WELSH wonders the Stereophonics were in town to show off material from their latest offering Graffiti on the Train and rocked a capacity crowd of almost 4,000 on Saturday night.
Kelly Jones and co entwined some of the band's greatest hits with their extensive back catalogue and interspersed songs from their new album, including their recent hit single Indian Summer and a stripped down version of the track Been Caught Cheating.
During their two-hour, packed set they romped through song after song and showed why they've been in the business for more than 15 years. The crowd roared every time they recognised the opening bars of the band's biggest hits such as Mr Writer, Maybe Tomorrow, the crowd pleasing Have a Nice Day, A Thousand Trees and Just Looking as well as their top 2005 hit, Dakota.
It's a shame during the lesser known album tracks the audience was more subdued. I think the lull was purely down to the band having very little interaction with the crowd to gee them up. With the gig being on Saturday night there was no excuse for the crowd not to be full of life.
It really seemed like the super group were having a blast on stage, but at the same time they were just going through the motions.
That aside, you couldn't fault Kelly's vocals and the musicianship of the band. Kelly's dulcet tones were just perfect and faultless, just like you hear on their CDs.
To add to the staging, the group had an impressive light display and video backdrop to illustrate the songs.
The Stereophonics are a band with staying power and have had some cracking hits, it's just a shame they haven't got the charisma to match.
Despite this, they'll continue to sell out arenas around the globe as they truly are the front runners of commercial rock.