Sound: The Sage in Gateshead contains two concert halls, and this concert was a sell out in the 1, 640 seater hall one. The sound quality was fantastic. The sage often hosts classical concerts and other concerts where sound quality is desired, and therefore has simply stunning acoustics. All the instruments and speakers were fantastically set up, and every note rang out true and the vocals came out over the instruments properly. The set consisted of a mixture of acoustic guitar based music (with Ray and his guitarist only) and a full band with with electric guitars used. // 10
Perfomance: Ray Davies has still got it. He's been in the business for almost 50 years now, and still rocks as hard as any other modern band. The majority of the songs played were Kinks classics, with a few of his more recent solo songs thrown in. A lot of The Kinks classics had more modern twists (for example, some of the more rocky Kinks songs were slowed down and played using acoustic guitars), and some were played true to The Kinks original (of particular enjoyment were "You Really Got Me" and "All Day And All Of The Night" which both really got the generally middle aged crowd going!).
Ray Davies and The Kinks have a huge back catalogue, and there are a huge amount of songs I love, and would have loved to see live. I left the concert very pleased. It was not "my perfect setlist", but I never expected it to be. What it was, was a very good "best of" selection of the Kinks. Definitely a fantastic experience for any Kinks fan. Ray Davies is a great showman, and very witty. There were plenty of little jokes between songs, and during songs. For a 68 year old man, he was very lively when strapping on the electric guitar and playing some early Kinks rock songs. // 9
Overall Impression: The concert was played at the Sage Gateshead (Essentially, Newcastle-upon-Tyne), England, on the 2nd October 2012. The support was solo acoustic music from James Walbourne, who also came on later for a few songs to play with Ray and his band. The tickets cost 35 each, and were worth every penny. Ray Davies is a legend, and I was so happy to get an opportunity to see him live. // 10