& Romeo's Daughter
Venue: 02 Academy, NewcastleDate: 8 May 2015
a packed weekend ahead of us what better way to get the ball
rolling than with bout of Melodic Rock by two of Britain’s
finest, such was the demand for tickets, the concert was
upgraded to the big room and well should it be, as these two
titans of the genre rolled into town and totally rocked the
roof off the O2.
up Romeo’s Daughter led of course by the vocals of Leigh
Matty, along with stalwart members Craig Joiner, Ed Poole
and Andy Wells. The band rolled back the years and
also brought a touch of the new with tracks from their
fantastic new album 'Spin'.
up the set in fine style with ‘Trippin Out’, immediately
the band had the crowd rocking as the air filled with
Then it was taken to new heights as the band ripped through the classic 'Addicted To The Animal’, with the crowd in fine voice from the off, as they sang out loud and proud along with Matty.
first of the new tracks from 'Spin' was next, the excellent
'Radio' which went down a storm with the Geordie hoards, as
did the next new song ‘Touch’ when it was
unleashed. Again the crowd were clearly loving the new
stuff as much as the classics.
voice has never lost any its soulfulness as the band rolled
by the years with the ballad ‘I Cry Myself To Sleep At
short but impressive set was closed in style as the band
rocked out with ‘Wild Child’, another solid crowd
favourite. I would have loved a longer set from
Romeo’s Daughter because they have so many great songs,
not just the older songs, but the new album has some great
tunes and I would have loved to have heard the likes of
'Already Gone' and 'Enemy' performed live. Hey, maybe
up were British Melodic Rock legends FM. A band that
have been on a roll since their reformation show at Firefest
Romeo’s Daughter before them Steve Overland, Merv
Goldsworthy, Pete Jupp, Jem Davis and Jim Kirkpatrick
brought a taste of the old with a touch of new as they
brought the classics and songs form the new album Heroes And
As the band walked on stage the cheers went up even before a note was played. The crowd here tonight were clearly right behind Steve and the boys as the opened up proceeding with the storming ‘Digging Up The Dirt’ from 'Heroes and Villains’, as Overland’s sublime vocals filled the venue.
was straight into ‘I Belong To The Night’ on which
Overland just oozed melodic bliss, while Kirkpatrick threw
out the melodic riffs like confetti, with the backbone
rhythm section of Jupp and Goldsworthy kept it real, with
Davis the cement that holds it all together on the
whole band brought their A-Game tonight for sure, as they
rocked things up a bit with the superb ‘Wildside’,
before bringing the tempo down with the soulful ‘Closer To
Heaven’, as Mr Melodic Rock Overland showed his class as
he melted even the hardest of hearts with this one.
opened up the classic ‘Let Love Be The Leader’ like it
was made for him. This gave the Geordie choir a chance
to get in on the act with a little "Whoaoo, Whoaoo"
was back to the new album for ‘Shape I’m In’, a track
currently on rotation on Radio 2 and rightly so.
It’s a corker! Then it was straight into fan
favourite ‘Tough Love’, before the Geordie choir was
back in the game as they sang along with Overland to
‘Blood and Gasoline’.
was then to the 'Indiscreet' album for the excellent
‘Frozen Heart’, which still sounds a good today as when
I first heard it and it still sends shivers down my spine
for all the right reasons. Then it was back to the new
album for the wonderful ‘Life Is A Highway’, as once
again the band showed their rockier side.
The backing track of a train whistle meant only one thing, there was a ‘Crosstown Train’ coming our way, again the rockier side of FM was brought out with Kirkpatrick lighting up the fret board, before Davies really brought in the heat and ripped up the keyboard on ‘Tough It Out’.
FM set wouldn’t be complete without ‘That Girl’ and
tonight was one of those nights as the band ripped up a
veritable musical storm once more.
set closed on two giant FM classics, first up with 'Burning
My Heart Down’, which had everyone bouncy along in fine
fettle, before rounding off the set in style with ‘Bad
band left the stage to monstrous applause and it wasn’t
long before they were back to put the icing on a great night
of melody rich rock as they kicked off the encore first with
the ballad ‘Story Of My Life’, with just Overland and
Davies taking the spotlight for this one, although soon to
be joined later by rest of the band who laid down the
backing vocals for this song.
night was rounded off with ‘Other Side Of Midnight’
which meant that Davies could step from behind the keyboards
as he brought out the keytar and rocked the stage along with
the rest of the guys. This rounded off another
wonderful FM show, although it has to be said, the real
icing on the cake for many was when Jupp stepped from behind
the kit and showed off his Mayfair Ballroom t-shirt, a
reminder to many when Newcastle rocked every Friday and
Saturday night. Those times may never come back but
the music of the era still is as strong as ever and the
bands tonight showed just that.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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