Stereophonics – O2 Academy – 8th Jul

Sterophonics_01_0815They say that age is just a number and Stereophonics were living proof of this at their Academy show. Recent single ‘C’est La Vie’ made an early appearance and was greeted with a huge roar from the crowd.

It’s chugging guitar riff and hard hitting drums provided the perfect backdrop for Kelly Jones’ snarling vocal and it sounded like a band proving their relevance.

The sold out crowd were further proof of this relevance as older and younger fans alike greeted the band’s mammoth set of old classics and newer material with huge appreciation. ‘Mr Writer’ got a fantastic reception and Jones’ vocals sounded as smoky and strong as ever.

The acoustic classics ‘Handbags and the Gladrags’ and ‘Have a Nice Day’ followed and the crowd sung back every single word. Jones was clearly appreciative of the positive reception and reminisced about their first Sheffield appearance in 1996 before launching into a fierce version of ‘Thousand Trees’.

The band even covered the Beatles’ ‘Birthday’ to celebrate a crew member’s special day. Although the set occasionally drifted as the band aired lesser known material it allowed them to showcase a wide variety of songs with ‘Song for the Summer’ being a particular highlight. The main set ended with a storming rendition of ‘Rooftop’ before the band returned delivering ‘Local Boy in the Photograph’ and the anthemic ‘Dakota’. Age remains a number and Stereophonics remain at the top of their game!

Review by Jack Kidder.

Pic by Duncan Stafford.

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