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Ten-tastic

The UKs elder statesmen Ten were next to impress at HRH AOR on the back of their latest (and in my opinion, greatest album to date), Heresy And Creed, playing music from right across their extensive career.


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Gary Hughes may not be the best singer in the world but he plays to his strengths and most of his compositions border on the grandiose, and when coupled with a bloody decent band to bring his works to life they are one of the finest bands plying their craft. Just check out guitarist Dan Mitchell who is one of the finest shredders there is and really kicks ass on the epic opener Arabian Nights, before tearing into Gunrunning, Spell (bound) and a couple of early Ten classics in Ten Fathoms Deep and The Rose, which was pretty damn good.


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It wouldn't be a Ten gig without a ballad and Ten had a bit of a Godfather (similar piano riff) moment in Valentine which builds to a fine crescendo. It's hard to say that Ten finished the set with a couple of epic numbers as Hughes just writes 'em this way consistently, and we were properly treated to the Lizzy twin guitar led Red, before slightly overrunning for the 'biggie' The Name Of The Rose.

So, great performance, just one criticism Gary, please drop the single leather glove mate. I lived thru Alvin Stardust and it isn't big, or clever!

Setlist

Arabian Nights
Gunrunning
Spellbound
Ten Fathoms Deep
The Robe
Valentine
After The Love Has Gone
Unbelievable
Red
The Name Of The Rose





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