At Trillians, Newcastle, U.K., September 19, 2019

COLLATERAL (Live at Trillians, Newcastle, U.K., September 19, 2019)
Photo: Mick Burgess

As Bon Scott once said “It’s a long way to the top if you want to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Wise words indeed. It can seem that way when the Rock’n’ Roll highway stretches far into the distance at the start of what can be a very bumpy but potentially thrilling ride.

With a couple of singles under their belts and a debut album slated for release in a matter of weeks, Collateral are right at the start their journey and arrived for their very first pit stop in Newcastle.

With a flurry of rave reviews in the press there’s quite a buzz about Collateral at the moment so it came as no surprise that a fair few Geordies came out on a Wednesday night to see what all of the fuss was about.

Collateral have the image, with hair, lots of hair, ripped jeans and cowboy boots there’s no doubting that they have the image and that is hugely important in these very image conscious times but do they back that up with the music?

With seconds of Big Beginning it’s clear that there is something special in the offing and with Big Shot and Going With The Wind following hot on its heels built on strong melodies and huge hooks coming along like a modern-day Def Leppard meets Bon Jovi, Collateral soon have the crowd eating out of their hands.

Of course, it helps having a charismatic frontman in the shape of Angelo Tristan whose breathy but intensely Melodic vocals carry the songs to a different plane while guitarist Todd Winger provides the foil that every singer needs to inspire them.

With singles Midnight Queen and Lullaby closing out the show there was a distinct feeling that those in Trillians had witnessed a band on the brink of something very special. There is every chance that next time they play in Newcastle they will be headlining a much, much bigger venue.

Review and Photos By Mick Burgess


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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