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Jadis, The Xenith Sound - Herringthorpe Leisure Centre, Rotherham 13th July 2002 

Jadis made the north trip again after a long absence and played like a `hits` set.  Opening the night, was The Xenith Sound, and this lot of 18 year olds have got a lot of talent and promise. They have a quickly done CD available, and for a fiver (7.50 Euro/US$), it is worth it (check out the review!). I will start by saying they are not prog at all, but they have the classic 70's sound like Free, Bad Company and more recent band Thunder. They seemed to get the crowd rocking and I feel they made a few friends too. A name to watch out for in the future.

On to Jadis now, most of the set was lifted from More Than Meets The Eye, which of course was the bandís first album. G13 made a welcome return and was well received.  I would say that this was one of best Jadis shows I have seen for some time, and Gary Chandler (guitar/vocals) played very well and was in fine voice too.

The highlight of the set for me was Daylight Fades, which was performed very well, and with the cuts from the most recent studio album, Understand, a pleasant evening was had by the Rotherham crowd.

One of the encores was Old And Wise from Rarities, and is the old Alan Parsons number from Eye In The Sky, on which I thought Martin Orford's keyboards shone through, not to mention Gary's voice.

On to the other two Jadis members, John Jowitt (bass) and Steve Christie (drums); well they were both solid as ever which is what you would expect from them and a new track, which points us to the new album due early next year, promises to be another classic in true Jadis style, and it will be worth the wait.

They ended the evening with Holding Your Breath an ideal rocker to end any set.  The crowd wanted more but that was it for another night, hope there will be many more to come!

Danny Mayo

 

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