The Struts Electrify Huntsville Crowd with Anthemic Hits and Charismatic Performance!

Huntsville Gets a Taste of Rock 'n' Roll Extravaganza Courtesy of The Struts!...

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Last eve, the hallowed halls of Mars Music Hall in Huntsville pulsed with the electric fervor of The Struts as they unfurled a performance tantamount to a rock ‘n’ roll carnival. Upon their entrance, bedecked in resplendent attire reminiscent of the glam rock epoch, it became evident that the audience was poised for an unforgettable spectacle.

Before we jump into the main bill, let’s talk about Lø Spirit; “I’ll admit I didn’t know much about Lø Spirit, the New Orleans-based rock artist Josh Landry, but what I saw from him opening for The Struts encouraged me. He has a very good voice, versatile and gave me Layne Staley vibes with his attire. His music is a mix of alt-rock, punk, grunge, and a little bit of everything, but the vocals are super solid. Songs like “Anymore” and “Good Enough” tackle some real lyrics. Check out his channels, as he deserves your attention

Frontman Luke Spiller of The Struts promptly seized command of the crowd’s collective gaze with his monumental presence and magnetic allure as soon as the band comes onstage. His infectious energy reminiscent of classic rock luminaries such as Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger, he ensnared every soul in attendance.

Backed by guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies, Spiller guided The Struts through a rollicking repertoire that spanned their repertoire of infectious anthems. 

During a challenging weather day, as is often the case living in this area where weather can be unpredictable and tornadoes a real threat during peak season, the scene unfolded at Mars Music Hall in Huntsville. Earlier in the evening, the Greta Van Fleet show at the Orion Amphitheater was canceled due to pending bad weather. However, the show at Mars proceeded, albeit briefly, until shortly after 9 PM when a tornado was reported near the Downtown area, prompting a halt to the proceedings. We were evacuated deeper into the Arena to seek shelter, causing a delay of approximately 20 minutes. One can only imagine the unease felt by the band members during this interruption. Not only that, but I could sense concertgoers checking their phones anxiously after receiving tornado warnings.

As for the performances, The Struts were impressive right from the start with their opener “Primadonna Like Me” and “Body Talks,” captivating the crowd immediately. However, during “Rockstar,” the weather event occurred. Unfortunately, the path of the tornado came very close to my own home, prompting me to leave and ensure the safety of my family. Thankfully, we escaped any damage, but others in the area were not as fortunate, with parts of Huntsville’s Historic District and numerous houses suffering damage from the storm’s path. It’s a sobering reminder of the power of nature.

The Struts’ performance continued after the short delay and it was captivating; it was their unabashed zeal and fervor for their craft. Each riff, each drumbeat, each note was dispatched with an infectious vigor that proved irresistible. Whether delivering a poignant ballad or igniting the stage with a raucous anthem, the band’s synergy was palpable, stoking the crowd’s fervor to greater heights.

After the all-clear was given to return to the Mars Music Hall concert hall, The Struts resumed their set, concluding with “Pretty Vicious” and, of course, the crowd favorite “Could Have Been Me.” I have no doubt the remainder of the show was fantastic for those who stayed. I wished I could have stayed, but priorities called.

As the last echoes of their additional performance resounded within Mars Music Hall, it became evident that The Struts had made a lasting impact on all those fortunate to observe their show and weathered the rawkus events of the evening. Through their captivating blend of vintage glam and energetic rock ‘n’ roll, they not only amused the crowds but also rekindled in us the pure delight and excitement that live music offers. In a time when temporal distinctions fade, The Struts emerge as a guiding light of enduring rock ‘n’ roll principles, and on this occasion, their excellence radiated more brightly than ever previously.

 

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