Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons

Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons. Two forces of Rock collide and compliment each other live music delighting the O2 crowd
Rival Sons With support from Dirty Honey – 28th June, O2 Academy Sheffield

This was another one I was looking forward to as I have not seen Rival Sons before, and also I get to see Dirty Honey again! Following their amazing performance at Download a couple of weeks ago, I hear they have grown their fanbase, I had them on my radar for a while and was not wrong. They are embarking on their UK tour with Rival Sons and stopped off at Sheffield Academy for their 2nd date of the tour.
The place was pretty full for the 4-piece rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2017.

Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons

They arrive on stage to a loud crowd reception and get into full swing with their opening track ‘Gypsy’ followed by ‘Break You’. Marc’s distinctive bluesy gritty vocals are in full swing backed by bassist Justin and guitarist John bouncing around and smashing the riffs. Not forgetting drummer Corey beating the hell outta the drums. Marc announces the next track here’s one for the ladies ‘Heartbreaker’ (which made me smile as I was still right up close to the stage with my camera!)

The next tracks followed including ‘The Wire’ and ‘Tied Up’ – a blues/funky track, the crowd were dancing and singing along nonstop. All this bands tracks are good-time rock n roll vibes taking influences from the likes of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. ‘California Dreamin’ takes you on a journey to LA’s sunset strip and packs swagger. Slowing it down with their ballad-esque track ‘Another Last Time’ saw Marc down at the barrier singing with the fans, holding the mic stand out for them sees me ducking under it a couple of times!

Another banger with ‘When I’m Gone’ which reached no.1 in the Billboard Mainstream Rock songs chart, for an unsigned band is amazing! Following that their last track of the night, ‘Rolling 7’s’ rounded off a brilliant set from these guys, who are destined for bigger things in my opinion and are definitely one to watch. Don’t just take it from me, go check them out, you will not be disappointed.

Time for the main act – Rival Sons who I have been waiting to see for too long and tonight they bring their “Pressure & Time 10 year Anniversary” Tour playing the album top to bottom.

Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons

The band enter the stage to huge applause, guitarist Scott Holiday, Bassist, Dave Beste, Michael Miley on drums and keyboardist Todd Ogren. Jay Buchanan appears shortly after, looking like the ever so suave frontman in his black 3-piece suit to even louder applause and the band kick off with ‘All Over The Road’ straight away followed by ‘Young Love’ & ‘Pressure & Time’ I love the versatility of this very cool 5-piece from Long Beach California, shifting from bluesy to gritty rock sounds. The crowd are lapping it up, singing and dancing along, Jay frequently coming to front stage to gain crowd interaction.

Winding it down for the next one, proving their versatility with their slower track, ‘Only One’ then bursting into ‘Get Mine’ a more up-tempo track, getting the crowd bouncing along again. Carrying on the album with ‘Save Me’, the stomping ‘Burn Down Los Angeles’ and the rifftastic ‘Gypsy Heart’.

Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons

They rounded off the album with ‘White Noise’ and the cool atmospheric track ‘Face of Light’ the high notes were no problem for Jay’s pitch-perfect vocals. A short intermission followed and the band re-entered the stage to loud cheers bringing a mix of tracks from their other albums including ‘Too Bad’, ‘Feral Roots’ and one of my faves ‘Electric Man’ as it clearly was the crowd’s also! This is a banger with very funky vibes!

Winding it down for the next one, proving their versatility with their slower track, ‘Only One’ then bursting into ‘Get Mine’ a more up-tempo track, getting the crowd bouncing along again. Carrying on the album with ‘Save Me’, the stomping ‘Burn Down Los Angeles’ and the rifftastic ‘Gypsy Heart’. They rounded off the album with ‘White Noise’ and the cool atmospheric track ‘Face of Light’ the high notes were no problem for Jay’s pitch-perfect vocals. A short intermission followed and the band re-entered the stage to loud cheers bringing a mix of tracks from their other albums including ‘Too Bad’, ‘Feral Roots’ and one of my faves ‘Electric Man’ as it clearly was the crowd’s also! This is a banger with very funky vibes!

‘Open My Eyes’ has a Led Zep feel to it, very groovy 70’s. I have to mention there was superb drumming throughout from Michael with a brilliant tub-thumping sound and I was loving Todd’s very cool laid back percussion playing at the back. The track which had me mesmerised, as I think the rest of the crowd were, was ‘Jordan’ what a lovely track, which is played by Jay with his acoustic guitar, coupled with his amazing vocals. Keeping with the acoustic theme Jay announced the next one is about the shit that’s wrong in the world right now and dedicates it to the Ukraine refugees – ‘Shooting Stars’ The crowd’s voices echoed round the place while they sang along “My love is better than your hate will ever be”.

Rounding off a fantastic set with ‘Do Your Worst’ & new track ‘Nobody Wants to Die’ Rival Sons proved they remain a force to be reckoned with live. What a great night, go catch this tour if you can, 2 brilliant bands compliment each other perfectly.

  • Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons
  • Dirty Honey Warms the Sheffield Stage for Rival Sons

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