Last month, one of the biggest atrocities in recent history took place in Paris – we all know what happened. About a week prior to the horrible events at the Bataclan Concert Hall and the wider Paris area, Eagles of Death Metal and White Miles took to the stage in Birmingham at the O2 Institute for what was sure to be a great gig.

My first reaction to seeing White Miles’ stage set (a single guitar set up and a drum kit) left me wondering what I was about to witness. However, within 20 seconds of the powerful duo being on stage, any qualms I had about them not being able to fill the room with sound were long gone. A highly energetic set served as the perfect chance to warm the crowd up and get the atmosphere inside the beautiful Institute main room going!

Singer Medina’s huge vocals and constant smile, coupled with her running to every corner of the stage, left me lusting for more! These guys are going to be big!

There’s not much to say about an Eagles of Death Metal set. They’re just fantastic, with singer / guitarist Jesse taking any and every opportunity to show his appreciation of the fans. Rolling through a long set of rock’n’roll bangers, Eagles of Death Metal showed us just why they’re at the pinnacle of their game. Absolutely breath-taking!

All in all, it was a brilliant gig with a set of brilliant bands. For me, one of the biggest things is that the events in Paris haven’t put the band off, with them joining U2 on stage in Paris a few days ago for a song. They also stated they want to be the first band to play the Bataclan when it opens – rock on!

Peace, Love and Death Metal. 

WHITE MILES

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