The British are coming! Longtime rockers UFO and Saxon made an appearance at Soundstage along with opener Jared James Nichols and Shockwave and Uncivil Revolt from PA teamed up to give you the details of this great show. Playing in front of a surprisingly super packed venue, these three artists flat out brought the house down and left everyone in attendance wanting more.
The young Turks of rock set the stage on fire with a fierce display of blues-rock power. Jared James Nichols the fiery young guitarist has come along way from small-town America. He has been lighting up the stage from Brussels to Baltimore. That’s where we caught up with him hanging out at the inner harbor in Baltimore. He played not a long set but an electric one. a deluge of raw power mixed in with the blues that can only be compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn but without a pic. Dealing out his own vicious originals and scorching the stage with a few covers thrown in. It was an impressive showing of what blues-based heavy rock is all about.
Saxon took the stage and wasted no time belting out hits “Battering Ram,” “This Town Rocks,” and “Sacrifice.” This band only gets better with age as lead singer Biff Byford never sounded better. Playing a short set unfortunately, the packed house of Soundstage screamed and sand along with every song this band performed. They even gave the crowd choices of which songs to perform with the crowd choosing “Motorcycle Man” and “The Eagle Has Landed.” They would not disappoint me with also breaking out “Dallas 1PM,” “Crusader,” and “Princess of the Night” as the encore. This band might be the best live band you have never seen besides Iron Maiden.
Next up was UFO and this was a bucket list item for me as I have never seen them perform live. Phil Mogg and company would not let me down either. “We Belong to the Night” lead off the evening and Mogg was dead on, like it was 1970 all over again. Vinnie Moore has held the lead guitar duties in this band since 2002 and it was good seeing him play again. Mogg brought out all the hits too as “Lights Out,” “Too Hot To Handle,” and “Love To Love” were performed perfectly. A forgotton classic “Cherry” from 1978’s Obsession made the house yell in excitement, as I had to ask a fellow fan as to why the yell happened and he informed me that they hadn’t done that song live in years. “Doctor Doctor” and “Shoot Shoot” were the encores and the die hard fans went home happy and fulfilled.
UFO and Saxon both have albums anticipated for 2018 and Saxon let the fans know they would return for a full tour early next year to support it.
Saxon at Rams Head Live
UFO at Rams Head Live
Jared James Nichols-Photos by: Tera Ford