Rock fans at the LG Arena were treated to a triple bill of classic rockers last night – Journey, Whitesnake and Thunder.
Packing in three bands meant Thunder kicked off proceedings at the ridiculously early time of 6.45pm but they still had a decent-sized crowd for singer Danny Bowes to whip up. Bowes is one of rock’s most entertaining frontmen and soon had the place buzzing . . . despite his ‘dad dancing.'
Luke Morley and Ben Matthews provided the guitar heroics as Thunder powered through tracks like Dirty Love, The Devil Made me Do It and a magnificent Love Walked In before Bowes led the crowd through a big singalong of I Love You More Than Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Next up was another of the great frontmen of rock, the self-styled Lord David of Coverdale. No-one is going to argue that the 61-year-old still has the voice of his youth but Coverdale, sounding grittier these, days is a master at controlling and conducting an audience. And reports of the demise of his voice really are greatly exaggerated.
Ably assisted by guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, this was a set packed with hits from heavy rock classics like Give Me All Your Love, Fool For Your Loving and Here I Go Again to the mega ballad Is This Love.
There was a touching moment as Coverdale dedicated Gambler to the fallen members of Whitesnake, Jon Lord, Cozy Powell and Cannock’s Mel Galley. The band stormed through set closer Still Of the Night, truly throwing down the gauntlet to melodic rockers Journey.
Singer Arnel Pineda may not have the stage presence of Bowes or Coverdale but he makes up for it with sheer enthusiasm, racing around the stage as Journey powered through a largely rock heavy set.
Of course there were the ballads Open Arms and Faithfully, but this was Journey putting the pedal to the metal with songs like Separate Ways and Edge Of The Blade, guitarist Neal Schon spitting out the riffs and the solos.
They pulled one from the archives with La Do Da and leaned heavily on the 1981's Escape album. Because of the pull of Whitesnake it was clear that this was not a 100% Journey crowd, so the songs that got the biggest reactions were, of course, the hits rather than the album tracks and the crowd was noticeably quieter until something more familiar came along.
Of course the biggest cheer was saved for Journey's biggest hit Don't Stop Believin', the most downloaded song in musical history and a sure fire way to get a crowd singing along and to send them home happy.