The Struts appearance at ClubXL may have been an official stop on their Young & Dangerous tour in spirit but it was made possible due to a primary sponsors, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. In true night club fashion the show was set to be a late one as supporting act the Parlor Mob only took the stage past 9PM as the first band of the evening – The Struts soon followed around 10:30PM to be greeted by a large crowd who had been patiently waiting since nearly 7PM.
No matter the venue The Struts always manage to capture the attention of their audience for the very beginning of the show and this evening was no different – though Luke Spiller’s entrance to the stage almost ended the night very quickly. In front of their now iconic large golden banner branded with The Struts logo Gethin Davies climbed behind his drum kit amid an orange wash of color. He was soon joined by Addo Slack who leaned over the front row of the intimate venue with a smile on his and Jed Elliot ran out seconds later and the crowd went wild. Typically Luke Spiller would hit the stage next at full speed but he was quickly slowed as he slipped on the very non traditional stage surface. Luckily he didn’t fall and the show went on as Luke ditched his shoes without missing a note during the opening chorus of “Primadone Like Me” and the crowd roared as he ran around the stage in just socks for the first part of the evening.
Across 13 songs The Struts demonstrated live performance mastery and showed no signs of fatigue despite one of the most extensive touring schedules of any artist in 2018. From the Foo Fighters, tour to radio appearances, and multiple legs supporting the release of ‘Young&Dangerous’ the band delivered on their reputation of rock’s next best performance to see live yet again.
The set contained much of what fans have come accustomed to seeing but new additions like ‘In Love With a Camera’ made for pleasant surprises that were greeted with some of the loudest reactions from the packed ClubXL crowd. The biggest moment of the set came as the band snuck in a performance of ‘Rebel, Rebel’ by David Bowie that had the crowd off their feet jumping for the duration and the jumping didn’t stop there as Spiller made sure everyone was comfortable dancing just as he was on stage.
2018 is nearly over and The Struts have successfully made the year the defining moment of their career. The show at ClubXL was just a small sample size of the potential the band has and yet at the same time it still managed to feel like a complete show on it’s own. The Struts are such a powerful live show that there is little doubt that they could make even a 5 or 6 song set feel like a full concert because the energy level the band brings to the stage is that high. It’s time to stop comparing The Struts to bands of the past because they are the band of today and ‘Young&Dangerous’ is the album that the next generation is going to look back on when they are comparing the next thing in rock to The Struts. They’ve said it themselves many times before – Remember the name – The Struts (because if you don’t you are truly missing out on the best music this decade..)