SKID ROW / BAD TOUCH / AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS - Rock City, Nottingham 15.08.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM

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Having to cancel part of their tour earlier in the year due to illness, this rescheduled gig had been long awaited by those filling the main room at Rock City, the expectation palpable as eras of Skid Row t-shirts and denim vests/waistcoats were worn with pride.

 

Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics opened the night. I have caught the band a couple of times over the last year or so and they never fail to impress me. Bundles of energy and oodles of talent packed into a perfectly balanced package of flamboyance, attitude and solid tunes. The band are tight as they plough through some of the tracks from their debut album ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’.

Buchanan, keeping chat to a minimum as they had about 30 minutes to show the audience what they were all about, which they more than ably did despite Buchanan having to tone down his usual energetic performance due to lack of space, so there was certainly no time for crowd surfing and head stands. This was all about the music.

Nods of appreciation from those in the crowd, numbers swelling the space during the performance obviously drawn away from the bars to see this band with a huge future pounding out meaty riffs from Tom McCarthy, growling bass lines from Mart Trail and energetic concise drumming from the highly watchable Paul White. Laurie Buchanan has as much energy as her brother but, instead of channelling it through vocals and performance, it is channelled straight through the strings. The highlight was the title track from the album which seemed to reverberate through the floor and into your brain. Wonderful melodic hard rock delivered with pizazz.

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With their third album ‘Shake A Leg’ due to be released on 5th October, Bad Touch are a band with an increasing pedigree. They have an ease on stage, an understated energy but what draws you to the music is the tone of Stevie Westwood’s voice. There is a richness of a blues man with the power of rock. The music matches the voice with the rhythmic drumming from George Drewry keeping the pace complete with Michael Bailey laying down the bottom line and Rob Glendinning beefing up the meaty riffs with Daniel Seekings.
 

Delivering a set to keep the crowd entertained beginning with ‘Take Me Away’, ‘Good On Me’ and ‘Skyman’ this was an evening to demonstrate to those not familiar with their brand of rock, how they can lift the roof off, lifting the crowd and paving the way for Skid Row. Another short set but one which was thoroughly enjoyable, and I have a feeling that they have gained some new fans tonight.

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https://www.facebook.com/badtouchrocks/


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The crew swarmed on the stage clearing away any trace of those who had already performed, stripping away everything but the raised drum kit and familiar Stars and Stripes banners and placing the small platforms as always used by Skid Row.

 

Exploding onto the stage following their intro of ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’, Skid Row launched into ‘Slave To The Grind’ immediately followed by ‘Sweet Little Sister’. Oh my! They were certainly on form tonight, it’s a full wall of sound that smacks you firmly in the gut and just stays there. A fabulously visual band too – working the crowd with gestures, smiles drawing you in and holding you hostage.

 

I admit that when Skid Row reformed and started touring I was a little cynical as I couldn’t see a way forward for them after the dynamic Mr Bach but I interviewed ZP Theart earlier in the year who said he was a true Skid Row fan and had no intention of replacing Bach in the fans eyes but would be himself. He is true to his word, with the vocal range of Bach so the songs sound as they did back in the day, but Theart also allows his confidence and personality to come through. He isn’t a replacement, he’s a singer fronting a fabulous band singing amazing songs. The new album talked about last year will be welcome but to be honest, hearing these iconic songs is just fabulous tonight, a midweek pick me up to help get through to the weekend.

 

The energy emitting off the stage is immense, the crowd match the energy singing their hearts out, the age range of those along the barrier with fists in the air is testament to the viability of such iconic songs, with young and older rocking out stood shoulder to shoulder. A fabulous atmosphere!

 

Rapturous cheers for ‘18 & Life’ and the room sings along to every word. As the set continues and the sweat rolls off those on stage the energy doesn’t wain. Song after song of dual guitar attacks, mighty riffs, power packed punchy drumming, a bass-line which shakes your soul and of course a tone perfect, unwavering vocal. Amazing! Finishing their 14-song set with the formidable ‘Youth Gone Wild’, Skid Row proved why they are still touring, making great memories for all those who see them and why I hope this continues.
 

Next up for them is the inaugural Stonedeaf Festival where they are headlining next Saturday (25th August) at Newark, get yourself a ticket and come and join the party.

 

Skid Row are:

Scotti Hill (guitar)
Rachel Bolan (bass)
Snake Sabo (guitar)
Rob Hammersmith (drums)
ZP Theart (lead vocals)

 

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