Southern rock may be led by bands like Black Stone Cherry these days, however along with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet started it all. This legendary band were a wonderful addition to the bill, and always deliver live. This night was no exception.
The synchronicity between the members of the band was just simply amazing. The way they moved around the stage and moved forwards and backwards in time with each other was brilliant to watch. Hearing legendary songs such as “Flirtin’ With Disaster”, “Gator Country” and “Bounty Hunter” made the music side of the performance equally as entertaining, with the band firing on all cylinders.
Yet, the main highlight was a cover of one of the most legendary rock songs of all time. “Freebird”. Yes, that’s right. “Freebird”. Hatchet recorded a cover version of this many years ago and their performance of it tonight, emotionally dedicated to the deceased members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, was simply astounding. Hearing the crowd sing along with every word sent chills up the spine, and the amazingly long instrumental breakdown in the middle was perfect.
Hatchet were under pressure to live up to their legendary status, and they certainly did. They’re one of the hardest working bands in rock and roll, and that showed tonight. Long may they continue, and here’s hoping they come back to the UK again soon.