JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

The Struts
October 26, 2018
Arlington Backyard at Texas Live
Arlington, TX

Review by Terry Walsh
Photos by Terry Walsh


A Rock N' Roll Revival Deep In The Heart Of Texas!

A Rock N' Roll Revival Deep In The Heart Of Texas! Photo by Terry WalshWhat’s not to like about The Struts? Their songs are packed with big hooks and anthem sized choruses and their live shows never disappoint. The band is doing it old school, touring relentlessly and building their growing fan base one show at a time. With two albums under their belts, Everybody Wants and the newly released Young and Dangerous. On Friday night, The Struts pulled into Arlington Backyard at Texas Live! and were met by a loud, enthusiastic and and appreciative crowd.

A Rock N' Roll Revival Deep In The Heart Of Texas! Photo by Terry WalshThe Struts were already in a celebratory mood before hitting the stage. Their long awaited second album, Young and Dangerous was released earlier in the day and they were ready to play. Led by the energetic and engaging front man Luke Spiller, The Struts also feature guitarist Adam Slack, drummer Gethin Davies and Jed Elliot on bass. The nearly two hour set featured several new songs from Young and Dangerous including “Primadonna Like Me,” “Body Talks” and “Bulletproof Baby” alongside crowd favorites from Everybody Wants like “Kiss This,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and the epic “Where Did She Go?”

QA Rock N' Roll Revival Deep In The Heart Of Texas! Photo by Terry WalshThey even threw in an extended version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” during which Luke Spiller borrowed an adorable young girl from her Dad’s shoulders and brought her on stage for their own “Springsteen video moment.” The crowd loved it and the girl and her Dad have a lifetime memory. The show closed with the rousing “Could Have Been Me” and sent the crowd cheering into the night.

The Struts should be arena headliners in the not too distant future. If you get a chance to see them while they’re still up close and personal, don’t miss it.

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