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Saturday 9th March 2013
Rock Haven in Lincoln, UK
Reviews by Rick Tilley
Up first were Nottingham based Suicide Tuesday, a new name to me, but one which proved to be very enjoyable indeed. ST are on a mission to bring back the glory days of the Sunset Strip and they do a damn fine job. Vocalist Rikki Valentine looks like the bastard child of Bret Michaels and Jani Lane (R.I.P.), possessing a fine set of pipes and a frontman style that soon gets the crowd on his side. Ably backed by the fantastic guitar work of Oz Paul, bassist Jonny Suicide and drummer Luke James (who looks all of 12 years old) they whipped up a modern day storm of Motley Crue, Guns ’n’ Roses and Poison style riffs, proving that if this music aint broke then don’t try and fix it. Watch out for these guys.
2012 was a tremendously busy and successful year for Knock Out Kaine. They gigged almost nonstop leading up to the release of their debut album ‘House Of Sins’, which has pretty much received outstanding reviews everywhere and the year culminated in a very well received support slot to Status Quo in Glasgow. With that in mind and with this, of course, being a homecoming gig (Rock Haven have been a long-time supporter of the band) there was a relaxed, party atmosphere in the air, which resulted in much banter and humour from vocalist Dean Foxx in between songs. Now you wouldn’t always get away with doing that but the assembled crowd joined in, revelling in the fact that things are finally starting to come good for Knock Out Kaine and letting them get away with a relaxed night of fun. When they did play however, the songs sounded excellent with ‘House Of Sins’, ‘Backstreet Romeo’ and the brilliant ballad ‘Coming Home’ all hitting the mark. With the rest of this tour to go, a full-on UK tour supporting Love/Hate and plenty of festival dates booked, 2013 looks like it is going to be another cracking year for Knock Out Kaine and the smiles and laughter emanating from Rock Haven when we were all finally thrown out at 2am says I’m not the only one who thinks that.