Hot off the back of their recent appearance at Download Festival, Inglorious play their debut show in the North East of England at The Cluny in Newcastle.
16-Jun-2016: Inglorious has been championed by the likes of Planet Rock Radio and witnessing their live show it’s easy to understand why. The band released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album earlier this year, and since that point, they’ve been out on the road with the likes of The Winery Dogs among others, as well as amassing quite a following in the process.
Tonight’s show was the first date to sell out on the tour, so much was the demand that it has been sold out for several months. As a result, the intimate surroundings of The Cluny are packed to the rafters, and the room is hotter than hell.
Inglorious are a band of caliber. Their charismatic front man Nathan James, formerly with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Uli Jon Roth’s band, is a vocal powerhouse. When you watch the band’s lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson play, he exhibits the same stage presence, flair, and skill of current Whitesnake axe man Joel Hoekstra. Hoekstra also co-wrote the track “You’re Mine” with the band, which is included in the set tonight.
Eriksson’s counterpart, rhythm guitarist Will Taylor also gives a passionate performance and receives a warm welcome from the Geordie crowd, being a Northern lad himself. The rhythm section of Colin Parkinson and Phil Beaver take center stage during a drum and bass jam, playing the rest of the band off stage at the end of “High Flying Gypsy.”
Tonight the band leave no stone unturned as they perform their debut album in its entirety. You get the feeling Inglorious aren’t going to be resting on their laurels, with their sophomore album coming sooner rather than later. They unveil a new number “No Good For You,” which will feature on their next release. James lets us in on the fact that they are to write with the Dead Daisies guitarist Doug Aldrich on their next record.
Inglorious wear their influences on their sleeve; their classic rock inspired sound has strong hints of the likes of Whitesnake, Deep Purple, and Bad Company shining through. Having only one album under their belt, the band’s set list is interspersed with covers from some of their heroes including “I Surrender” by Rainbow and a frantic rendition “Lay Down Stay Down” by Deep Purple. James quips that MK3 Deep Purple being his favorite of the band’s lineups.
However, this is not the only time we hear Purple this evening, as the band assumes their position on bar stools at the front of the stage for an MTV unplugged style acoustic segment, they deliver a stunning slowed down rendition of “Burn,” which they make their own. Proving the caliber of the musicianship in Inglorious, several of the band members swap their instruments during the beautiful “Wake” from their debut album.
The band closes out their set with the bluesy number “Holy Water,” the melodic “Inglorious” before bringing then night to a close “Girl Got A Gun”, leaving the stage to rapturous applause. Nathan James declares to the audience, “Rock isn’t fucking dead is it?” Newcastle wholeheartedly agrees. You get the feeling that tonight was one of those “I was there” gigs. Inevitably the next time the band returns to the region, they will be playing rooms three or four times the size of this.