CONCERT REVIEW : Whitesnake, Foreigner, Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022

EUROPE / FOREIGNER / WHITESNAKE

Glasgow – May 12th, 2022 – SEC Hydro

Glasgow is the venue for the second gig of the Whitesnake “Farewell Tour” and, as the crowd make their way to the SEC Hydro on Glasgow’s Clydeside for what is expected to be a night full of memories for many of the crowd who, in their more youthful days of years gone past, would have seen the headliners in their heyday at the long gone Apollo or, more recently for some, across the Hydro car park at the SECC. 

It is without doubt an older crowd in attendance this evening for the last time seeing Mr. Coverdale and band in concert and I include myself in this demographic having first seen Whitesnake on the Slide it In Tour back in 1984.

There is a definite feeling that this show is expected to be outstanding and with the addition of 2 stellar bands in Europe and Foreigner to start the showoff it has the making of a really superb nights entertainment.

The first of the evenings bands, Europe take to the stage and it is immediately clear that although the full head of curly hair may be somewhat shorter than the 80-’s heyday, Joey tempest and the remaining members of Europe still have the stage presence and the catalogue of hits to make them a very worthy opener and the crowd are soon singing along with every song.

Tempest prowls the stage like a caged tiger at times and always engaging with the audience whilst smiling throughout. His voice is as strong as ever and the first major hit of their short set is ‘Carrie’ which raises a well-deserved cheer from the fanbase within the hydro.

As an opening act it is clear that they do not have a full touring production with them and at times it seems only one white light is on Tempest, the rest of the band in relative darkness.

This does not detract from the ability to make the best of the situation and the entertainment and engagement factor is high which is a testament to the professionalism and experience of Europe as a band.

  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Europe @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022

As their set comes to and end with the inevitable pairing of ‘Cherokee’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ even those in the crowd who only know the hits are singing along loudly and the band leave the stage to a very well-deserved Glasgow crowd making as much noise as possible.

A quick stage change over soon sees the arrival of Foreigner to the stage and it is immediately clear that this is a step up from the lighting and stage set that Europe were afforded.

The experience gained from the weeks, months and years of touring shine through as hit after hit flow from the band bringing back memories of a 70’s and 80’s era where things were far less complicated, and music was not on instant download on a phone screen.

‘Double Vision’ becomes ‘Head Games which in turn merges into ‘Cold As Ice’ “Dirty White Boy” etc. bringing the nostalgia.

It is only when a keyboard and drum solo are slotted into the version of ‘Urgent’ that things take a slight slowdown before an extended guitar solo in ‘Juke Box Hero’ perhaps left a few fans thinking that they could have squeezed in an extra song before the encores.

  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Foreigner @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022

However, this was more than made up by when lead vocalist Kelly Hanson presenting his very surprised looking wife with flowers on the occasion of their anniversary.

The announcement of founding member Mick Jones brought a roar from the crowd and his presence at 77 years of age on the remaining 3 songs in the set was an excellent addition to an already very strong line up, the other outstanding presence being that of bassist Jeff Pilson.

The final 3 songs of the evening were ‘Long, Long Way From Home’ and the inevitable. But brilliant “I Wanna Know What Love Is” before leaving us with an outstanding version of ‘Hot blooded’.

If you get the chance to see Foreigner live anytime soon then jump at it as they will give most major acts of today’s era a run for their money.

The near capacity 12,000 crowd at the Hydro were ready and willing for the arrival of Whitesnake and when the intro tape faded, and the lights went down the crowds’ expectations went through the roof.

The band took to the stage with no fanfare or big arrival, and it was more of a casual stroll on to the deafening roar as David Coverdale paused mid stage at his microphone to take in the sight and sounds of a Glasgow audience baying for the entertainment to begin.

Whitesnake have been through many lineup changes throughout the years and moved from their British Blues roots of the late 70s and early 80s into the American rock sound of the mid 80s and early 90s when the band were at their peak.

Tonight, line up had the now regular Whitesnake members of Tommy Aldridge, Joel Hoekstra, Michele Luppi and Reb Beach alongside the relative newcomers of Dino Jelusick on Keyboards and the first female member of Whitesnake in Tanya O’Callaghan.

From the point and having walked to the front of the stage, Coverdale opens the proceedings with his trademark microphone thrust before screaming the usual ‘Are you Ready?’ The answer was a resounding yes and Whitesnake launched into a fine rendition of ‘Bad Boys’ with a little part of ‘Children of the Night’ thrown in for good measure.

  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022
  • Whitesnake @ OVO Hydro Glasgow 12th May 2022

There has been talk of Coverdales vocals not being as strong as they once were but hey, the man is 70 years of age, and he addressed this issue himself in interviews and with the addition of backing vocalists for this tour to assist him. At least he is being honest about it unlike some other larger rock bands.

On saying tap that, there was little sign of any weakness in a fine rendition of ‘Slide it In’ and by the end of ‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ Coverdale and the rest of Whitesnake had the crowd in the palm of their hands.

With one track from the latest ‘Flesh and Blood’ release, ‘Hey You (You Make Me Rock)’, this really is a night for the hits and the obligatory drum solo from Tommy Aldridge during ‘Crying in The Rain’.

The crowd roar their approval after each track and the band seem genuinely overwhelmed by the reception given and it feels as if the old Glasgow Apollo choir have reformed for one final outing on this farewell tour.

As expected, the show proper finishes with ‘Still of The Night’ only for the band to return with a fine rendition of ‘Burn’ from Coverdales Deep Purple days.

Leaving the stage, the traditional taped rendition of ‘We Wish You Well’ signals the end of the concert and the end of an era in live performances in Glasgow.

The crowd filter out, young and old alike, having witnessed a masterclass in stagecraft honed over 50 years of performing live music as a singer, most of these with Whitesnake, and with different sets of emotions from those of us who saw the band in the early days and those only seeing them for the first (and last) time.

Gavin Ross – May 2022

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