LIVE REVIEW: ALKALINE TRIO, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, DESTROY BOYS @ O2 CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE (01.03.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It may have been three years in the planning but finally the UK tour started in Newcastle. Opening up were Destroy Boys, showcasing their varied rock songs. This included a short fast punky song called Muzzle which fitted in well with the evening. They made some new friends in the audience who will want to check out their material.

With the seats removed, it is possible to host a huge crowd in the stalls and the floor was full as Taking Back Sunday’s guitarist John Nolan and the lads launched into What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost? This was a popular choice with the audience who were happy to sing along. Lead singer Adam Lazzara was keen to build a rapport with the fans between the songs. Some slightly slower songs helped add a contrast however it was the fast tempo songs that went down best including set finisher MakeDamnSure.

Just like Therapy?, it’s amazing how big a sound can be created with passion by just three musicians. Alkaline Trio launch straight into Private Eye and We’ve Had Enough and immediately the sing-a-long begins without any additional encouragement. Songs like Blackbird had a punk/folk-based tinge to them with the easy to remember choruses, which is ideal when you have about 2,000 to entertain. A nice touch was giving the fans a choice of encore and they went for Time To Waste, a great end to a lively show.

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