A regrouped Inglorious arrive at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle bringing with them in tow a new album and new line-up.

Inglorious frontman Nathan James made a recent appearance in the city as part of Jeff Wayne’s musical adaptation of War of the Worlds at the Metro Radio Arena. However, tonight’s date at Robert Stephenson’s historic former workspace The Boiler Shop in Newcastle is the band’s first appearance in the region since 2017, and a lot has changed for the five-piece since that point.

At the end of 2018, Inglorious was thrown into turmoil as three members of the group departed the band for pastures new, leaving only Nathan James and drummer Phil Beaver from the core line-up.

Like a lot of bands have found out, sometimes you have to endure some pain and change before you reach your definitive line-up. Despite this, the band march on with a trio of new recruits as Inglorious kick off 2019 and a new chapter in their history with a fresh start.

This evening Inglorious perform a 90-minute set that draws from each of their three studio albums. The British classic rockers come out with all guns blazing as they kick off the proceedings with “Where Are You Now?”, “Taking The Blame” and “High Flying Gypsy”.

Inglorious very quickly switch gears as the band slows things down momentarily with the beautiful and emotive acoustic ballad “Glory Days”. The latter of which being a song which really showcases Nathan James dynamic and powerful vocal range.

With a new album under their belt, the group delivers six songs from their latest offering with the inclusion of tracks such as the incredibly infectious “Freak Show”, the hard rocking “Liar” along with the band’s heaviest track to date “Ride To Nowhere”. Each of the group’s new tracks certainly hits the spot.

James puts his stamp on a spellbinding cover of “Uninvited” by Alanis Morisette; this being also a track which highlights the immense talent of new boy Danny Dela Cruz. At only 19 years old, the young guitar god has flare and skill in spades and looks perfectly comfortable on the big stage.

Highlights from the second half of the set include a heartfelt airing of “Far Away”, which once again features some blistering fretwork from Dela Cruz before the band breaks into one of the big hitters from their sophomore album in the shape of “I Don’t Need Your Loving”.

Inglorious close out their main set with one of the stand out tracks from their latest offering, their current radio single “I Don’t Know You”. This Whitesnake-tinged number has all of the characteristics of a future classic in the making.

As the band return for a duly deserved encore, frontman Nathan James ventures out into the audience as he delivers a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Holy Water” from the centre of the room before the night is brought to its conclusion with a thunderous airing of “Until I Die”.

As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward. Based on tonight’s performance it’s fair to say that Inglorious has returned with a united front and an arsenal of new material that will blow your socks off.

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Event Date: 05-Feb-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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