Rival Sons ~ Gods of Rock

Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

The Gods of Rock came down from Mount Olympus to O2 Brixton Academy on 3rd November 2019 and they brought the weapons of lightning, mixed with maelstrom of sound and unleashed them onto this corner of Albion.

‘Look Away’ performed by Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
Scott Holiday from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

My prayers were answered and the promised land of musical genius was within reach. The voice of Jay Buchanan filled the venue and electrified every soul with his stunning range and vocal power. Not a single breath was wasted, it was a performance of sheer genius. Ably supported by his fellow celestial beings Scott Holiday (Guitar), Michael Miley (Drums), Dave Beste (Bass and backing vocals) and Todd Ögren (Keyboards). You knew you were at a night of music that will live on in the annals of musical history.

Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

I knew I was ticking off my musical bucket list this night. Having waited over a year to see Rival Sons this was well worth the wait. This is a band at the heights of their musical prowess and shined in the limelight. Looking around at the faces of the audience all you could see was happiness in their eyes. Headbanging fans kept pace with each guitar riff and drum solo.

In the moment with Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
‘Feral Roots’ performed by Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Jay was in his element, savouring each rapturous applause to songs and taking in the moment. At times he would stand still and just listen as the audience sang back the lyrics to songs such as “Shooting Stars’.

Scott Holiday from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
‘Shooting Stars’ performed by Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Rival Sons performed songs throughout their back catalogue opening with ‘End of Forever’ from the album ‘Feral Roots’ and ‘Electric Man’ from ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ and ‘Keep on Swinging’ from ‘Head Down’.

Michael Miley from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
‘Electric Man” performed by Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

It may not have been the loudest concert that i’ve been to that was Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real earlier on in the year but for pure unadulterated entertainment Rival Sons took everything above and beyond the call of musical duty.

Scott Holiday from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
‘Look Away’ performed by Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Instead of doing an encore with the band walking off stage Jay told the enraptured audience that if it was alright with them he would just carry on playing more rock anthems. The end of the night finally came when Jay sand ‘Do your Worst’ a fitting tribute to all the worshippers of the mighty Rival Sons.

‘Do your Worst” performed by Rival Sons, at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

My experience didn’t end just there as I got to meet the whole band which for this fan boy was totally out of body experience. To add to that getting the whole band to sign my copy of ‘Feral Roots’ along with the tour poster truly made for a magical evening.

With the Gods of Rock that are Rival Sons at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
‘Feral Root’s album signed by the whole band Rival Sons at O2 Brixton Academy, London on 3rd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019