Vega Camden Underworld 7-7-18
On a beautiful sunny day in the capital and smiling faces everywhere after a World Cup quarter final win over Sweden what could dampen the enthusiasm!!
I was told doors at 6 but they were at 7.First band 7.05,30 min set 5 mins gap second band 45 mins,10 min gap and head liner gets 75 mins and drops 3 songs off the set list due to a 10pm curfew although listed as 11!!!!Why oh bloody why!!!!!
Anyway's back to the start of the evening with Last Order's a 3 piece from Cheltenham making a good impression with Alex Nash on vocals and lead guitar showing a good vocal range and the rapidly filling crowd saw the crowd response grow.
Midnite City I had looked forward to seeing after the release of last year's excellent debut album. I haven't seen so much teased blonde hair on stage in many a year with Shawn on keys having a veritable bush on his head!!
Their 45 minute set had most of the cd played with Rob Wylde on vocals a ball of energy and spending his time pointing out most of the crowd as Pete Newdeck on drums drove the band to greater heights and some great back up vocals too.
Miles Meakin on lead guitar was under stated and impressive at the same time with a stream of great lead solo's but never over flashy.
We Belong was a ballsy opener with a great chorus and they never stopped with one great song after another with Last Beat Of My Heart and Ghost Of My Old Friends.
One Step Away had the whole place in uproar with the chorus a perfect way to see in a summer evening although that was topped by set closer Summer Of Our Lives which until last night's Croatia result we thought we were having.
Looking forward to album number 2.
Vega are and have been one of my favourite band's since they burst onto the scene with the classic Kiss Of Life album in 2010 and now with the release of fifth album Only Human they are soaring ever higher.
Playing a career encompassing set list with a couple of golden nuggets added with Wonderland off the debut cd and the wonderful Saviour off What The Hell both surprise but welcome additions.
This being the last night of the UK tour the band were on fire in fact I don't think I have evr seen them so animated with Michael Kew on guitar and backing vocals a great foil for front man Nick Workman.The man is a star with a warm engaging personality and vocal's from the gods and he covers every inch of the stage time and again.
First time I have seen new drummer Hutch who seems to have musically driven them on to new heights.
Opener Lets Have Fun Tonight is perfect for the evening with it's huge chorus sang back by all and with it being Vega's biggest ever London crowd the place was jumping.
Explode did that with Marcus Thurston on lead guitar ripping out the great riff and his short sharp fiery solo's hit the mark time and again.
Gonna Need Some Love Tonight is a huge song that back in the day would have been all over MTV with it's lengthy chorus leaving smiles ever bigger.
Mess You Made off the new cd has a great groove and chorus with Nick's helium vocal's bright and insistent and showing Nick's and the Martin brothers (James on keys and Tom on bass)knack of writing catchy lyrics and melodies that get in your brain and never leave.
Into the final straight with hit after hit.White Flag,the stunning Kiss of Life,Fade Away off the new cd (that Nick says they will never do),Saving Grace and loooots of audience participation before Last Man Standing ended a wonderful night of melodic rock.
Vega are one of the UK's top melodic act both on cd and with live performances like this their star will continue to soar.