Dec 15 2009 By Michael Pringle
WELSH rockers, Stereophonics played an intimate gig at Glasgow’s Classic Grand on Saturday night. Having attended a great Christmas night out at Seamill Hydro the previous night, I was a little fragile during the afternoon. Glasgow’s Battlefield Road was my first port of call, Tinto Tapas Bar provided us with the fuel to get through the rest of the evening in one piece. The food was great, the ambient atmosphere excellent, and if it wasn’t for the concert I could probably have stayed there for the remainder of the evening. We headed into the city centre to the Classic Grand to find that the band had already taken to the stage, it was just after 8.00pm and it was immediately noticeable how good the sound system in the venue was. The Classic Grand was formerly a cinema and now holds in the region of 400 people.
The band played there way through old favourites as well as new tracks from the recently released album, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.
Three lucky Ayrshire Post competition winners received two tickets each for the concert, Heather Armstrong, Allan Todd and Simon McMichael. Simon took his wife along, he said: "It was really good, in the small venues like this you can really get up close to the bands".
Front man Kelly Jones mentions a possible appearance at T in the Park this summer, they are already heading for two sold out nights at the SECC in 2010, adding a second night after the first quickly sold out.
The band finished off their encore with what is probably their best known track, Dakota. It rounded off a great night and it wasn’t even 9.30pm yet.
If you haven’t got a ticket yet for one of next year’s shows then get one soon, on this form it should be worth the wait.