Derby, UK glam rockers extraordinaire, The Struts, shine in Louisville with support from Holy White Hounds and Cemetery Sun.
There was a high level of anticipation in the room moments before The Struts took the Mercury Ballroom stage.
Lead singer Luke Spiller blasted onto the stage, adorned in a golden sequined jacket, patent-leather pants with gold fringe and sparkly silver boots as the whole room erupted. Luke, best described as a mix of Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, and maybe even a little Tim Curry rolled in for good measure, has such a commanding stage presence and energy that had the whole room bouncing right from the start. The band was just as good working like a well-oiled machine and seemed to be having the time of their lives.
Their music is a solid mix of glam rock with anthem-like choruses that contain the never-ending energy and flamboyance of their frontman. The show is engaging with Luke continually egging the fans in the crowd to jump, clap, sing and generally have a grand time as he and the group are obviously doing on stage.
Toward the end of the set, Luke took a minute to address the crowd explaining that The Struts donâ€™t get half of the support in the UK that they do in the US. “We love you America!” he shouted before introducing their newest single, “Put Your Money on Me,” that had the entire venue hopping.
After a wardrobe change which has Luke now in a glittery Silver top hat and a similar jacket with “Sir Rock & Roll” emblazoned in red on the back, The Struts launch into an encore set featuring an acoustic rendition of “She Makes Me Feel” before rolling into “Where Did She Go?” ending a sensational evening of music.
The Struts are on the final legs of their long US tour (they started last August) and are not a group to be missed â€“ their show is a guaranteed good time.
The Struts Set List: “Put Your Hands Up,” “These Times Are Changing,” “Could Have Been Me,” “The Ol’ Switcheroo,” “Kiss This,” “Mary Go Round,” “Roll Up,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Let’s Make This Happen Tonight,” “Put Your Money on Me,” and “Only Just a Call Away”
Encore: “She Makes Me Feel” (acoustic) and “Where Did She Go?”
The Struts are Luke Spiller (lead vocals), Addo Slack (guitar/vocals), Jed Elliott (bass/vocals), and Gethin Davies (drums).
Des Moines, Iowa-based at-risk band Holy White Hounds provided the main support for the evening. Tonight was their first show of the tour with The Struts, having just come off a tour two days prior in California and driving straight to Louisville.
The Holy White Houndâ€™s set included their singles “Switchblade” and “Ghost Arm” from their most recent album, Sparkle Sparkle, along with some great impersonations of Forrest Gump, Maury Povich, and Yosemite Sam by Guitarist James Manson.
Holy White Hounds is comprised of Brenton Dean (vocals/guitar), Ambrose Lupercal (bass), James Manson (guitar), and Seth Luloff (drums).
Sacramento-based Cemetery Sun started the evening off. Their set, a mix of alternative, pop, R&B, and even a little electro along with a great energy was well received.
Cemetery Sun is Josh Doty (singer), Austen Butler (drummer), Elliot Polokoff (guitarist, producer), Jesse Mancillas (lead guitar), and Matt Scarpelli (bassist).
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Event Date: 08-Dec-2016