The bluetones at O2 Manchester Ritz 17th May 2018

Review by Joanne Marsland

Having arrived too late for the first support act I was pleasantly surprised when the next band came on. Jordan Allen are a 4 piece local band from Bolton and they blew me away with their awesome sound, clever lyrics and the charisma to match. The First track, Imperial Leather Drama is totally catchy and had me hooked right away. Other songs such as Too much too soon, White Lines, Helter Skelter, Dancing In The Dark and 110 Ways To Make Things Better were equally brilliant and R.O.S.I.E is a crowd pleasing anthem which had them all singing along. Since the gig they have released 2 more songs Synchronised and Half Life Lover and have also packed out some local venues proving this band is really going places, including a handful of festivals this summer so keep an ear out for these local lads cos their sound is awesome.

The crowd were a mix of loyal fans who’d followed The Bluetones since the 90s and some young new fans too who were all equally excited when the band finally came onstage. Fronted by Mark Morriss, who never seems to age and also has a succesful solo career, The Bluetones have always been a favourite of mine for over 20 years now and I’ve seen them afew times recently. The music is still fresh and Mark was in fine voice as usual sounding better live in my opinion.

It starts off slowly and Mark, who always chats away to the fans during gigs, jokes that they play great songs to nod your head too but as soon as the massive hits Slight Return and Marblehead Johnson are played, the frenzy of crowd singing and dancing begins.

When you hear songs like Bluetonic, Never Going Nowhere and Salomon Bites The more you realise they have had some great hits which have been forgotten on the radio and they instantly take you back to your youth. Their newer songs are definitely worth a listen to and seeing them live is always a treat .

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