Glaswegian hard rockers Gun arrive in the North East of England for a date in Newcastle before heading south and then to Germany.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Gun’s frontman Dante Gizzi, who swapped his bass for lead vocals upon the band’s reformation, reminisces about the original Riverside club in Newcastle back in the 90s. This venue holds a special place in the hearts of many of Newcastle’s rock fraternity.
Gun take the stage and gets straight to business with the opening track, “Let It Shine”, from their latest album, Frantic , released last year. From this point onward, the show is a career-spanning, nostalgic walk down memory lane.
The band break out their big guns early with their classic take on Cameo’s “Word Up” and “Don’t Say It’s Over” from Swagger followed by the anthemic “Better Days” from their debut album Taking On the World .
The likes of “Taking On The World” and “Money” has the crowd singing along from the off. Of course, there is room for a few numbers from the latest record interspersed with their largely greatest hits set, including “Hold Your Head Up” and the hard rocking “Labour of Life”, which features some incredible vocal harmonies.
Earlier this year, the band welcomed back to the fray guitarist Alex Dickson who was instrumental on the band’s second album, Gallus. The crowd goes wild relishing his return to the stage belting out “Steal Your Fire” once again.
The band’s encore is packed full of hits, including “Welcome to the Real World” and “Shame On You”, which has The Riverside bouncing. Gun bring their set to a close with their take on the Beastie Boy’s “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)”, and don’t they just.
It is easy to forget just how many hits Gun had during the 90s, and tonight’s show brought back some great memories of that time. The band are planning to release a new studio album next year, and they will also be taking to the road across the UK with Black Star Riders.