After the hugely successful release of their latest LP, “Keep The Village Alive”, Stereophonics brought their associated tour to Glasgow on Wednesday to play to a sold out audience at The SSE Hydro.
“C’est La Vie”, the leading single from the band’s new LP kicked off proceedings, swiftly followed by “I Wanna Get Lost With You”, “Superman” and “Vegas Two Times”. Frontman, Kelly Jones then took the crowd back to Stereophonics early days with “A Thousand Trees” and “More Life In A Tramps Vest”; both lifted from the 1997 debut, “Word Gets Around”. Before long, Jones took off his trademark leather jacket and “Have A Nice Day” filled the venue complete with a rainfall of confetti. A spattering of sounds from LP, “Grafitti On The Train” followed including, “Indian Summer” and “Roll The Dice”. Jones then asked the crowd for a small favour; to light up the venue with their smartphones as the band tore into, “White Lies”; a potential scene which could be included the forthcoming video for the song which is set to be the band’s next single in the new year.
The crowd needed some encouragement when it came to jumping around, but an energy surge came when “Song For The Summer” kicked in, followed by the band’s version of “Handbags And Gladrags”. Jones provided a short intro to new track, “Mr And Mrs Smith”, a song about having a hotel affair according to Stereophonics main man. An acoustic version of “Traffic” came next, before “Sunny” and “Local Boy In The Photograph”, which saw the band bow out.
The traditional chant of a Glasgow gig, “One more song!” coaxed the Welsh rockers back onstage, reclaiming centre stage with, “Bartender And The Thief”. “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” and “Maybe Tomorrow” shaped the encore, before closing track, “Dakota” saw fans shed any lingering inhibitions as stage cannons spouted confetti and large balloons cut loose decorating the zesty finale.
With 2+ hours of a 26 strong set, Stereophonics certainly gave punters their money’s worth last week, and good news for the fans already suffering from withdrawals; the band have a date lined up at Edinburgh Castle next July.