Rock City Nottingham 12th December 2014.
What with Christmas being only twelve days away, I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do than go to a good ol’ Rock and Roll Show, it sure as hell beats Christmas shopping, or wrapping presents!
Tonight’s show was pre-booked months ago as me and a friend had already organised to buy tickets to this show anyway, so I was going regardless! Having seen both these acts at HRH 8 last month, it had prepared me a little for tonight, as I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to photograph and review tonight’s show.
Tonight was a shorter affair than usual, with Western Sand being the only support band. On some of the previous dates of this tour there had been another support band who are now know as Faster Inferno and who feature no other than Tyson Schenker, yep, you guessed it, Michaels son. Sadly, they weren’t scheduled to play in Nottingham, but now I’ve seen the master, I have to see the protégé!
Western Sand kicked things off tonight and as the intro music kicked in, the band all huddled around their drummer Nathan, as it reached its climax, the three front men, Jimmy – guitar, Findlay – bass and Tyler – guitar and vocals burst into life and into their first song “Dark Horse”. On stage these guys look very comfortable as they rocked the room with confidence. Formed in 2008, they’ve had time to master their on stage persona and they’ve got it down to a fine art. At every opportunity, they engaged with the crowd and got them to raise their hands, shake their fists, but above all, made the crowd, myself included, feel as though we were at a live concert, fantastic! What with being the only support tonight, they gave us a forty minutes set on the hallowed stage at Rock City, which must have felt good, but to be supporting the legend that is Michael Schenker, it must of felt even better?
As we’ve spoken to these guys in an interview recently, which you can find on our You Tube channel, I know these guys are no strangers and have featured on many tours with other great artists. Watch out for these guys, as they are going places, they may be young, but they are amassing a huge following and people are sitting up and taking note.
Tonight’s Set list:
1.Dark Horse 2.Doing Me Wrong 3.Black Water Resolution 4.Broken Bones 5.Cut You Down To Size 6.Welcome to the Badlands 7.Nothing to Lose
What else can I say about the man, the legend, that hasn’t already been said, a thousand times over! Everyone regards Schenker as one of the all time greatest living guitarists of the modern rock and roll era. Again, tonight, as when I saw him last month at HRH8, Scheker gave us a master class in rock and roll. One thing I noticed tonight, as I had longer to observe him, was how well Schenker can command a room, when he says cheer, everyone says “How high”!
Having first performed live at the tender age of eleven, he went on to play lead guitars for the German band Scorpions, he then went on to perform lead guitar for the English band UFO. Having written many of UFO’s greatest hits, Schenker, for what ever reason, formed the MSG group way back in 1978 (ish) and has continued to record and perform his tracks in the band, modeled around him ever since. Tonight was a hit list and a best of as far as anything that’s good in Rock and Roll and everyone in attendance were singing every word back at Schenker, all night long.
A touching moment was when lead vocalist, a legend in his own right, Doogie White (ex Rainbow, La Paz, Yngwie Malmsteen and Praying mantis) said that a song, they were about to perform (I think it was Victim of Illusion, but I’m not too sure) was written in memory of their fallen brother “Ronnie James Dio” who will never be forgotten.
The rest of the band are also all well known members of the rock and roll world and make up and complete the MSG/Temple of Rock group. On drums, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell, on bass it’s another former Scorpions member, Francis Buchholz, and the lineup is completed by Wayne Findlay on guitar and keyboards.
I’ll never forget tonight’s gig, for the simple fact that when I was trying to photograph Schenker, he came to the edge of the stage, right in front of me, and as I was looking through my camera I couldn’t quit gauge how close he was to me, but when he started to swing that distinctive black and white split Dean Guitar at me, I though I was gonna get smashed in the face by a legendary guitarist, so I dropped to my knee, in fear! The fact is, he was know where near me but my perspective was distorted, what with looking through the camera. A memory I will cherish forever but subsequently, that particular image looked rather blurred!
Set List Tonight:
1.Intro (D-Tone) 2.Doctor Doctor 3.Where the Wild Winds Blow 4.Armed and Ready 5.Natural Thing 6.Victim of Illusion 7.Lovedrive 8.Coast to Coast 9.Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead 10.Lord of the Lost and Lonely 11.Let It Roll 12.
Shoot Shoot 13.Into the Arena 14.Vigilante Man 15.Too Hot to Handle 16.Rock You Like a Hurricane 17.Rock Bottom 18.Encore (Strangers) 19.Lights Out 20.Blackout
Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)