The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 12th February 2016.
There are many great artists whose contribution to the great halls of rock and roll has left a lasting impression and tonight the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, plays host to one very such person and that person being none other than Graham Bonnet.
Setting this evenings event off in fine form were Vicious Nature, whose current line up comprises of Andy Pyke – Vocals, Andy Southwell – Guitar, Mark Culley – Bass and Jon “JB’’ Brown on Drums. Swathed within the cool blue of The Slade Rooms stage lights, Vicious Nature’s set was rock hard with a collection of audience favourites including ‘Salvation’, ‘System Of Disorder’ and ‘Fight For Your Life’. A busy year lies ahead for the band so do make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with all their latest news!
Our second band of the night and main support throughout the tour were Evyltyde, who hail from the London area. Encapsulating the many great qualities of a lead singer, Hannah Delany has a voice and personality to match, which grabs your attention and holds fast and I for one, am certainly a new found fan after seeing their set tonight.
Their eleven song set was a great introduction to Evyltyde’s style of classic metal, with the track ’Killer’ taken from their self titled album, being a highlight for me with it’s blistering guitar riffs courtesy of Mr Danny Merton.
With the time fast approaching for Graham Bonnet and band to take to the stage, conversations overheard from within The Slade Rooms audience ranged from debates over which song was his greatest achievement to what songs tonight’s set list might contain which in my opinion, clearly showed the level of appreciation that was roaming freely tonight.
And to the sound of loud cheers and applause the time soon came for the stories to unfold and the music to play and what a great journey through the tracks of time it was!
Tonight’s set contained a hearty selection of tracks born out of Graham’s time with Rainbow, Alcatrazz and The Marbles and included ‘Eyes Of The World’, ‘Will You Be Home Tonight’ and ‘Only One Woman’ – and of course no set could possibly be complete without the timeless anthem ‘All Night Long’ .
Full credit has to be given to Graham for his vocals tonight which were simply a pleasure to behold and praise must also be given to his band, whose performance this evening was first class.
But as much as there was plenty to reflect and reminisce upon tonight whilst in the company of Graham Bonnet, there is yet another chapter still to be written this year with a brand new studio album heading our way, an authorised and illustrated biography about to be published and an April 2016 tour of Australia and New Zealand also on the horizon – so here‘s looking forward to all the new songs and stories still yet to come.
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.