HELL’S BELLS + WHISKEY LIES at The Globe, Cardiff (Concert Review)

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It was one of those nights, when you turned off the lights and everything came into view“…It was actually a crushing night where two great bands tore down a sold out hot sweatbox of a venue in Cardiff (UK) called The Globe.

The two bands couldn’t have been different, in that one, Whiskey Lies, are a local rock band playing originals and Hells Bells are a veteran tribute act for the mighty AC/DC.  Regardless, this was a meeting of minds, hearts and souls with a loud and insane crowd giving them both the rightful enthusiasm that they deserved!

 

Whiskey LiesFirst out of the gate were local rockers Whiskey Lies, who hail from Bridgend.  They swaggered onstage and pumped out some sweet rocking tunes.  The group are made up of Chris Morris on Vocals/Guitar, Kyle Reid on Bass, Chris Jones on Guitar/Backing Vocals and Ryan Glenton on Drums.  They sounded like a modern take on Thunder, with songs and energy that are infectious.  Seeing them up close, I was amazed at how much power they had and the reaction of the crowd was fantastic, especially for an opening band for an AC/DC tribute act.  They were quick to acknowledge this and smart enough to throw in a cover of Status Quo‘s “Rocking All Over The World“, which got the collective dandruff flying.

Their songs are tight, melodic and they have a youthful dynamic that suggests great potential in the future rock arena.  Catch them if they come your way, but make sure you have a neck brace!

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Hell's BellsNext up were veteran tribute act, Hell’s Bells, who absolutely blew the doors off The Globe, with a face melting set of classic AC/DC songs.

The set covered much of the Bon Scott glory days, but did quick stops for songs like “Back In Black” and “For Those About To Rock“.  The band were very tight and the energy was through the roof.

As this was one of the hottest days of the year in Wales, the heat rose and so too did the frenzied crowd reaction.  So much dancing!  So much singing!  So much drinking!  Needless to say, this old fart watched on sipping my lemonade and nodding my head…Sometimes not drinking just feels odd!

The band were ably led by singer Lee Jay, who had the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson down to a fine art.  However, the real star was Brodie Maguire as Angus.  He didn’t stop moving and sweated blood on stage.  He stripped and wiggled and head banged like a man possessed.  Although I think Angus may just be the better player, Brodie was a real star.

If you like AC/DC and these guys come to your town, it is worth seeing them give 110% and you may know one or two of the tunes!  Excellent fun!  “Hotter than a rolling dice” – indeed!!

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