THEY have been described as a mixture of Queen and The Rolling Stones in their pomp and ‘our best ever support band’ by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters - but The Struts are so much more than that.

All of the above may be true and you could also add in echoes of The Sweet and T-Rex, but this band is all about rock and roll in the here and now.

I have seen them twice before, both times at festivals where they have had mid-afternoon slots, and both times they have blown away all of the bands higher up the line-up.

Last night at the O2 Academy Bournemouth it is all about The Struts, and that suits the band and the crowd just fine.

Adam, Jed and Gethin take to the stage quickly followed by Luke who collectively raise the energy levels and temperature in the venue delivering a show that is non-stop energy from the opening chord until the last note has faded away.

This is the last date on the UK leg of the current tour and they give it their all, as do the audience, who participate at every opportunity. As the majority of the songs are tailor-made for raucous sing alongs, this is just about the whole gig. The sound is turned up and the light show is excellent. Luke’s costumes are understated glam throughout the night.

These guys should be filling stadiums on their own, not just supporting bands that can. Keep your eyes and ears open as The Struts should go all the way.