By the time
Vaughn came onstage the crowd had mellowed out a bit, having been well
and truly coaxed into submission by support act Blow Up.
Once again the bar was packed with die hard fans who were here to see
Vaughn and they already knew that this was one gig were you are
guaranteed the entrance cover is money well spent.
The night was opened with the atmospheric 'Bad Water' taken from their
album Soldiers and Sailors on Riverside. This has become one of those
tracks that the instant it starts you recognize it and it sets the mood
just right for the night ahead.
The band were a good half way through the tour when they road into town
to play this venue and by the happy looks on their faces it seemed the
tour had gone extremely well.
Later on Danny said that this had been his most successful tour to date
and that the whole band had thoroughly enjoyed playing each and every
venue on it. You can always tell when a tour is going well because the
bands tend to relax and enjoy themselves so much more.
When they are happy they play better, when they play better we are
happy, when we are happy they are happy.
And so it was that we were all very happy and they did indeed play
extremely well. It was like watching your local hero's play their
hometown seeing these lads here tonight.
Of course they don't come from Newcastle, they don't even come from the
UK, but they looked so much at home and the fans really did treat them
like long missed friends it was wonderful to be a part of it.
I wonder if we were the only ones that gasped in amazement when we saw
how young Jamie looked on this tour. It was as if he'd been in some
clinic in Arizona for a shot of eternal youth.
Gone was the facial hair; gone was the nervous look he had the last time
they toured. Here was a young man looking radiant with inner happiness.
It was such a delight to see, as he is such a smashing person both
musically and personally.
The music flowed and the crowd pushed ever forward, forgetting the
coolness they had shown the support act at the beginning of the night.
It wasn't until the third song into the set that we got to hear one of
the newer songs of their new album. 'A Million Miles Of Road' has a good
strong opening beat that gets you bopping and wanting to sing along from
They really know what songs they need to present to us to keep us happy
and this is going to be one of those tracks that become a strong
favourite amongst each and every fan of theirs.
It's a good dance track too as well as being very radio friendly. The
radio stations really do not have any excuses not to play them when they
are putting out such quality songs as this.
Sadly the new album was nowhere to be found. Puzzled by this the fans
pushed the band for answers and Danny was forced to admit that the new
album 'Reckless' had not appeared as quickly as it maybe should have.
They, like their fans, were not very amused at this but I guess problems
with distribution at Z Records must have held things up a bit. Danny
laughed and suggested maybe they should get Harry Potter to make it
appear. This seemed to go down well and calmed a lot of disappointed
fans down a bit.
They said that this was an informal and fun gig for them to do. There
would be no topless ballet dancers performing onstage behind clouds of
smoke tonight, although they did admit they would quite have enjoyed it!
You really have to hand it to Danny Vaughn, not only is he a very
talented singer and mighty impressive performer, but he also knows how
to bond with the people around him.
This is one of those gigs where you would never hear a grumble from the
fans about the bands performance, let alone have a heckler in the crowd.
They give you their all and then some and in return we give them our
loyalty and a huge amount of respect.
'Burning Down Inside' came out like a triumphant explosion of
recognition and tradition. It really wouldn't be the same if they ever
dropped these old Tyketto favourites. These are the songs that have
remained true in the hearts of the fans; the ones that kept them going
while Vaughn were in the cradle stages.
These are the ones that the clubs still remember to play and after
hearing some of the newer material here tonight it won't be long before
some of their newer material soon starts appearing on the rotation lists
PJ treated us to a wonderful guitar solo shortly before they launched
into another one of their new tracks 'Just Like That'. Yet another
catchy, upbeat, gem by this band. Their new material was starting to
sound extremely promising by this time and although we couldn't buy the
new album here tonight, I know that there will be a queue a mile long
once it is finally available.
Kyle, bless his cotton socks, came out from behind the keyboard and
really got down to some serious tambourine shaking, much to the delight
of his legion of females fans who had amassed at the front of the stage.
'Haunted' we were told was a song written by Danny on his last tour over
here. He admitted he always thinks of his time over in the UK when they
play this song. The song was loud and proud and was as good as any of
his Tyketto material if not better.
I think we can finally admit that the band are no longer standing in the
shadows of his former band, instead they are big, they are strong, and
their songs show depth and maturity. If they continue to grow this way
they will survive a good few years and their dedicated followers will
grow in numbers also.
The best news of the night came in the form of an announcement that they
would be back here to play for us in February 2002. Yeh!
Now we really do have something to look forward to in the New Year!
Their only request was that we kept the good weather we are currently
having for when they return. Oh well, guess they better bring an extra
jumper just incase …
As if the night had not been memorable enough, not only did they do a
good long set, but they then went on to do an encore of another 3 songs
to well and truly top the night off.
Whoah, what a night! Thanks guys and make sure you bring over those
huskies for the trip in February.
Water, Rescue Me, Million Miles Of Road, Is That All There Is?, Fly
Away, Shadowland, Burning Down Inside, Just Like That, Word For Word,
Haunted, Standing Alone, Was There A Moment, Forever Young. Encore:
(Acoustic Song) The Last Sunset, Sail Away