So there are concerts and there are life-changing experiences. When a
British powerhouse, packing the biggest nitrous punches of the stadium 80s and encompassing the kind of arena capacity charisma that seems lost with the glitter 70s, delivers a high-voltage performance three shows into a new tour, only a dolt wouldnıt get down. Relentlessly, the Lep constantly burned the house down with show stopper ("Gods of War") after obscure stunner (Sweetıs sterling "Action") after infectious anthem (Archies update "Pour Some Sugar on Me"). The quintet has a tendency towards ballads ("Two Steps Behind"), but since punk rock reemerged to chomp at the heel of hair metal, Lep never let
the pace slacken through their taunt set, exemplified by the serenely
acoustic to savagely electric "Bringinı on the Heartbreak." Then,
"Photograph" was followed by "Rocket," while "Armageddon It" and "Sugar"
prefaced the "Rock of Ages" set climax, apparently leaving the boys high and
dry. But the Lep came back, not once, but twice. Few bands celebrate their
influences so unabashedly; and what heady heroes they have: Bowie lyrics
slipped into the climax of "Hysteria" while the name drop-kick "Rocket"
mentions Elton, Lizzy and Queen. Thus, the second encore consisted of "a man
weıve listened to all our lives; whose band was the first to sell out
Broadway for a week." Ian Hunter, in all his matter-of-fact glory, strolled
on stage for "All the Young Dudes," and the bubble gum metal machine will
never be the same. -STONE |
"RR to the Top"
"Make Love Like a Man"
"Weıll get you there"
"Hysteria"-"Wish I could swim like dolphins can swim."
"Wonıt Make Promises"
"Two Steps Behind"-acoustic
"Bringinı on the Heartbreak"-acoustic to electric
"Gods of War"
"Pour Some Sugar on Me"
"Man in the back as a matter of fact has something to say."
"Rock of Ages"
"Letıs Get Rocked"