& Adelitas Way
Venue: 02 Academy, NewcastleDate: 11th February 2019
two icons of rock come together for a joint headline tour,
you just know you have to attend. Then when you add to the mix a
band who are little known outside their native surroundings,
the temptation is too good to resist.
talking about the Buckcherry / Hoobastank UK tour with special
guests all the ways from Las Vegas Adelitas Way, who have
been around for the last 13 years, but this was their first
and I hope not their last, visit to the UK.
due to the lack of nearby parking at tonightís venue we
only managed to catch the last few numbers of Adelitas Way's
set, but what I saw and heard was very impressive, and the
majority of the crowd seemed to agree. Let's hope these guys
make it over here again, maybe a Download performance would
help put them on the UK map.
on to the two headliners, first up tonight it was Hoobastank, who
really went for it with their infectious Punkesque groove.
Led by Doug Robb, who must have eaten a whole tube of Colgate
before hitting the stage, because he had the biggest smile Iíve seen on
this stage for a
long time, and he wanted the crowd to enjoy this as much as
a set of songs no longer than 3 minutes, it was a smorgasbord of pure no-nonsense modern New York Punk. Opening up their
14-song set with 'Pieces' was a masterclass in
how to get the crowd on your side from the off and they
continued to have the near capacity crowd in the palm of the
hands throughout their entire set.
out songs like 'Remember Me', 'Same Direction', 'Never There' and
'Born to Lead', they had the place
jumping. As another band who frequent these shores not
nearly as often as their fans would like, tonight's show made the
wait all the more worthwhile, and was the perfect set to get the crowd
warmed up and ready for Buckcherry.
if Doug Robb was wearing a smile to outdo the Joker, then the
crowd was about to outdo him as Josh Todd and the rest of
Buckcherry rampaged through a very nostalgic set that put a
smile on all the fans in tonight.
Californians opened up with the surprising cover of Nine
Inch Nails 'Head Like a Hole', which at first, I thought
Todd's vocals sounded a little strained on, but this was just the opener.
Once he warmed up the band ripped through the next hour and a
half of pure unadulterated excess driven rock n' roll.
set for me really started with 'Itís a Party', with
Todd parading around the stage like Jagger on acid, as he
twisted and turned, shaking a tambourine like his very life
depended on it.
set had the obligatory hits like 'Lit Up' and 'Crazy Bitch',
both of which were firm crowd favourites, as they sang along
with Todd on every word.
me it was the likes of 'Donít Go Away' and 'Somebody Fucked With
Me', that really showed the bands
forte for bringing life events to the masses and making them
personal to everyone. The band even put their own sleaze
driven spin on Icona
Popís chart single 'I Love It', which of
course was reworked to the more explicit 'Say Fuck It', which again the crowd
were only too eager to help Todd out with the chorus in
true Newcastle style.
and Todd may be stuck in their ways when it comes to Rock n'
Roll, but what they do they do really well and tonight they
rocked it big style.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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