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Review | The Classic Rock Show

By Sophie Miles

★★★★★

Attention all rock and roll lovers!

If you haven’t been to watch The Classic Rock Show yet, where have you been?

My first time at this kind of show, I have to admit that I’m glad I attended!

The Show powered through some of Classic Rock’s finest moments, with music from Zepplin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Meatloaf, Queen, Supertramp, Bowie and everything in between. The show was performed with note-for-note precision and accompanied with a background projector displaying band art work… as if we needed any help recognising the songs!

With hit after hit, riff after riff, and solo after solo, the show consisted of pure talent, exceedingly good guitar playing  and which guarantees a sore throat at the end!

The show began at 7:30 and lasted almost 3 hours so at £26 a ticket, you really get your money’s worth; though the atmosphere and nostalgia spread throughout the hall was priceless. The show brought original iconic and era-defining songs back to life, all shared with a wide demographic of audience who were not shy in getting up to dance and rock out with the guys on stage.

Though I was slightly disappointed at the lack of female presence on stage, an incredible Stevie Nicks tribute artist made up for it. Her voice was undeniably captivating and the guys from the show made sure to advertise her own Fleetwood Mac tour, which was a nice touch.

Perhaps the memory that resonates most is the mesmerising guitar skills of ‘Howie G’ and the raw talent demonstrated on his electric double neck; this guy was awesome! Honestly everyone played their part; lead singers, guitarists, drummers, pianist and saxophone players alike. This tour is a must for anyone who likes their rock, and for those on the fence, I have no doubt you will leave a rock and roll fan!

At the end of the night, the band were out in the foyer with pens at the ready for signings (they were selling their CD’s too) and opened up for a general chat. I found this really genuine and if I’d had more time, I would have loved to take advantage of their rock knowledge!

The energy at the event was amazing, and that can be said for both the performers and the crowd. Amidst the air guitar players in the aisles (the elderly fans!) and the rising heartbeats when the drums kicked in, it was easy to lose all awareness of where you were.  Even if you don’t know every song or if rock isn’t your favourite genre, the performances at the show were carried out by some real characters whose humour and lively presence on stage left you wanting more.

Cardiff, is a fantastic city where the passion for music brings together all social groups, ages and genders and, on this night, it truly put on an event worth remembering.

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