Great gig by Nazareth at Newcastle Academy last night. Went along with my mate Norm to see our ageing rocker heroes. The gig was in the smaller Academy 2, and it was packed. Great to see the band in a small intimate venue. Dan McCafetty’s voice is amazing, as strong as ever. He growled his way through the gig, just as he did all those years ago. And Pete Agnew bounced around with a wry smile on his face. The set was a mix of favourites: This Flight Tonight, Bad Bad Bay, Love Hurts, Razamanaz, and newer songs including a few from their new album. They finished with (of course) Broken Down Angel. Setlist (something like): Silver Dollar Forger; Big Dogz Gonna Howl; This Month’s Messiah; Sunshine; Turn On Your Receiver; See Me; My White Bicycle; Radio; When Jesus Comes To Save The World Again; This Flight Tonight; Bad Bad Boy; Whisky Drinkin’ Woman; Changin’ Times; Hair Of The Dog. Encore: Enough Love (with guest rappers – SHY & DRS); Razamanaz; Love Hurts; Broken Down Angel. During the first encore the guys brought on a couple of young Scottish rappers (caleed SHY & DRS) to sing along. A bit incongruos, but fun and the crowd seemed to enjoy it. Support came from Bowden and Williamson who delivered a set of raw rythm and blues.