Saxon/The Quireboys – Leeds 02 Academy 24 April 2013

Tonight’s openers, Redline, were a total unknown to me, but they put together a great set in support of their current CD called Vices. The set closer King of the Mountains was a real classic.

The Quireboys I was much more familiar with and tonight we got a short set of hits with a couple of songs from the new CD, which is due out in the summer. The new songs stood up on their own merit and I look forward to headline shows in August. A quick word of praise for Spike who bravely battled on despite suffering from a broken foot.

Opening up with Sacrifice Saxon returned to Leeds like conquering heroes. We had a total of six songs from the brilliant new Sacrifice CD, Made in Belfast, Wheels of Terror, Night of the Wolf, Stand up and Shout and the fantastic Guardians of the Tomb these were interspersed classics like, Power and the Glory, Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy, Bands Played On and Ride Like the Wind which went down surprisingly well, time to find my copy of Destiny again I think. 

Following Conquistador which featured the Nigel Glockler drum solo the band played the acoustic Iron Wheels from the sadly over looked Forever Free CD.

As we hit the final third of the two hour set the big guns of classic hits are rolled out, Wheels of Steel, 747, Motorcycle Man, Strong Arm of the Law, Dallas 1pm, Denim & Leather and a great evening was brought to a close with Princess of the Night.

Three great bands for £18.50p, a great value package.

Let’s hope Oxford is as good!!


PS Oxford lived up to all expectations – review to follow on

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