Review: Stereophonics at the Derby Assembly Rooms
The fact that Welsh rockers Stereophonics chose Derby as one of the destinations on their mini-tour shows exactly what the band think of the city, writes Tim Horwood.
Following an impressive set by support act Sound Of Guns, Stereophonics launched into a cavalcade of hits spanning the past decade and a half.
Sporting the rock star look of sunglasses and big hair, Jones and co reminded us how great they are live. All the hits were here: A Thousand Trees, The Bartender And The Thief, Pick A Part That’s New, Just Looking, Maybe Tomorrow, to name a few. A clap-along Mr Writer was a highlight for me too.
One of the most successful acts ever to emerge from Wales, the group that have had ten Top Five singles were on truly on fire and loving the intimacy of the Assembly Rooms. That said, the banter with the crowd was minimal, and they stuck to the music.
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For the encore, we were treated to a growling version of “Trouble”, a beautiful rendition of “Step On My Old Size Nines”, an acoustic medley of “Hurry Up And Wait”, “Have A Nice Day” and “Handbags And The Gladrags”, followed by a storming finale of number one smash, “Dakota”, still as fresh as ever.
Overall, a brilliant show by one of the true great bands, and credit to the Assembly Rooms for putting on such an entertaining event.
• Stereophonics played the Derby Assembly Rooms, on July 23, 2012