Live Review: Ugly Kid Joe / Massive Wagons / Chris Catalyst – O2 Academy, Sheffield 10.11.2022

Phil Wright

By Phil Wright

Chris Catalyst

I must admit, I’d not heard of Chris before, but I was absolutely blown away by his stage presence, and have since found out why he was so confident up there with just the lights and his guitar…. Chris has been part of some brilliant bands over the years, The Sisters of Mercy, Terrorvision and Ugly Kid Joe to name but a few. I for one will be looking out for Chris again and recommend you get him on your ‘must see’ list immediately! 

Massive Wagons 

What can I say about this band that has not been said before? They were truly awesome from start to finish, opening their set with ‘Pressure’ and finishing on ‘In it Together’, mixing it up with some classics along with tracks of their new album ‘TRIGGER’. This band never fail to deliver. 

I was interested to read that one of the bands influencers was Status Quo, this being the reason Massive Wagons released a charity single, ‘Back to the Stack’, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust in 2017. The single was aimed at Rick Parfit, for who, Massive Wagons were the opening act in 2018.

Ugly Kid Joe

I first had the pleasure of seeing Ugly Kid Joe back in 1993 when they played the Don valley Stadium in Sheffield while on tour with Def Leppard, Thunder and Terrovision. Seeing them again took me back to been a 22-year-old. 

With a flawless performance from start to finish, Ugly Kid Joe mixed originals and covers and the crowd never stopped rocking. 

An absolutely phenomenal performance from @whitfieldcrane, making his time on stage appear effortless with his amazing voice and his control of the audience. 

In conclusion…….. yes, I have been listening to them ever since the gig, downloading their latest album ‘Rad Wings of Destiny’. If you’ve not downloaded it yet, I recommend you do so straight away.

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