Stone Broken makes a welcome return to the Riverside in Newcastle as part of their “Home” UK tour.
It’s only a couple of years back that the band were playing to just a handful of people at the nearby Cluny in Newcastle. However, tonight’s show is a completely different story with a sold-out crowd in attendance at the city’s Riverside night club.
Of course, Stone Broken are no strangers to this very room, in fact, it’s almost become a home away from home for the hard rocking quartet. The band has played here three times previously with the likes of Glenn Hughes, Living Colour as well a headline show last February during the ‘Beast from the East’.
Stone Broken has far from been resting on their laurels. Last year the group performed their first headline shows in the US as well as undertaking a run of dates with the likes of Adelita’s Way and Fozzy. However, it was their UK audience which the band really yearned for.
An intro tape of “Mama, I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne rolls, which in turn sets to the tone for the night ahead. Stone Broken takes to the Riverside Newcastle stage where they come out with all guns blazing as they belt through a quick run of anthems in the shape of “Stay All Night”, “Doesn’t Matter”, “Heartbreak Away” and a thunderous airing of “Better”. This, in turn, forms somewhat of an impressive opening to the show.
Throughout the course of the night, Stone Broken barely take their foot off the pedal for one minute. The band’s high octane show is intensified by smoke cannons which regularly fire during the set. The group’s energy is relentless, with band members frequently switching sides of the stage as they lead the charge and engage the crowd from on top of risers positioned up front.
With frequent airplay on Planet Rock over the years, Stone Broken has proven that they have got a tried and tested formula for establishing radio hits. Tracks such as the emotively titled “Home” and the band’s current single “The Only Thing I Need” certainly fit into the same category.
Never afraid of a challenge, frontman Rich Moss takes to the keyboard during the beautiful power ballad “Anyone” which also features additional guitar from the band’s tech Mark. The band quickly shift gears as they launch into the hard-hitting and heavy groove of “I Believe” which also features some crunchy guitar riffs from Davis and Moss.
Robyn Haycock takes her moment in the spotlight during a ferocious drum solo before the band gets down and dirty with “Let Me See It All”. As Stone Broken race towards the finish line it’s all about the hits as they belt through an emphatic airing of “Just A Memory” before the anthemic “Worth Fighting For” brings their main set to a close.
A two-song encore that includes a beautiful airing of “Wait For You” which is performed initially on solo acoustic guitar by Rich Moss and the frantic “Not Your Enemy” rounds out an incredible evening on Tyneside from one of the UK’s finest hard rock outfits.
It’s fair to say that things just keep on getting bigger and better for the Midlands-based quartet. It just goes to show that hard work pays off.
Opening the show this evening is Welsh group Those Damn Crows who are making their North East debut tonight. The five-piece recently released their debut album Murder and the Motive via Earache records and subsequently take the opportunity to showcase tracks from the release. With just thirty minutes to make their mark Those Damn Crows deliver an explosive set packed full of incredibly catchy hard rocking numbers such as “Breakaway”, “Fear Of The Broken” and current single “Blink of an Eye”. The Crows have been receiving considerable airplay on Planet Rock Radio and deservedly so.
Those Damn Crows carry an important message “Rock N Roll Ain’t Dead” and the packed out crowd in attendance at the Riverside Newcastle fully support this important message. Expect big things to come from Those Damn Crows, they are certainly one to watch out for in 2019.
Event Date: 12-Feb-2019