Fans of all ages flock to the Fillmore to rock the night away with Rival Sons as their tour makes a sold out stop in the Motor City.
Stage darkness is shattered by a massive projection of a prehistoric skeleton. In the distance, a faint roar can be heard, gradually increasing as a heart appears within the skeleton. The heart begins to beat, almost to deafening levels as the shadows of five mysterious musicians emerge from side stage and take up performance positions on the massive stage. House lights come to life, the crowd goes wild with their first glimpse of the long beach natives known as the Rival Sons. The five-piece band gleams smiles of appreciation to the crowd as singer Jay Buchanan takes center stage attention with a big “Hello Detroit!” Guitarist Scott Holiday stepping forward equipped with his signature reverse neck Firebird (and a most excellent mustache and sunglass combo) takes charge ripping the intro lick to “Back In The Woods.”
The night is underway and full throttle right from the green light. The crowd is energized as Buchanan launches into his version of an impromptu Rock-N-Roll Kung Fu, delivering kicks and chops to illustrate his powerful vocals. “Sugar On The Bone” comes next and drummer Mike Miley and bassist Dave Beste keep their sultry back beat tight and deep in the pocket for the duration of the night’s show. “Pressure and Time” is next igniting an electrical frenzy of fist-pumping from the horde of sing-a-long fans. Holiday’s chops are crispy and rifftacular as his vintage rig nearly combusts during a most memorable guitar solo. “Electric Man” keeps the voltage high as Buchanan gets up close and personal with his fans in the front row. The band presses on for nearly ninety minutes, delivering a massive thirteen-song set with a bonus two-song encore that would make the bluesiest of bluesman and the rockin-est of rockers crack an appreciative smile.