Artists: Y&T And Fury UK
Venue: O2 Academy, Newcastle
Date: 8th October 2010
year we saw a very distraught Dave Meniketti on stage, having the flu as
a guitarist you can get by with but for a vocalist this isn’t good and
it took its toll on Dave. Not one to let the fans down he
soldiered through like a real pro last year and promised he come back
this year and give us one hell of a show ... and boy did he live up to
before Y&T were to take to the stage we had the pleasure of once
more seeing what we consider as Britain’s premier Heavy Metal band
Fury UK. I know that’s a bold statement but its one that many
agree with. We've closely followed the band progress from their early
days when a young Chris Appleton first blew us away with the band as
they supported Diamond Head at Trillians Rock Bar.
band have cemented a place in our hearts as show after show and album
after album, they've rapidly grown into the full metal beast we now
witness before us. Today the band line-up are one solid unit that
play each as every performance as tight as a fishes arse and tonight was
an early start (6.45pm) and the venue still filling up as Fury UK hit
the stage running. Consisting of guitarist and vocalist Chris
Appleton, brother Luke on bass and tub-thumper Martin McNee, we have the
ultimate power-trio. I mean these guys rock big style. The
band opened up in emphatic style with ‘I See Red’, a song taken from
the bands excellent new album ‘A Way Of Life’ and instantly heads
started banging down the front. It was great to see a few Fury UK
t-shirts amongst the crowd, thus proving that the bands fan-base and
popularity is steadily growing here in the North East.
the icing on the cake had to be the set closer my all time favourite
Fury UK song ‘Death By Lightening’, a real monster metal epic to
close another stunning set by a band we hold in very high regard, and
despite breaking a string mid-play guitarist Chris never missed a
beat. Lucky for us the band will be following up tonight's
performance with another show scheduled for later this month, as part of
their headline tour, in our very own Trillians Rock Bar on the 22nd
October. So if you enjoyed tonight's performance by the band then
be sure to come along to that show as well and enjoy a much longer set
by the band.
to the main event of the evening, the mighty Y&T. A band that
have been adopted by the North East as one of their own. A band
that have time and time again filled the venues of Newcastle over the
years ever since their support slot for AC/DC at Newcastle City Hall
many moons ago.
band came on stage to the intro ‘Prelude - On With The Show’, to
what can only be described as excited cheers and screams of delight ...
and the band hadn’t even played a note yet!
that was soon put to rights as the band blazed through ‘On With The
Show’, the opener proper to their stunning new album ‘Facemelter’.
The only thing missing from tonight’s show was the presence of Phil
Kennemore, who due to illness couldn’t make this tour, (our thoughts
and prayers go out to him and his family during this difficult time).
as an integral part of Y&T has massive shoes to fill, but Brad Lang
filled them well did the band proud with a stellar bass performance.
was back to ‘Facemelter’ with the stunning ‘Shine On’ then Dave
dedicated the next one ‘If You Want Me’ to Phil, which got an
almighty cheer of approval from the army of fans in tonight.
new tracks were coming thick and fast as the set continued with ‘Keep
On Running’ and ‘I’m Coming Home’, the latter being very
poignant as Meniketti regards Newcastle as one of homes of Y&T and
loves playing here.
was time for Dave’s party piece with the excellent instrumental
‘I’ll Cry For You’, then it was back to Mike, (not before a quick
Jaigermeister to keep the vocals cords lubricated), for the rocking
‘Hurricane’. A quick introduction for bassist Brad Laine
before heading back to rock for ‘Dirty Girl’ and the feel good
rocking of ‘Summertime Girls’ (ahhh the video comes to mind!).
The band gave us one last song before leaving the stage, that song being
the magnificent ‘Forever’, which nearly brought the house down such
were the cheers that went out for this one.
quick look at the watch told me it was nearly time for the curfew to
take hold (don’t get me started on curfews...), so I though one more
song and that would be it, the band returned to the stage and rocked
once more with ‘Contagious’.
Dave promised last year that when the band returned next, they would play a full 27 songs. As I looked down at my notes they weren’t that far away but would time run out? Well we could have perhaps squeezed six intros in to make up the number, or just kept on playing till the band would have to leave the stage kicking and screaming, but it seemed it would be the latter as they rocked out in style with ‘Midnight In Tokyo’.
the 10 o’clock curfew came and went but we still had time for one more
and what else could we close on but ‘Rescue Me’, a song that took
many a audience member back to those "Hot n' Heavy" days of
our youth, where this was played every week and became the anthem of the
show, and every voice showed their appreciation as we almost made
ourselves hoarse singing along to this one.
topped off one of the best, if not the best, Y&T shows of the last
few years. Their might be snow on the roof but Meniketti still has
a fire in his belly and as long as that continues the fans will still
keep supporting one of finest Hard Rock bands that has ever been.
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