This was a momentous show for The Colour Of Vinyl; the first ever arena show that we’d been granted press/guest list to. So how did we celebrate? By sending along the enigma that is Dan Buckingham, of course…
Kicking off proceedings tonight is the well oiled machine that is Buckcherry. Whilst everything is technically fine, it’s clear that after 7 albums & an EP, Buckcherry are going through the motions & if you weren’t a fan already, it’s unlikely tonight’s performance will change that. Despite this, the crowd are fairly receptive & their smash hit ‘Crazy Bitch’ gets more than a few bodies moving.
On a line up leaning significantly towards the heavy end of the musical spectrum, Bowling For Soup stick out like a sore thumb, however any doubts that they wouldn’t be able to hold their own are rapidly diminished. With twenty years of touring under their belts they know exactly how to work the crowd & take to the stage as if it was their own headline show. Playing what is essentially a greatest hits set, Bowling For Soup still look like they’re loving every second of being a band. Not short on the self deprecating humour, it’s not just the solid songs that keep the crowd entertained. Not many bands two decades into their career get the chance to win over new fans with support slots, but tonight, Bowling For Soup do just that with apparent ease. Ending on Girl All The Bad Guys Want, it’s a genuine wonder why BFS have never headlined venues of this size themselves.
Without a care in the world that this is 2016 & not the mid eighties, Steel Panther take to the stage with Eyes of a Panther & the energy never really lets up throughout the entire 2 hour set. Never in short supply of the onstage chit chat, the back & forth banter between Michael Starr, Satchel & Lexxi Foxx is equally as entertaining as the content of their songs, & when they say they’re the best band of eighties, it’s pretty difficult to argue otherwise. At one point there is no less than 20 members of the audience on stage with them (all female, I might add) & it’s hard to tell who’s more happy about thier presence, the woman themselves or the band.
Finishing up the set with a one two punch of Community Property & Death to All But Metal before encoring with ‘Party All Day’, Steel Panther are the living proof that real rock & roll will never die. Death to all but metal indeed.
– Dan Buckingham (@DanBuckingham_)