What do you get when you put three top UK bands on one bill, add a different opening act for each night and then sell tickets for a fiver? The Jägermeister Music Tour 2012, that’s what!
After a successful stretch last year, the Jägermeister Music Tour returned to the UK, running through Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle and London before finishing at the O2 Academy in Bristol. The venue sold out before any of the others, with a real mix of generations inside excited for the bands on show.
Opening the night was local act Turbowolf. Unsure what to expect from them, they thoroughly impressed with their unique brand of psychedelic, electronic rock. Vocalist Chris Georgiadis, looking like the hippie brother of the 118 guys, made very good use of the limited space on stage, his mad eyes encapturing every audience member present.
Next were British rockers Black Spiders, who continued to show us why they are a force to be reckoned with on the live circuit, newer songs like ‘KISS Tried to Kill Me’ slotting in perfectly alongside more well-known numbers such as ‘Stay Down’, and banter is kept to a minimum to allow the music to do the talking.
The big surprise of the night is Therapy?, who rose to fame in 1994 with their album Troublegum. Tonight, they give us an 11-song set of pace and power, balancing old and new songs and really get the crowd going, inciting the first pits of the night; ‘Nowhere’ from the aforementioned album a particular highlight.
It’s a mystery to many why headliners Skindred aren’t playing venues like Hammersmith Apollo. The reggae metal boys hailing from Newport are well known for their energetic live shows, and despite losing all power on stage before they’d even played a note, they recovered to give the 1,600 strong crowd a brilliant performance: noone stopped moving for the entire set. Singer Benji Webbe is as charismatic as ever with his banter and prescence, and is easily one of the UK’s best frontmen in the business today. The band played four songs from new album Union Black and mashed up plenty of others – they even threw in a small intermission of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’. But the best was yet to come, as encore song ‘Warning’ sees every person performing the ‘Newport Helicopter’ (find it on YouTube).
By 11:30 it’s all over, as is the Jägermeister Music Tour for 2012. But what a tour.