Toseland makes a welcome return to the North East of England to an expectant crowd at The Cluny in Newcastle.

Last year Toseland released their incredible sophomore album Cradle The Rage. The band’s latest offering sees a return of James Toseland’s partnership with producer and ex-Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson. The record was also mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith). 

Toseland has been touring relentlessly in support of their latest offering, this being the band’s second appearance in the region in little over twelve months. Subsequently, eager fans queue up early on to secure their spot in front of the stage. In recent times Toseland has amassed quite a following, which is a testament to the quality of the band’s repertoire and there is no shortage of their fans on hand tonight on Tyneside. 

It is no surprise this evening that the band chooses to showcase the lion’s share of Cradle The Rage, with only two songs from the record left out of the set. Tracks like “Puppet On a Chain”, “Too Close To Call” and “Never Love Another” really stand out in the show; they all have that distinctive rock anthem quality for which you can’t help but be swept away by. The latter of which Toseland also describes as one of the most intimate songs he’s ever written.

Of course, there’s also plenty of room for old favourites from the Renegade album like “Burning The System” and “Singer In A Band”, which each, in turn, raises the roof.

This incredibly dynamic outfit gel so well together, from the guitar partnership of Zurab Melua and Ed Bramford who each play off each other all night long, to the rhythm section of Roger Davis (bass) and Joe Yoshida (drums) who act as a solid foundation for the group. James Toseland is full of charisma and charms the Tyneside audience.

The multifaceted Toseland shows off another side of his songwriting as he pulls up his keyboard for the beautiful heartfelt ballad “Just No Way”. Whilst still behind the keys Toseland picks up the pace, taking the audience back to the beginning of the band with the title track of their debut record “Renegade”.

The group brings their main set to a close with the hard rocking melodic number “Livin’ a Lie”, which in places has a sound which is almost reminiscent of Alter Bridge and leaves the audience wanting more. 

Toseland released their current double A-side single at the end of March. This package features both new song “Bullet” and “Fingers Burned” and has been championed by the likes of Planet Rock Radio in recent weeks. Although both songs feature during the course of the evening, the latter of which is reserved for the band’s duly deserved encore. The night is brought to a fitting close with “Crash Landing”.

It is often said that the second album is the hardest for an artist, I don’t think anyone told this to James Toseland. With both the Cradle The Rage album and their current tour, the band has returned stronger than ever.

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Event Date: 07-APR-2017

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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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