Award-winning Finnish rockers the Von Hertzen Brothers arrive in the North East of England as part of their ‘War Is Over Tour Part 2’.

The Von Hertzen Brothers have been touring relentlessly in support of their latest studio album War Is Over. Following stand out appearances at both Download Festival and Ramblin’ Man Fair this summer the group are back in the UK for a run of shows that included an appearance at Planet Rockstock, five shows with prog rock legends Uriah Heep along with a seven-date headline tour.

However, life on the road is no easy feat, and illness is always inevitable. Tonight frontman Mikko is feeling somewhat under the weather, and by his own admission, it’s a miracle that he has made it on stage this evening. Being in the North East of England he thanks his guardian angel Ginger Wildheart for looking after him. Subsequently, this evening’s setlist has been handpicked to cater for such circumstances.

The group kicks off the proceedings with the epic title track of their latest offering, which is followed in quick succession by current single “Jerusalem”. The latter of which being somewhat of a poignant number, which was recently released ahead of the seventieth anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. The track was written in order to help bring attention to the importance of Human Rights globally.

Throughout the course of the evening, the band’s set ebbs and flows from all-out rockers such as “You Don’t Know My Name” and the groove-heavy “Let Thy Will Be Done” which sit side by side some of the more mellower tracks from the band’s repertoire such as “Somewhere In The Middle”.

The majestic and somewhat psychedelic-tinged “Kiss A Wish” is one of the many highlights of the set. This track, in particular, has many layers which are perfectly intertwined that includes an atmospheric eastern-tinged drum and keyboard breakdown along with both guitar and vocal harmonies.

With War Is Over, the Von Hertzen Brothers have produced several songs that have garnered constant radio airplay, as well as winning the band a whole raft of new fans and followers in the process. One song in particular which fits this description is “Long Lost Sailor”. With its up-tempo beat and infectious melody, it’s easy to see why it has become such a Planet Rock favourite in recent times.

As the band head towards the end of their set, the crowd helps Mikko out during a mass singalong to the rather dramatic “Sunday Child” before the show is brought to its explosive conclusion with “Gloria” and “Prospect For Escape”. Following a brief interlude, the Von Hertzen Brothers return to the stage to close the night out properly with their anthemic recent single “New Day Rising”.

With War Is Over, it’s fair to say that the Von Hertzen Brothers are at the top of their game. Tonight, despite difficult circumstances, the band give it their all; there is simply no stopping them.

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Event Date: 08-Dec-2018

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