Concert Review: Royal Blood & Cleopatrick In Oakland, CA

Yesterday (May 3), I attended Royal Blood and Cleopatrick’s show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA and it was a fun night of pure rock ‘n’ roll.

Cleopatrick opened the concert with a killer set. Singer/guitarist Ian Fraser and drummer Luke Guntz were very energetic as they powered through a variety of songs from their catalog. They really helped set the vibe for the show with a grungy display of alternative rock.

After Cleopatrick finished up, it was time for the headliners of the evening, Royal Blood. The band were firing on all cylinders as they blasted through a catchy set driven by Mike Kerr’s heavy bass riffs and alt-rock vocals and Ben Thatcher’s thunderous drums. The sheer talent of the two musicians was also complimented by touring member Darren James, who contributed keyboards and backing vocals to enhance the dancier material from the band’s latest album “Typhoons.”

In addition to the powerful display of musicianship, the band also had a solid stage production full of flashing lights. The colors and strobe effects helped add to the experience without taking away from the the group’s musical prowess, which served as the main focal point of the show.

As for the setlist, it was mostly composed of songs from their self-titled record and “Typhoons,” with a couple of songs from “How Did We Get So Dark?” thrown in for good measure. The band also performed their latest single “Honeybrains,” much to the delight of the crowd. Everyone sang and a danced to every song, while the band appeared to be having the time of their lives onstage.

All in all, the performance was absolutely phenomenal. Some highlights from the set included: “Boilermaker,” “Trouble’s Coming,” “Blood Hands,” “Figure It Out,” and the epic closer “Out Of The Black.”

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