Stereophonics kick off North American Tour

A review of Stereophonics at the Paradise Rock Club on September 5, 2008

, Staff Writer

With a brilliant set list that had all the makings of a greatest hit album, Stereophonics kicked off their North American tour with a sensational show at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday night, treating the sold-out crowd to a ninety minute set featuring songs from the bands sixteen year history.

No matter how you define ‘rock stars’, whether it be from the breath and depth of their music or their musicianship or their on stage wardrobe (leather jackets & sunglasses), or even the number of roadies they have (Stereophonics set a BMS record for the most number of roadies ever seen at the Paradise!), Stereophonics are absolutely deserving of the title.& After spending the summer playing the major European summer festivals, the Welsh indie rockers are stateside for a mini tour this fall, giving fans a rare opportunity to see a band that is absolutely massive in the UK in an intimate setting.

Captivating the audience from the first song, they hit the stage with “Bank Holiday Monday” from their latest album Pull the Pin. The band then alternated between the songs from their six studio albums, including “A Thousand Trees” and “More Life in A Tramp’s Vest” from Word Gets Around, “Pick a Part That’s New” from Performance and Cocktails and “Have a Nice Day” from Just Enough Education to Perform.

Hitting their stride, the band performed “Superman” from Language. Sex. Violence. Other?, which showcased not only lead singer Kelly Jones’ distinctive vocals, but also the band’s trademark guitar melodies, including a fantastic riff by Jones. After, “Vegas Two Times”, the band performed “Mr. Writer” a song that was written in response to a writer that gave the band a negative review (note to self, keep the review positive!), followed by “Devil”, which showcased drummer Javier Weyler’s outstanding skills.&

In the middle of the set, they slowed things down a bit with the debut single from Pull the Pin, “It Means Nothing”, but quickly picked up the tempo on upcoming single, “My Friends”.& The highlight of the show was the performance of “Just Looking”, and with the crowd going mad for the song Jones happily turned over the final chorus to the audience. To close out the main set, the band performed “Local Boy In The Photograph”.

Kelly Jones returned to the stage alone to perform “Maybe Tomorrow”, then was joined by his bandmates for “Traffic”, who then closed out the show with “Dakota”.

Stereophonics turned out a nearly perfect performance – they sounded amazing and the performance was flawless, complete with a set list that not only kept the audience entertained, but kept them guessing.& Make no mistake, these guys are bona fide Rock Stars, and if you are not yet familiar with their music, their greatest hit album, Decade In The Sun: The Best Of Stereophonics drops later this year. Complete with a fantastic track list, two brand new songs, and a DVD, it should be part of any music fans holiday list. You won’t be disappointed.&

Opening the show in support of Stereophonics were fellow Welsh rockers People in Planes.&

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