Last night saw a bloody impressive double bill in the East End of London. Openers Tokyo Dragons have been getting great reviews for their live show (thought less postive for their debut) and didn’t fail to disappoint. They come across as a mixture of Black Label Society and a more talent Status Quo. In fact their new bassist, who looks like Ricky Schroeder, was sporting a Quo hat. Their set was tight and energetic. It was a damn hard act to follow and one that suggests this lot will be doing far bigger venues rather soon. Unlike the other other over-hyped British rock band, Towers of London, this lot live up to the hype.
Headliners YHA have an impressive reputation both live and on record. With three vocalists (2 male and 1 female) and an odd mixture of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC (clearly their lead guitarist wishes he were Angus Young) and er Bat out of Hell-era Meatloaf, it was an interesting experience indeed. They show lots of energy and great state prescence, but their influences are worn clearly. Not that there is anything wrong with that. AC/DC with a female vocalist is a wonderful concept and one that works rather well.
Saying that there were quite a few in the audience that felt that the openers outshone YHA. I have to say I am prone to agree; but it was a close run thing. What a damn good tour package this was, very rare indeed to get this sort of quality from both bands. If you get a chance to see either one of these two bands don’t hesitate to go. This kind of live kick-arse music is something to be cherised and enjoyed.
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