band up on the stage today was none other than Jaded Heart.
Now here's the band that had to win the best-dressed prize of
the day. The others looked good but these guys really did look
like rock stars.
by a front man who looked every inch a double of the mighty
Vince Neil with his magnificent blonde mane, big white smile
and bright blue eyes, it wasn't hard to see why there were so
many young females clambering forward to watch these guys in
all lookers, no disputing that. Not only that but they could play as
well! The crowd was starting to swell as the set progressed and the band
seemed to be known to everyone except us.
Try as we might to find out some info on them before the day we had
absolutely no success at all. Someone, somewhere, tell us something
about these guys please! Their set was being recorded for inclusion on a
live album they are putting together, much to the delight of their fans.
The band put forward a solid set with lots of screeching guitars, long
high vocals and much tossing of the hair throughout. The crowd were
loving it and it wasn't just the women either.
They were probably the closest we came to traditional AOR bands as far
as today's line-up was concerned. With today's mixed bag of bands you
could see why certain quarters were much happier to see a band like this
put us through our paces than some of the others. They knew what they
had to do and they came right on and did just that and then some.
Although they did a few too many power ballads for our own personal
taste, the rest of the crowd didn't seem to care or notice. When they
played their livelier songs they were really good, but after a couple of
power ballads we got a bit sick and wanted something with a bit more
oomph to it to keep us going.
Don't get us wrong there was absolutely nothing wrong with the songs
themselves; it was just our own personal preference that's all. They
band were top-notch rock n' rollers and they really gave the fans their
money's worth and then some.
You've got to give it to them, they really knew how to play the crowd
and the microphone was thrust out on more than a few occasions to the
flock of adoring fans all eager to sing along to the songs they
The band closed their set with a cover version of Phil Collin's 'Easy
Lover'. Not a song we would have ever in a million years expected to
hear a rock band do a cover of at a gig like this. They did it well,
they did it proud and thankfully it did not fall flat on its face, which
it could have done very easily. At least we knew the words to this one!
After an introduction to this band like we had today we would be curious
to see them perform again. Only next time they should drop the cover and
knock a few of the power ballads off the setlist in favour for more of
their magnificent rousing numbers. They can do them, and they do them so
very well, so let's have a bit more of that next time.
Best of luck to them and I'm sure everyone who saw them enjoyed their
set. The very fact that when the band left they stage they did so to
rapturous applause and stomping of feet said volumes about they way
their die hard fans felt about them being here today. They loved them to
Setlist: No Hesitation, Live and let Live, Can't wait 4 Love,
Inside Out, With your Eyes, Excuse, Dream is over, Dangerous, Heaven is
Falling, Help, Perfect World, Easy Lover