The Struts @Eatons Hill (Brisbane, QLD)

3 February 2019 at Eatons Hill

I spent all day Sunday trying to stay busy and not think about the fantastic night ahead watching one of the fastest rising rock bands in the world. Unfortunately, mid-afternoon I was given the news that Greta Van Fleet had to cancel their show due to illness. Much to the disappointment of their fans, who where now contemplating what to do with their free evening.

About an hour later there was another update with news saying The Struts , Greta Van Fleet’s support would play a free acoustic set in the Eaton Hills Beer Garden. I must admit that I’d not heard of the band before this tour was announced but they have wedged their way into my regular Spotify playlist since. They may have been here as the support but this 4 – piece band from England had a strong following of their own and packed the venue’s beer garden.

I grew up when all the big rock acts were appearing on MTV Unplugged. The chance to see this “unabashedly over the top retro-fetishist classic rock” band perform in the same fashion intrigued me.

While the songs were obviously toned down for the acoustic set, Luke Spiller’s classic rock voice was as good as his recorded work and still pumped out with passion and energy. At times, Spiller’s vocals share the same qualities that made bands like Queen, Def Leppard, and The Rolling Stones stand apart all while not sounding like a cover band. The rest of the band were enjoying playing the set a little differently to normal, but the energy although subdued was still there. I’m sure they’ll remember this night for the rest of their lives.

As they say: “The show must go on”. The Struts certainly saved the night and kept the music fans entertained.

Line-up: The Struts

Reviewer: Thomas Smith
Photocredits: Just Ignore The Camera