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ConcertsSaxon, Quireboys, and Redline @ Rock City, Nottingham, UK 4/19/2013

Posted on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 06:28:55 CDT by Pete Pardo
Heavy Metal It's Friday night at Nottingham's Rock City and I feel like it's the 80's all over again, the place is packed. It's good to see that in these hard times of financial instability and uncertainness people still hunger for live music.

Redline are here at the request of Saxon and from the very start you can see why. Straight forward rock with a sprinkling of old school influences with an up to date modern hint. With the crowd still filtering into the venue Redline are getting down to business on stage and receiving respectful appreciation from the audience. 'Black Sky' and the fist pumping 'Battle Cry' leave the crowd happy and warm them up like a hot tub full of mercury in preparation for Saxon.

Before that however The Quireboys really bring Rock City's spirits up with their 'every nights a Friday' uplifting set. Like a drunken uncle gate-crashing a house party the mood is immediately lifted as Spike and his vagabond cohorts rip into some rock n' roll. 'Sex Party' and '7 O Clock' are the perfect anthems that gets Rock City dancing and shaking their stuff. With their Rolling Stones meets The Faces sensibilities it's a pure good time vintage set that really separates the Quireboys apart from the usual fodder out there. Spike's on stage banter raises glasses throughout the venue, as they play a new song from their yet to be released new album. With harmonica in hand and some piano led intros their set comes to a close far too soon, we could have gone another hour but for now we are left hugging the gate crashing uncle and escorting him off the premises.

Saxon have come back stronger than ever before with their new album 'Sacrifice' and the packed out venue is testament to that. Biff and the boys are really up for this gig, the second, on one of their biggest UK tours in a while. 'Sacrifice' kicks things off and the place erupts, with young and old, fathers and sons giving Biff the horns and singing along. With an early curfew in place Saxon press on with delivering the goods. And deliver the goods they most certainly do, bringing out some long lost tracks like 'Ride Like The Wind' which to be fair I've never heard live. The classics had to be rolled out otherwise Saxon would not have left the building alive, new ones 'Made In Belfast', 'Guardians Of The Tomb' and 'Warriors Of The Road' slotting in seamlessly. The guys are loving playing this gig as much as we are watching it, biffs onstage banter getting better as the set progresses. Nibbs is on fine form slapping his bass like an unruly child while the twin guitar's layer the songs majestically. It's the man behind the drums that gets my attention however, Nigel is as solid as they come, and one of the unsung heroes of the Metal community both on and off stage, people could learn alot from his generous attitude.

A 23 song set spanning 2 hours was amazing value for money, if there's one tour that will enter my top 10 list this year it's Saxon. Believe me Saxon are masters at this game, catch them on this tour and you will agree how vital they are to our Metal heritage.

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