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LIVE JOURNEY WHITESNAKE THUNDER Capital FM Arena Nottingham review 2013

JOURNEY

WHITESNAKE

THUNDER

LIVE AT

CAPITAL FM ARENA

NOTTINGHAM

UK

25TH MAY 2013

 

 

Our second instalment of this amazing triple bill comes in Nottingham at the FM Arena, and despite being of a similar size to the venue in Sheffield the acoustics here in the stands at at best sub-par but at times truly appalling. It’s not a venue I would want to see a band in ever again, a feeling I have previously only reserved for Perth, Australia’s Burswood Dome.

 

 


That aside getting to the floor the sound is better and when Thunder commence proceedings again it is to an almost full house. It’s clear from these two shows that whoever booked Thunder onto this bill knew exactly what they were doing as again the crowd participation is high and sustained throughout the set, and again as the evening wears on it is something that neither Whitesnake, not Journey despite their hit-studded sets can match.
Thunder stick to the same set, but switch the songs around, still starting with crowd favourite ‘Dirty Love’ they combine the best tracks from the early days, with all their dynamics and epic qualities together with the down and dirtier latter day songs like ‘I Love You More than Rock and Roll’ which simply gets better every time you hear it.
It’s the eighties standards though that really seal the deal and send the crowd wild – ‘Higher Ground’ could well be one of the best rock songs of all time as it reverberates around the hall amplified by the choir of voices singing along. That is until you hear ‘Love Walked In’ which is simply sublime, a song of such power and beauty you can count the number of people NOT singing along on the fingers of one hand. Indeed Nottingham is in far finer form vocally than Sheffield was a few nights ago.

 

 

Whitesnake arealso  on fine form this evening, despite the dodgy sound, David Coverdale seems somehow more comfortable and the band as ever are right on the money. The set-list though, unlike Journey’s (which drops a song) is exactly the same. One of the things I always like about watching multiple dates on a tour is the between song banter and how rehearsed it all is. But tonight despite the repetition of some key phrases at key points Mr Coverdale is in the mood to chat and the double or single entendres come thick and fast.

 

 


Musically Whitesnake pull no punches and mix old with new as they have been doing since their last re-emergence. Songs like ‘The Gambler’ both please the crowd and fit well in the well-oiled set but it is as always the hits from that 1987 album that really win the crowd.

 

 


Journey on the other hand seems to be going through the motions to an extent. With a set that is exactly the same less that final encore as we saw in Sheffield it is again the mid-section of songs from Escape that has the crowd wavering slightly. The hits always pull it back though as does Schon’s wonderful guitar. Tonight ‘Open Arms’ and ‘Faithfully particularly shine, and when we finally reach ‘More Than a Feeling’ everyone in the crowd knows that they have witnessed three great bands we might only ever get to see a handful more times especially in the UK.

 

 


Like Sheffield there’s a great crowd proving that classic rock still has a formidable fan base, Long live Rock and Roll.  

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

 

LIVE JOURNEY WHITESNAKE THUNDER Capital FM Arena Nottingham review 2013