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Heaven's Basement

Having been a follower of Heaven’s Basement since their early days some 6 years ago, I was eager to see how these UK rockers had evolved. Dominating the covers of many well known rock magazines and music channels and recently returning from touring countries such as Canada, America and Australia with some other well established bands, the boys finally return home to the UK for their much anticipated and majority sold out “Welcome Home” tour.

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Main support tonight comes from post hardcore band, Glamour of the Kill. Receiving a warm welcome from the crowd they produced a great set of gut grinding tracks, setting the crowd up with circle pits and a wall of death throughout various tracks. Highlight of the performance was a fun cover of the Kiss classic “Love Gun,” a girly squeal arose from the crowd as the band were joined on stage by Heaven’s Basement’s very own Mr Sid Glover and drummer Chris Rivers. GOTK were then back to business with their new track “Freak” which featured a catchy chorus and then ended with “Feeling Alive” leaving the crowd energised and ready to rock it to the the band they’d all come to see.

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Heaven’s Basement took to the stage right on time, launching straight in with the tour titled track, “Welcome Home” taken from their successful debut album “Filthy Empire”. It’s a roof raising start to the set with the crowd going absolutely wild for them.

Barely pausing to take a breath, Heaven’s Basement dive straight into “Cant’ Let go” and their single “Fire Fire”.

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The crowd are invited by frontman Aaron to go crazy for their next track and to make the venue security earn their wage by crowd surfing. This is one offer the crowd does not pass up on as surfer after surfer comes hurtling over the barrier and are ejected from the pit by security.

Aaron Buchanan takes a step back for the next track, leaving “Paranoia” in the capable hands of lead guitarist Sid Glover. After a gravelly and raw rocking performance, Aaron soon returns, greeted with a sea of lighters and iphone torches held by the crowd for a mellow electro acoustic rendition of “Price that we Pay”. It’s a humble and heart held performance showcasing Aaron’s strong vocal abilities.

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After spraying the crowd with water, the band pick up again with the catchy “Jump Back” Aaron Bucanhan is soon climbing into the crowd, walking across them like Jesus in the Red Sea, he stands, supported by his adoring fans for a few moments, soaking in the rooms energy before jumping back and surfing across to the stage to continue with the performance.

The band finish their set prior to the encore with the Heaven’s Basement classic “Reign on My Parade” whipping the crowd into a wild frenzy and raising the roof, the crowd scream every single lyric at the band like its the last breath they’ll ever take.

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After a quick minute break, they eagerly return to the stage greeted by a stomping, clapping, cheering and chanting crowd and burst into an explosive performance of the Heaven’s Basement favourite “Executioners Day.” I have seen this track performed many times before and every time the boys bring something a little different with it, Sid Glover never disappoints, displaying his utter guitar genius by playing the solo’s behind his head with great ease and skill.

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As the band leave the stage for the final time, the crowd are left wanting more. It’s easy to see why they are quickly becoming reknown as being one of the best live acts of their time. True showmen at their best, and that’s not all, a truly humble group who appreciate their fans and roots. Just ten minutes after leaving the stage, the group are down in the foyer of the Manchester Academy 2, meeting their fans to sign merchandise and take photographs, how many other main acts would you see doing that?

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