The day’s music concluded with the opportunity to see Beth Blade and The Beautiful Disasters for the first time. In the days leading up to this show, Beth had been laid up in bed poorly sick, but none of us would have been any the wiser after being pinned to the back wall by a set driven with great passion and energy. On a day of big smiles from many people, I don’t think anybody matched Beth’s at being on that stage.
This young lady has the spirit of Suzi Quatro running through her, and it might be her name above the door but this is a tight collective, a band that are playing as much for each other as for the audience.
When you have a last album as stunning as Mythos, Confession, Tragedies and Love it was no surprise that we were treated to many tracks from it
There is a reason why The Otherside opens the album, as it arrives at the station on a huge chugging riff and a howl from Beth, and it was the perfect way to open the show. 2017 album title track Bad Habit had the dust blown off it in no uncertain terms with its tale of how you just know when somebody is not right for you. This was immediately counterpointed with the fantastic Tonight I’m With You which always reminds me of something The Bangles could have done with the amps cranked up. Beth and the guys were clearly having a wonderful time, with Luke and Dan either side of her being all rock star cool whilst slaying the riffs and rhythms.
My fave track off the latest album, Sin Eater was delivered with the venom and fire that the subject matter demanded, leaving those that were still standing reeling. It was no surprise that Beth needed a moment to catch her breath as she perched on the edge of the stage with her acoustic guitar. She called her Mum forward to act as mic stand as she poured all of herself into Hold Your Heart.
It was then back to business with the run to the line taking in This Bitch Bites which had the ferocity of terrier with a rat in its jaws, and then with glasses raised to our icon Lemmy, we bounced through a rollicking Jack And Coke. This was a superb start to the year for the Beth and the band.