For tonight’s gig we are back at Rock City, the best rock venue ever, especially if you live in Nottingham. We are here to see The Wildhearts but to kick things off we have support from The Middlenight Men.
The Middlenight Men
I first became aware of The Middlenight Men after watching one of their videos posted on The Wildhearts Facebook group. The video and the song were amazing so I had to find out more. A few months ago they had their much delayed, thanks to covid, ISSUE 1 – Album Launch Party. So we went along to The Underworld in Camden. I have to say they were brilliant and so I couldn’t wait to see them again tonight.
This time I think they were even better having had the chance to get out there and play live, they are really gelling as a band. You have to see this band to believe it, 10 people on stage. They have a theme which is superhero, they really put the effort into making sure they deliver an experience. The band is the brainchild of Nick Hughes who has played with the likes of Terrorvision amongst others. Nick makes no excuses about his love for The Wildhearts and how this has influenced The Middlenight Men. Tonight they played a cover of a Hey Hello song called Perfect. I’m sure I don’t need to point out that Hey Hello is another of Ginger’s bands. After the set Nick was in the audience watching The Wildhearts and later talking to fans at the merch stand.
I say this every time but we have to get out there and support these bands or we will lose them. We had a photo pass for this gig, so we got in for free, but we still brought tickets. Check out this band, maybe buy some merch and definitely go to see them live if you get the chance. https://themiddlenightmen.com
Next up we have Discharge a punk band formed in the 70’s, it would seem to be like the current incarnation of The Sweet in that there seems to be only one original member. This is hardcore PUNK with no apogees. They are said to be the grandfathers of Death metal and I can see why. A great band but not sure it fits that well with the other two on tonight. Check them out here http://thenightmarecontinues.yolasite.com
Now anyone that has ever followed my Twitter will know that just like Nick from The Middlenight Men, I am also a die-hard Ginger fan, so this was always going to be a positive review. The Wildhearts are without a doubt one of the best live bands you will ever see.
This gig was far from a sell-out, I believe numbers are down on the whole due to the covid situation, we have been to a few gigs in the last few months with low numbers, the last time we saw them here it was packed. That being said it made no difference, Rock City and The Wildhearts are as one, the Rock City crowd love them and know every song. They started with Diagnosis and a mosh pit soon formed. Ginger and the boys seemed to be having a great time. They played a few from 21st Century Love Songs and loads of old classics. Ginger and CJ were soon jumping around pulling some impressive moves. Songs like Caffeine Bomb and Let ‘Em Go got everyone singing along like a choir.
Towards the end Ginger asked for a request, instantly someone shouted out Geordie in Wonderland, why they don’t play this every time I do not know because everyone loves it. It’s a perfect sing a long song and it went down a storm. The encore consisted of Inglorious, Suckerpunch and I Wanna Go Where the People Go. This was one of the gigs you just don’t want to end.
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