The Classic Rock Show performing at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Monday 6th March 2023.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

The Classic Rock Show came to the Royal Concert Hall on Monday night and delivered a set list of legendary songs from artists that have secured their place in the world of rock.

Two hours and forty minutes later and with a set list of twenty six songs, this very talented group of eight wonderful musicians had exhausted the crowd who were on their feet and singing along from the opener The Who’s Baba O’Riley to the evening closer Led Zepplin’s Rock And Roll.

With a back drop that had several linear screens showing the faces of the original artists as each song was given an airing, it was clear that classic rock is definitely still alive.

But that is thanks to the likes of vocalists Rudy Cardenas with his subliminal vocals, Jesse Smith, and Jess Harwood who sounded as good as the late Stevie Nicks on Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain. Wayne Banks raced around the stage hair flailing as he expertly played his bass, whilst Peter Thorn and Musical Director James Cole showed just how to get the best out of a guitar. And with keyboardist Henry Burnett keeping it all together, and drummer Tim Brown with his own brand of flamboyancy, there was no doubting their talent.

The first half showcased some true classics such as Deep Purple’s Burn, Aerosmith’s Dream On, REO Speedwagon’s Keep On Loving You, before Bad Company’s Feel Like Makin’ Love had everyone singing along, arms in the air.

There was no let up in the second half, as they belted out Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, AC/DC’s Thunderstruck and Van Halen’s Jump, all which served to keep the crowd on their feet.

With an encore that included Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the evening was brought to an end with the band coming to the front of the stage to soak up the well deserved standing ovation, and whilst they may not have played everyone’s favourite classic, there is always next time they tour to check it all out again.