The Hold Steady @ Leeds Met Student Union

Brooklyn born rock underdogs The Hold Steady are here at Leeds Met’s The Stage on the tail end of the European section of their enormous world tour, promoting their latest album “Heaven Is Whenever”, and showing the UK how they do it on the other side of the pond.

Bursting straight into “Constructive Summer”, the faultless opening track from 2008’s “Stay Positive” album, immediately everyone in the audience could see The Hold Steady are one of the greatest live bands around.

Front man Craig Finn, who is 40 years old this year, is still as explosive as ever, and as full of energy as any other front man half his age.

Roaring through such hits as “Girls like Status”, “The Swish” and the opening track from their latest album, “The Sweet Part of the City” it was all systems go for The Hold Steady, continuing to amaze the crowd with their exceptional musical live talent.

Roughly 20 songs hand selected songs from their five studio albums later and around 90 minutes on stage it seemed like a bit of a whistle stop tour for the Brooklyn band, they were here and now they’re not, I don’t know whether its because “time flies while your having fun” but believe me it didn’t feel nearly long enough and whilst some of the younger fans may not have heard a lot of The Hold Steady’s older work tonight, it’s unlikely they’ll stay unheard for long after tonight’s performance.


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