Live Review: The Answer and The Dead Daisies in Sheffield, 14/11/16

Date: 14th November 2016
Venue: Corporation

Rock fans came out in their hoards to a packed Corporation in Sheffield to see the unusual combination of one of Ireland’s prominent blues rock bands and American/ Australian rock super-group, The Dead Daisies.

The double-header concert started with Cormac The Answer taking to the stage opening with the title track from their latest album Solas. Lead singer, Cormac Neeson’s voice soared high above the gritty blues undercurrent creating a haunting atmosphere throughout the venue.

Continuing with the powerful rock ballad, Beautiful World, there was no mistaking it, the boys were back.

Whilst most of this tour focused on their latest release, the band threw in New Horizon from 2013’s album of the same name and Waste Your Tears from the Revival record. The audience appreciated the nostalgia.

After a spell of pure driven rock in their set, the band swapped their overdriven, electric guitars for bouzoukis and mandolins for an impromptu, chilled out, acoustic set.

In This Land and Thief of Light really showed a different side to the band, their variety as musicians and strength as writers with beautiful close harmony and stripped down arrangements. A real hit with fans who sang along at the tops of their voices.

It wasn’t long before the volume and pace picked up with inviting special guest vocalist Lynne Jackaman to the stage for a duet, as per the original recording on Nowhere Freeway.

The boys finished up with a rousing rendition of Battle Cry, leaving the audience shouting out for more as singer Neeson remembered his last gig in Sheffield.

He recalled that he had been in a bad place personally on the last tour with family illness taking it’s toll, but said he felt he had made so many new friends on this visit.

It was certainly a hard act to follow, though rockers The Dead Daisies were the men for the job. Entering to a screams and cries from the audience as one by one, Doug Aldrich, Brian Tichy, David Lowy, Marco Mendoza and John Corabi arrived and kicked off their set with Long Way To Go.

Made up of previous band members of Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Dio and Foreigner to name a few, their musical CV reads like something out of rock n roll history. There have been many band member changes including the introduction of Corabi in 2015 and most recently lead guitarist, Aldrich.

This tour is promoting their latest release Make Some Noise and the title track of that album sure enough features right at the beginning of their set. In true classic rock style, it packed a punch but it was not treading new ground for the band.

Covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son, The Who’s Join Together, The Beatles’ Helter Skelter and Midnight Moses from The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. All great covers, which saw the crowd joining in from the first note to the last chord.

As entertainers, you can’t fault these guys. They’ve earned their stripes with some of the most prolific rock groups in the business. Their musicianship is reflected in the plethora of flamboyant, intricate solos, yet somehow musically I felt a longing for a variety in pace, to see something more musically exposed.

An unusual mixture, but nonetheless the crowd left exhausted having sung along and danced all night. It had been energetic and impressive evening from some of rock’s finest musicians.

– Charlie Barker

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Interview with John Corabi from The Dead Daisies

Rock group, The Dead Daisies released their latest album Make Some Noise earlier this year and saw it reach number 35 in the UK album charts. Since then it’s been non-stop for the band who are about to embark on their November UK tour co-headlining with Irish band The Answer, stopping at Sheffield’s Corporation on November 14th.

The Dead Daisies frontman and ex-Mötley Crüe singer, John Corabi talks about what in store for the band and their fans.

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Given the varied groups you have all played in before, how did The 

Dead Daisies come about? Do you feel like a Rock Supergroup?

John: Well The Daisies was started in 2012, by David and a singer named Jon Stevens in Australia and I personally wasn’t there in the beginning, and don’t really know what happened before I got here but, I’ve been told that they wrote a bunch of material, and recorded with a bunch of session players, and decided to put a “band” together to tour. It was kind of “ass backwards” actually, cause most bands get together and write for a while, then try to get a deal, record an album, then go on tour. So I guess there were a couple of members that didn’t quite work out along the way. I don’t exactly know the time frame on when Marco and Brian got involved but they been involved for a few years now. I’ve been with the band since last January, as Jon Stevens left the band to do some solo recording. We’ve recorded 2 albums since I’ve joined (Revolucion, and Make Some Noise) and things have been steadily getting better with each tour!!! The band doesn’t consider ourselves a supergroup, we like to say we’re more like a “boys club”, as we’re more a bunch of really good friends that share the same love of classic rock music, if you will, and we’re just having a ton of fun doing this!! We’ve all known each other for 20+ years so, it’s been an incredible couple of years hanging, creating, and jamming live with each other!!!

Your latest album ‘Make Some Noise’ came out in August and charted well across the globe, are things getting bigger with each release?

J: Yes!!!!! We’re very excited about all the NEW places we’ve been invited to, i.e. Japan, South Korea, South America, etc., and the growing amount of fans, and the amazing support they give us in the places we’ve played already. I think we’re tapping into a huge segment of people that just dig good classic music, and the fun and excitement that we all used to feel when our favourite bands would put out a new record, or come to town for a show. The energy the fans give back to us via email, and at the shows is really great, and again it reassures us that Rock is still alive and well, and the music fans are still there and ready to “throw down”!!! We’re all very blessed to be in this business this long, and still be able to do what we all LOVE, and continue to make new music and make new friends all over the world!!!!

Are you consciously developing the bands sound with each recording or is it a case of going with the flow when writing songs?

J: Its very much a “go with the flow” thing here. We’re a bit geographically challenged as David lives in Sydney Australia, Marco, Doug, and Brian live in Los Angeles, and I live in Nashville. So, both records I’ve done with the guys have been written and recorded very quickly. We start with a bunch of riffs, and just develop them together. We’ll get what I like to call a “map” or a song foundation, and we just record it onto a laptop or cellphone. Once we had enough material we sifted through all the ideas with Marti Fredrickson, and decided on the best 13-14 tunes. We started laying the rhythm tracks down all together in the same room, so we could all play off of each others energy. I’m usually in a separate room scatting and trying to develop a melody. Once that part is finished, we go off into different rooms and Doug worked on his solos, and I worked on lyrics and melodies. There’s no egos at all in the process and we all kind of bounce the ideas off each other and get input when it’s needed. I’ve gotten some great input from all the guys at times for lyrics or titles, so it’s all very band oriented..We all work about 12 hours a day, everyday, in the studio and just get extremely focused on the work at hand. As we’re laying down vocals and guitars you begin to hear other ideas for the songs because you really begin to get a feel of how the song is going to sound, so there may be a bit of experimenting. In a nutshell, basically we just write, record, then play around a bit with the tunes, and let the songs go where they want!!!! We did both records (Revolucion and Make Some Noise) this way, and the process of writing, recording, mixing, and mastering was completed in a little

over a month both times. When we talked to Marti about producing, we just told him we wanted to do a good old fashioned, classic rock record. Thats about all the thought that went into the sound…

You are playing across the UK, what have been the groups experiences over here up till now?

J: Playing in UK has been AMAZING for all of us!!!! The fans are awesome, and have been extremely accepting of all of us, separately and together. It gives us a chance to see and hang with some mates. Personally, I’ve played England a couple of times when I was doing my solo acoustic shows and had a blast!!! I was schooled on a few different warm beers and managed a bit of sight seeing, but not much! I’ve got quite a few friends there, and enjoy seeing them every time I’m there, and I also LOVE the history of UK, so that intrigues me as well.

Is there a venue anywhere in the globe that you enjoy playing at the most?

J: That’s a hard one… We all just LOVE playing!!! Theres a bunch of places, even here in America that I haven’t played yet so, after 25 years of touring, there’s still a lot of famous venues that I’d LOVE to play!!! I think playing The Download festival last year with The Daisies, was awesome, as I read about that when it was called The Donnington festival in magazines as a kid in Kerrang. I was supposed to play there with Motley in 1994, on a bill with Aerosmith, and for some reason we cancelled, so I was more than disappointed, but it was definitely a bucket list gig. Playing Budakon with Motley in Japan was great as well, and thats another legendary venue, that I remembered from the Cheap Trick album. I think my biggest wish is to play my hometown in Philadelphia at the new Spectrum, and Madison Square Garden cause that’s as legendary as you can get!!! Hopefully it won’t take that long to cross those venues off the list…

You are starting this UK tour off the back of the KISS KRUISE – whats it like to play to a boat full of rock fans sailing around the caribbean?

J: Doing the Kiss cruise or The Monsters Of Rock cruise is ALWAYS a blast!!! It’s a festival on a boat with people from all over the world. How could you not dig that? The Kiss guys are always very accomodating, and we can’t thank them enough for the invites the last couple of years!!! Personally I’ve got a pretty long history with their fans, as I had a band called Union after Motley Crue, with Bruce Kulick, who used to play guitar with Kiss. I also have a side band with Eric Singer, the current drummer from Kiss, called “ESP”. So, it’s always a blast doing that! This year should be a real party cause a bunch of good friends are playing as well, so it’ll be out of control I’m sure. Kiss has Skid Row, Whitford/St.Holmes, Kings X, this time, so we’re excited to see and hang with them all. It’s pretty cool when you can go onto a huge cruise ship, and soak up some sunshine, hang with friends and fans, have a few drinks, and then go play and listen to great music! It’s a bit of a “work vacation” as I get to bring my wife and have a quite a bit of fun..The fans are always very

polite, and respectful, so we always have a great time!!!!

You are co-headlining with The Answer from Northern Ireland in the UK and Europe, have you played with them before, what are your thoughts on the Irish rockers?

J: We have never played with them before but, I’m very excited to check them out. Everybody we’ve spoken to has given us great feedback about the guys, so I think it’ll be a GREAT tour!!! We’re all big Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, U2 fans so we know Ireland has some great music coming out of there. There’s a huge list of amazing talent then and now from Ireland so I’m beyond curious to see what the guys are all about. Most of the people we’ve met from there are always very jovial, so we’re really looking forward to meeting them, and hanging and maybe even having a drink or two…They are Irish, so I’m training my liver as I type…hahaha!!! Oddly enough, I’m also doing the Monsters Of Rock cruise with my solo band, and their on the boat as well in February, so this tour will be the warm up for that too!!!

Out of all the band members who would be the most rock’n’roll?

J: 1- Brian, if you love drums and animals!!!!
2- Doug, if you love guitar heros and guys with good abdominal muscles!!!
3- Marco, if you love bass, and Salsa, anything Latin and eyeliner!!!!
4- David, if you love guitar, Aussies, pilots, and shopping!!!!
5- And yours truly if you’re into incredibly talented, handsome, savvy,

poetic, Godlike, HUMBLE singers such as myself….

Has the notion of taking it easy ever entered your head or is life on the road too addictive?

J: I STILL LOVE being on the road!!!! And obviously you’ve never seen me with a POWERTOOL in my hands…(not good) But, right now, The Dead Daisies are really picking up a lot of steam, with our new record “Make Some Noise” and we’re touring until mid December of this year, then taking off January and February of 2017, then picking right back up again in March. I also have a new live solo record coming out in January, (94 Live, One Night In Nashville) so I’ll be touring to support that with my band during The Daisies’ off time.. I guess if you still really enjoy doing something you love, it’s not really considered work…is it???

Live Review: Hudson Taylor in Sheffield, 05/02/15

Date: 5th February 2015
Venue: The Plug, Sheffield

Sheffield’s Plug was treated to an intimate night of pop/ rock with Ireland’s upcoming sibling duos, Hudson Taylor and friends.

Feeling somewhat older than the masses of youngsters there, mainly students and school kids, I was slightly unsure as to how I would fit in and relate to the music on offer tonight. My student years have passed nearly a decade ago though the only others in the crowd, vaguely my age appeared to be parents escorting their offspring to the gig.

First on stage to get the crowd warmed up was Irish, solo singer and guitarist, Jack Morris. It’s a hard job being the first support act, opening up as the crowds are still arriving and talking though Morris seemed un-phased by this confidently playing a mixture of originals and a very brave cover of Lou Reid’s classic, Walk On The Wild Side. Commenting on his friendship with the headline act, he was in good spirits though the crowd somewhat unresponsive unfairly gave him a rough deal. I can only assume the talents of Jack Morris would have been appreciated better in a totally different setting.

As the second act, Southern took to the stage, a Belfast born, brother/ sister fronted group I was starting to see a family theme emerge for tonight’s music. Playing their own wave of pop/ rock and blues, the crowd instantly lit up with their catchy riffs and driving rhythm. Taking tracks from their recent releases Where I Want To Be and Where The Wild Ones Are, Thom and Lucy Southern are definitely ones to watch.

The crowd broke out into cheers and applause as brothers, Hudson Taylor entered the stage. There was no mistaking them for anything other than the main attraction.

Their stylish, retro image and guitars, harking back to Elvis Presley’s quiff and Buddy Holly’s black-rimmed glasses, perfectly set the tone for what was to follow.

There’s something very special in the vocals of two people who know each other so well whether they be siblings, parents/ children or couples. Hudson Taylor’s voices blended and complimented each other so well it was a joy to listen to every single harmony they sang and reminiscent of acts such as the Everly Brothers. Playing songs with a pop/ rock and folk vibe the young audience lapped it up, the brothers had us in the palm of their hands.

Featuring material from their forthcoming debut album Singing For Strangers; the singles Weapons, Battles and Chasing Rubies the boys chose a varied set of material, which showed their capabilities as quality songwriters and performers.

Close vocal harmony, a great backing band, varied material and two great frontmen; what more could you ask for?

– Charlie Barker

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In Conversation with The Levellers’ Jeremy Cunningham

2014 saw folk-rock legends, The Levellers set off on a world-wide tour, celebrating their success in the industry after over 25 years. Bassist, Jeremy Cunningham talks to Charlie Barker about the highs and lows of their career, politics and the beauty of being independent musicians.

Charlie: So you’ve had the best of 25 years in the business and you’re embarking on this latest European tour, how many different countries have you been to so far?

Jeremy: Well, we’ve been to Holland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark… I think that’s it so far!

C: You’re on the UK leg of it now and it is all surrounding the Greatest Hits record you’re bringing out. So as a band, who has travelled the world playing your music going to so many places. What’s left to do?

J: We’ve done an awful lot. We’ve played in a lot of small clubs around the world, right up to big venues and small festivals to huge festivals. I don’t know. We just like playing.

We don’t really rehearse unless we’re changing and rearranging stuff, which we do quite frequently, but if we just sit around playing our old songs it’s quite boring. As soon as we set foot in front of an audience, it’s just like it’s the first time we’ve ever played them. We’re really conscious that we want to give the best. We’re more conscious now than we were when we were younger of giving the best show we could possibly do. We spend a lot of money, more than most people on our show: our lights and our sound and bringing in any other bits and pieces. We like people to think they’ve had a bit of a party and their money’s worth, so we have confetti cannons, lasers and stuff. We’re from the rave generation: old school!

C: Not once have I ever seen a quiet Levellers gig.

J: It doesn’t exist unless we’re doing an acoustic set.

C: After all this time on the road, what do you think keeps the fans coming back?

J: ‘Cause we’re f**king good! That’s it basically. What we were saying about having a good time, it’s absolutely true. We’re also talking about important issues in our lyrics, issues that people identify with; political issues and personal issues. We put that in music that you can dance to and basically forget about all your troubles and at the same time you know you’re connecting with the real world. It’s not just pure escapism. I think that’s what people like and because we f**king deliver!

C: Do you think you’re seeing more of a younger audience going down the generations?

J: Seems to luckily for us! We’ve still got the young kids at the front and the older guys at the back. It’s very important for us to have the younger kids at the front, ‘cause they’re the ones that jump around. They give us that reciprocal thing, between band and audience. That gives us our forward momentum that we have to have to really deliver. What we’ve found, as this is our 26th year and in a couple of months it will be our 27th year, we’re seeing the kids of our original followers who have been trawling through their Mum and Dad’s record collections and are now just about scraping old enough to come and see us.

That accounts for some of it I think and the rest is people discovering us as no other band really sounds like us. We’re quite unique, so we have that kind of position and because we’re not just a musical thing. If young kids are more inclined to want to know more about the world around them, then we fit quite nicely into that scene of talking about important things. But at the same time they can still go and drink Jagerbombs and jump up and down at the front of a gig.

We were all in a student union bar the older day feeling like the oldest people there. We were still drinking Jagerbombs for two quid each and misbehaving ourselves, we always do!

C: You’re playing along with some impressive names tonight; you’ve got The Selecter and newcomer, Laura Kidd (She Makes War). How did it come about and did you personally choose who to gig with?

J: Yeah we personally chose both of them. Our agent Dave saw Laura, sent me an email and a couple of clips on YouTube to check her out and I thought she was absolutely brilliant and I sent it around the rest of the band. When we realized she was available to do this, she was the first person we asked and she was up for it. Then The Selecter, we hadn’t really thought about them being: an independent, reasonable sized band in their own right. They were actually in New Zealand at the time, but our agent said they’d be up for it if we asked them. So, we asked them and here we are.

C: In terms of genre, you’re both very different but I think you’ve got a lot of shared values.

J: It’s dance music effectively. Musically it is different but values and the political ethos are very similar. It’s funny ‘cause we used to be into them when we were at school! It’s good to have a band that’s older than us!

C: It will be good to see how you and the two-tone genre come together on stage.

J: Well we do sing songs together. Pauline comes and sings a song with us and Laura comes up and sings. We use the horn section from The Selecter on a song as well.

C: Keeping on an independent theme. You’ve been with a major label in the past and you went away from that. There’s been a rise of independent artists recently; do you think this is the way forward for new artists these days?

J: Yeah, we always signed to independents. We signed to Warner Bros. for one album but that was because our indie label was sold without our consent and we ended up there. They didn’t really want us, so they put out one album and then we bought our way out of the contract.

Pretty much since then we’ve had our own record label because now technology allows that and that it didn’t used to back in the day, it was too expensive with big recording studios and tape. Now you can record an album in a room smaller than this [dressing room] as long as you can get a drum kit in it and a few people. We like to record live so if you can do a drum kit and room for us to stand about and a couple of computers, then we can record onto that. With social media now and the Internet, which never existed when we were first around and probably at our biggest, you can put out your own records and do your own publicity. You can have a pretty reasonable amount of success doing that.

We do hire publicists and pluggers when we bring out albums just to give it that extra kick, but when we haven’t actually got an album we are selling what we have through our website and we just have our normal crew of people who work for us and that has worked for us. It’s quite minimal like a little cottage industry. I think it is the way forward, I think it always has been the way forward it’s just that the means haven’t been there so much in the past.

C: The new album features some great collaborations on your hits over the years; people like Frank Turner, Imelda May, Bellowhead and Billy Bragg. If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive in music history who would it be

J: It’s pretty easy. We’d all say Neil Young. Bob Marley would be pretty cool, maybe Jimi Hendrix, but we’d all say Neil Young. We have supported him quite a lot back in the day.

C: Your music has always featured strong political, social and poigniant comment. It’s easier now for artists in the age of social media to take a stance and get their message across. Back in the day when you were starting out surely that would have been a hard road to take?

J: It’s never the easiest path if we’re talking about anything political because then you’re going to be in opposition to someone. This is why most young bands today steer well clear of politics ‘cause they want to make a career out of music. We were never interested in making a career out of music, we wanted to do that but we were more interested in getting our point of view across.

I think it’s always hard but in the days when we started in the very late 80s and early 90s, it was just at the end of Thatcherism and the country was more receptive to people who were saying political things because they were so disillusioned with politicians.

It was obvious those were the songs we were going to write, we just hoped people would get it and they did. We were surprised how much they got it and how massive we got. Then we got a bit disillusioned because we got “we’re so huge, we should be seeing some sort of change” as that’s what we’d always encourage and we didn’t. So we had to re-evaluate what we were doing and we put a lot of money into putting alternative political groups together (before social media) so they could network together but then all they did was argue! So then we decided “Oh f**k it, let’s just be a rock band” and we’ll do benefits for the causes we agree with.

So now we do a combination of the whole lot but with social media it’s a lot easier and these days because we’re so known as a band with a political ethos we don’t really have to explain ourselves like we used to. People just either get it or they don’t and that’s it.

I think now, starting out as a political band it would be harder. Things are just grey and insidious now, when we were starting out things were really black and white between Tories being bad, the Labour Party probably still bad but better! When the Tories were in, they’d been in for so long; our lifetimes basically.

We don’t really trust any politicians, which is why we have to say our own thing.

C: I know Frank Turner, has never been shy of saying political things even in the early days.

J: He’s a nice guy and he’s done very well out of it as well, which is good I think that he is because it shows it can be done. Whereas a lot of the young bands we meet are just really scared of saying anything, if they’re even interested in the first place if they want to make a career out of it, which is the first mistake I think. You shouldn’t go into music trying to make a career out of it because that’s very unlikely to happen. You should go into it because you love doing what you’re doing, you have something to say and you’re just driven to say it. Anything else is a bonus.

Live Review: Eliza & the Bear in Sheffield

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by Matt Churchard

The Leadmill is a Sheffield institution. It’s stage has been graced by just about every band I’ve ever cared about since the age of 15 and it’s a place that’s loved by almost all of Sheffield.

So to be a young band and having the chance to play here must be a kick, even if you’re playing the second stage. The sheer accumulated man-hours that have been invested by the youth of our proud city at its bars, on its dance floor and at its gigs. Must be more than the total productivity output of many a small African country? This place is special…

Tonight’s gig is kicked off by Lisbon. These lads from the North East are a band with youthful vigour and style that kept people interested for whole of their set. The mix of indie sensibilities, groove and a hint of electro is fun, uplifting and attention grabbing. The songs are well crafted and show a promise of something bigger to come, the stand out track being Native from the band’s EP Life Is Good. Give them a bit of time and Lisbon could be the band that put Whitley Bay on the map.

Eliza and the Bear are new to me. They’ve got a buzz about them and I can see why. They bravely plough straight into tonight’s set with Friends, the song that’s probably their most recognisable and then pretty much stamp their authority on the rest of the night.

Indie that you can dance to is a thing to behold and these Londoners are well versed in the tricks of that trade. Loud and clear drums, bright keys, cutting guitars and a bit of brass all added up to selection of songs that showed the band at its tight, rhythmic best. However, the acoustic section towards the end felt like an anti-climax. These songs were well performed but tonight wasn’t the night for them so when the band came back on to do a few more the whole room lifted again.

Eliza and the Bear will be successful, there’s no doubt in that. They have the songs, they have the skill, and they can steal your girlfriend before you’re back from the bar. Now is a good time to be a band. I’m certain that the scratchy, miserable indie of old will be dethroned by this new, fun, dancey indie that’s so easy to listen to that anyone can get it. Keep an eye on both of these bands, there’s good times a coming.

– Matt Churchard

Live Review: Katy Perry Prismatic Tour in Sheffield, 23/05/14

Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Date: 23/05/14

Following the release of her fourth studio album, America’s California Girl-Next Door sets out on the UK leg of her Prismatic World Tour, stopping by South Yorkshire’s Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

Surrounded by mini-Katy Perry’s, with blue Smurf hair, green highlights and her characteristic adopted ‘cat ears’, the crowd of all ages had flocked to see the pop superstar. This was certainly a safe family audience in attendance.

The concert support came from Swedish house/ dance duo Icona Pop, who bounced around the stage with their brand of “we’re a girl band with attitude”. Whilst I had assumed this act was probably one for the kids, the slightly adult themes and occasional language wasn’t entirely appropriate and expected. Nevertheless they churned out their hits I Love It along with new single Girlfriend and made way for the star of the night.

The cleverly crafted, triangular Prism stage was starting to take shape as the lights went out and the strobes pulsated around the arena. With acrobatic and gymnastic displays the music started and Katy Perry arrived in fine voice, emerging from a large pyramid centre stage.

Opening with Roar, the singer energetically joined her troupe of dancers dressed in neon, glowing, tribal costumes. This wasn’t going to be a just a music concert, it was clear that every inch of this spectacle had been precisely choreographed with care.

As the different parts of the stage contorted and twisted, it lifted Perry onto a higher platform as she belted out the ballads Part Of Me and Wide Awake. Though just as soon as the prism on stage had taken shape it was time to change set into the Egyptian-themed part of the show.

Featuring the worldwide hits E.T. and I Kissed A Girl, the stage filled up with caricatured female Mummies, wrapped in bandages with more than ample assets, dancing around the singer. At this point the show took on a spooky cinematic experience as spooky video animations and stories were played out on the huge video screens behind.

It wasn’t long before the show morphed into a foray of Perry’s characteristic feline friends singing a big band, swing version of Hot N Cold.

After all the bright lights and dance routines, Katy Perry, her backing singers and a select few musicians from her band joined her right at the front of the stage for a chilled out acoustic set, which was a particular highlight of the evening.

She joked with the audience “Boyfriends come and go, but you’re always there”, before posing for a selfie with one lucky member of the crowd and exclaiming she nearly lost her wig in the process!

Joking aside, she took this opportunity to serenade the arena with simple arrangements of By The Grace of God, The One That Got Away and most notably Unconditionally and actually picked up a multi-coloured, glittery guitar herself.

Paying homage to her host city tonight, the singer bravely sampled a pint of local Bradfield Brewery bitter along with taking the time out to thank everyone for coming to the gig (particularly the boyfriends who’d been dragged there to please their partners).

More hits were to follow with her latest single Birthday, the anthem Teenage Dream and the fun California Gurls, Perry had not only exceeded but totally surpassed all expectation with an evening of immense variety, great pop songs and an amazing array of dance and stage craft. It was certainly a sight to behold with a great soundtrack, which left her excited and loyal fans shouting for more as she closed the show with the unmistakable Firework.

– Charlie Barker

View full set of live gig images: click here.