night, and the boys are back in town! The Barrowlands was the venue for
the first date of the latest Thin Lizzy UK tour and anticipation was
high. This show, as well as being the first of the tour, was also a
hometown gig for new front man Ricky Warwick, couple this with the sold
out signs that met us at the door and you had all the ingredients for a
By the time we got into the hall the first band on tonight's menu were
just entering their stride. Triggerfinger are a Belgian trio who
play a mean blues/ rock fusion and have a stage presence that soon won
the crowd over.
is reminiscent of Queens Of The Stone Age with a bit of Led Zep added
for effect. Dressed in sharp suits, the guys looked like a mixture of
geography teachers and Mafia henchmen.
set was bass heavy, and very tight with some fantastic playing from all
three. Guitarist and vocalist, Ruben Block, never stopped moving
throughout the set whilst larger than life bass player Paul Van
Bruystegem and drummer Mario Goossens laid down a rock solid beat.
By the end
of their allotted thirty minutes, an appreciative Glasgow crowd was on
it's feet and the band left the stage to resounding cheers with mile
wide smiles on their faces.
As soon as Triggerfinger had finished their slot there was an influx of
bearded men with checked shirts to await the arrival of Maryland's
I first came
across Clutch at the Download festival last year and absolutely loved
their performance that day and tonight proved to be more of the same.
Clutch are a
utilitarian band, no frills, no fancy get ups or stage gimmicks. What
you get is four guys playing heavy rock music infused with a bit of funk
and blues, no more, no less, but the performance is stunning.
point of the band is bearded front man Neil Fallon. His distinctive
vocal delivery, which is almost rap like at times, coupled with Mr Bean
like facial expressions and posturing, are more than enough to hold the
Add in songs
the calibre of 'The Mob Goes Wild', '50,000 Unstoppable Watts' and set
closer 'Electric Worry' and it added up to another amazing performance.
By the end of the set, if you didn't know better, you would have sworn
that Clutch were headlining the night such was the reaction. Hopefully
this tour will increase the band's already large cult following because
they definitely deserve the success.
There was no doubt who tonight's headliners were though as cries of 'Lizzy,
Lizzy' filled the air. The band wandered on to the darkened stage and
fired straight into 'Are You Ready' to which the answer was an emphatic
'yes'. Continuing with 'Jailbreak' and 'Bad Reputation' the band looked
to be in their element, especially Ricky Warwick who later said that the
Barrowlands held a special place in his heart as he saw many a gig there
in his youth.
The show proved, unsurprisingly, to be a greatest hits set which was
exactly what the sold out masses had come for.
The highlights kept
coming, an amazing 'Angel Of Death was followed by 'Still In Love With
You' with both Warwick and Darren Wharton sharing vocal duties to great
Being the first night of the tour there were a few gremlins
about, half the lighting rig failed at one point and sound wise the mix
was a bit muddy but these things didn't detract from on-stage
The twin guitar delivery of Scott Gorham and the newest member, Damon
Johnson was spot on during all numbers and as backlines go, they don't
get much better than Marco Mendoza and Brian Downey.
The main set was
rounded off with 'Cowboy Song' and the inevitable 'The Boys Are Back In
Town' which was turned into a mass singalong.
The band then returned to
the stage for three encores 'Emerald', 'Rosalie' and they final rounded
off the night with a stunning run through of 'Black Rose'.
This was my first gig of 2012 and what a way to start. This is a
fantastic package with three top class bands on the one bill.
first night things probably weren't 100% perfect, but it was damn close,
I can only imagine how good the show will be two or three gigs in, and
if you are going make sure you get there early!