On April 19 we met the rockers of the capital to see the British, Lionheart, a band born at the dawn of the NWBOHM but with only two albums released, one of 84 and another, three decades later, in 2017. His short discography, a priori, does not seem like enough claim to attend a concert, however for me there were two fundamental motivations to get closer to see them, one was to enjoy live their two albums, the unforgettable Hot Tonight and the not inconsiderable , Second Nature, and the second incentive was, to see some heavyweights of the rock scene, together, live.
It is true that we have the opportunity to see many bands in our country, thanks to the tireless encouragement of our promoters, however, not every day we have musicians of similar depth on the tables of our rooms, and we knew that a few privileged, Not many, maybe eighty, and that's why we settled there in La Caracol, on a Thursday.
The band consists, no less, than Dennis Stratton and Steve Mann on guitars, Rocky Newton on bass (the three original members of the band), Clive Edwards on drums and Jimi Anderson on vocals. Dennis Stratton has had a long career in Praying Mantis and was guitarist for Iron Maiden on his first album, Steve Mann and Rocky Newton, both in the ranks of Schenker, and Clive Edwards in UFO, so it would have to be wrong for these Monsters will not give a memorable concert.
Although everything has to be said, we also went with some expectation, since the band did not have a big live shoot, besides having incorporated the new singer, unknown to the great majority, just a few weeks ago. The way Jimi Anderson was going to develop inside the combo was quite an unknown, in fact, the record was recorded with Lee Small and I know for sure, that there was a desire to see it live, but this time it could not be. We knew Anderson's work for a recent solo album and for some videos with his band of versions of Foreigner and Journey, and he did not seem to do anything wrong, but we would have to see him live to be able to prove that he was up to his peers.
The concert started at 22:15, fortunately we saw some keyboards on the stage, so we were not going to suffer a pre-recorded keys, good omen!
The night started with Give Me Light, from his latest album, the rhythmic duo, Clive Edwards, Rocky Newton with a strong and powerful sound, to fall on his feet, hard seventies rock to open the show. They continued with three tracks of first disc, a classic for many of the fans, Hot Tonight, Wait For The Night with Steve Mann, two bands, keyboards and guitar and Die for Love, tambourine in hand, Anderson defending a theme with some small sound problems, which fortunately were solved at the time. It should be noted the choirs, since all the members of the band harmonize their voices perfectly, a luxury in the times that run of pre-recorded choirs, hear the choirs live is priceless.
The singer Jimi Anderson interacted all the evening with the presents, his sympathy, naturalness and his chatter in Spanish won the audience from the first moment, he is a fantastic singer although the lyrics have been newly learned, but I assure you that we do not even remember Lee Small The rest of the band more restrained, very focused on their task, but very natural, we do not perceive absurd egos, nor postureo, what class!
They would fall more subjects of their recent work, Prisoner, Angel with dirty Faces, 30 Years.
Already, halfway through the concert presentation of the guitarist Steve Mann, who happens to be one of the composers of Schenker's mythical Anytime, and how we could not hear it when Teuton came to Spain, now if we were to have the good fortune to do so. It was one of the highlights of the night, of course! Mann acting as Schenker, wonderful at six strings and a Jimi Anderson, nothing to envy McAuley. From today, I declare myself an Anderson fan.
Dangerous game followed, Towers Of Silver and finally the expected, by all, I think, Do not Pay The Ferryman, a review of Chris de Burgh's classic, which is a real blast, and how they have managed to give that touch rocker and vibrant.
Heartbeat Radio also fell, Lionheart of the last album and to close, quite a surprise, the Doctor Doctor, very well executed although perhaps we liked the Anytime, despite a great brooch for a night of pure rock, without artifice.
Something short was done to us, hour and a quarter, but we left satisfied and with the firm belief of having seen a first division band and an even cheap ticket for the experience that we had just enjoyed.