H.E.A.T turn it up

Quite a few (almost packed to the rafters) were in attendence for H.E.A.T's last date of their UK tour at a hot and humid Manchester Academy 3. For those who witnessed H.E.A.T at Manchester a few years back (about 25 people all told), a packed academy shows how far this Swedish quintet have come. Those in the audience this evening, know that H.E.A.T are destined for greatness. The only question mark seems to be that it's taking a little longer than expected. It's no surprise that H.E.A.T have the fire in their bellies, and with their latest album, a set of songs that WILL take them to the next level and beyond.

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Tonight's set is heavily weighted towards the last two albums and the acquisition of Gronwall has taken H.E.A.T from being a good band, to a stellar band. Going from support band Supercharger to H.E.A.T is like the difference in sound between a wax cylinder and CD! Entering to the very appropriate The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey, the Swedes set their phasers to 'stun' right from the off. Gronwall commands the stage with an air of confidence, jumping, punching, hardly ever keeping still. Who says you have to mime when you're as active as this dude? Point Of No Return and A Shot At Redemption show how far H.E.A.T have come is a short space of time with Gronwall (from Swedish Idol to bonafide Rock Idol) - both are songs that Jon Bon wished he could still write and they become a different proposition in a live setting, totally electrifying and captivating. Mannequin Show would have been cool had they segued into Oops I Did It Again, just for a laugh of course as everyone has surely made the comparison by now!

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H.E.A.T do pay homage to their more melodic past with Beg, Beg Beg (and a little of Led Zep's Rock and Roll thrown in for good measure), alongside Danger Zone, and Late Night Lady from the debut Leckremo era.

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Gronwall proves hes a dab hand with the guitar also, playing acoustic for the first part of Tearing Down The Walls. Since H.E.A.T have dropped down to the one guitar, Erik Rivers seems to have grown and is enjoying the limelight. His playing is fluid and compelling, and the ladies present certainly seem enamoured!

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Supercharger snuck up on H.E.A.T mid Downtown, half naked and serving drinks to the boys, and from here on the set (after being nothing short of perfect) took it up another notch - probably because it was the finale of their tour, so everything was timed to perfection for this Manchester crowd, H.E.A.T certainly bring their A game to the table.

As it was the final night, Supercharger joined them for Roxette's You Got The Look, and both bands looked as if they were having fun even it it was slightly 'winged'. Breaking The Silence and Living On The Run finished the set, and with them playing 20+ songs in total, made this gig a truly memorable one for those who attended.

H.E.A.T truly deserve to be playing bigger and better venues and at this rate it isn't long in coming. Utterly fantastic!

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