Its been just over 12 months since I have had the chance to see Dave Evans but as part of his 3rd UK tour and celebrating 40 years of AC/DC, the Welsh born Australian was back in town and ready to rock n roll once again.
Queen’s Hall has become one of my favourite UK live music venues. Set aside from the pub so its perfect in its private surroundings. Sound quality, stage, green room are all well above the average venue which is always good as it makes the bands feel a lot more at ease.
When the opportunity arose to book Dave Evans at my local music venue I was so excited and almost forgot to book the support bands as I wanted to just watch 3 hours of Dave and his UK Badasses. Obviously, here at TBFM we like to give as many bands as possible the opportunity to play with bigger bands so thinking cap was on… for about 3 seconds.
It was obvious I would have to book my 2013 band of the year, Black Star Bullet to open the show! Rocky Shades’ Wildside Riot was the other band I had to pick as Rocky has supported Dave in the past and it was pretty much a simple choice!
Black Star Bullet have really been shining through the ranks of TBFM. Our listeners have really loved their music, style and professional stage image. Its hard to see how we only discovered this band a few months ago but they have been around for 10 years – WHERE THE HELL HAVE THEY BEEN?
We were treated to some of BSB’s great tracks from their current self titled album with ‘Hate’ definitely being the crowds favourite song. I really am blown away every time I see these guys play and I just want more of it. There was a time I thought Stevi Roxx was a nutter (well, he still is!) for seeing the same band 50 times and still wanting to see them again and again, getting excited about each gig but with BSB I get the exact same thing going on. 6 times I have seen them in 4 months and they simply cannot do anything wrong on the stage.
Next up after a short break comes the world’s biggest showboater, Rocky Shades with Wildside Riot. I have somehow managed to never see this band even after they played Hard Rock Hell 6 last year (I was busy doing interviews). We needed the full stage for this man… and boy did he use it!
From the offset, this band gripped the crowd and threw out song after song of awesomeness. I particularly love their self titled track ‘Wildside Riot’ as it is one that just sticks in your head for days and days. Bit of crowd interaction with a great cover of Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ where Rocky jumped into the crowd and got everyone having a go at the famous ‘more, more, more’ chorus line. ‘Trash Queen’ was another cracking tune that gets everyone rocking and as I looked around, people were shaking their asses all over the place!
Wildside Riot were definitely putting on a performance that meant Dave really had to get something special on when he came out onto the stage… and hell yeah, he delivered it!
Dave Evans and his UK Badasses (Absolva) have been all around the UK on tour for the past few weeks so it was obvious they were going to be good on the night as you would expect from a band on a tight scheduled tour. There was no stepping off the gas with these boys, 110% energy and performance from the seconds they stepped onto the stage right through to the amazing encore.
They started the show with Dave’s ORIGINAL version of AC/DC’s ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’ which was only ever released in Australia 40 years ago but it still sounded awesome on the night and Dave proved he owned that one. Mixing the show up with tracks from his Judement Day album as well as Bon Scott era of AC/DC tracks the crowd did not stop dancing, headbanging and singing for the full 90 minutes.
There was an immense guitar solo from Chris Appleton to end the song ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ which I captured on film. The talent this man has is beyond belief. I have seen a lot of showboating guitar solo’s but Chris doesn’t do such things. When you watch him in the video it is like he becomes the guitar (ooh eek, does that mean hes playing with himse…stop there!!).
Of course, we had to have some of the big AC/DC classics to sing along too with ‘Long Way To The Top’ which saw Rocky Shades invade the stage to sing along to as only Rocky Shades can get away with doing, ‘TNT’ and ‘Highway To Hell’ some of the ones I remember going crazy too! The night ended with a cracking version of ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’, another one that I managed to capture on video with bits of Rocky Shades singing along!
The encore was one of the greatest songs of all time… ‘Let There Be Rock’. DAVE EVANS… we asked for rock and you gave it us.
This gig is now my best live gig of 2013. I have been to see hundreds of bands this year but it will be hard to beat, although I am off to see him again Saturday 20th July at SOS Festival near Manchester! All 3 bands were of the highest quality, professional and very crowd pleasing. Good to see people still out there supporting real music rather than stealing it off torrent sites, watching shite reality programmes or admiring the heatwave with a BBQ at home with Tom Jones records playing in the background!!!