Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
Last night we went to The Lowry to see The Classic Rock Show. The Lowry is very easy to get to as it is just off the M602 motorway and there is plenty of parking in the large multi storey car park next to the theatre. The theatre itself is lovely and clean and all the staff are very helpful and friendly. Being a modern theatre, all the seats have a good view of the stage and there is ample leg room. The Lyric Theatre is a large theatre and had a great atmosphere, the large stage easily accommodating the nine band members without looking overcrowded whilst still leaving room for the artists to move about.
Growing up in the 80’s both me and my husband are both into rock music and love this type of show where there is a mix of songs. The show started with Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”, sung by new vocalist Chris Ousey, which was an excellent rendition and made a powerful and energetic start to the show, giving us a taste of what was hopefully to come.
The first half of the show tended to be earlier 70’s rock featuring Steely Dan, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Smith amongst others. Vocalist Jess Harwood who usually tours with Rumours of Fleetwood Mac really brought “Because the Night” to life and had a fantastic voice. Luckily we were to hear more from her later in the show. The first half lasted an hour and there were 11 tracks played and the time flew by very quickly.
The second half started with Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”, which brought us into the 80s and was accompanied by the original pop video projected onto the rear of the stage. This marked a noticeable change in pace for the evening which for us was a welcome improvement on the first half of the show as they played more of our favourite tracks. The Eagle’s “Hotel California” allowed guitarist Howie G to show off his skills on the double necked guitar which was amazing to both watch and listen to and was followed by plenty of other hits from Meatloaf, AC/DC, Van Halen and others.
Lighting effects were used throughout the show but were especially effective during Jess Harwood’s rendition of “Alone” by Heart. They added plenty of atmosphere and an extra dimension to the show.
The show seemed to finish all to quickly and before we knew it the band were coming back onto stage for their encore of “With a Little Help from my Friends” by Joe Cocker followed by a song by The Who.
All the performers on the stage were obviously wonderfully talented but a couple stood out for us, Jess Harwood was perfect every time she took to the microphone and Alex Thomas who sung two numbers as David Bowie is multi-talented also playing saxophone and guitar.
If you love guitar riffs and rock music then this show is definitely worth seeing.
The Classic Rock Show is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.theclassicrockshow.com.
For other shows at The Lowry in Manchester visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000