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SLIDESHOW & REVIEW: Journey, Whitesnake and Thunder in Sheffield

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You knew it was going to be a monster event as this three band rock juggernaut steamed into Sheffield with an earlier than usual start at the Motorpoint Arena, writes Glenn Ashley.

And the crowds were in ready to rock whilst most people would still be at home finishing their tea!

SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to watch a slideshow of Glenn’s photos from the show.

First up were Thunder who set the pace with some great driving rock that never disappointed and set the bar for the following acts.

Danny Bowes doesn’t look your typical rock star, more like a dad having a go on a karaoke at a party, but he can certainly belt out a great tune. Thunder don’t make many appearances these days but they can still turn in a hell of a shift working their way through their back catalogue and this peaking at the classic Love Walked In.

Next to grace the stage were David Coverdale and Whitesnake. For me these stole the show with a great performance jumping from “proper” rock into slower tunes like Is This Love, before Love Will Set You Free and Pistols at Dawn, with some amazing guitar work from Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach.

Coverdale himself still sounds on the top of his game with his voice at 61 still sounding better than some half his age.

Indeed, between songs he even managed to read out a marriage proposal from fans Jonathan Burrows to Heidi Mason, who were in the crowd. The good news being she said yes! This was followed aptly by Forevermore. The Whitesnake set then moving onto classics like Fool For Your Lovin and Here I Go Again.

Last up to close the evening were US rockers Journey, opening with Separate Ways before working their way through a slick set with tracks such as Escape, Wheel in the Sky and Open Arms and the set, including Don’t Stop Believing, which has found fame in the US TV side more recently.

Evenings like this don’t come along too often with three major bands performing on one bill.

It was a night that will live forever in the memory of those lucky enough to be in the packed arena, as these music legends rock and rolled back the years.

If you missed the Sheffield show, don’t miss the tour, including Mancehster Arena tonight (May 23), Nottingham Capital FM Arena, Saturday (May 25), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Sunday (May26), Birmingham LG Arena, Tuesday (May 28) and London Wembley Arena, Wednesday (May 29).

For full details, tickets and and more visit www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

* Photographs taken by The Star at many events can be purchased from our shop in York Street. Sheffield. Journey photos here are not for sale.

 

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