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Inglorious - Old Courts, Wigan (UK) - 26th February 2016

My first few gigs were in late 1979/early 1980, which meant I was privileged to witness great shows by the likes of Kiss, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Rush etc. This was my introduction to live music and over the years, and with hundreds of concerts under my belt, it takes a lot to impress me in a live setting these days. This night, I saw a band play a set at the The Old Courts that simply blew me away. Inglorious is the name of the band and the six young men who make up this band are, let me tell you, something pretty damn special. They have the songs, the attitude, the showmanship and the ability (if the Gods are smiling down on them that is) to go a long, long way in the crazy business we call Rock music.

Now, of course, with all the press and radio coverage they've been getting recently it would be easy to dismiss them as nothing more than today's media darlings. But when you can open a set with two songs as good as 'Until I Die' and 'Breakaway', the hype just melts away and in its place we find a band who have the musical arsenal to put a lot of their older and more famous contemporaries to shame.

In Nathan James they have a front-man who doesn't shy away from showmanship which is, I think, a good thing. He obviously loves his job and with that voice, Inglorious should (fingers crossed) be able to conquer the world. However, Inglorious aren't a one trick pony. Yes, James is a very important and integral part of the band's sound, but without guitarists Andreas Eriksson and Wil Taylor, bassist Colin Parkinson, drummer Phil Beaver and keyboard player Liam Holmes, they would (I venture) be nothing.

And when the band can pull off a cover version of Rainbow's 'I Surrender' with consummate ease, and you start to feel those hairs stand up on the back of your neck, you know that something great is going on. Following 'I Surrender', four more tracks from the band's excellent debut album followed, including the powerful 'High Flying Gypsy' and the awesome 'Bleed For You' – a song fast becoming one of my favourites of 2016. On this track, the band and James were a force to be reckoned with, they played with a passion that is usually only found in acts with many years of experience to call on.

They continued to Rock the crowd with 'Warning', which appeared to be played on warp speed, and the stunning album title track which James has claimed is pretty hard to play live; fortunately, they nailed it. A couple of covers were next and Toto's 'Goodbye Girl' and Whitesnake's 'Fool For Your Loving' were great choices and suit the band to a tee. The former prompted a friend to suggest that the vocal harmonies from Inglorious on this particular night were better than Toto's when they played here recently? 'Holy Water' was up next and again the band were on fire as they delivered this strong and emotional song.

Someone then started to shout for the band to do their show-stopping version of the Deep Purple classic 'Burn', James had a little joke with the crowd about that and they instead launched into 'Lay Down, Stay Down' which they pulled off with aplomb. It was then time for the final song of the main set, 'Girl Got A Gun', which saw the Wigan audience clapping and singing along with the band as they finished off their barnstorming set. Inglorious returned to the stage with rapturous applause from those in attendance and launched into their Classic Rock Radio hit and first video 'Unaware', which was a brilliant way to end the night.

Tighter than spaceship's airlock seal, Inglorious are a six-piece Rock juggernaut who play with a zeal joy and verve that is sadly lacking in a lot of other young and old bands plying their trade. On this showing at The Old Courts, the future for British Rock is in safe hands.

Ian Johnson

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