22 January 2015
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Last night The Lowry Theatre in Manchester was rocking as The Classic Rock Show performed their latest celebration of the Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time. It was a full house and having now seen it for myself I am not surprised.
The evening kicks off with Led Zepplin’s Whole Lotta of Love and continues to entertain for over two hours with classics from some of the most talented musicians to walk the earth; Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, The Eagles and Dire Straits to name but a few are celebrated in two sets that had the audience clapping, stamping singing and dancing along throughout, you just couldn’t help but join in as the energy and enthusiasm from the band spread around the auditorium. My dad always says nobody can perform Boston’s More Than a Feeling and do it justice – well last night he was proved wrong and I shall be taking him along to the next show so he can see for himself! An absolutely fantastic version! Another stand out for me was Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell. In fact the only track I felt was out of place in an otherwise out of this world show was Michael Jackson’s Beat it, although they did inform us it was originally performed by Van Halen, as the saying goes you learn something every day.
The very, very talented musicians are tight and the skill of the guitarists is exceptional. There are three main vocalists all of which bring the style and voices of the original singers to the stage. Carl Sentance has magnificent stage presence and is a star in his own right.
Lighting is good, the lasers flashing across the theatre as Live and Let Die is performed was great. I felt it was a shame that a couple of times the stage is in darkness though in between songs as the musicians get in place.
Projected on a screen at the back of the stage are videos of the original bands performing, album covers and clips of fashions, news etc…. To be honest I didn’t pay much attention to it though as I was enthralled in the band itself.
After a well-deserved standing ovation and more screams, whistles and shouts of MORE than I have heard in a long time the band come back and perform With a Little Help From My Friends which gives the whole ensemble one last chance to shine and then finishes a celebration of rock music with The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again.
The Quays Theatre is quite small. We were sat on the 2nd tier seats A49 and 50 and couldn’t see quite a lot of the stage without actually hanging over the rail. It was a great shame last night as most of the guitarists were placed to the right of the stage meaning we didn’t get to see a lot of their talent. At least a third of the screen wasn’t visible either, which could be why I didn’t pay it much attention? Staff were polite and helpful as always. It was exceptionally busy last night but everything was running smoothly.
In my opinion a rock show doesn’t get better than this one. I am already looking forward to seeing it again and I shall be taking my dad and brother along too.
A fantastic night and i give it a huge 5 out of 5.
The Classic Rock Show – The Top 20 Guitar Riffs of All Time is currently touring the UK. For more information and tour dates visit www.theclassicrockshow.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000