THERE'S something not quite right about listening to live heavy metal sat in a theatre, or sat any where for that matter.

There's something about it that demands that you move and jiggle about at the very least. It's not the same doing it in a chair, or a very limited floor space.

Whinge over: this was not a stage show, or a tribute band, it was a jam night extrodinaire.

Take Andy Shortland (ex-Dr & The Medics), Dave Bishop (ex-Sabbat), Simon Wright and Karl Smalley (both ex-Symphonic), Rich Lymn (ex-Phenomena) and a vocalist, and it would be quite a band in itself.

But add instead three vocalists, namely Matt Moreton (ex-TRF), Carl Sentance, (formerly of Krokus and Persian Risk) and the awesome Tony Martin, who spent ten years fronting Black Sabbath, and it made for a fantastic night.

Without meaning to detract from the other two vocalists, Martin had that extra something that made him stand out as the best of the three. Even when belting the songs out you felt he could give a little bit more if it were asked of him.

All of the band did have something more than expected: an evident enthusiasm for what they were doing. They were not just going through the motions. They weren't some tired old tribute band. From Led Zepplin's Rock 'n' Roll, via Van Halen, Whitesnake, Guns 'n' Roses, Thin Lizzy to the final song of the encore, Whole Lotta Rosie, they threw themselves into this gig heart and soul. They were simply a class act.

Updated: 11:17 Friday, March 25, 2005