Chris Jericho, yes THE Chris Jericho of WWE professional wrestling fame is also the lead singer of the heavy metal band Fozzy and they along with support from Dendera, Malrun and The Dirty Youth played at Concorde 2 as part of their nine date tour of the UK.
On stage first was Dendera a five piece band comprising of Ashley Edison – Vocals, Stephen Main and Tony Fuller – Guitars, Bradley Edison – Bass and Andy Finch – Drums. They played a thirty minute set and despite the fact that the venue was only about a third full at this time, they were received well and put in a sterling performance as the first warm up act with their more traditional style of heavy metal.
Second act up were the Danish band Malrun. Founded in 2005 they categorize themselves as metal/alternative rock and have three studio albums so far. Their singer, Nicklas Sonne, who only just joined the band last year did a great job with excellent clean vocals and supported by the rest of the band gave a super performance with massive guitar riffs and good catchy chorus lines.
The Dirty Youth came on at 8:40pm, whom I last saw play at The Haunt last year. A band from South Wales, they say they’re ‘blending rock anthems with metal riffs and punk attitude.’ Before Danni, the lead singer, had even opened her mouth it was clear that this statement was going to sum up well their style and attitude of their performance as she entered the stage wearing green flashing LED shades.. Danni has also been blogging on social media sites about her recent fitness regime in preparation for this tour and by the look of her tonight this has really paid dividends…one sexy lady…
There was a twenty minute intermission where the stage was re-set ready for the main act. With the stage still in darkness and to constant chants of ‘Fozzy, Fozzy ,Fozzy’ from the crowd, the main man entered the stage just after 9:40pm wearing a spectacular flashing LED jacket and from this moment onwards the virtual nonstop high energy performance of not only Jericho‘s performance but also from the whole band is really worthy of a mention and certainly one not to be missed if you have never seen the band live before.
At any pause in the performance the crowd started up again with the chanting of the band’s name to what seemed to be genuine appreciation from Jericho. They played a fifteen song setlist starting things off with ‘Do You Wanna Start a War’ the title track from their latest 2014 album and finished with an encore of ‘Sandpaper’ and ‘Eat The Rich’.
Out of the whole set there really wasn’t a bad song and the audience really engaged with the band, with the ‘highlight’ ,for me, being when they played a cover of ABBA’s song ‘SOS’ and seeing the whole crowd of Metalhead’s jumping and singing in full voice the song back to the band…
Words by: Robert Sutton
Images by: Robert Sutton Photography