THE WILDHEARTS | RAGING SPEEDHORN | 03.08.2018 | The Plug Sheffield

THE WILDHEARTS | RAGING SPEEDHORN | 03.08.2018 | The Plug Sheffield

The Wildhearts and Raging Speedhorn – 3rd August 2018 – The Plug Sheffield

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

 

You can’t beat a good road trip gig, and you can’t beat a good Wildhearts gig… so when the band announced a couple of their own shows in between their summer festival appearances and then a road trip down to Sheffield was a no-brainer!

Raging Speedhorn live at Plug, Sheffield

Support band for the evening are the brilliantly named Raging Speedhorn, a band that have for some reason never crossed my radar despite their long history. That is something I will endeavour to put right in future though, as they put on a hell of a set. They may have possibly been a bit on the heavy side for some in the Wildhearts’ faithful, but the ferocity and precision of their set soon won over a good proportion of the crowd. Their impressive dual frontmen stalked the stage with ruthless intensity, while the band relentlessly delivered powerhouse riffs ranging from chaotically frantic to slow and doom-laden. Definitely a band worth checking out if you haven’t seen them before.

The Wildhearts were in awesome form, the band seeming to relish every moment of being on stage. Ginger was in particularly fine spirits, joking with the crowd and feeding off their energy and warmth. As always, the diehard crowd were in excellent voice and it seems you can always guarantee that there’s going to be party atmosphere at a Wildhearts gig.

As they did with their exceptional set at the Britrock Must Be Destroyed shows earlier in the year, the band decided to cram as many of their biggest songs into the setlist as possible (no mean feat given the quality of their back catalogue). Opening with Sick of Drugs and TV Tan, the band then stormed through a triple whammy of My Baby is a Headfuck, Suckerpunch and Caffeine Bomb.  Bassist Danny McCormack took the lead vocals on Anthem, which was a very nice inclusion in the set, and The Revolution Will Be Televised from the self-titled ‘white’ album seems even more lyrically relevant to the world of 2018 than it was when it was first released a decade ago. This evening’s show had a celebratory vibe to it, and the crowd sang along with virtually every lyric from beginning to end, particularly in the singalong section of Weekend and Geordie in Wonderland.

The classic encore of Greetings From Shitsville, 29x The Pain and I Wanna Go Where the People Go was a great way to finish the night and made the long drive back to Newcastle worthwhile!

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the Wildhearts live, but this gig was up there with the best of them. The band are tighter than ever before, and you get a sense that they’re genuinely enjoying every minute of playing live together again.

  1. Sick of Drugs
  2. TV Tan
  3. My Baby Is a Headfuck
  4. Suckerpunch
  5. Caffeine Bomb
  6. Vanilla Radio
  7. Nothing Ever Changes But the Shoes
  8. Red Light Green Light
  9. Everlone
  10. Nita Nitro
  11. The Revolution Will Be Televised
  12. Weekend (Five Long Days)
  13. Anthem
  14. Geordie in Wonderland
  15. Love U ’til I Don’t
    Encore:
  16. Greetings From Shitsville
  17. 29 x the Pain
  18. I Wanna Go Where the People Go

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THE WILDHEARTS | 20.05.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

THE WILDHEARTS | 20.05.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | PHOTOS

The Wildhearts – 20th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Extended photo gallery

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

To add to Kevs review for Britrock Must Be Destroyed; Ginger and the boys played an absolute banger filled set for the home gig !! ‘Nuff said here’s a ton of photos 😉

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THE WILDHEARTS, REEF, TERRORVISION and DODGY | Britrock Must Be Destroyed | 20.05.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE WILDHEARTS, REEF, TERRORVISION and DODGY | Britrock Must Be Destroyed | 20.05.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Wildhearts, Reef, Terrorvision and Dodgy – Britrock Must Be Destroyed – 20th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Review by Kevin Burdon, photos by Gordon Armstrong 

While I don’t recall “Britrock” ever actually being an actual thing back in the 90s and 00s, the label serves as a canny promotional tactic to package up four of the most prominent rock acts of the era on a single tour. Let’s face it, if the banner has brought together a lineup consisting of The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Reef (rotating as headliners across the tour) with support from Dodgy, who’s complaining?! The strategy seems to have paid off nicely, with a very healthy turnout in the Academy on Sunday night.

On paper, Dodgy seemed to be a bit of a lightweight addition to the bill when compared to the rest of the lineup, but they performed well and got the night off to a good start.  It certainly didn’t hurt that they have a couple of classic hits (Staying Out for the Summer and Good Enough) in the arsenal to kick off the nostalgia vibe and get the party started and they got a really warm response from the steadily growing crowd.

Terrorvision frontman Tony Wright is probably one of the most energetic performers you’re likely to witness. He never stopped bouncing around the stage for the entire set, never seeming out of breath even when delivering the rapid-fire lyrics of Perseverance. The band were on great form and the audience were in fine voice too, assisting Tony heartily with the likes Alice What’s the Matter, Celebrity Hit List and Josephine. They powered through a set of hits (plentiful enough that they were able to leave out the chart-busting pop of Tequila in favour of some of the more hard rocking tracks), before spectacularly bouncy rendition of Oblivion brought a close to their phenomenal set, which on any other night would have justifiably worthy of the headline slot.

There had been a few critical voices in some online communities when Reef had been announced for this gig, and there was a sense that in certain quarters they had been written off before playing a single note. While they might not have been everyone’s proverbial cuppa at the start of the night, a confident performance of their groove-laden alt-rock certainly seemed to win over their doubters and the band got a great response from the crowd. The old songs Place your Hands and Come Back Brighter were very well received, but also the new material such as Revelation was impressive, with a much more straight up classic rock kind of vibe to it. Even some of the slower songs like My Sweet Love went down very well with what was a predominantly hard rock crowd, with frontman Gary Stringer impressing with his versatile vocal abilities throughout the set.

As a hometown show for Ginger & Danny, the Wildhearts were the obvious choice of headliner for the Newcastle date and as such got an additional 15 minutes of stage time. In an interview prior to the gig Ginger had promised to “only play the songs that will make the audience sing and dance”, and true to his word the next 75 minutes were stacked with the riffs and infectious melodies the band are renowned for. Hit followed hit followed hit without reprieve, and even the double whammy of Suckerpunch straight into Caffeine Bomb didn’t tire the crowd, who bounced and sang along loudly to every word throughout the set. The band have recently reformed after a few years’ hiatus, during which they’ve had to overcome several of their own individual personal battles (while still finding time to record some superb solo projects), and they seemed to be reinvigorated with renewed enthusiasm on stage. If this energy can be carried over into the recording of the new album then it promises to be an absolute belter. It was also a pleasure to see original member Danny McCormack return to the fold on bass duties, and he seemed to genuinely love being back on stage with the band. The hits continued, before finally the band closed out the superb set with fan favourite 29x the Pain and the anthemic I Wanna Go Where the People Go to a raucous reaction from the crowd. The Wildhearts have never been a band where you can predict what will happen next in their story, but you can guarantee that when they’re on stage and firing on all cylinders they’re unassailable.

Overall, the strategy of combining all of these bands paid off; it got a lot of punters through the door and made for a hell of a gig for those in attendance. Yet while there was an element of reminiscence and a nod to the 90s heyday about the tour’s marketing, there was nothing to suggest that any of these bands are mere nostalgia acts; They are all still exceptional live performers with plenty of new music still to offer.

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THE WILDHEARTS – September 2015 Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

THE WILDHEARTS – September 2015 Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

The Wildhearts – 19th September 2015, Newcastle O2 Academy

The Wildhearts return to Newcastle to play their classic PHUQ album in full. Fantastic night, great sound and great lighting!

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