Puddle of Mudd & SOiL - Electric Ballroom
It has been almost 10 years since SOiL had last toured the UK with original lead singer Ryan McCombs, and tonight they were also celebrating the decade since the release of their most successful album Scars.
But kicking off the show was Kansas City's Puddle Of Mudd who have returned with their fifth studio album, Re(disc)overed which finds the band covering classic rock songs like The Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter', Elton John's 'Rocket Man' and AC/DC’s 'T.N.T.'
Wes Scantlin made his way to the front of the stage wearing sunglasses and a beanie hat, and begun their setlist with 'Famous'. Smiling and making kissy faces at the crowd, Scantlin engaged heavily with his fans, and was even quite posey for all us female photographers in the photo pit!
The band said how much they loved playing in London, and how they were glad to be back, a sentiment that was reciprocated by the audience. Never the most credible of bands, the response for their two most popular singles, 'Blurry' and 'She Hates Me', was nevertheless verging on crazy. A great set!
The high anticipation for SOiL was over as the band made came on stage to complete the evening. Ryan McCombs approached his microphone and stood listening to the cheers from the crowd and had a smile on his face. He thanked the fans for coming out to see the band, and that this was a celebration of their album Scars, before too long the band began their set off with 'Breaking Me Down'.
The whole band put on a great performance with many thanks and appreciations to the fans for their support, and rewarded those who'd come along with a great setlist. One overly excited fan was waving his prosthetic leg in the air before launching it on stage. Before long Ryan was being egged on to drink from the plastic limb, after which he looked like might have gagged. (Ah ... rock 'n roll! - Jazz Ed.)
The band finished up with their most successful song from the album Scars. Ryan decided to sing 'Halo' amongst the fans, and brushed past me to make his way into the middle of the Ballroom.
Climbing back to the front barrier of the Ballroom, McCombes thanked his fans once again, and reminded them that it is because of them they make their music. The whole band gathered on stage to hug and bow to fans, before walking off stage to end the night. The stamping of feet and the chanting of the band's name persuaded the band to gave in and they played one final song with five minutes of curfew time left.
Puddle Of Mudd setlist
Famous / Psycho / Away from Me / Control / Stoned / T.N.T (AC/DC cover) / Nothing Left to Lose / Drift and Die / Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones cover) / Blurry / She Hates Me (- Encore)
Breaking / Need to Feel / My Own / Redefine / Cross my Heart / Inside / The One / Wide Open / Black 7 / Unreal / Halo / Pride (- Encore)