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Rated 5 out of 5 by Bones69 from Delivering the goods I went to this event to see a band that had not played Manchester since they formed in 1983 decent small venue Armored Saint delivered a night of pure energy and superb stagecraft first time at the Rebellion bar will go again for the right concerts
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by RufusZero from Armored Saint Mash Manchester Moshers with Marvellous Metal After consuming an amuse bouche (of the red, grape-based liquid variety) on the hideously late bus, I speed-walked my way to the venue with furtive glances at my watch; my esteemed colleague's epic beard flapping in the breeze as we powered through central Manchester skimming trams and pedestrians in a Matrix style fashion. Happily we made it in time to grab some beers and, regrettably, many tequilas. This was my first visit to Rebellion and, all in all, it's a great little DIY venue which offered us the chance to get truly up close and personal with these pioneers of thrash. We ensconced ourselves a couple of rows back from the stage, the small but dedicated crowd of around one hundred or so fans gearing up palpably, and settled in for what was to be a glorious set delivered by road weathered, consummate professionals. The fabulously named Gonzo (drums) breezed onto the stage in his bathrobe, closely followed by brother Phil (guitar), Jeff (guitar) and Joey (bass). Lastly, as the band kicked off, John Bush entered the stage and the crowd went nuts. Sadly, this is where my review gets fuzzy. The aforementioned bottle of Malbec and onslaught of Mexican spirits, Dutch beer and probably many other tasty beverages has somewhat hindered my ability to identify exactly which songs they played. What I can tell you is they did not disappoint. The last time I saw John Bush in Manchester he was fronting my all-time favourites, Anthrax, in a much bigger venue and seeing him again after 14 years (gulp), he is every bit as good as he was in 2003. Pugnacious, punchy, commanding and supremely talented as a frontman and vocalist, you can see why he was pursued by Metallica as first choice to lead the band way back when it all began in the 80's. All of the guys played their respective instruments with the vigor and talent of much younger men. Gonzo hits the drums like they killed his pet hamster, both guitarists shred at speeds enviable by all teenage thrash freaks and Joey has a stage presence to rival any of the similarly revered bassists of his generation; he has, after all, played with just about every notable metal outfit in the universe - OSI and Fates Warning, alongside Mike Portnoy, to name but two. All in, fabulous evening (marred only by two bearded, inebriated idiots incapable of correctly using public transport or remembering songs, who got stuck in Manchester for five hours). Thankfully it would appear that I went 'live' on a popular social networking site several times during the evening which I would attach but they appear to be too large. Instead I have attached the least awful photo I could find on my phone. Apologies for the vagueness. Now, I must leave you to consume more of the fizzy-make-feel-good. R Zero
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gareth Malareth from Best Gig Ever It only took them 35 years to get here, but it was worth the wait. They were so full of energy and enthusiasm, they put bands half their age to shame. That was the best gig I've ever been to. I'm still pumped 2 days later.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by MetallicaJB from Awesome band and venue We need this band in our life's !! The band delivered on every front
Date published: 2017-03-25