Steve Harris takes his side project out on the road for their first visit to the North East.
With an eagerly awaited new Iron Maiden album The Book of Souls on the way, the Newcastle rock fraternity descended upon The Riverside in their droves to take this rare opportunity to catch Steve Harris up close and personal before he inevitably regroups with Maiden.
Opening the proceedings were young British five-piece The Raven Age featuring Steve’s son George Harris on guitar. The band delivered a hard hitting set of melodic metal featuring tracks from their debut self-titled EP and left the audience raring to go. The Raven Age will be making a return to the region later in the year when they join Skarlett Riot on tour.
British Lion is Steveâ€™s debut album outside of Maiden. The origins of the band date back to the early 90’s and features Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar, and Simon Dawson on drums joining the legendary bass man himself.
The band rattled their way through the lion’s share of their debut album, interspersed with hard rocking new tracks like “Bible Black” and “Spitfire.” Singer Richard Taylor commanded the stage and had the crowd hanging on every word of fan favorites likes of “The Chosen Ones,” “Last Chance,” and “Judas”.
Guitarists, Leslie and Hawkins, make a formidable partnership. Harris, with his bass draped in the claret and blue of West Ham United, stood in his familiar stance, foot up on the monitor whilst he delivered the trademark galloping bass line that all Maiden fans have come to know and love.
Although as expected, there were no Iron Maiden tracks in the band’s setlist tonight, but they did play an incredible cover of UFO’s “Let It Roll.” British Lion closed out their set with the superb “Eyes of the Young” and left the audience wanting more. We look forward to more of what is to come from the band.