Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow
Posted by: totobob ()
Date: May 26, 2013 11:47PM

Its not very often I agree with a newspaper or magazine review of a gig I have attended, however the review printed in todays Scottish Sunday Mail is totally spot on. I will forgive them for not mentioning Thunder, even though that in itself is disappointing. Have a read anyway, it pretty much represents what most people I spoke to felt about Whitesnake and Journey.

AS CLASSIC rock double bills go, having Whitesnake and Journey on the same stage was a mixed bag – mainly due to the fact that only one of them actually rocked.

Taking the earlier slot didn’t seem to take the wind out of Whitesnake’s sails. The veterans burst out of the traps with a set to put any younger outfit to shame.

Even at 61, David Coverdale was every inch the rock god, poured into skintight jeans with a shirt open to the waist.

The singer felt like a frontman out of time, not just vocally but with his every movement and bawdy stage banter.

Opening with the swagger of Give Me All Your Love, Coverdale gave a masterclass in old school rock ’n’ roll, the kind that, for better or worse, you just don’t see much of anymore.

Ready an’ Willing slowed things down but was offset by the filthiest of grooves and some howling solos from the twin guitar attack of Douglas Aldrich and Reb Beach.

Songs from their 80s comeback era were obvious crowd-pleasers.

Is This Love was slow and emotional with former Deep Purple frontman Coverdale strutting the stage like the 70s had never ended.

The more upbeat of those 80s anthems impressed even more. A medley of Bad Boys and Children of the Night was taken at high speed, full of swinging riffs and attitude.

The anthemic Here I Go Again was saved for near the end and had never sounded heavier with its gloss sheen replaced by a gritty, dirty crunch.

Coverdale had a break mid-set to let Aldrich and Beach slug it out in a guitar duel that could have derailed the momentum if it wasn’t for the pair’s riveting skills, before sloping off again to let drummer Tommy Aldridge lead Steal Your Heart Away.

There was a poignant moment before Gambler with Coverdale dedicating the track to Mel Galley, Cozy Powell and Jon Lord, deceased former Whitesnake members and rock gods in their own right.

Coverdale then blasted out songs such as Love Will Set You Free and the always-incredible Still Of The Night with an infectious enthusiasm.

He’s a true legend who never fails to entertain and this was no different.

It was going to take a special band to top that.. and Journey weren’t it.

It didn’t help that Whitesnake’s wall of Marshall stacks were replaced by a bank of LED screens and a grand piano but Journey did themselves no favours with a set of lightweight MOR as flat as it was weak.

For all their rock credentials, there was barely a guitar to be heard.

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) and Ask The Lonely were one big muffled melody, mixed right down to leave all the focus on Arnel Pineda’s excitable vocals.

The singer is a fairly recent addition to the band, his youthful energy in stark contrast to the long-termers behind him.

Bouncing across the stage constantly, Pineda felt more like an X Factor auditioner than a frontman.

Journey’s resurgence was due in no small part to Don’t Stop Believin’ appearing in Glee, so the entire set felt like a slow, inevitable march to that one song.

Sure enough, when it came, it was suitably epic, rousing the crowd from their polite reservedness...but Coverdale had the same crowd in the palm of his hand throughout.

If you’re going to follow Whitesnake, you have to be on top of your game with a set full of serious rockers. Journey failed on both counts. Four stars, all for Whitesnake.

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Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow819 totobob 05/26/2013 11:47PM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 400 patiscat 05/27/2013 02:25AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 371 Lutty 05/27/2013 02:47AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 391 Rockingbear 05/27/2013 03:05AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 368 Terry K. 05/27/2013 03:36AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 305 forestred 05/27/2013 03:57AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 339 Terry K. 05/27/2013 04:10AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 245 MSL 05/27/2013 04:34AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 243 Lutty 05/27/2013 04:54AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 221 Shade 05/27/2013 05:16AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 207 Chazz 05/27/2013 06:32PM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 196 StuRock 05/27/2013 07:05PM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 275 totobob 05/27/2013 05:33AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 278 Lutty 05/27/2013 06:06AM
Re: Newspaper review of Journey/Whitesnake in Glasgow 217 Terry K. 05/27/2013 09:28AM


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