Fireworks

Concert Reviews

Dan Reed Network / Mason Hill / Hollowstar http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/ac/70/a0/Dan-Reed-Network-Live-Thumb-46-1542571403.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 18, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
1546   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Dan Reed Network / Mason Hill / Hollowstar - The Robin 2, Bilston (UK) - 07 November 2018

The opening acts for this tour had been hand-picked by Dan Reed himself in an attempt to give them a step-up an expose them to a larger audience, and respect to Reed himself for coming out to introduce each act. I actually missed almost all of Hollowstar's set due to a Black Country traffic jam, and also that the doors opened earlier than the 7:30 as advertised. The one song I did see was decent enough, but not enough to warrant a real opinion.

Tonight was the first time I had seen or heard Mason Hill, and fair play to singer Scott Taylor for having the balls to appear on stage solo to sing over a taped intro before the rest of the band appeared. Their sound is a good combination of Contemporary/Alternative and Melodic Rock, and they have the songs to match with the likes of 'Where I Belong' and the new single 'Against The Wall', while the closing cover of Audioslave's 'Cochise' was gargantuan. The downside of the performance for me was the antics of the bassist; the guy can clearly play well, but his constant gurning and "look at me I'm brilliant" posing quickly became tiresome and off-putting, so I turned my attention completely away and focused on talented lead guitarist James Bird, but in complete contrast he just appeared vaguely disinterested for the most part. Musically brilliant, but I would hesitate to see them live again unless they changed their stage demeanour.

For an ultra-professional unit like Dan Reed Network, it's amazing to see that they don't actually take themselves too seriously; indeed, attending this gig actually appeared more like an audience being present at a relaxed rehearsal rather than a full-on Rock show, with instances like Reed stopping one of Brion James' guitar solos as it sounded off-key with the comment "we've been doing this too long to sound this shitty!", and handing drummer Dan Pred his microphone to sing, only for the sticksman to impress all with his rendition of the old Blues tune 'Ice Cream Man'. The five members clearly have a strong bond together with their self-deprecating humour and revealing anecdotes about the history of how the band came together. Reed, James and bassist Melvin Brannon II bound about the stage like men half their age - you got the feeling that if Dan Pred could pick up his drumkit as easily he'd be joining them!

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Though the majority of the audience were there to hear the old Funk Rock classics, I maintain that I think the more contemporary approach to their newer material is far superior, so I was pleased that no less than three cuts from comeback album 'Fight Another Day' were included (namely 'Divided', 'Champion' and Brion's Reggae-influenced 'Save The World'), and I think the four new songs on latest album 'Origins' are the best thing they've ever done. With the album yet to be released, only 'One Last Time' was aired – I was disappointed at the time that first single 'Fade To Light' was absent, but it later transpired that the amp for keyboardist Rob Daiker's required second guitar blew up in rehearsal, so the song was dropped.

As for the "classics", that department was well catered for, from opener 'Rock You All Night Long' through the likes of 'Forgot To Make Her Mine', 'Under My Skin', 'Baby Now I' (which included a somewhat eclectic medley of songs that mixed Metallica, Earth Wind & Fire and Frankie Goes To Hollywood!), the sublime 'Rainbow Child' and the rather less-so 'Tiger In A Dress', a stunning 'Stronger Than Steel' and absolutely stonking 'Ritual' to close the show. No frills, no returning to the stage for an encore, save for Dan calling Brion back for a seemingly impromptu a cappella version of 'All My Lovin'' that is simply beautiful.

Dan Reed revealed that they will be back in 2019 with a tour to celebrate the thirty-year anniversary of the 'Slam' album, with a brand new record slated for 2020 "that will be the biggest and best statement we can make" – along with his solo work and collaboration with Danny Vaughn on the Snake Oil And Harmony project, the next few years could be his busiest yet.

Ant Heeks

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 hours, 34 minutes ago
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site