Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town

 

Do not let the clear blue skies deceive you, Cardiff is in for a British rock invasion with the promise of stormy weather brewing under the mighty hammer of Thor as Thunder hit the stage with an array of cameras. The show was being filmed tonight which added to the eagerness to get the show underway. Opening the evening, Cats In Space filled Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe Motorpoint Arena’s stage with energy and ready to warm up an already excitable Cardiff crowd. The rock is classic, British taking you back to the seventies highlighted by the entrance to The Sweeney theme tune. The vocalist and frontman Paul Manzi is engaging and sings a mighty fine rock melody, reminding you why they caused a noise a few years back with Too Many Gods, their debut album.  The sound was polished with layers of sounds and textures with keys and guitars displaying in all their glories on Greatest Story Never Told a track that stood out from the others. With Andy Stewart behind the keyboard wearing a mighty fine Top Hat adorned quirky decorations the choice of The Mad Hatters Tea Party was a perfect fit and introducing fans to their forthcoming album of the same title.  With all the cats launched into space replete with rock. the crowd was ready for the forecasted stormy weather as the mighty Thunder took to the stage.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe Motorpoint was hot the cheering immense as Jungle Boogie from Kool and The Gang rang out and the band took to the stage and Danny Bowes lifted the mic to sing, Brit Rock never sounded better in a set that was full of tracks from their acclaimed latest album Rip It Up.  The welcome from the Capital City of Wales was warm and heartfelt we wanted the evening to rock our socks off with energy and surprises and Thunder certainly delivered from the first to the last note. As ever The Motorpoint a vast cavernous space more Sports Hall than Concert Hall the echoes were present but the sound guys had certainly worked hard to reduce them for tonight to a minimum.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownOpening with No One Gets Out Alive, from Rip It Up, the crowd were totally immersed into the waves of Thunder sound, the question to be asked would they let the band on the stage? Cardiff was in a mood to party especially with camera’s aloft swooping across the arena. Danny Bowes was in his element engaging and egging the crowd on to be louder as he danced and swirled around the stage with is signature boundless energy. Combining this with never missing a beat and his vocals always clear and soaring majestically out across the auditorium. Thunder is not a band supporting the frontman’s antics they are a tour-de-force to enjoy with rock melodies and riffs cascading through every track.  Luke Morley’s guitar playing was immense the solo lead breaks pulling out the emotional energy within the rock with the power of Gary James aka Harry drumming immaculately as ever a demonstration of how cymbals can be subtle as well as clanging with brute force.  Completing the quintet, bassist Chris Childs with his solid rhythms and Ben Matthews with his guitar, keys and the mighty cowbell towards the end of the set on Love Walked In.

Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in TownThe perennial crowd pleaser River of Pain (Shooting at the Sun), proves Dany’s voice is as lyrically powerful and full of singing acrobatics as ever and makes Thunder’s rock a fizzy delight, a storm brewing that always refreshes and never cools the Cardiff Crowd. In between the half a dozen tracks from Rip It Up including the title track and yes Cardiff did Rip It Up, the cheering of the crowd was off the Richter scale. Old favourites were given an airing sounding fresh as ever with Backstreet Symphony and Don’t Wait for Me slipped into a set list that was alive with hallmarked British Rock verve and energy.

Friday night provided a big kick start for the weekend and before the encore, Cardiff was having the weekend of their lives. With three more numbers filling in the encore sandwich was She Likes Cocaine from Rip It Up a special track on the album with the addition of Lynne Jackaman’s powerful rock operatic soprano crescendos. Tonight for Cardiff Jackaman stepped on stage and lifted the atmosphere a notch higher. What a way to lead into the last song of the night. A great gig by one of the best live British Rock acts around.

 

 

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Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Northsyde @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Stark @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Chantel McGregor @ The Tunnels Bristol – December 2015
Waterboys @ Colston Hall, Bristol – December 2015
Planet Rockstock 
Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – November 2015
The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig November 2015
Spikedrivers ~ Pontardawre Arts Centre – Pontardawre November 2015
Joe Satriani with special guest Dan Patlansky ~ Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Nov 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Steve Hackett ~ Live at Colston Hall Bristol October 2015
Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff October 2015
Glenn Hughes & Special Guest Jared James Nichols @ Robin 2, Bilston – October 2015
Steve Earle @ Colston Hall Bristol – October 2015
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons @ St Davids Hall Cardiff October 2015
Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite @ The Convent, Stroud – September 2015
Crosby Stills & Nash @ The Motorpoint, Cardiff – September 2015
Kirk Fletcher @ The Convent Club, Stroud – September 2015
Aynsley Lister @ The Tunnels, Bristol – August 2015
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Babajack & Marcus Bonfanti @ The Cube, Malvern – July 2015
Cara Dillon @ The Convent Club, Stroud
James Hunter Six @ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Brother Strut @ The Globe Cardiff, July 2015
Coolhand Album Launch @ The Globe, Cardiff July 2015
The Jar Family @ The Convent Club, Stroud, July 2015
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Elvis Costello @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Suzanne Vega @ Colston Hall, July 2015
Dave Arcari @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale June 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Doug MacLeod @ The Convent Nr, Stroud, Glos June 2015
Blues on The Farm
Ben Poole supported by The Della Grants @ The Flowerpot, Derby May 2015
Larry Miller @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale May 2015
Dana Fuchs Live @ The Tunnels, Bristol May 2015
Gill Landry Guest of Laura Marling @ Colston Hall May 2015
Kara Grainger: Live @ The Convent Club May 2015
Beth Hart: Live @ Colston Hall May 2015
Dan Patlansky with Tristan MacKay Opening @ The Borderline, London April 2015<a
Mike and The Mechanics @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff April 2015
Band Of Friends @ The Globe, Cardiff April 2015
Duke Garwood @ The Louisiana, Bristol April 2015
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Ben Poole @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Grand Opening @The Convent Club, Stroud, April 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol March 2015
The Handsome Family @ The Globe, Cardiff March 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Flowerpot, Derby – March 2015
Oysterband @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2015
King King with support from Laurence Jones @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2015
Joan Armatrading @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
10cc @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
JAKS & Introducing Stage @ Great British Blues Festival ~ Skegness 2015 – January 2015
Thomas Ford @ West End Club Barry
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – February 2015
Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury – February 2015
Chantel McGregor @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Jan 2015
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Johnny Cash Roadshow @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

FESTIVALS

Rock & Blues Weekend – Friday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Saturday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Sunday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
HRH Blues – O2 Academy Sheffield – April 2016
Blues On The Farm Pump Bottom Farm – June 16th – 19th June
Steelhouse, Ebbw Vale July 2016
Old Bush Blues, Callow End August 2016
3rd UK Blues Challenge @ Robin 2 November 2016
Planet Rockstock 2016 @Trecco Bay – December 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016GIGS

Alter Bridge with support from Like A Storm – Gojira – Volbeat @ Motorpoint Cardiff – Nov 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2016
Black Stone Cherry @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff, November 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2016
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
Ian Siegal – Twenty Five Years Touring @ The Convent, Stroud November 2016
Saxon, Fastway GirlsSchool @O2Bristol November 2016
UFO @Tramshed Cardiff November 2016
Walter Trout, Jared James Nichols @Tramshed Cardiff October 2016
The Tubes @The Globe Cardiff October 2016
Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Will Wilde @ The Scene, Swansea September 2016
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room@ The Tunnels, Bristol – September 2016
Mitch Malloy @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2016
The Dead Daisies @DCU Centre Worcester, Massachusetts – September 2016
Devon Allman @ The Scene Swansea – August 2016
LaVendore Rogue @The Convent, Stroud – August 2016
Sisters Bring Blues and Friendship To The Convent – July 2016
Lisa Mann – The Convent via netgig, July 2016
Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion @ Colston Hall, Bristol – July 2016Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016
Kaz Hawkins Band @ The Convent, June 2016
Vintage Trouble – The Tramshed Cardiff June 2016
Joe Louis Walker -The Convent June 2016
Michael Messer’s Mitra – The Convent – June 2016
Tristan McKay opening for Dan Patlansky – The Globe, Cardiff June 2016
Bonnie Rait – Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
JJ Grey & Mofro – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ben Poole Band – the Flowerpot, Derby May 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016King King supported by Dan Patlansky – Civic Centre, Salisbury May 2016
King King, Dan Patlansky & Cake – Salisbury May 2016
Simon McBride – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Gov’t Mule – O2 Academy, Bristol May 2016
Magnum – Tramshed, Cardiff May 2016
Ryan McGarvey – The Scene Swansea May 2016
Yes – Colston Hall, Bristol May 2016
Fish – Robin 2, Bilston May 2016
Chris Cornell – Colston Hall, Bristol April 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Dr. John Cooper Clarke – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
Hawkwind – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
JW Jones – The Garage, Swansea April 2016
The Sheepdogs with support from The People The Poet – The Globe, Cardiff
Karnataka – The Globe, Cardiff – April 2016
Tracer, Federal Charm & Everyday Circus – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Reef & Tax The Heat – Tramshed, Cardiff March 2016
Ian Siegal – ‘The Lantern Colston Hall – Bristol Jazz Festival March 2016
King King with support Laurence Jones – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Mary Coughlan – @ Roots Unearthed – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, March 2016
Jack Savoretti – supported by Earl – @ Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Devon Allman – supported by Kev Andrews @ The Flowerpot Derby – February 2016
Inglorious – supported by Ali Clinton @ The Flowerpot, Derby – February 2016
Runrig @ Colston Hall – February 2016
King King, Terrorvision & Thunder @ Colston Hall – February 2016
Whiskey Myers opening For Cadillac Three @ Tramshed, Cardiff – February 2016
Inglorious Opening For The Winery Dogs @ O2 Academy, Bristol – February 2016
RavenEye @ Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff – January 2016
Oyster 3 @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff – January 2016

Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff 2015

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Motorpoint, Cardiff
27th October 2015

 

 

 

Tonight, Bluesdoodles is in the heart of Cardiff for Joe Bonamassa at The Motorpoint visiting the twelfth European country on his current world tour. Expectations were high as the 4000 strong audience sat on the edges of their seats waiting to hear the Bonamassa blues guitar. The stage was minimal no banners or movie backdrop it was a simple curtain and industrial steel with an array of lights. The lighting was skillfully used throughout the show from deep blue to shocking reds, mauves and turquoise the attention though was all about the guitar playing that needed no embellishment.Joe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0108l

The lights went dark and the announcement was an apology the show you were expecting tonight One Direction is cancelled… so in their place we bring Joe Bonamassa the Welsh audience always loud took the roof off before a note was played. Tuesday night and the guitar fireworks were ready to go off in the arena the capital city was alive with the sound of Joe B! and his extraordinary band creating a sound full of textures and every shade of blue weaved through the melodies.

The band is so very special and throughout the night they had moments in the spotlight and at other times gave the perfect tonal backdrop for the cascading licks, riffs and the space for Joe to find room for the vocals on the songs, some familiar and others we heard live for the first time including Love Ain’t A Love Song, the superb track from his current live album, Live At Radio City Music Hall, having first been aired on Different Shades of Blue; it is always special hearing the music live as it develops an energy all of its own.

Joe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0030lTonight we had a horn section that was brash and mellow; sharp and smooth Lee Thornberg, trumpet, and Paulie Cerra on saxophone a rhythm section that set the backline afire with inspired and powerful drumming from Anton Fig – what a sound he developed built up and quietened down creating a torrent of beats for the band to explore. The second half setting down the rhythm is bassist, Micheal Rhodes whose deep full sound was wonderful and on Organ, keys and grand piano Reese Wynans pulled out the stops, tinkled the ivories to create chords that swelled and moved across the auditorium. Then out front stage centre, stage left, stage right and up close to the other musicians was the guitar maestro himself Joe Bonamassa.

Joe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0042lThe music rocked with influences of British rock guitarists from the 60’s and this combined with a thick and concentrated vast vein of blues creates a sound that is modern and rooted in the past and is instantly recognized as pure golden blues from the guitars of Joe Bonamassa. Tonight there was no acoustic it was electric courtesy of Fenders and Gibsons. Every song had a special place in the set that worked and delighted the Cardiff crowds, including his memories of playing at a much smaller and now sadly no more venue The Point and his quip he was paying the horn section with the local ale from Brains Brewery. Joe noted that the Welsh were a raucous crowd and that just made them louder. A spectacular light show added another layer of drama to the opening for the number Hey Baby. The sublime Trumpet solo entranced invoking a sound from big bands back to a sleazy 1920’s Speakeasy, Happier Times also had booming drumming and guitar work that flowed and shone with the six strings vibrating with an energy that lit the hall – who needs lights! Followed by Trouble Town and delicious slide the sound was spellbinding.

The crowds were delighted with a double helping of Joe B favourites, Sloe Gin tonight more considered, slower with a sorrowful tinge and the Ballad of John Henry which tells such a story and the fretwork was on fire and full of the heat and determination just as John Henry must have shown winning the wager.

All toJoe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0315lo soon it was the end but, we had and encore All Aboard with the feel of journeys railways and upbeat, tonight Cardiff was entranced, delighted and on fire after over two hours of guitar playing this is truly fretboard manipulation of breathtaking proportions.

There was a relaxed energy from Joe tonight the best I have ever seen him in an arena environment I have come late to the party but tonight live in Cardiff I was converted to Joe Bonamassa and his guitar show.

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SET LIST
See See Baby
Never Make Your Too Soon
Angel of Mercy
Hey Baby
Oh Beautiful
Happier Times
Trouble Town
Going Down
Gave Up Everything
Double Trouble
Breaking Up Someone’s Home
Love Ain’t A Love Song
Sloe Gin
Ballad of John Henry

ENCORE
All Aboard

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Crosby Stills and Nash Live @The Motorpoint, Cardiff

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@The Motorpoint, Cardiff
22nd September 2015

With the venue filling fast and the excited chatter, for me the question was yes, we were going to hear favourites from the back catalogue over the two sets but would this be a trip down memory lane, an ode to nostalgia or a gig that excites a real show that entertains.

The stage was set, the house lights dimmed and the opening chords of Carry Out got the show on the road, and the evening progressed with a mix from their collective works from group albums, solo albums and duet albums all dipped into with the support of a superb five-piece backing band, creativity was on fire tonight. The harmonies were pure, full of tonal shape and textures that flowed across the auditorium and the guitar from Stephen Stills was as good as ever. We heard Marrakesh Express, Southern Cross and Wooden Ships in the mix of a set list that toured their collective talents. The mix of styles and musical approaches were ever present; Graham Nash with his skills lightening the tone combined with Dave Crosby’s skills in manipulating modal tunings on his guitar mixing in jazz and folk melodic ranges and on top of this the dynamic and scintillating guitar solos and the riff of Rock n Roll provided by Stephen Stills.

In between music that floated, curled and built and expanded our collective memories, we had willing audience participation, added to the CSN harmonies were the collective Welsh voices on Our House and a bass solo that mesmerised courtesy of Kevin McCormick – what a rendition of Deja Vue. Stephen Stills, with a quip “It is better that I cover his rather than Bob Dylan covering one of mine…” bringing laughter from the audience as he mimicked Bob’s voice on a short intro of one his own songs then a gorgeous rendition of Bob Dylan’s Girl From The North suited the tone of his vocals. The surprise of the evening was the stamina and power of Dave Crosby, this is ironic considering the punishing lifestyle he adopted in times gone pass, his voice was on wonderful form. The highlights for me were Dave Crosby’s Guinevere which gave me goosebumps of emotional delight, and the new tracks had a freshness as epitomised by Stephen Stills Virtual World and his solution to people being more interested in their phones than the conversation – dunk them in a glass of Guinness the ‘sacrificial pint’ and Myself full of heart-rending subtleties. Fans of Crosby Stills and Nash were re-united with the music tonight and the encore just had to be Teach Your Children. What an evening, yes we are all older and the harmonies sometimes were at times strained and had to be worked harder to achieve but the music told a story we all wanted to hear and share.

In answer to the question before the show started Crosby Stills & Nash can still deliver every song whether old or new, had a freshness of delivery, and this was entertainment that left you on a high there was a wall of smiles and purrs of delight from the Cardiff audience tonight.

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