Encore comes at you with “No Sanctuary”, “Empire” and “Eyes of a Stranger” again if Tate had a little brother it would probably be Todd. But to be real here, I think Queensrÿche has managed to keep pushing forward in times of separation. We see it all the time when bands split, their famous vocalist leaves now what? You could call it quits, but to find a replacement, and start brewing your own ideas and just bring your sound more current is what was needed in the QR camp, I think most fans will agree with this.
It’s hard not to get yourself sucked in into their sound, as classic cuts like “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights” are presented in the flesh
Complemented by Nikki Misery on rhythm guitar, Austin Ingerman on lead guitar, Frankie Sil on Bass, with Longineu W. Parsons completing the line-up on drums, this surely is their moment. A whistle-stop tour through the UK, selling out the last venue in the run, will be a great boon for future tours to this country.
With a couple of covers thrown in showing where Dustin got his inspiration from many years ago, the second set really got the crowd singing back as both Carnivore and the single that announced them to the world, My Demons, were delivered by a band at the top of their game.
The outfits may be of traditional design but wouldn’t be out of place in a sci-fi movie or TV show where the heroes are all dressed for harsher environments. Leather, tassels, heavy boots and long coats to protest them against the elements, they look like they’ve come from 2000 AD’s Cursed Earth story lines.
Myles Kennedy looks like a sharp dressed man as he tears into “Wouldn’t You Rather” and “Isolation” with precision and rigor attention to detail. Tremonti the shredder himself is on point tonight as he makes things look easy live on stage. When we get to “Native Sons” you feel the vibe of that tune resonating through the band, and Tremonti just slays on this tune.
‘Northern Lights’, the fan favourite being sung before the band came onstage hit the spot perfectly and the crowd surged forward leaning heavily on the barrier reaching out for the briefest of opportunities to touch a hand or a leg as the three lads worked tirelessly at the front of the stage.
Sons of Apollo packed the Gramercy to maximum capacity and received the audience’s heartfelt applause after each song. Not many bands truly embody the spirit of progressive-metal. Many try, only a few succeed, and Sons of Apollo hit the mark.
What a night holy hell man if your ears weren’t shot to hell and back you weren’t listening right.