Venue: Trillians Rock Bar, NewcastleDate: 19 September 2019
jeans, cowboy boots, long hair and make-up, Collateral are a
band that look and sound like a stadium rock band. That’s
what their bio states, so does this band from Ramsgate in
Kent live up to this persona? The answer quite simply
is a resounding YES! Having first caught this band
live earlier this year as part of HRH Road Trip in Ibiza,
the band rocked the Eden venue with their classic hard rock
fuelled rock n' roll.
with the addition of a local Newcastle date, it was
no-brainer to set out on a Thursday night to check out
Angelo and the rest of the band, Todd Winger, Jack Bentley
and Ben Atkinson, as they really rocked the Trillian stage.
were two things to note about tonight's gig, first it was
the bands first time playing in Newcastle and secondly it
was a Thursday night. So what a joy it was to see such
a healthy number of rock fans heading down to Trillians to
catch the band. (Who says rock in dead in Newcastle!).
It felt more like a Friday night than a cold Thursday night,
with the venue suitably packed by the time the band hit the
band really brought their A-game and more tonight. As
the intro "Big Beginning" faded out, the band hit
the ground running, as they opened up the show with
From this point on Tristan and the rest of the band could do no wrong. Their no-nonsense old school rock n' roll show really rocked the venues to it's very foundations.
a new album penned in for release in February next year, the
set was mix of new tracks and old favourites. The set
continued with something from the bands "4 Shots"
EP, as Tristan donned the acoustic guitar for the stunning
“Gone With The Wind”. This mid-tempo rocker going
down a storm with the Trillians faithful.
got a taste of the new album with the simply stunning
“Dreaming” with Tristan leading with pack, before it was
time to really get the crowd involved, as he screamed ...
“Make some noise for me Trillians!!!” ... which the
crowd eagerly and very loudly reciprocated, with the cheers
the band rightly deserved.
the band kicked into the next track, Winger got the crowd
into full voice by wishing Tristan a belated Happy Birthday,
then it was back to the "4 Shots" EP for the
excellent “Just Waiting For You”.
This totally glorious set continued with another new song “About This Boy” and the excellent “Rosie”, before unleashing a song that was simply bursting with 80’s influence, the stunning “In It For Love”. By this point the band could have played the Yellow Pages and would have made it sound melodic, as by this time they really had the whole room in the palm of their hands. But they didn’t, they kept the great tunes going with something bound for the new album and one of my favourite songs of the set “Promised Land”.
know everything has to have a beginning and for Collateral
they really got into the mindset of the rock fans with their
debut single “Midnight Queen”, so it was only right that
they rounded off the set with this one.
There are many bands that have been labeled as the new messiahs of British Hard Rock over the years, but for me, Collateral have all the makings of being one of the biggest rock bands this country has produced in over a decade.
Review by: Barry McMinn, Photo's by Bernie Penman.
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