Band: Tragedy & Fallen Mafia

Venue: Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle

Date: 25 February 2019


I headed for Trillions on what was an unseasonably warm Monday night to experience for the first time the metal Bee Gees tribute band Tragedy.  Now I'm not usually into tribute band's but was curious about this band and had no idea what to expect. 

It wasn't until I got in there that I realised I actually knew the support band, although I didn't know they were on, which was a pleasant surprise.  To be honest I had not expected much of a crowd to turn out on a Monday night, but doh, I could hardly squeeze in to get any shots of the band as they tore into their set.  To say the place was packed to the rafters was an understatement!  

This band have vastly improved since the first time I saw them, which was about six years ago.  They are a very visual band, with the beautiful Hanna lia Neil on vocals, Chris Johnson on guitar / backing vocals, Steven Hope on guitar, Jack Martin on bass and last but not least, Adas Cowan on drums.  The play high energy stuff which is heavily influenced by punk, metal and rock.  This band have opened for some big names over the years, too many to mention, and are steadily gaining a really strong following.

After the changeover I hadn't a clue what I had let myself in for, as the band Tragedy approached the stage with sirens sounding and DJ Lance with what looked like police flashing lights on his head, the crowd went absolutely mental.  It was like they all knew each other, one big happy family ... I must have been the only Tragedy virgin in the place! 

Overall it was a very enjoyable if not surreal experience.  Once onstage they proceeded to rip through all these disco songs, only done in a metal style.  Songs that included ‘Fame’, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Funkytown’,  ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Country Roads’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘Staying Alive’, ‘Aquarius’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and numerous others I can't remember.  All with full audience participation, who were singing and dancing along on mass to every number.  

What a totally crazy night!  It was chaotic, but in a fun good way.  A great night what was most definitely had by all in attendance.  The band members themselves are actually very good musicians, as well as true showmen in every sense of the word.  I would definitely go to see them perform again if the opportunity arose.  If you haven’t caught this band live yet then I’d highly recommend you do, as bands this fun are few and far between these days.

Review & Photos by: Bernie Penman




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