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  WHITESNAKE / JOURNEY / THUNDER
SECC, Glasgow, 19th May 2013


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I have never been such a fan of the SECC. Despite it's relatively central location if you live or stay in Glasgow as a music venue as it is an outpost that Glasgow City travel planners delight in making public transport less. This makes it a venue that is not easy to love.

On the other hand, with the memories of many fantastic gigs at the Edinburgh Playhouse in the 1980s and 1990s where access was a dream in comparison and city transport officials took care of the 3,000+ rock and Metal fans who turned up on a weekly basis for the Playhouse gigs plus the Venue for smaller shows and Madison's, the rock night club.

I decide to make the effort and get myself to the SECC as it's been 25 years (oh dear God!) since I last saw Whitesnake and it seems now is as good a time to catch up with Thunder and Journey too.

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Thunder

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The venue is like a cavern and the lights dim, AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' rips out from the speakers and Thunder rumble onto the stage. Judging by the reception there are a LOT of Thunder fans here.

Danny is in tip top form and having a bit of banter with the crowd, telling them off for not singing loud enough and generally enjoying himself. Luke is in 'serious guitarist' mode, moody-ing about the stage, throwing a few poses and clearly enjoying himself. All songs were an instant hit with the crowd, delivered with aplomb and style with no messing about.

There is a general bonhomie about Thunder; you've got to love them. Delivering great songs with self depreciating humour and making sure the audience know they are to sing along AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE – or there very well might be a bit of trouble – yes, that's right – Danny will make you sing it again and louder!

Dirty Love
Backstreet Symphony
Low Life in High Places
River of Pain
Higher Ground
The Devil Made Me Do It
Love Walked In (from the first album released in about 1860, according to Danny)
I Love You More Than Rock 'N' Roll

Generally Thunder were wonderful and I could've watched them a lot longer than just 8 songs.

Whitesnake

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Now – here is a dilemma, most were expecting Whitesnake to headline so were milling about outside when the roadies had finished and put the Whitesnake logo up so there were a fair amount of fans making a hasty return to their seats.

The tape over intro of 'My Generation' was enough to say David Coverdale is on his way and – wow, lights, camera and lots and lots of dry ice and it was a time warp back to the 1980s.

This is no bad thing as there were lots of good live bands touring then and Whitesnake were acknowledged as one of the top of the live acts. But here is the thing, the set is one of the most traditional rock sets I have witnesses this side of Grunge. It could have been 1988 at the Playhouse.

"Hello Glasgow", Mr Coverdale yells. "35 f***ing years we've been playing here."

The man is such a tart, mic stand aerobics from the crotch, walking to the back of the stage wiggling his behind, shaking up his hair – you've got to love him! He is a clear born and bred showman once he is on stage and his voice and vocal range is as good as it ever was. With clear and talented support from Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach on the verses so he could rock out the choruses it was very well planned and delivered.

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The live set formula was clear, popular hits, and a tribute to fallen comrades – Mel Galley, Jon Lord and Cozy Powell, with 'Gambler' first time back in the set since the 'Slide It In' tour of 84/85 followed by solos aplenty finished up with more of the more popular hits then close with a pictures of Mel Galley, Cozy Powell and Jon Lord and David Coverdale's own younger years in Deep Purple.

This was all very well and moving to see pictures of comrades Mr Coverdale wishes to acknowledge and take time to ensure they are properly paid homage. However, the gig as a whole lost its way at the end of 'Love Will Set You Free', 15 minutes of guitar duelling followed by half of 'Steal Your Heart Away' and then five minutes of Tommy's drum solo. Now I appreciate Mr Coverdale's sentiments on showcasing the band's talents and his opinion that all members of Whitesnake are equal and deserve equal profile however, 25 minutes given over to various solos including a harmonica solo from the bassist is pushing it. It was all very clever but we can already appreciate each individual member of the band when they play each song with the band collectively. This missed the opportunity to hear more of the Whitesnake hits that we all love. I am not alone in my disappointment in of this part of the show.

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It took from 'Forevermore' to 'Bad Boys'/'Children Of The Night' to recover and once we realised we were back on to the hits we could sing along to we had passed 'Fool For Your Loving' and on to the penultimate 'Here I Go Again' and the finale 'Still Of The Night'.

The band stayed on the stage and passed out drum sticks, guitar picks and generally took time to make sure the fans knew they mattered.

Whitesnake as a band were magnificent when they were playing the songs we came to hear, the middle 25 minutes were a sorry loss. I was not the only person saying "Is that all?"

My Generation
Give Me All Your Love
Ready an' Willing
Can You Hear the Wind Blow
Don't Break My Heart Again
Is This Love
Gambler - dedicated to Mel Galley, Cozy Powell and Jon Lord
Love Will Set You Free
Guitar Duel for Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach
Steal Your Heart Away incl. A harmonica solo from and drum solo by Tommy Aldridge
Forevermore
Bad Boys / Children of the Night
Fool For Your Loving
Here I Go Again
Still Of The Night
We Wish You Well – taped finish as Whitesnake take their bows and leave the stage

Journey

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Now, I am not so familiar with Journey as this is the first time I had seen them live. They were very good, sound was not always great but they more than made up for it with the Arnel Pineda making sure he covered all the stage and acknowledged all the fans. He ran along the front row while the guitar solos were featured and pulled a few rock n roll jump half splits. His vocals were the best feature of the show alongside Deen Castronovo.

We did have another harmonica solo – what is it with Harmonica's?? Neal Schon mooched about seemingly happy in a guitar daze and Ross Valory smiled and nodded along to every song.

Not a note wrong and some very happy fans. Although, due to afore mentioned transport links many fans had left by the time the gig closed which is disappointing and reflected on Glasgow City's ineptitude, not Journey in any way at all.

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Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Ask the Lonely
Only the Young
Guitar Intro/Stone In Love
Edge of the Blade
Keep on Runnin'
Keyboard solo / Open Arms
Lights
Dead or Alive
Escape
Wheel in the Sky
Be Good to Yourself
Faithfully
Don't Stop Believin'
Any Way You Want It

If you haven't been able to get to a Whitesnake gig this time round then here is a free download of 'Love Will Set You Free' from those lovely people at the Sheffield Telegraph. Click here to get yours...

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European fans will see Arch Enemy again in late April. The band are coming back with support from US Metal force Unearth and Drone from Germany...

motley crue EXCLUSIVE: MOTLEY CRUE PAY TRIBUTE TO GARY GLITTER ON THE FINAL TOUR
Debauched rockers Motley Crue are currently in Japan performing their last Asian dates on their much publicised Final Tour...

music for nations LEGENDARY HEAVY METAL LABEL MUSIC FOR NATIONS IS BACK
As well as reissues, the label will be signing new artists for the first time in over a decade...

satyricon SATYRICON SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS FOR RELEASE OF SPECTACULAR LIVE DVD
"It's not a live album. It's a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band..."

absolva ABSOLVA RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'IN SOME WILD UNIVERSE' PLUS TOUR UPDATE
This video features the touring line-up of the band for 2015...

rival sons RIVAL SONS WITHDRAW FROM SOUNDWAVE 2015
Australia will have to wait a little longer to see Rival Sons in the flesh as family matters take priority...

the answer THE ANSWER RELEASE BRAND NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR TRACK 'LONG LIVE THE RENEGADES'
"The song is about just doing what you do best and having a bit of a bunker mentality..."

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE HEADLINE TOUR FOR JUNE 2015
US punk pioneers will bring their distincitve sound to four countries over ten dates...

carl sentance BREAKING NEWS: CARL SENTANCE ANNOUNCED AS NEW VOCALIST FOR NAZARETH
Persian Risk vocalist Carl Sentance replaces Linton Osbourne to start the next chapter for the Scottish hard rockers...

rockingham firefest BREAKING NEWS: ROCKINGHAM RELIGHTS THE FIREFEST; GOTTHARD, DAN REED, STAN BUSH AND MORE ANNOUNCED
The AOR flag will be raised high yet again over Nottingham Rock City...

pentagram PENTAGRAM RE-SIGNS WITH PEACEVILLE RECORDS - ALBUM RECORDING UNDERWAY
Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram have become a legendary international act...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP 2015 UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
This tour follows on from the release of the band's acclaimed album 'Outsider' which enjoyed excellent reviews...

godsmack GODSMACK VOCALIST SULLY ERNA TO MAKE AN ONLINE POKER COMEBACK
For Godsmack fans this could be disheartening as Erna shifts his attention from music to poker...

quo convention FIRST EVER STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION ANNOUNCED
There will be live music, very special guests and a packed programme this October for this very special celebration...

queensryche THUNDER CONFIRMED AS VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TO ZZ TOP AT WEMBLEY ARENA PLUS MINI UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
The group's first studio album in six years, 'Wonder Days', reminds us why Thunder are now more revered than ever before...

queensryche QUEENSRŸCHE TO TOUR EUROPE AND RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2015
It's a busy year for Queensrÿche with headline shows and festival appearances before the new album release...

dir en grey dir en grey RETURN FOR TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWS
The Islington O2 Academy will be the scene for Japanese avant-garde Metal in May...

unleashed SWEDISH LEGENDS UNLEASHED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND ARTWORK
The founders of the Viking Death Metal movement are back and as brutal as ever...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'MY REMEDY'
Get a taste of the new album with 'My Remedy', the third single to be released...

Shattered sun LEGENDARY BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS FM RETURN WITH 'HEROES & VILLAINS' ON APRIL 17TH
"We're on a roll! Some of the tracks on this album are better than anything that the band has ever produced, and Steve's voice is as good as ever..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE ONLY UK DATE THIS YEAR WITH ARCH ENEMY SUPPORTING
"Who would have thought about headlining at Wembley Arena one day when we were starting our UK touring history..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS GO UNPLUGGED AND PERSONAL: ACOUSTIC DATES ANNOUNCED
After last year's highly acclaimed unplugged tour, The Quireboys are pleased to announce a very intimate string of evenings early 2015...

killit KILLIT UNLEASH DEBUT VIDEO AND ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER LIVE SHOW
'Shut It Down' is the first single from the album and is out now and available...

state villains STATE VILLAINS TO RELEASE SECOND EP IN SPRING
State Villains have an honesty that harkens back to an era of integrity and a distinct lack of gimmicks...

chris slade BREAKING NEWS: CHRIS SLADE IS BACK IN AC/DC
Chris will rejoin the legendary hard rockers for their appearance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards as well as the band's upcoming tour...

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