Paul Rodgers Newcastle Metro Arena 18 April 2011

Paul Rodgers Newcastle Metro Arena 18 April 2011
This show had originally been planned for the City Hall, and was moved to the much larger Arena shortly after it was announced, presumably because the promoter realised the demand to see Paul Rodgers would be much greater than the capacity of the City Hall could hold. For me this was a mistake. The atmosphere is always much better in a sold out (2,400) theatre as opposed to sitting with a crowd of (I would guess) 3-4,000 in an arena that can hold up to 10,000.
Paul Rodgers has been out on tour quite a bit over the past few years; playing solo, with Bad Company and with Queen. I’d seen most of his recent tours although I did miss out on his last outing with Bad Company. Not sure why I didn’t go along to that show, I regretted it straight away and decided to go along to make up for it.
I arrived in the interval, having missed the support Joe Elliot’s Down n Outz. Bought myself a programme and then took my seat. Paul started with Walk in my shadow, followed a bunch of old favourites: Wishing Well, Fire and Water. The rest of the set was a mixture of Free and Bad Company tracks, with a few new songs thrown in. At one point Paul brought on stage the guitarist from his very first band, Colin Bradley; “this guy taught me how to play”; and they played a great version of The Temptations Ain’t Too Proud To Beg. The man was in good voice and went down well with the crowd; however I still thin that the venue is too impersonal, and we all would have enjoyed it much more in the City Hall. All in all a good night, good to hear some great songs again.
Paul is joined by drummer Jason Bonham for this tour. Also in the band are guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Lynn Sorenson. The bass player for this Newcastle show was Todd Ronning rather than Lynn Sorenson. Markus Wolfe played additional guitar on some of the songs as well. Todd Ronning and Markus Wolfe are both members of a Canadian band named ‘King Karma’. Both have played again in Rodgers band when he did some shows in Canada recently. Thanks to Sir Bawls for the update.

Setlist:
Walk In My Shadow
Wishing Well
Fire & Water
Feel Like Makin’ Love
Mr Midnight
Be My Friend
Mr Big
Run With The Pack
Bad Company
The Stealer
Seagull
My Brother Jake
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (Temptations)
Shooting Star
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy
Can’t Get Enough
Encores:
Ride On A Pony
All Right Now
The Hunter
website: www.paulrodgers.com

ticket


programme

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dawn on April 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    i saw paul rodgers last night at newcastle arena i thought city hall would have been better even if he had done two nights as it all seeemed a bit lost in the arena his voice was a strong as ever though and had an added bonus with jason bonham, i loved the whole performance including the hick up with my brother jake!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Sir_Bawls on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The bass player for this Newcastle show was Todd Ronning rather than Lynn Sorenson. Markus Wolfe played additional guitar on some of the songs as well.

    Todd Ronning and Markus Wolfe are both members of a Canadian band named ‘King Karma’. Both have played again in Rodgers band when he did some shows in Canada recently.

    The song you have listed as “Hold on I’m Coming” was actually The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”. Colin Bradley was special guest guitarist with the band for this song. He used to be in a 1960’s Middlesbrough based band called “The Road Runners”, alongside Paul Rodgers & Micky Moody.

    Bradley was supposed to play a ‘secret gig’ with Paul Rodgers at Marton Hotel & Country Club, Middlesbrough on 17th April 2010 (a week after the Bad Co show at Newcastle MetroArena). However, he couldn’t get over from his home in Canada because of the problems caused by the volcano eruption in Iceland. Rodgers couldn’t even catch a flight from London, but drove up instead. He went ahead and did a short show without Bradley.
    I guess his appearance at this Newcastle show was to make up for missing the Marton Hotel gig.

    Reply

  3. Posted by vintagerock on April 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Many thanks indeed for the update and correction. I’ll correct the post Best wishes Peter

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: