Rival Sons are on the brink of big things, performing with unrivaled passion, while making a return to the region and wowing the O2 Academy in Newcastle.

A rather fitting prelude to the Sons was brought by the incredible Swedish four piece outfit The Blues Pills. The audience was treated to tracks like, “Devil Man” and “High Class Woman” from their self titled debut album, released last summer. The band, much like Rival Sons, conjure up sounds reminiscent of the golden age of rock. Imagine Janis Joplin fronting Led Zeppelin.

Rival Sons are regular visitors to the North East, and as such, have amassed quite a following here. Tonight it’s easy to understand why. Front man Jay Buchanan appears to be channeling many of the greats before him, he performs with such magnitude. The Son’s debonair axe man, Scott Holiday, left the crowd in awe with mind blowing solos during the likes of the epic, “Manifest Destiny Pt. 1” and “Tell Me Something.” Powerhouse drummer Mike Miley is integral to their sound, showcasing a phenomenal solo during the encore. The band also took the opportunity to introduce the audience to new bass player, Dave Beste, who recently took the place of Robin Everhart, who left the band in 2013.

The Sons played a well balanced set including tracks like, “Electric Man” and “Open My Eyes” from their superb latest offering Great Western Valkyrie, which was recently nominated for “Album of the Year” by Classic Rock Magazine, as well as old favorites like “Pressure and Time.” The band brought their set to a close with an epic rendition of “Jordan” and “Keep On Swinging” from their last album Heads Down.

Many have been fortunate enough to witness Rival Sons on several occasions since their first visit to the North East opening for Judas Priest in 2011, but this was by the far the best we’ve seen them. The band will be touring the UK once more in Spring and the U.K. is looking forward to their return.

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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.