It’s a Bank Holiday Monday in Bilston and it’s the final night of this 18 date tour, that’s 18 consecutive gigs, no breaks for all 3 bands, are they flagging or have they cracked it?
I am super excited for this as not only was ‘Waiting For Good Luck’ album one of my top choices for 2021, given the number of support slots The Treatment have done over the years it’s great to see them headline.
Add to that mix that they have another firm favourite, Piston on the road with them, plus relative newcomers, South of Salem, in a legendary rock venue that has shaped my music taste since I was teenager, and bumping into familiar faces in the crowd, I know we are going to be in for a good night.
South of Salem launch onto the stage opening their short but blistering set with ‘Let Us Prey’ and the energy is amazing, any Monday cobwebs were blasted away as they liven up the crowd, impressing us with their high energy alternative rock.
New fans gained, the band conclude the set with their latest offering ‘Pretty Little Nightmare’ and ‘Cold Day In Hell’, what a performance! Catch them at Dementia Aware Fest (Birmingham, 16 July) and Rockwich Festival (Northwich, 27-28 August).
Next up are Piston, who are the absolute epitome of classic rock ‘n’ roll. Rob Angelico works his magic over the crowd, opening with ‘Rainmaker’ and delivering a high quality packed set, with the ever tighter line up of superb musicians and a drummer who is always going to be ‘animal’, to me!
The band are in fine form and the crowd loved them – way to go, Piston! Highlights ‘Leave If You Dare’, the most recent single, ‘One More Day’ and the absolute crowd pleaser cover of ‘Proud Mary’.
If you’ve not seen Piston yet, they are supporting Thunder in Birmingham as one of the selected opening acts for Thunder’s arena tour so give them a warm welcome and you might just catch me there too (27 May).
Then it’s time for The Treatment where my fan girl persona gets the better of me on more than one occasion.
Tom (Rampton) sets the pace opening with ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ what can I say, they are on fire, vocals are hitting it, the Grey brothers are just sublime – phenomenal guitarists – combined with the amazing rock pedigree of the rhythm section. This is a master class in rock. Set highlights for me ‘Eyes On You’, ‘Wrong Way’ and ‘On The Money’.
These band members have such stage presence and they are great fun, Tao of course, comes into the crowd to play and it’s infectious.
All you can see is people having a great time, loving the music and the band are all having a ball on that stage; there’s no issues here with maintaining energy given the number of dates, the tempo is set and it was high voltage all the way!
Culminating with members from all bands joining them for a rip roaring ‘Get The Party On’ we are left in doubt that these three bands have had an amazing time together on tour, the end of tour party is most definitely started, and you can see the connections that have clearly been made for life.
The Treatment conclude with the rip roaring ‘Shake The Mountain’ to a rapturous crowd, no-one wants it to end. Catch them next at Firestorm (Manchester, 12-14 August) and Call Of The Wild Festival (Lincolnshire, 19-22 May).
What a night, if you were there, you know, if you weren’t then you missed an awesome gig that did the venue, bands and crowd more than proud. Can’t wait to see all of these bands again – catch them soon while they are still playing these venues, without a doubt they are all on the up.
Review and photos by Karen Clayton
Album review (Waiting For Good Luck, 2021)
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