RSO hits the road across the UK in support of British classic rock heavyweights Bad Company.
The super group formed by legendary guitarists Richie Sambora and Orianthi have yet to release their debut record together. However, when you have a duo of platinum-selling artists who have relentlessly toured the world performing alongside some of the greatest names in music you can expect nothing short of an explosive show.
Let’s not forget Orianthi Panagaris was hand-picked by Michael Jackson to accompany him as lead guitarist on his ill-fated This Is It tour. Subsequently, Orianthi has toured with the likes of Alice Cooper and Carrie Underwood to name but a few, as well as having had a successful solo career off the back of her three studio records.
Of course, Richie Sambora has spent three decades as lead guitarist in Bon Jovi resulting in countless hit singles up until his departure from the group in 2013. Likewise, Sambora has also released several solo records with his last Aftermath of the Lowdown released in 2012.
The Metro Radio Arena is packed early in the evening to see the pair perform together for the first time in the North East of England. As the band takes the stage, they open with a cover of “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye, before settling into a set of highlights from the duo’s respective careers.
Sambora picks up his trusty double neck acoustic guitar and it’s onto the classic, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, one of several Bon Jovi numbers featured in the set tonight along with “Lay Your Hands On Me”. Orianthi picks up the pace with the hard rocking title track from her latest Dave Stewart produced album, Heaven in this Hell.
Back in 1987, Richie Sambora produced Cher’s self-titled 18th studio record. Tonight, joined by Orianthi, the pair deliver a beautiful duet of the Sonny and Cher classic, “I Got You Babe”, featuring some superb vocal harmonies.
As the set progresses, both Sambora and Orianthi each deliver epic blues-tinged numbers in the shape of “How Do You Sleep” and “Stranger In This Town”, highlighting their phenomenal playing, tone, and appreciation of space. The two of them display great chemistry playing off each other.
As the band’s keyboardist John Webster unleashes the unmistakable intro to the Bon Jovi anthem, “Living On A Prayer”, the audience are immediately on their feet and clapping along. Sambora, who commands the stage and is in fine voice as he engages the Geordie crowd in call and response; the audience loves it hanging on every word of the chorus. The band leaves the stage to a rapturous applause and a standing ovation.
It’s still early days for RSO, but we eagerly look forward to group’s debut record, which so far has been two years in the making. Even performing a short — but sweet support set — the band most certainly made a mark on the Newcastle crowd and whet our appetite for more to come in the future.
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