House Of Pain performing their 25th Anniversary Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Thursday 15th June 2017.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

House of Pain came to Rock City last night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic track, Jump Around, and whilst it was a small celebration party, it was a party none the less.

With 2017 seeing Everlast, Danny Boy and DJ Lethal reunited, they delivered a set list which spanned all three of their albums. Whilst Everlast has had an entire solo career as an alternative singer songwriter with his huge hit, What’s It Like, which was included last night, all three later reformed with underground rappers Slaine and Ill Bill, for the La Coka Nostra projects. And it was all of these incarnations of the group that were on display last night and provided a diverse experience for this audience.

With a stage show that included DJ Lethal on turntables, Danny Boy as hype man, Everlast on vocals, together with a keyboard player and a drummer, they entertained from the off. With the likes of Back From The Dead, and Shamrocks & Shenanigans they warmed the audience up nicely.

Delivering some cool arrangements of their classic songs, they added something new for fans that have seen them several times before. Put Your Head Out saw Everlast commanding the stage before they brought the night to a close with a flurry of their best known songs such as Put Your Shitkickers On and Same As It Ever Was which was followed immediately by a cover of Johhny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues which segued into Everlast’s blues infused What It’s Like and ended with a mash up of It Ain’t A Crime and the House Of Pain Anthem.

Leaving their 90s party anthem, Jump Around, until the very last, that is exactly what this crowd did as a small mosh pit broke out, drinks were spilled and Rock City shook from the crowd jumping in recognition of a really fitting end to a great night.