Belfast saw the return of the legend that is Graham Bonnet at the Limelight Belfast. He brought his trusty band back to Rock a faithful crowd with classic’s spanning five decades in the business.
He brought to us a collection of huge hitting numbers from the likes of his time with Rainbow, The Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz. Along side him on stage were his blistering guitar player Joey Tafolla, Jimmy Waldo on Keys, Mark Banquechea on drums and not forgetting the beautiful Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass. If you look back at Bonnet’s career it has been dappled with some of the greatest guitar players of their generation with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and of course the one the only Ritchie Blackmore. Tonight would be interesting as Bonnet covered tracks by all those landmark guitar players and Tafolla would be busy indeed.
First up Northern Irish Metallers Conjuring Fate, the guys laid into their set like a band possessed ready to make their mark on this formidable crowd. A short but sweet set allowed the guys to warm up this local gathering on a bitterly cold night indeed, those in rest bite of Black Friday found solace in Rock & Metal at the Limelight Belfast tonight!
The Brink followed, a band recently signed to Bonnet’s record label Frontiers Records they hit the stage and blew away the Belfast crowd with a classy performance. Clearly influenced by the devil and possibly the likes on 80’s Metal bands like Motley Crue, they ripped up that stage with a swagger not often seen of bands of their young years. A powerhouse set of high quality, hard hitting Rock numbers with big sing along chorus’s left everyone in appreciation as they left the stage to rapturous applause. Great vocals from Tom Quick and bitchin’ guitar work form Lexi Laine made it a memorable performance for sure.
Belfast was waiting for one thing, the iconic vocals of one of Rock’s highly regarded front men in Graham Bonnet, as he took to the stage the place erupted as they kicked off the night wit an Alcatrazz classic ‘Too young to die, too drunk to live’ and that was it! Bam Tafolla right in there with that Malmsteen classic riff and blistering solo, Bonnet in his signature mirrored aviator glasses and military looking shirt grinned like a cat who had got the cream as the Belfast crowd Rocked out to classic after classic.
You could see it in the faces of the crowd that they truly appreciated the man in front of them, an artist who has grafted for five decades along side the best in the business to bring us these huge sounding numbers. Hit after hit followed, from Alcatrazz to Schenker to Rainbow favourite’s Belfast was rockin’ tonight! The biggest cheer of all was reserved for the biggest hit of all ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ to which the place was bouncing. A night cut short sadly to Belfast club scene as the Limelight turns into a Disco after hours, leaving Bonnet unable to complete his full set. No-one left disappointed, it was a night filled with memories and for many catching these timeless classics live was too much to pass up!
A night of music, from an individual with a huge catalogue, Roll on the next 50 years.
Set List :
All Night long
Stand In Line
Island In The Sun
Star Carr Lane
Jet To Jet
Into The Night
Since You’ve Been Gone
Eye’s Of The World