The anticipation was high in Sunderland for one of the most eagerly awaited shows to descend upon the city in recent times.

In the 70’s Sunderland was firmly established on the rock and roll circuit with the likes of Led Zeppelin gracing the stage of the Locarno and even Paul Rodgers and co’ partly recording their album Free Live! in the city. “The Point” is the latest venue to turn their hand to hosting concerts in Sunderland and recently made a major coup in attracting L.A based rock outfit Rival Sons to the region. The band are riding the crest of the classic rock wave washing over the U.K at present.

Opening the show was heavy blues rock duo The Graveltones featuring singer/guitarist Jimmy O, and powerhouse drummer Mickey Sorbello. They rocked their way through a set of hard hitting numbers predominately from their latest album Love Lies Dying including the likes of “This Love’s Gonna Break”, “Running To You” and “I’m A Ghost”. The Graveltones were also briefly joined onstage by Rival Sons’ keyboard player Todd Ögren-Brooks.

The Point was packed to capacity as the theme from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly rolled and The Sons took to the stage with a hard hitting trio of “Electric Man”, “Good Luck”, and “Secret” from their latest album Great Western Valkyrie.

Rival Sons create a certain ambiance to their live shows which transports you back to the golden age of rock and roll. Front man Jay Buchanan was most certainly channeling the greats throughout the show, you could very easily imagine their music echoing around the walls of the Whisky A Go Go back in the day.

The band really build on their songs live, with extended groovy breakdowns during the likes of” Torture” and “Rich and or the Poor”. Guitarist Scott Holiday delivered an exhibition of guitar mastery during the epic “Manifest Destiny” with drummer Mike Miley getting his moment to shine during his ferocious drum solo.

Closing the night with the incredible “Open My Eyes” Rival Sons left crowd wanting more. As the band left the stage the audience continued to sing to their heroes. They certainly left a buzz in the air which will have the city of Sunderland talking for a long time to come.

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About The Author

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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