REVIEW: Stereophonics Shine During Only North American Performance

Welsh rockers Stereophonics came to NYC’s famed Irving Plaza for their only North American performance of 2017 and played before a capacity crowd on a Tuesday night, which is a testament to how popular the band is on this side of the Atlantic. Selling out any venue on a Tuesday night is hard to do, but Stereophonics had no problem doing just that and, in return, the band played seemingly forever in a performance for the ages totaling 25 songs including the band’s 4-song encore over more than 2 hours, a welcome sight for something you just don’t see very often anymore.

With a set as long as the one Stereophonics played on this night, obviously, there are too many tunes to list, so we’ll stick to the highlights, perhaps the coolest of which was a medley of covers including the AC/DC classic Highway to HellBlack Sabbath’s ParanoidGimme All Your Lovin’ by ZZ Top and Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark. Of course, the band played a ton of their own tunes including C’est La Vie Caught By The Wind, Maybe Tomorrow, White Lies, Local Boy in the Photograph, Graffiti on the Train and The Bartender and the Thief among many, many others on what was a very long, very cool night.

It wouldn’t be a concert without an encore, though, would it? Not when the act is making their only North American appearance of the year, not in New York City and not at a sold out show. Even after a 21-song set, Stereophonics weren’t done and somehow, still had more to give than I expected, with a 4-song encore to cap off their big night. The encore would consist of Been Caught Cheating, It Means Nothing, Could You Be the One? and Dakota to wrap it all up and send the packed house home – or to the nearest pub, this was a very Welsh crowd after all – very, very happy after a stellar performance by a largely underrated band.

Stereophonics had performed on The Today Show bright and early the same day, so it was something of a surprise that they had as much energy as they did and were able to go over two hours and give their fans absolutely everything. The only thing missing was the kitchen sink, as the band left everything they had on the small stage at Irving Plaza and made the most of their one-nighter in the States. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth at a Sterephonics show, there’s no doubt about that. Check out the photo gallery below.