Concert Reviews

Cats In Space Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 02, 2017    
0.0 (0)
3547   0   1   0   0   0

Cats In Space - Academy 3, Manchester (UK) - 26 September 2017

Paul Manzi (lead vocals), Greg Hart (guitar), Dean Howard (guitar), Jeff Brown (bass), Andy Stewart (keyboards) and Steevi bacon (drums) are collectively known as Cats In Space. I was here in Manchester's Academy 3 building (before all the road works outside made it almost impossible to make the journey without incurring the wrath of the wardens of traffic) for the corresponding gig in 2016, primarily for the co-headline act Space Elevator. Though the crowd in the small room numbered barely fifty, the Cats put in a stellar performance and I was floored by the quality of the songs and sound. Arguably musicians with seasoned pedigrees, they all made an impact, yet it was never in doubt that they were a band with a love for what they were doing, regardless of whether it was relevant in today's musical climate. Fast forward twelve months, they have returned with a new album that has achieved much critical success and a profile that has risen on the back of a Thunder support trek and ultimately some great songs. This is confirmed by tonight's crowd, which is pretty much double what it was in 2016 but nowhere near the size that they should be plying their wares to.

Cats In Sapce Live 2

The temperature in the Academy loft is bordering on a thousand degrees when the band make their entrance and launch into 'Too Many Gods', the proper opening track from the 2015 debut album of the same name. I'm fortunate to witness the first three songs from the photo pit and can testify from close quarters that the sound is brilliant. It makes me wonder why so many gigs leave a lasting impression due to poor sound when the Cats seem to be able to nail it every time (without being overly loud I must add). 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' is the first song from the new 'Scarecrow' album to get an airing and it's even better live than on CD (or vinyl for those of you with a turntable).

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

The harmonies are breathtaking and everything is note purrfect (come on, you knew it was going to happen). An early blip in proceedings gives Hart the opportunity to demonstrate he should stick to song-writing and guitar playing rather than joke telling, but he does reel off a list of seventies TV shows that ramp up the nostalgia factor. The new songs sit nicely next to the debut songs with both 'Scars' and the lengthy 'Scarecrow' worthy of mention. 'Mr Heartache' gets the room bouncing and the cover of Slade's 'How Does It Feel' takes me back to my teenage years when songs of this type ruled the airwaves and TV music shows.

Cats In Sapce Live 1

The encore includes a spellbinding version of 'The Greatest Story Never Told' and shows that Brown is as good a singer as his backing vocals imply. 'Five Minute Celebrity' brings things to a close and if I have one complaint, it is that it was over too soon. With a catalogue of twenty songs and the ability to throw in classic covers, I'm sure everyone would have loved a two hour Cats In Space show without a support act. These guys are not about a big show with special effects and the massaging of egos. It's all about the music and I'm sure a bigger venue will be on the cards for the next tour. Everybody wants to be a cat... Walt Disney was never more right!

Dave Bott

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


Member Login


<<  June 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days, 8 hours ago
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


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