Review: Stereophonics are better than ever as their tour hits Leicester.

It’s not often a band more used to playing festival headline slots and arenas play a modest city hall like Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

For that reason alone we knew this gig was going to be special, but nothing prepared us for just how good Kelly Jones and Co - Stereophonics - would be.

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For a band that started in 1992, their rise and rise has been largely down to their consistently good music - hence why they can drop in relatively recent track Caught By The Wind so early into the set and get such a strong reaction.

It would have been all to easy for the ‘Phonics to treat this as some kind of warm up gig, but there was no air of complacency at all, as they rocked the hall and delighted fans young and old (literally) throughout what felt like a greatest hits set - even ‘Handbags and Gladrags got an outing! Beforehand, Kelly told the crowd how he met Manfred Mann in a bar after they released the cover and he brought him a drink as a thank you… Manfred said that we was building a patio in the garden but thanks to stereophonics “it was now a fucking conservatory!”

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Stand out tracks were ‘Mr Writer’, ‘A Thousand Trees’ and ‘Bartender and the Theif’ before the encore - ‘Dakota’, neither of which have dated whatsoever and just sounded phenomenal. Stereophonics just don’t age, their music is as fresh as ever and uniquely, you wouldn’t be able to tell which tracks were from ‘92 and which were from 2018 if you didn’t know any better.

This is a band who completely own the stage and just get better and better and what a treat for Leicester to have them stop by on their tour. Definitely see them live, they’re outstanding.

Stereophonics have plenty of live dates coming up - see https://stereophonics.com/tour/

Setlist

  1. Caught by the Wind

  2. I Wanna Get Lost With You

  3. All in One Night

  4. Superman

  5. Geronimo

  6. Step On My Old Size Nines

  7. Have a Nice Day

  8. Maybe Tomorrow

  9. I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio

  10. Handbags and Gladrags

    (Mike d’Abo cover)

  11. Hurry Up and Wait

    (Kelly Solo)

  12. Mr Writer

  13. Sunny

  14. Just Looking

  15. Indian Summer

  16. Traffic

  17. A Thousand Trees

  18. Local Boy in the Photograph

  19. The Bartender and the Thief

  20. Encore:

  21. Mr and Mrs Smith

  22. 22. Chaos From The Top Down

    (Live Debut)

  23. Dakota