Large crowds coming together for times like this are the remedy to toxic society. Research shows 20mins at a gig can increase your well-being by 21%! More research suggests that going to a concert directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years. Whether or not that’s true, music in general increases happiness, we all know that! Gatherings of like-minded people resonate with positive frequency and a harmonious collective consciousness; it’s good for the soul, you can feel it right?
I was very happy to see that singer Joey Tempest still has it. On recordings he's always appeared to be a powerful vocalist, and someone who can portray emotion in his voice. I was very happy to find out that this wasn't studio magic, like so many vocalists resort to. On stage he has all the same power and feel in his voice. As a frontman from a glam metal band he has a certain duty. A duty to break the songs back to just drums and bass and to get the crowd repeating "whooah" and "yeah" back to him. He only did this a couple of times throughout the night however, it didn't get old. And it seemed to make him happy, and isn't that whats important?
Tonight's performance had ditched the now dated 80s sequencer sounds of early songs and replaced them with more edgy jangly guitars and was all the better for it. The live drumming of Earl Harvin definitely added to the quality of the tracks. The lighting was also stripped back with the band lit from below letting shadows form the back drop, which made the gig seem strangely intimate despite the Barras being packed with a sell out crowd. There was no sell out with the music being performed though (yes, even a dodgy Hank Williams cover was included in the set).