Monster Truck + Those Damn Crows @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton – Friday 30th September 2022

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Another hard rocking night at Wolverhampton’s KK’s Steel Mill saw a double shot of bands that need no introduction, both being very much on an upward trajectory. Canadian groovers Monster Truck made a welcome return to the UK, kicking off a tour that celebrates the release of new album Warriors (check out our review here http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/monster-truck-warriors) that looks set to see them win plenty of new admirers. And, making this a mouth watering line-up, special guests on this run of dates are Welsh wizards Those Damn Crows who have album number three Inhale / Exhale in the can, due to be released in February 2023.

Those Damn Crows

Last time the MR team caught TDC singer Shane Greenhall on stage he was in fine form belting out Whitesnake classics at the Robin at a gig that celebrated the great Cozy Powell. From the amount of TDC shirts in the crowd their fans had turned up in large numbers and they were rewarded with an explosive 45 minute set of relentless energy that kicked off with the powerful throb of ‘Who Did It’. Not only does he possess a fine voice but Shane has developed into an incredibly strong and charismatic front man, and by not playing an instrument he is free to roam on (and occasionally off) the stage, making use of every square inch.

The engine room of turbo charged guitarists Ian Thomas and David Winchurch served up the riffs, supported by drummer Ronnie Huxford and bassist Lloyd Wood, and song after song hit the spot. ‘Wake Up’ bodes well for the new album and old favourites ‘Blink of an Eye’ and ‘Rock N Roll Ain’t Dead’ had the whole place jumping. Those Damn Crows are one damn fine band and they are sure to be back here headlining next year.

Setlist:-

Who Did It
Long Time Dead
Don’t Give a Damn
Send the Reaper
Wake Up
Blink of an Eye
Sin on Skin
Go Get It
Rock N Roll Ain’t Dead

Monster Truck

After TDC had thrown down the gauntlet it was left to Monster Truck to maintain the momentum and they did not disappoint, hitting the stage with the forceful ‘Don’t Tell Me How to Live’, a song that earlier this year was back in the spotlight after being given a Detroit make-over by none other than Kid Rock. After a shout out to Wolverhampton and Wolves FC, vocalist / bassist Jon Harvey and guitarist Jeremy Widerman launched into ‘Old Train’, quickly followed by ‘She’s A Witch’, and it was evident the crowd were very much with them right from the start.

Infusing the best of southern, blues and traditional hard rock vibes, Monster Truck have carved out their own little niche. The keyboards of Brandon Bliss may largely take a supporting role but when they did let the pace drop, such as during the smoldering soulful blues of ‘Black Forest’ or the laid back and chilled out ‘Country Livin’, he was very much to the forefront. A decent selection of numbers from the new album are welcomed by the audience including the fuzzed up rocker ‘Get My Things & Go’ and the hard hitting title track. New drummer Theo McKibbon kicked off the encore as they asked ‘Why Are You Not Rocking?’, although pretty much everyone still was, and the final song of the night was ‘The Lion’ with its soaring melody the perfect way to bring everything to a close.

Setlist:-

Don’t Tell Me How to Live
Old Train
She’s a Witch
Denim Danger
Golden Woman
The Enforcer
Black Forest
Fuzz Mountain
Live Free
Country Livin’
For the Sun
Get My Things & Go
New Soul
Warriors
Sweet Mountain River

Encore:-

Why Are You Not Rocking?
The Lion