Tygers Of Pan Tang – Barnsley Rock & Blues Club 14/05/2017 2 This story could start in the early eighties/late seventies, but to be fair that’s for the biography, lets bring it up to date a bit and start from Friday the 28th of October 2016. NWOBHM pioneers The Tygers Of Pan Tang have a new album to promote in 2016 and a UK Tour to accompany it. I caught up with them at the excellent Rock & Blues club in Barnsley, after a few line up changes over the years the current line up of Craig Ellis on drums, Gav Gray on bass, Jacopo Meille on Vocals has been in situ with main Tyger Robb Weir for a good few years now, with Micky McCrystal joining on guitar in 2013. There is a good camaraderie within the band that I witnessed 1st hand, It all looks to be a great fit and the live and recorded dynamic is powering along nicely. Along with photographing the gig tonight, I was looking forward to hearing the new tracks live as I am absolutely loving the new album, and wondering what mix of old and new would get an airing tonight. Well I wasn’t left disappointed as plenty from their vast back catalogue was showcased here with a good few of the new album tracks mixed in, classics like ‘Hellbound” ‘Euthanasia’ ‘Raised On Rock’ are all getting an airing tonight in the 16 song set, and the pretty packed room are lapping it up, the thumping ‘Devil You Know’ was a particular track I was hoping to hear and it did not disappoint, it sounded even better live, I nearly dropped my camera head banging to that one Only the Brave the lead single from the self titled new album also went down a storm and is becoming a firm fan favourite already, ‘Glad Rags’ with its big chant of a chorus is going to be the crowd sing back anthem for years to come. I mentioned the dynamic of the band earlier, and live the experience and class of Robb, Craig, Jacopo and Gav mixed with the enthusiasm and rock star poses of the excellent Micky make it all.. well just fit. Don’t get me wrong I’m not implying that the experienced lads are any less enthusiastic or for that matter Micky hasn’t put in his road miles, Micky has firmly earned his Tyger stripes. I had to shout at them to stand the hell still a few times to get a decent shot (not that they heard me or rightly took any notice) they were all on the move prowling that stage for the full hour or so of the set. See what I did there? Prowling, Stripes, now I’m thinking where the hell can I get the word claws in With the classic ‘Love Potion No 9′ closing the encore, a great sweaty night of classic metal was had by all. The Tygers are still very much around, get your claws into the new album (yes.. claws) it has all the classic 80,s elements you expect, but with a modern up to date sound that firmly stands up well today, easily in my top 5 albums this year, coincidentally it entered the UK rock charts at no 24 on the night, totally well deserved for a current hard working touring band! I noticed Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon and Metallica‘s Black Album are still in there charting, that’s crazy, who hasn’t already got those? That’s another story though for a different day, my point here is buy/download new music, even the new stuff from classic bands, believe me they are still banging out some belters Words by – Darren Thompson Tygers Of Pan Tang are – Robb Weir – Guitars Jacopo Meille – Vocals Gav Gray – Bass Craig Ellis – Drums Micky McCrystal – Guitars Set List: Euthanasia Love Don’t Stay Gangland Do It Good Blackjack Only The Brave Glad Rags Never Give In Don’t Stop By Take It Keeping Me Alive Devil You Know Suzie Smiled Hellbound Raised On Rock Love Potion # Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.