Highside [Rock Covers, 4 piece]
I see a band every week and have done for years. This performance at the Nightingale, Sutton, is the best gig I have ever seen on the pub circuit. Why! I have raved about Highside before. They did 3 sets plus an extended encore. The band played for 2hrs 45mins and performed 40 songs.
They level of performance was sheer quality. We heard Ac/Dc, Aerosmith, Billy Idol, Blink 182, Blur, Bon Jovi, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Green Day, Gun, Guns N Roses, The Beastie Boys, The Beatles, The Foo Fighters, The Killers, The Who, Radio Head, Steve Miller Band, Wheatus, plus many others.
With Andrew's dynamic bass playing backing vocals - John makihg the lead guitar sing backing vocals - Wayne's Rhythm Guitar and exceptional lead vocals. I have left Hannah the drummer until last because she replaced Matt, who had to give up drumming because of back problems.
She is very accomplished and has stepped in, there has been no drop in quality. ( there should be more women in bands.)
Lastly just to thank Corrine the Landlady at the Nightingale and the bar staff, she get's some great bands on.
Thank you from Ron ( Geordie )Ron, Thursday 20 February 2020
I arrived at the crown hotel to see Highside yet again, I was very tired having had a hard week of property repairs. However within 20 minutes of listening to their scorching output of scintillating rock classics - I had recharged my batteries.
This review is a bit tongue in cheek as you would expect from a geordie
Probably the best band on the pub circuit, don't take my word for it. The dance floor was packed from start to finish, we were all begging for more - despite doing 3 songs for an encore. We would quite happily have stayed for another 30 minutes.
First they said I was a Basket Case - I already know that. Then they said I was a Creep - that taking things to far. Then the sent me down the Highway To Hell - I've only just got back. Then they really took the mickey and said I was a Teenage Dirtbag - come on chaps I'm 64.
Then Wayne the geordie lead singer told me to Put My Hands Up. After all that the had the cheek to say I Want you Back ( eat your heart out Take That, Highsides rock version is much better than yours. We also heard Bon Jovi, Cheep Trick, Ugly Kid Joe, Gun, The Foo Fighters & Guns N Roses - plus many others.
The band, Matt (drummer) what a superb exhibition of drumming the speed is incredible. John (Lead Guitar) I was spell bound when he played
Sweet Child Of Mine. Andrew ( Bass Guitar ) he manages to sound like the bass guitarist's in Cream and Black Sabbath - superb. Wayne ( lead singer and rhythm guitar) he was born to be a front man a typical geordie show man - boy can he work the audience.
Just a word about The Crown Hotel Chertsey. Tony and his wife get the best bands on the circuit at their pub, there is plenty of space to dance and the bar staff are really nice. It is probably the best venue to see bands in Surrey.
Lastly a big thank you to all of you a Lemon Rock, since I discovered your website 3 years ago I have discovered so many new venues and brilliant bands - Thank you. Ron (geordie)Saturday 23 June 2018
Yet another stupendous performance at the Windsor Castle, Carshalton I have seen this band 12 times in the last 18 months at the Cave - Addlestone, Windsor Castle - Carshalton and the Crown Hotel - Chertsey all in Surrey. I would happily pay a £10 cover charge to see them.
Why ? If you want rock music delivered as close as possible to the original sound , look no further and they are not afraid to put their own stamp on it. Delivered with panache, if the likes of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Billy Idol, Blink 182, Bon Jovi, Deep purple, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Guns & Roses ,Kings of Leon, Lenny Kravitz, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, Radio Head, Stereophonics, The Killers, The Undertones, Thin Lizzy etc. , is right up your street - you will have a belting good night. Why? From Matt a cracking good drummer, Andrew, his Bass Guitar goes right through your bones, John with his sizzling Lead Guitar and Wayne the most charismatic lead singer on the circuit - no slouch on the Rhythm
Guitar either. With the tight sound of musicians who have been around for years, marvel at how Wayne the Geordie Lead Singer whips the packed dance floor into a frenzy. You will leave on cloud 9. Ron (Geordie)Tuesday 6 March 2018
Wow!!!!! Thanks for an amazing performance at our Christmas party. You did a brilliant job and got EVERYONE up dancing. Really good bunch of guys, very reliable and I would definitely book you again!!! The sets were perfect and had a really good mix of old and new music, with some Xmas stuff thrown in too. Thank you!!! :-)
GemmaWednesday 24 December 2014
Opening with "American Idiot", and shining with quality from the first note, Highside made an impressive start to a busy evening in St Albans' popular Blacksmiths Arms pub.
A few songs in, and Deep Purple's "Black Night" confirms first impressions - this band are good. A few more songs in, and you find yourself still fully engaged in the sound. The mix was very smooth, not overloud, and just powerful enough to grab your attention, and - importantly - keep it.
Launching into Thin Lizzy's raunchy "Don't Believe a Word", Wayne's vocals were confidently placed and spot-on for pitch. He has a voice that is a joy to listen to, a flexible mixture of rough and smooth that many singers can only dream of having. Listening to Bon Jovi's "It's My Life", I could hear all the lyrics perfectly - a combination of Wayne's impressive singing technique and a well set-up sound system.
John's lead guitar work was exemplary. He was able to make that machine sing the blues, rock with convincing mosh appeal and keep great rhythm. Not once did you think that it was self-involved playing; it was all done with expression. John and Wayne both play Gibsons (many bands prefer to pair a Gibson with a Strat) but these two went together surprisingly well: a solid, soaring mix.
This band knows how to produce a great sound at just the right level. The electronic drum kit must be largely responsible for this balance: you realise that nothing is grating, everything is audible and that all the instruments have equal space - so many other bands get this wrong, often because the drummer, guitarist, or bass player is so loud that everyone else is forced to turn up. Not so with Highside. Well done Matt on drums! This band also uses bass bins, which really strengthen the impact of the rock sound; again, they weren't turned up so loud that they blew your hair away. Special mention goes to Andrew's bass sound, which must be one of the cleanest, clearest, most tuneful bass rigs on the circuit.
The band's playing was rhythmic and punchy, with a true sense of feeling and enjoyment. And how great it is to see all four members singing harmonies!
The song arrangements are well observed from the originals and properly worked out. There's no over-simplification going on - these guys really know their material.
The band's own lighting rig added an extra dimension to their presence: discreetly placed so that you could still see the performers without being blinded.
Band communication was friendly but professional - a little banter about the ridiculous heat and some encouragement for us to join in with the songs - it's great when a band of this calibre gets the audience involved.
I've seen Highside a few times before, but last night they really impressed me by their playing, their emotional involvement, and the best rock songs ever! A must-have band for any serious music venue!
Mac MacLaren, Lemonrock EditorFriday 19 July 2013