||TYGERS OF PAN TANG ARE BRAVE IN BILSTON
Tygers Of Pan Tang: Robin 2, Bilston
Tuesday 25th October 2016
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One of the innovators of the NWOBHM, Tygers Of Pan Tang, roll into town at the Robin 2 in Bilston for the fourth date of their first extensive UK tour for a long while.
With a brand new album recently released on Scandinavian label Mighty Music, simply called 'Tygers Of Pan Tang', which you can find out about right here, they kick their set off with the opening track from their new baby called 'Only The Brave'.
The band features just one original member these days, founder and guitarist Robb Weir, but it does not matter at all because this is a revitalised group and they're neat and the crowd really love the feat they have achieved in pulling a cracking new opus out of the bag after so many false dawns over the years.
The new songs are sublime and probably the best thing they have done for many a year and the audience instantly lap up the new material.
With the stunning vocals of Jacopo Meille soaring through the tracks with ease, the band's rip roaring start carries on through 'Love Don't Stay', which is the first track played tonight from one of their finest hours, the 1981 masterpiece 'Crazy Nights'.
The feel good factor of the night remains and the band can do no wrong in the fans' eyes. Star of the night is lead guitarist extraordinaire Micky Crystal, whose crisp clear solos and prowess on the stage enthral everyone watching.
He has big boots to fill, following in the footsteps of virtuoso guitarists such as Fred Purser and the legendary John Sykes, but he easily grasps the task in front of him with both hands and delivers a performance not to be forgotten.
We got four songs from the current Tygers' album, which fitted into the set fantastically, along with classics from their back catalogue. Their most commercially successful album, 'The Cage', was shelved tonight with tracks such as 'Paris By Air', 'Rendezvous' and 'Lonely At The Top' would have made it just that little bit more special but the band were making a statement here which was heard loud and clear.
No relying on past glories for Robb and his ambush here. Apparently the roar of a tiger can carry for over three miles at night. Make of that what you will.
Overall a great night was had by all and it was fantastic to see the band coming straight out after the gig to mix with fans and signing anything and everything thrown at them.
Only The Brave
Love Don't Stay
Do It Good
Never Give In
Don't Stop By
Keeping Me Alive
Devil You Know
Love Potion No 9
You can see Tygers of Pan Tang live here:
Friday 21st October: The Cluny, Newcastle
Saturday 22nd October: The Old Courts, Wigan
Monday 24th October: The Black Heart, London
Tuesday 25th October: The Robin 2, Bilston
Wednesday 26th October: The Fruit, Hull
Thursday 27th October: The New Crown, Merthyl Tydfi
Friday 28th October: The Rock & Blues, Barnsley
Saturday 29th October: Bannermans, Edinburgh
Friday 25th November: Winter Storm Festival, Troon
Saturday 7th January: Hard Metal Fest, Mangualde
Monday 6th March: Hell Over Hamburg, Hamburg
Tickets are available right here.
Tygers of Pan Tang are:
Jacopo Meille – Vocals
Robb Weir – Guitar
Micky Crystal – Guitar
Gavin Gray – Bass Guitar
Craig Ellis – Drums