Ride Live at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne, April 27, 2022 - Gig Review
The "album tours" have become a thing now for many bands. Wilco is on the road playing just the tracks in their most successful album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Louise Wenner and Sleeper are doing "The It Girl" tour around the UK. Shoegaze pioneers Ride are also in the mix, showcasing their seminal album "Nowhere."
We caught Ride's show at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle Upon Tyne last Wednesday, April 22. It was our first time at this venue, which has an industrial-auto shop vibe. It's an intimate venue that can only house 1,000 people, but it's one of the most important tour stops for any serious UK group.
The Oxford-formed group consists of Andy Bell and Mark Gardener on vocals and guitars, Laurence "Loz" Colbert on drums, and Steve Queralt on bass. Known for their wall of sounds, mostly from Bell and Gardener's fuzzy and spacey guitar work, the group was in top form at this Newcastle gig. They ran through the "Nowhere" album tracklist with sheer force and sonic fireworks. It was an immersive experience.
While the tour celebrates the album's 30th year, the band treated everyone with songs outside of "Nowhere." Watch the band perform Vapour Trail Live.
Here's the full setlist:
In a Different Place
Dreams Burn Down
Here and Now
Leave Them All Behind
The US has a great concert tour scene, but we don't see these UK bands at all, so the only way to do it is to fly across the pond, which is worth it, especially if bands like Ride continue to be at their very best.