Last In Line and Inglorious take to the road across the UK on a co-headline tour of epic proportions.
Tonight the O2 Academy in Newcastle is packed to the proverbial rafters, and on a school night too, which is a testament to the incredible array of talent on display this evening. Labelmates Inglorious and Last In Line have both released their debut albums via Frontiers Records over recent months, tonight they share the same stage on Tyneside.
Inglorious make their second appearance in the North East of England this year following a sellout show at The Cluny earlier this summer. The band arrive in the region hot off the back of a recent European tour with Steel Panther.
Inglorious has witnessed great success throughout the course of 2016 which has included a string of high profile festival appearances at the likes of Download Festival, the Ramblin’ Man Fair and Rockstock. Inglorious were also named Planet Rock’s “Best New Band” at “The Rocks 2016”.
Throughout the course of their set Inglorious include the lion’s share of their latest offering including the likes of the incredible “High Flying Gypsy”, whereby lead vocalist Nathan James really exhibits his phenomenal vocal range. The track segues into an extended jam from two-thirds of the rhythm section – Colin Parkinson (bass) and Phil Beaver (drums).
During “Inglorious” the band delivers some sublime vocal harmonies which are perfectly complimented by the crunchy guitar riffs laid down by the devastating partnership of Wil Taylor and Andreas Eriksson, the pair play off each other all night long. Obviously, “Holy Water” has the audience hanging on every word, it is a classic in the making.
Inglorious has a distinctly classic rock inspired sound, and during the course of the show the band pay tribute to a couple of the bands who have inspired them with covers of Rainbows “I Surrender” and Whitesnake’s “Fool For Your Lovin'”, which they make their own. With an impending second album on the cards next year, the band take the opportunity to whet our appetites for their forthcoming release with new track “No Good For You” and it’s fair to say that Inglorious well and truly won over the Geordie audience tonight.
Last In Line make their first appearance in Newcastle this evening, although both lead guitarist Vivian Campbell and drummer Vinnie Appice have played here numerous times throughout the course of their careers and most recently with Def Leppard and Heaven and Hell respectfully.
Of course, both Campbell, Appice alongside bass player Jimmy Bain provided the foundation to some of those early Dio albums. Sadly, Bain who played on Last In Line’s debut album Heavy Crown passed away earlier this year, but the band play on in his memory and a pay a fitting tribute to their fallen friend during “Starmaker”.
The audience is walked down memory lane, with a set which is largely taken from the classic Dio albums Holy Diver and Last In Line, from which the band take their name. The show is packed full of fist pumping anthems like “Straight Through The Heart” and “Holy Diver”, during which the crowd are so loud that lead singer Andrew Freeman could have almost taken the night off.
The band intersperse these timeless classics with several tracks from their all new studio album Heavy Crown including the excellent “Devil In Me”, “Already Dead” and “I Am Revolution”. With their thunderous melodic groove and frantic guitar riffs, these numbers don’t seem out of place at all and fit perfectly side by side with the early Dio material included in the show.
Collectively the band are tight, from the blistering guitar licks of Vivian Campbell to the pounding drum line of Vinnie Appice who deservedly takes a solo during “Invisible” through to the vocal prowess of Andrew Freeman and the driving bass lines of new boy Phil Soussan. The band’s sound is subtly wrapped together by the keyboard skills of Erik Norlander, who really stands out during the band’s main set closer “Rainbow in the Dark”.
Last In Line bring the night to a close with “We Rock” and don’t they just. The music of Dio is in safe hands by those who were instrumental in the writing of these legendary anthems and judging by the response this evening the fans would agree.
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