After seeing Puddle Of Mudd's fantastic performance at Download earlier this year, this cracking co-headline gig was one I was not going to miss. With these shows being their first UK tour since 2002 and Soil reuniting with their original singer Ryan McCombs, a rocking fun night was guaranteed, and both bands most definitely delivered.
Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin
With Soil and Puddle Of Mudd switching headline slots each night and the ridiculously early start of 7.30pm for Puddle Of Mudd, up first tonight, I missed a fair chunk of their set. I was pretty gutted about it, because what I saw was damn awesome! Stomping through 'Nothing Left To Lose', 'Drift', 'Die' and their wicked version of The Stones' 'Gimme Shelter', by the time they got to 'Blurry' and the cracking 'She (F***ing) Hates Me', they were at their brilliant best, with the crowd filling in the blanks with gusto!
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Up next, Soil, and from the very start when the drummer picked up his sticks and displayed his very loud Union Jack t-shirt, they kicked straight into gear with 'Breaking Me Down' and simply brought the house down! Big, brash, and very Metal, they riffed, punched and stormed their way through the songs from 'Scars', with this being the 10th anniversary of its release.
Through the huge guitars of 'Cross My Heart', the mighty 'Black 7', 'The One' and more, McCombs was on fine form and kept the audience well and truly entertained. From some easy banter about the bra thrown on stage, drinking a very large shot from a prosthetic leg (I kid you not!) and a discussion about his commitment issues - leaving the band, coming back and going through a divorce at the same time, he had possibly had one or two beers before the set but his love for the band, its music and the fans was very apparent and his exuberance and enjoyment utterly infectious.
Soil's Ryan McCombs
After a stunning version of 'Halo', the band left the stage but the crowd would simply not leave, and after ten minutes of shouts and cheers (and way past the curfew), they came back on and blitzed it with 'Pride'. Awesome!
An absolutely fabulous gig all round with both Puddle Of Mudd and Soil equally brilliant. If they're playing near you, make sure you catch them, as you won't find a line-up as cracking as this for a long time!