Green Haze and Dirt Royal, Patterns, Brighton 10 December 2022
Green Haze put down a smoking Green Day tribute show. A triumphant blast of a show. Green Haze and Dirt Royal. A perfect combination. All photos can be clicked to enlarge!
Green Haze – The No.1 Green Day Tribute
Now, I am a huge mega Green Day Fan, but I have never seen them live. I heard American Idiot on the car radio when it came out. “Who are these guys” I asked myself – only to find out I had just missed a show at The Brighton Centre a couple of days before hand! Damn! I regularly kick myself for that one!
Billie Joe Armstrong, (Stevie)
Touring extensively across the UK, Europe & internationally (inc. Dubai & Abu Dhabi) – GREEN HAZE are the most in-demand tribute band to one of the best rock bands the world has ever seen – Green Day.
Green Haze regularly play to sell-out crowds at some of the biggest and most established venues & festivals, including The Manchester Academy, BugJam Festival at The Santa Pod Raceway, The O2 Academies and The Rugby 7s Festival in Dubai to name just a few! Tonight they stopped off in Brighton on the last date of their UK tour.
Mike Dirnt (Matt)
The second Green Haze’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Stevie, stepped on to the stage in Patterns, it was as if nothing else mattered for the crowd, it was the night England got knocked out of the World Cup, as the opening guitars for American Idiot blasted out over the sound system. Sounded great!
Jumping around the stage on bass was Mike Dirnt (Matt). Now Matt has obviously studied Dirnt closely – he had the look, the poses, the leaps tied up and smashed out some powerful bass. Great to chat with you Matt – got ya in mid-air! On Drums of course is Tré Cool (Col). Sitting at the back Col piled it on thick with power and some great rocking fills.
On other guitars and vocals was Steve White, he nailed the riffs and some finely tuned solo slots with Matt. I have to say I think these guys had more guitars on stage than Green Day!
Second song into the 22 song set list, yep you read that correctly 22 songs, was Holiday. I know some of the songs are short but others are longer and intricate. This song sounded terrific and it was all very authentic. In the early segment we also had Letterbomb, Last Of The American Girls and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
Tré Cool (Rich)
Green Haze had unfortunately been rescheduled a couple of times and venue change because of COVID, but bloody hell, this was so well worth the wait. The crowd was slightly down, but I guarantee everyone there had a blast of a time! The group set about to make up for that lost time!
Green Haze know how to build up an audience. Green Haze replicate the background music – pre gig soundtrack by replicating Green Day with a recording of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was followed by a blasting of Blitzkrieg Bop, by the Ramones brudders. So, be assured these guys pay attention to detail.
Stevies “Billie” guitar was a perfect replica, stickers and initials all over the place. Looked and sounded great. Clearly Matt had also worked on his guitars to replicate those of Dirnt. Already half way through the set Green Haze had set a high bar. Could they keep it cookin?
Before the gig whilst chatting with Dirt Royal we each listed our favourite Green Day tracks. I think they all pretty much got covered.
The guys seemed to rev it up as the sound mix was tweaked and were served up 21st Century Breakdown, Welcome To Paradise, Wake Me Up When September Ends. Then it was the favourite track nominated by me Know Your Enemy. Green Haze were on fire as the set blistered along. The set covering the back catalogue.
Green Haze brought the show to a close with a bombarding assault of those big tunes, Hitchin’ A Ride, St Jimmy, Minority (with some fine crowd involvement) and I have to say the set was highlighted by a sublime take on Basket Case.
The band left the stage apart from Billie – Stevie. Stevie was left to his own devices for an acoustic Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life). It seemed a perfect choice of a last song, with Stevie gently playing his guitar and sincerely singing “I hope you had the time of your life.” Green Haze – We did. The band took to the stage for a final bow. Well played.
Take a well deserved bow guys. It was a triumphant showing from Green Haze.
Green Haze are on the WWW – here!
Dirt Royal are from Brighton. They had slotted in some performances for The Great Escape 2022, and with some new seriously good releases this year and last. Their sound has grown over the years, their songwriting abilities are extraordinary. They know how to build a song lyrically and fuse a bright and melodic influence of punk and mod.
Dirt Royal was created by Charlie Russell (lead vocals/bass) in Brighton in Under The Bridge Studios. Charlie asked Loz Hood to play drums, showing him a few demos of song ideas. Loz liked them and was interested in starting something.
After a lengthy search in finding someone suitable, they were finally fortunate to hook up with Leon Fenton (lead vocals/guitar). Leon played an open mic night that the two existing members were at and they were very impressed by his set, so they asked Leon to join and convinced him to be in the band. Dirt Royal was alive and kicking!
I have had the real pleasure of knowing these guys for a good few years and created some three or four music videos for them.
Tonight the set pumped out a full on 30 minute set as support for Green Haze. Lucky enough to sit a sip a beer before the set. These guys are great fun and it wasn’t long before the banter started, a catch up as Leon attempted a self lobotomy on the low ceilinged back stage area. The band kicked off and the second song into the set was Shoot Me Now. Damn that’s an infectious song!
Loz at the back trying to keep Charlie and Leon in check! Loz pushes out some damn fine drumming – it’s a solid display. Charlie and Leon interact with themselves and with the audience. Leon piling in on the riffs, leads and vocals. We have Charlie pulling off the moves and leaps while not dropping a note on his battered bass guitar.
Better That Way, and Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down were up. A new track rocked out with Posh Boys, as the set came to a close we had the marvellous Lose Our Way and another newie One More Drink. Superb stuff brilliantly performed and delivered.
The set buzzed along, each song getting a warm reception from the crowd. The banter flew between the guys. The new tracks were great, sounded fresh as I hadnt heard them before. The other songs were all single releases, and the guys play these songs so well.
Their previous album was released just before the second series of lockdowns and so the guys missed out on getting out and promoting it. Great Expectations is a cracker of an album, no fillers, and just overflows with electric excitement. Word got out and the guys had some radio play, the vinyl version has been re-printed as it sold out. The main single release went down really well and the quirky but masterful video for Lose Our Way has racked up some 6,000 views since release.
A cracking last album, Great Expectations and new songs being mixed for a new release, now is the time to dig into Dirt Royal and go see them live!
After the delays for this gig , it turned out to be every bit worth the wait, two great outfits, Dirt Royal and Green Haze. A perfect combination
Dirt Royal are on Facebook – check them out here!
Thanks to: Green Haze, Dirt Royal and Black Rabbit Productions
Words and photos by Ian Bourn.
Black Rabbit Productions hosted the evening. They work hard promoting live music on the south coast. They are a promotion company with years of experience putting on music shows. Tonight was superb. They have some great gigs lined up! You can find Black Rabbit Productions on the WWW
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