DAN REED NETWORK / MASON HILL / HOLLOWSTAR - Garage, Glasgow 13.11.18
PHOTO CREDITS: GAVIN ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY
The Garage in Glasgow is rapidly becoming one of ‘THE’ places to play in the city . Always packed with enthusiastic audiences there to see their favourite bands and in the venue early enough to catch the support acts, which tonight include Hollowstar and Glasgow’s very own Mason Hill.
The crowd is still filing it’s way into the hall as HOLLOWSTAR who hail from St Ives in Cambridgeshire take to the stage at the ungodly time of 6:45pm, due to the venue doubling up as a nightclub. They immediately grab the crowd’s attention with their no frills good old fashioned rock’n’ roll. Singer/Bassist Joe Bonson - resplendent in stetson and ably backed up by his brother Jack on drums, guitarists Phil Haines and Tom Collett are tight and extremely able musicians with songs that have heads nodding from the off. They play tracks from their 2017 EP ‘Some Things Matter’ and single ‘Let You Down’.
Their set is unfortunately all too short but the adulation they receive shows this band are set for much bigger things in the not too distant future. They are guaranteed to be one of the next British bands to experience the big time.
Joe Bonson Vocals/Bass
Jack Bonson Drums
Phil Haines Guitar
Tom Collett Guitar
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Second up on tonight’s bill are Glasgow’s very own MASON HILL. This is my round half dozen times seeing them tonight and they take to the stage with tonight’s opener ‘No Regret’. Vocalist Scott Taylor looks genuinely gob smacked at the reaction of the crowd.
‘Survive’ and ‘Hold On’ which is their newest single with the video directed by Dan Reed himself follow and Taylor just doesn’t stop smiling. Guitarists James Bird and Marc Montgomery, bassist Matt Ward and drummer Craig McFetridge are playing with a ferocity I’ve never seen from them before. ‘Out of Reach’, ‘Wait for You’ and ‘Against The Wall’ all absolutely batter the crowd who are clearly having a ball watching the band who also appear to be savouring every minute of the night.
‘Where I Belong’ comes next and set closer ‘Now You See Me’ which is from the 2016 self titled EP is a perfect song to end with. We still have time however, for a superb cover of Audioslave’s ‘Cochise’ and the band leave the stage to (if we were sitting) a standing ovation.
MASON HILL have never been away but have suffered a few ups and downs recently and come through it all. On tonight’s efforts, they are back on top with an almighty bang and the best performance I’ve had the pleasure of seeing from them. Upwards and onwards guys.
Mason Hill are:
Scott Taylor Vocals
James Bird Guitars
Marc Montgomery Guitars
Matt Ward Bass
Craig McFetridge Drums
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DAN REED has been big news for a long time. He formed his Network in Portland, Oregon in 1984 and got a big break in 1989 with his album 'Slam' and a tour with some of the biggest bands of the time followed. He then dropped off the radar for some time but in the last few years, has stormed back to his best and this tour is in support of new album ‘Origins’.
He takes to the stage and launches straight into ‘Rock You All Night Long’ and then straight into one of my favourite songs of his - ‘Divided’. His interaction with the crowd is second to none, down on the barrier constantly shaking hands with the crowd making eye contact and smiling at them. He just exudes niceness.
Reed has as his network, Brion James on guitar, Melvin Brannon on bass and Dan Pred on drums with keyboardist/guitarist Rob Daiker at the back of the stage. Next up is ‘Baby Now I’ and then ‘Rainbow Child‘ which every single person in the hall knows and sings back to him. ‘Tiger in a Dress’ and ‘Save the World’ also get played. His chat between songs ranges from his industry experiences to an intense dislike of a certain President currently in the White House but all said with a smile on his face.
‘Ritual’ sees the introduction of a brass section and Scott from MASON HILL to duet on it . A final song comes in the way of Randy Newman’s ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ again ably assisted by the brass section who all have a couple of minutes in the limelight with solos and that’s it finished.
I’ve seen DAN REED three times in the past year in all guises, as a support, acoustically with Danny Vaughn and tonight as a headliner and every single time he’s been at the very top of his game. You never get him any other way than giving 100% and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him. Thanks Dan for a night to remember with three great bands and an aural feast.
Dan Reed Network are:
Dan Reed - Vocals
Brion James - Guitars
Melvin Brannon - Bass
Dan Pred - Drums
Rob Daiker - Guitars/Keyboards
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