H.E.A.T. & Supercharger
Venue: 02 Academy, NewcastleDate: 17 May 2014
It was heads down all the way as
the set closed in emphatic style with ‘Blood Red Lips’, with the icing
on the cake being ‘Hell Motel’. This was definitely how a
Saturday night should be kicked off and the boys from Copenhagen set
things up perfectly for the main event H.E.A.T.
So the stage was set for Sweden’s hottest export H.E.A.T to hit the stage, and hit it they did as Glenn Frey’s 'The Heat Is On' faded out, Erik Gronwall, Eric Rivers, Jona Tee, Jimmy Jay and Crash kicked things into a high gear from the off, as they opened up the set with ‘Point Of No Return’, such an apt opener as from here on in the band totally ruled the stage.
The exuberant vocalist Gronwall really showed what a great frontman he is, really bringing the party on. The whole venue erupted at this, absolutely invigorated by this frontman's antics on stage.
The set continued with the excellent ‘A Shot Of Redemption’, where the Newcastle crowd were in fine voice, joining in at every opportunity.
Then it was time for the band to visit the 'Address The Nation' album for ‘Better Off Alone’, keeping the rock n' roll party going, as Rivers got '1000 Miles' underway. As live performances go, H.E.A.T. have to be one of the tightest outfits I’ve seen in a long time.
It was back to 'Address The Nation' for the 'It's All About Tonight’, another apt song because tonight, it was all about the rock n' roll. This is Hard Rock should be done and these crazy Swedes just kept on bringing out the big guns with ‘Inferno’ from the new album 'Tearing Down The Walls’. By this time the crowd was going absolutely mental and I've never seen so many gentlemen of a certain age shall we say, shaking what their mama's gave them for all they were worth and with such wild abandon.
The show continued and that’s was it was, a ROCK SHOW, with drummer Crash getting ‘Late Night Lady’ underway before the rest of the band joined the party once more, then it was back to 'Address The Nation' for 'In and Out Of Trouble’, before rounding off the set in style with ‘Beg Beg Beg’.
The band had hardly left the stage and the chants of "HEAT! HEAT! HEAT!" thundered out around run around the venue, and it wasn’t long before the band returned for a two song encore of ‘Emergency’, before rounding off one of the shows of the year with 'Danger Road’.
It’s a pity the band only had four shows in the UK this time round because if you missed them, you missed one of the finest rock acts around. Let's hope it's not too long before they return to these shows, because next time round I'm sure they will be playing the larger of the two halls here at Newcastle, when word gets around just how good this band are live.
A special mention must also be made of the fact that the band were straight out after the show to meet and greet their fans at the merch stand, and whether you were buying anything or not, they welcomed you with open arms and a big smile. Happily posing for photo's and signing anything that was put in front of them. Now that's how a real band treats their fans. Well done boys and hurry back!
Review by: Barry McMinn & Little Linda
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