TYGERS OF PAN TANG
Blackpool Riffs, 14 March 2008
lights of Blackpool beckoned on Friday night as the Tygers of Pan Tang
swept into this northern seaside town bringing with them a taste of the
old and a dash of the new.
It took two support acts to precede the might of the Tygers neither of
which disappointed and certainly provided food for thought on both fronts.
Helvelyn II stepped up first. This four piece hard rock outfit from nearby
Wigan pitched it just about right for the hard rock crowd and tunes 'Lost'
and 'Rockin to the End' were just what the doctor ordered. Heavy, melodic...
with great on stage action including Stefan Finney's ability to play
guitar riffs with his teeth; this is exactly what you want to see in a
The second support act Whitefire came right out of the blue though... as
well as Yorkshire. It's hard to know where to begin though. This band
really are the complete package and would surprise us all if they weren't
to go onwards and upwards in a very big way.
Sibley's vocals are comparable to Robert Plant. This guy can sing! With
amazing tracks, 'Set It Free' and the fantastic 'Keep It Alive', think
Lynyrd Skynyrd. The whole band are a rock jigsaw puzzle...they belong
together and you don't want to lose a single piece!
Photo: Noel Buckley/GRTR!
Tygers took to the stage and fired off the first rock cannon of the night
with 'Hellbound' the audience went wild. From here on in things just got
better and better. New track 'Live For The Day' combined old and new and
everything we were hoping it would be.
original guitarist Robb Weir lines up in true rock n roll style with
guitarist Dean Robertson and Brian West on bass on hit song 'Suzie Smiled'
from the Tygers debut 'Wildcat' album the crowd can't ask for more and
yes...this song sounds as good live here and now as it did way back when. No
sorry, actually, it sounds even better!
Meille gave red hot vocals throughout and looks and sounds like he's been
a tyger forever none more so than on 'Bury the Hatchet' straight from
their new EP, Back and Beyond.
Gold' from another Tygers classic album, 'Spellbound' raised the bar even
higher so with Brian West's thundering bass and Craig Ellis' drums-to-die-for
'Rock & Roll Man' hit the spot beautifully.
'Don't Touch Me There' again off their 'Wildcat' record hit the stage a
little bit of magic was sprinkled there about.
When the encore came the boys served up a delicious helping of the classic
1980 single 'Euthanasia', and along with it came a dessert of what else
but 'Love Potion No. 9' leaving a satisfied audience who would have drunk
these boys up all night.
It's clear that the Tygers are still pushing the boundaries in all the
right directions and are as musically relevant today as they always were
but let me tell you, this band are not or never appear to have been in
first gear at all. The Tygers of Pan Tang are in fifth gear baby!.. and if
tonight's performance is anything to go by, they're going to invent a gear
Live For The Day
Raised On Rock
Bury The Hatchet
Slave To Freedom
Silver and Gold
Don't Stop By
Rock & Roll Man
Don't Touch Me There
Love Potion No. 9
Review by Judith Reeves
Photos by Noel Buckley/GRTR!
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