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Y&T, O2 Islington Academy, London
16 October 2010
annoying 10.00 curfew tonight, Manchester metal merchants Fury UK
face the tough task of having to hit the stage at 6.45, a mere 15
minutes after the doors open, so it's understandable that the crowd is
pretty sparse for the first few songs of their brief but powerful set.
promoting new album 'A Way Of Life', Fury UK deliver full on, quality
traditional British metal in style. Frontman Chris Appleton is a highly
gifted guitarist, ably supported by a rock solid rhythm section of
bassist Luke Appleton and drummer Martin McNee, sporting a quite
superbly long goatee beard that would give Dusty Hill a run for his
the crowd fills up as the set progresses, and there's even a half decent
crowd sing along to 'Call to Arms'.
best till last, the epic 'Death By Lightning', from last year's VR
album, receives a resounding thumbs up from those that did make the
effort to get into the venue early.
of early Maiden in places, this was the track that got the audience
talking after the set, and illustrates why this band have a bright
future ahead of them.
new album, Facemelter, pointing firmly in the direction of what many
consider to be the band's three classic albums - Earthshaker, Black
Tiger & Mean Streak - it's nice to see the band treating tonight's crowd
with a generous selection of tracks from that era.
On With The
Show, Facemelter's opening track, kicks things off in fine style,
sounding a little heavier and rawer than the album version. The crowd
barely get a chance to catch their breath before Jeff Scott Soto makes a
surprise appearance to sing Mean Streak - an outstanding vocal
performance and a blistering rendition. And that's only three songs into
Five tracks from Facemelter feature in tonight's set, and blend
seamlessly with the older material. Shine On sounds very Van Halen-esque,
while I'm Coming Home and especially Blind Patriot are real belters.
If You Want
Me is tinged with a little sadness as this one is dedicated to bassist
Phil Kennemore, currently undergoing treatment for cancer and so not
with the band on this tour. Brad Lang, however, gives a sterling
performance filling in on the bass.
Tonight's set clocks in at well over the 2 hour mark, and is choc full
of Y&T classics - Hurricane, Midnight In Tokyo, Black Tiger, Dirty Girl
all receive a rapturous reception from the crowd.
Vanderhule delivers a thumping drums solo as an intro to Barroom Boogie,
and Forever really gets some heads banging in the audience. I Believe In
You showcases Dave Meniketti's superb guitar skills during the epic
solo. There's even a quick rendition of Rainbow In the Dark in honour of
Fans of the band's more commercial 'hair metal' era aren't left out
though with the likes of Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, Summertime Girls,
Eyes Of a Stranger and even Lucy all going down well. One more track
from Earthshaker - Rescue Me - finishes the set off in style as the
10.00 curfew looms.
style and class tonight, and despite the absence of Kennemore, the
performance is as tight, vibrant and professional as ever.
I heard the
words 'gig of the year' uttered from more than one set of lips on the
way out of the venue tonight, which says a lot. It's amazing to think
that a band of this quality don't even sell out a venue of this size
anymore, but armed with a fantastic new album in Facemelter and a
recovering Phil Kennemore, we can hopefully look forward to a few more
years of earthshaking, face melting quality rock.
SET LIST: ON WITH THE SHOW/ HARD TIMES/ MEAN STREAK/ SHINE ON/ IF YOU
WANT ME/ DON'T STOP RUNNIN/ HURRICANE/ I'M COMING HOME/ I BELIEVE IN
YOU/LUCY/ EYES OF A STRANGER/ MIDNIGHT IN TOKYO/ BLIND PATRIOT/ DON'T BE
AFRAID OF THE DARK/ I'LL CRY FOR YOU/ BLACK TIGER/DRUM SOLO/ BARROOM
BOOGIE/ DIRTY GIRL/ SUMMERTIME GIRLS/ FOREVER/ RESCUE ME
Photos by Noel Buckley
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