BOURNEMOUTH needs more good music venues, Zephyr on Christchurch Road is just that. Great acoustics, good views of the stage and a good crowd. It has been decorated like a old music venue.

To get Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson on their Sonic Acoustic Attack Tour as its first big name set was the perfect to showcase. The crowd was a mix of ages and support act, Gill Montgomery from the Amorettes and Sam Wood from the Wayward Sons, set the bar high.

Ricky Warwick was the only person who really could have taken over Phil Lynott’s role in the reformed Thin Lizzy, then the front man for the next stage of the band, Black Star Riders.

The show was incredible from the first notes to the last. They kicked off with Are You Ready followed by The Killer Instinct. There is an incredible amount of energy that radiates from both Ricky and Damon. The songs are interspersed with a lot of banter and some great tales. I don’t think there was one song that most of the crowd didn’t sing. They work so well as a duo together and the joint songs they have written for Black Star Riders has seen them grow as artists. It’s a pairing that works so well and the feed off each other on stage.

Particular Highlights for me were Dancing With the wrong girl, the eternal classic, The Boys are Back in Town, Rocking in the Free World, Jailbreak and Sweet Home Alabama. Damon sang the Alice Cooper song I’m 18 and it sounded amazing. Ricky treated us to a track from his latest solo album as well as a few more Black Star Riders tracks. It was sometimes hard to believe it was an acoustic set. Just over two hours of outstanding music had everyone wanting more. Can't wait for the next time!