Stereophonics at the O2 Arena
Rock ‘n’ roll veterans Stereophonics are simply amazing. They have a career that spans over 20 years and several hits under their belt. This band treads on solid ground and certainly doesn’t need to impress. They are currently touring to promote their latest album, Graffiti on the Train.
Stereophonics are a huge act but they have remained down-to-earth, genuine people. Every time they play it’s as if it’s for the very first time, their performance packed full of energy and enjoyment. There’s no need for tricks to wow everyone because their musical talent and the honest, never banal lyrics that every fan knows by heart are enough.
Nevertheless, when playing in such a prestigious venue in front of thousands, it’s hard to keep a low profile and so dry ice is released in the air, smoke rises from the floor, giant balloons fall from the ceiling and confetti shoots above the crowd. The finale even features coloured flames and fireworks. This is not necessary, but undeniably exciting.
New songs still need the help of time but manage to be successful anyway. Violins & Tambourines feels like velvet at first. Everyone sings along and out-loud, and the same happens with the bluesy Been Caught Cheating, which features an excellent guitar solo by Adam Zindani.
But it’s milestones like A Thousand Trees, More Life in a Tramp’s Vest and Pick a Part That’s New that really engage the audience. During I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio, the crowd becomes the protagonist as lead-singer Kelly Jones leaves his fans singing for him. Mr Writer, with added electronic sounds, is particularly captivating, as is I Stopped to Fill My Car Up. Jones says he’s never been good at playing the piano but this proves untrue as he delivers a touching and high-quality performance. Jones’s raucous yet mellow vocals are peculiar and still impressive after all these years.
Had there been fewer tricks, the concert would still have left everyone satisfied. A live performance by Stereophonics is guaranteed to be a triumph!
Photo: Paul Hudson
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