Review: Tony Dowler’s Hell Hounds – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012

25th October, 2012

This magnificent power rock trio from the Manchester area certainly raised hell and blew us all to ‘Kingdom Come’ on their debut. Tony Dowler on lead guitar and lead vocals sat in the hot seat and drove the band on from one great number to the next, with scorching guitar work that burned your socks off, and set your clothes a-smoking – yes he certainly raised the bar from the depths of hell, he was just an inferno of top quality playing.

Talking of top quality the rhythm section was on fire, these little devils – on bass guitar “old asbestos fingers” himself David Burns (yes that’s his name) and tantalising us all on the drums was Steve Tansley. I’m sure his cymbals were melting, just brilliant work from these two top professionals.

They played a selection of covers from their vast repertoire from the likes of, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and George Thorogood, they also played five original works: “Get On The Bus”, “ Call The Law”, “Let Me In”, “Hell Hounds On My Trail “ and “Howling At The Moon” ( see bands website for more info) –  great numbers from a band that have had success in recent weeks in the Netherlands and Belgium and last year they performed to crowds in Southern Ireland and Norway.

The band gave us a blistering gig and the packed crowd howled for more. Please beware Tony Dowler’s Hell Hounds are off the leash.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and International Music Reviewer

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