Review: Jack Foley
THE Stereophonics were all about the rock and roll when they
delivered a blistering four-song set at Live 8 London.
Frontman, Kelly Jones, made very few (if any) political comments,
opting to let his music do the talking for the 200,000 people
who had come to listen.
The set began with the out and out rocker, Bartender &
The Thief, which was delivered with genuine gusto and with
very little sign of big day nerves.
Jones, for his part, looked the part, dressed in a black leather
jacket and black shades, and he opted for a business-like approach
to his craft.
Next along was the recent number one hit, Dakota, one
of the highlights from the new album, Language. Sex. Violence.
It capably demonstrated the expanding
sound of the band, who have confounded many critics to become
of the biggest UK acts of the moment.
The fact that they hail from Wales was capably demonstrated by
the Welsh national flags dotted among the enthusiastic crowd.
A near acoustic version of another former hit, Maybe Tomorrow,
provided the set highlight and the only real reminder of the day's
relevance - its name alone suggesting the hopes of everyone who
was present or watching.
And to finish off, the band delved into their back catalogue
to dust off Local Boy in A Photograph, a foot-stomper
that was blasted out with relish.
With such an accomplished performance, the 'Phonics are sure
to be remembered as one of the best acts of the line-up.
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