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Johnny Main

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The prospect of seeing Last In Line was for me interesting enough, but I thought that due to the venue curfew being quite early that they wouldn't have a support band at all, however, I was wrong and was delighted to find that the support band was none other than Sweet Savage.

In retrospect, it's an obvious choice as Last In Line guitarist Vivian Campbell played in the band before leaving to join Dio, but Sweet Savage was a band that I'd never quite managed to catch live before, so I settled myself beside the bar as their set began to a good reception from the audience.

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The band had played with Last In Line the previous night in Belfast and were right on the money with singer/bass player, Ray Hallers Irish charm on display from the very beginning as he commented "[Glasgow is the] same crowd as Belfast, just with different accents". This proved to be something of an ice-breaker with the crowd before the band got down to the serious business of playing.

With time limited, the band performed a short but very entertaining set. Using the occasion to plug their most recent album, 'Regeneration', they presented four cuts from that proving that they don't need to lean too heavily on their past to keep the attention of the audience. Indeed second song in, 'Powder Monkey', had the crowd helping out with the chorus and a couple of head bangers down the front just added to the atmosphere.

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Of the newer material, it was 'No Guts No Glory' that seemed to get the best reception. It's a fast and frantic number which had guitarist Simon McBride slowing the pace slightly during the guitar solos before the song picked up again during the verses. I missed the album on its release, but will certainly be checking it out after this solid performance.

The track 'Killing Time' predictably gets the biggest cheers of the night as it was famously covered by Metallica in 1991, and McBride played a truly spellbinding solo, and a great end to their standard set.

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The band managed to sneak in an extra song – an old favourite, 'Whiskey In The Jar' – which gets the room moving, especially during the choruses. There's no shortage of support for Sweet Savage in Glasgow and I for one would welcome the chance to see them back in the city again sooner rather than later.

Set List:
Powder Monkey
No Guts No Glory
Killing Time
Whiskey in the Jar

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Sweet Savage are:
Ray Haller – Vocals/Bass Guitar
Simon McBride – Guitar
Phil Edgar – Guitar
Marty McCloskey – Drums

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