MUSIC: Classic rock comes to Leicester
Imagine if we could get the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen to rock out some of their biggest hits, all together, in the same room. That would be nice, wouldn't it?
Unfortunately, we can't do that. Who do you think we are, Michael Eavis or something? Sheesh.
Anyway, what we have got is the next best thing.
The Classic Rock Show is coming to De Montfort Hall, and if you like your music the right side of ear-splitting, it's probably the gig for you.
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A 10-piece band. Playing the biggest hits from the 10 best-selling rock albums of all time. Plus, a best-of-the-rest bit, too.
We're talking Dire Straits' Money For Nothing through to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird, via Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell and Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb.
Damian Darlington, the show's lead singer/ guitarist/ musical director is promising a big, big show.
"The setlist is based around the top 10-selling classic rock albums, one track off each one, and also a best-of-the-rest as well," he tells The Week. "We've got Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Meatloaf – all the biggest classic rock artists of the 70s and 80s.
"We've got hard, guitar-based rock like AC/DC through to much more melodic rock from bands like Supertramp and Steely Dan.
"People can expect all the classic rock anthems they're familiar with. You know if you're of a certain age then they'll be bringing back memories. It's two-and-a-half hours and we cover the early 70s to mid 80s, so there's something for every classic rock fan."
Damian and several of the other musicians in the band also play with Pink Floyd tribute act, Brit Floyd.
"We've experience of playing together with that," he says. "There was an opportunity to put this new show together and there wasn't really anything else like it out there, playing this sort of music.
"We started out with the Classic Rock Show two years ago and it's gone really, really well, the previous two tours, so we're looking forward to doing it again."
It's a set list of songs that inspired Damian – and thousands of others – to pick up a guitar when he was younger.
"I discovered all this music when I was a teenager and it's been with me all through my musical career, and I can say the same for the rest of the musicians in the band.
"I think very early on, I discovered The Eagles. I remember listening to Eagles Live, one of the first albums I bought. We've got Hotel California in the set.
"And, given my experience of playing Pink Floyd, I'm very influenced by their music.
"I've been playing that professionally for almost 20 years and there's a couple of their tracks in the show.
"There's definitely a timeless appeal with this music – it's just as relevant today as it was when it was written. And there's such a variety of styles under the classic rock umbrella.
"There is an urge to have this music played live, still. Given my experience of playing Pink Floyd, there is such a love for that music and for other bands of that era, and there's something special about hearing it live. It's that power of a live concert and the shared experience of hearing music alongside other people.
"There's people who bought the albums when they first came out, but also younger people who have discovered them perhaps from their parents' record collections."
It's obvious Damian is a massive fan of all the tracks the band get to perform.
But if he had to, really had to, could he pick a favourite?
"It's quite funny, really.
"One of the top 10 albums, Bat Out Of Hell, by Meatloaf – it's not something I probably would have listened to back in the day, but that song is such a fun track to play.
"It's an amazing musical journey in 10 minutes. That's definitely a highlight."
The Classic Rock Show is on at De Montfort Hall on Friday, February 1. Tickets are £20.