Ugly Kid Joe and Massive Wagons performing at Rock City Nottingham on Friday 4th November 2022

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

On Friday night the Rock City crowd were treated to a co-headline show featuring Massive Wagons and Ugly Kid Joe for a night of rock which did not disappoint.

Touring to promote their latest album, 2022’s Triggered, the Wagons delivered good old fashioned music including their opener Pressure with its punchy lyrics.

Front man Baz Mills was as animated as ever, covering every inch of the stage as he introduced the crowd to new songs Generation Prime, Germ and Skateboard and a couple that contained expletives in their titles. But it was the older songs that stole the set such as Bangin’ In Your Stereo and Back To The Stack.

By the time they rolled into China Plates the crowd were belting the words right back at them, before the familiar strains of Ratio had their enthusiasm lifted to another level. They finished their frenzied and fun set with In It Together.

Also touring to celebrate the release of their first studio album in seven years, Rad Wings Of Destiny, Ugly Kid Joe take to the stage as though they have never been away despite an extended hiatus that saw the band reform in 2010.

Kicking off with new song That Ain’t Livin’ they immediately had the crowd joining in, ably encouraged by front man Whitfield Crane. They then steamed through V.I.P, Neighbor and Panhandlin’ Prince, delivering a massive wave of self assured energy and fun.

The jumping and bouncing of the crowd continued through No One Survives and Devil’s Paradise whilst So Damn Cool kept the energy levels raised before Cats In The Cradle received the loudest vocal participation of the night.

With some amazing vocals together with some mean guitar playing, the crowd were encouraged to continue pogoing as the band thundered through I’m Alright and fans favourite, GodDamn Devil. Finishing their set with a rousing version of AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and their massive 1992 hit Everything About You, Ugly Kid Joe showed that they are much more than a nostalgia band.