Lucie Silvas – 27th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Brothers Osborne have been on my list of bands to see for quite a while, ever since Spotify randomly served me up ‘Shoot Me Straight’ on a “Discover” playlist one day. Since then I’ve had both of their albums on near constant repeat, hooked in by the perfect mix of outlaw country-rock, vividly descriptive lyrics, TJ Osborne’s distinctive deep voice and John Osborne’s incendiary guitar playing.

Support for the evening was provided by the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas, promoting her new album E.G.O. It’s hard to pin Lucie’s style down to one particular genre and you could tell she has a wide variety of influences, her set was a mixture of pop, country and soulful blues.

Opening song ‘Kite’ had a really funky bassline and got the audience dancing, and this was followed by a stripped down piano-led ballad ‘I Want You All to Myself’ which was beautifully delivered and highlighted Lucie’s stunning voice.

Lucie mentioned that at a meet and greet earlier she’d been talking to some fans who’d recently lost someone special to them, so she delivered a breath-taking acapella verse and chorus of ‘Forget Me Not’ in their memory. I was standing close to the fans in question and I could see how much the gesture meant to them- it was a beautifully touching moment.

A surprise inclusion of the Jackson 5’s ‘Who’s Loving You’ was skillfully performed, before Lucie closed her set with the title track from her new album ‘E.G.O’ and received a very warm ovation from the crowd.

Headlining at O2 Academy for the first time, the Brothers Osborne are touring their latest album Port Saint Joe. The band were last here as support for the Cadillac Three and it seems that word had spread since their last appearance, with a sizeable crowd awaiting them in the packed out main hall.

Opening with kickass party song ‘Drank Like Hank’, Brothers Osborne were on great form. The Brothers have the rock n roll combination frontman/lead guitarist archetypes nailed down, and they front an excellent band of musicians. TJ has an understated charisma as the frontman, and his voice is deep and powerful without being domineering, while John on lead guitar always plays the perfect piece for the song, from slow tasteful blues licks to more intricate well-crafted extended solo sections.

The band kept the energy up with a storming rendition of ‘Shoot Me Straight’, the two brothers’ vocal harmonies locked in tight, and John Osborne showcased his impressive guitar playing in the first extended lead break of the night.

The setlist was perfectly balanced and showed the depth of brothers’ songwriting abilities, from soulful ballads like ‘I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)’ and ‘Pushing up Daisies’, to an awesome slide-blues jam in ‘Down Home’, to more upbeat songs about the finer (and simpler) things in life in ‘Greener Pastures’ and ‘Rum’. Their vocal harmonies shone throughout the set, especially on their Dierks Bentley collaboration ‘Burning Man’, and the whole band were impressively tight throughout. Additional credit must go to the sound engineer, as the overall mix was crystal clear and TJ’s deep, sonorous vocals cut through with clarity in a cavernous venue where that can be notoriously difficult to achieve.

There was a brief respite in the set for a short acoustic section, including ‘Tequila Again’ and a stunning rendition of ‘21 Summer’, with a cover of Steve Earle’s ‘Copperhead Road’ included for good measure. A personal highlight of the evening was an epic delivery of ‘Stay a Little Longer’, which started as a beautiful country pop tune that finally building into a massive rock instrumental crescendo in which John’s exquisite guitar playing took centre stage.

The main set was rounded off with ‘It Ain’t My Fault’, complete with an extended jam in the mid-section which gave the rest of the band a chance to show what they could do too, plus some more impressive guitar playing from John. The band left the stage but the audience weren’t satisfied to let the evening end there, singing the main riff from ‘It Ain’t My Fault’ loudly until the brothers returned for a 5 song encore, in which Lucie Silvas joined the brothers on stage to duet on a beautiful rendition of ‘Lovin’ Me Back’.

The audience were given one final opportunity to lose their voices with a cover of John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ brought to a close probably the most impressive gig I’ve seen in 2018 in terms of overall atmosphere and performance (no mean feat in a year that has included Steve Earle, Blackberry Smoke, Iron Maiden, plus my all-time personal favourites The Wildhearts and Volbeat).

Note: At the time of writing it has just been announced that Port Saint Joe has been nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy, further proof that this is a band that’s on their way to greater heights!

Setlist:

  1. Drank Like Hank
  2. Shoot Me Straight
  3. I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)
  4. Weed, Whiskey And Willie
  5. Greener Pastures
  6. Down Home
  7. Rum
  8. Burning Man
  9. Tequila Again (acoustic)
  10. 21 Summer  (acoustic)
  11. Copperhead Road (Steve Earle cover)
  12. Stay A Little Longer
  13. It Ain’t My Fault
  14. Pushing up Daisies
  15. Pawn Shop
  16. Lovin’ Me Back (with Lucie Silvas)
  17. A Couple Wrongs Makin’ It Alright
  18. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver cover)

PHOTO GALLERY

Click on an image to view a fullscreen slideshow

Images Copyright Kevin Burdon Photography. For permission to use these images please contact Kevin.


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image
TYGERS OF PAN TANG | 15.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

TYGERS OF PAN TANG | 15.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Tygers of Pan Tang – 15th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Great to see the Tygers on home ground (ok Whitley Bay is a few miles down the road but you know what I mean!) opening up for The Dead Daisies at the Academy. A pure slice of hard rock, an absolute spot on choice to get the crowd ready.

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow

 


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact G’s Gig Shots


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

THE JAPANESE HOUSE | ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND | 19.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE JAPANESE HOUSE | ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND | 19.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Japanese House and Art School Girlfriend – 19th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Amber Bain headlined Newcastle O2 Academy to a very excitable crowd. I was one of those excitable ones as there is just something about the production that Bain puts into her project The Japanese House that when I listen to her music, it’s like riding an emotional rollercoaster. I have seen her perform live once prior to this date and watching her is almost trance-like, well for me at least, as a lot of the crowd gathered at the front are in a different kind of state that makes them scream and wanting to reach out and touch Amber. I guess that could also be considered trance-like but as I said, an emotional rollercoaster, it definitely is!

Art School Girlfriend

My excitement hit another high before walking into the venue. I somehow missed the memo that a fairly new act going by the name of Art School Girlfriend was the support act of this tour. ASG has a similar vibe to TJH but maybe more so on the ‘chill vibe.’ I first saw ASG at The Great Escape earlier in the year and people were lucky to get in to see her. She was high on the list of ‘ones to watch.’ She also headlined her own tour a few months prior to this support slot. Both times, she was with a full band. However, on this tour, she’s flying solo and was just as mesmerising. Her performance didn’t feel any less complete than if she was with a full band. I was stunned into silence but sadly, half the crowd were immersed in their own conversations. ASG was the perfect opener to this night and seeing her perform solo was a wonderful surprise.

The crowd pushed closer to the stage when The Japanese House appeared. A low tempo opener introduction put an excited silence over them as smoke and blue light filled the stage then the first sight of Amber sent them into a frenzy as she and her band opened with Face Like Thunder. Bain interacts with the crowd from the get-go as she shouts out ‘How you doing?’ to little waves, winks and smiles to members of the audience. The same interaction is given to her band as she shares a laugh here and there to even a drink!

Mid-way through the set we are given new tracks Lilo and Follow My Girl and the fans have already been studying the lyrics as you can not only see a lot of them mouthing the words but also hear a good few sing along with Amber. It is like this with every song of the night, each song also met with screams of appreciation. Then there were the handful like me that are simply in awe of getting to not only hear but to see Amber on stage as The Japanese House.

Every note delivered feels very emotive yet effortless at the same time. Most of the crowd sing their emotions loud but for some, singing along sometimes feels like you are detaching yourself from what you are really feeling, if that makes sense. There are times when I sing my heart out (very badly) at gigs but at a gig like that of The Japanese House (and the support of Art School Girlfriend) I feel ‘absolute chill’ that my body feels like it is in another place and time until the house lights go on. I guess you could say it feels like euphoria.

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow


Images Copyright Victoria Wai. For permission to use these images please contact victoriawai.co.uk


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

THE DEAD DAISIES | 15.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE DEAD DAISIES | 15.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Dead Daisies – 15th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The Dead Daisies - 15th November 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
The Dead Daisies – 15th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Supergroup The Dead Daisies rolled into town to bring their Rock n Roll show to the Geordie massive and played a whopping 2 hour set to their delight!

Boasting ex-members of Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy their pedigree is never in doubt. This time around another new member Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey/Wild Dogs/Bad English and more) is behind the drum kit and oddly enough receives the biggest reaction with chants of Deeno Deeno spontaneously erupting through the set!

Opening with their take on Sensational Alex Harvey Bands Midnight Moses, it set the tone for the night with the band tipping their collective hat at many of their classic rock heroes (The Who, The Stones, Deep Purple and more) between tracks from their latest album Burn It Down and previous releases Make Some Noise and Revolution.

John Corabi is like the ringmaster of this rock ‘n’ roll circus as Doug Aldrich and Marco Mendoza and founder member David Lowy cover every inch of the stage throwing shapes aplenty and riffs for days!!

The set is split into two with an acoustic break in the middle which brings Castronovo to the mic to belt out Rod Stewart’s Maggie May alongside their own Set Me Free / Something I Said and the Beatles Let It Be.

For the most, I preferred the band performing their own tracks like Evil, Resurrected, Song And A Prayer, but the guys looked like they were having a great time with every tune! The crowd certainly got their entry fees worth with a 23 song set. Personally, I could do without the covers but as I said earlier who am I to criticise when the band and crowd seem to love them in there.

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact G’s Gig Shots


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

REEL BIG FISH | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

REEL BIG FISH | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Reel Big Fish – 6th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Reel Big Fish returned to Newcastle O2 Academy with Less than Jake. Kevin Burdon was there to capture it!

PHOTO GALLERY

Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow

 

Images Copyright Kevin Burdon Photography. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

LESS THAN JAKE | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

LESS THAN JAKE | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Less Than Jake – 6th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Less than Jake returned to Newcastle O2 Academy with Reel Big Fish. Kevin Burdon was there to capture it!

PHOTO GALLERY

Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow

 

Images Copyright Kevin Burdon Photography. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

ZEBRAHEAD | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

ZEBRAHEAD | 06.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Zebrahead – 6th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Orange County legends Zebrahead hit the Academy on tour with Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake. Full photo gallery by Kevin Burdon!

PHOTO GALLERY

Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow

Images Copyright Kevin Burdon Photography. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST | 09.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST | 09.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Michael Schenker Fest – 9th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Michael Schenker Fest - 9th November 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
Michael Schenker Fest – 9th November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Michael Schenker brought his mammoth festival to Newcastle on Friday and wowed the crowd with a 2 hour 30 minute set of both classics from his past projects and new material.

I’ve always loved Michaels’ guitar work and it was a privilege to witness him up close doing what he does best!


He strode out to a huge reception and opened up with the Scorpions track Holiday from the Lovedrive album. On paper an odd choice as it’s almost a ballad BUT it actually set the mood perfectly with the crowd singing along with him from the go!

Then introducing the band members they went into the UFO anthem Doctor Doctor with vocalists Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley, Doogie White and Gary Barden (all of whom have been in past incarnations of the Michael Schenker Group) taking a verse or line each. You’d think it was the last song of the night the fun that the band were having, on only second song in!!

The rest of the night was then split into mini sets with each singer taking the spotlight to air some their past with the group and put their own slant on some of the songs Michael is renowned for. Ted McKenna and Chris Glenn from the classic MSG line up were as always the perfect rhythm section and Steve Mann provided second guitar and keyboards!

The “sets“ were pretty evenly spread through the night and a couple of big numbers saw all four taking centre stage again BUT the focal point was Michael Schenker himself! He was on absolute top form recounting tales of how and when he had written songs when in his teens and his playing was just out of this world the tones and technique with those riffs and solos were just sublime!

PHOTO GALLERY
Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow


Images Copyright Gordon Armstrong. For permission to use these images please contact G’s Gig Shots


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

JUNKYARD | 02.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

JUNKYARD | 02.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

Junkyard – 2nd November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

There was no shortage of energy when Junkyard took to the stage. The band hit the ground running put on a very animated show, covering every inch of the stage. The LA hard rock veterans delivered a very confident performance and largely went down well with the crowd, even if they may have been a little on the ‘heavy’ side for a one or two in attendance.

PHOTO GALLERY

Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow

Images Copyright Kevin Burdon Photography. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image

THE QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS | 02.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

THE QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS | 02.11.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

The Quaker City Night Hawks – 2nd November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Quaker City Night Hawks - 2nd November 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy
Quaker City Night Hawks – 2nd November 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

The beards and denim were out in force as Blackberry Smoke opened their Find a Light UK tour in Newcastle. Opening band The Quaker City Night Hawks set the Southern flavour for the evening, with their laid-back bluesy sound. While not the most energetic band to watch, the band’s tight musicianship and impressive vocal harmonies shone through, and the crowd gave a warm response to their chilled out Southern Groove.

PHOTO GALLERY

Click a thumbnail to view the image slideshow

 

Images Copyright Kevin Burdon Photography. For permission to use these images please contact us


View more photo galleries via our Music Photography Library

music-image