New-wave legends Killing Joke returned to Newcastle for the first time in 6 years on Saturday night. The gig was part of the band’s 44-leg world tour to celebrate their fortieth anniversary, but you’d be forgiven for believing the band was half their age. Hundreds of loyal fans of all ages flocked to the Northumbria Institute in their droves in anticipation for what was to come.
The night was kicked-off by the highly-acclaimed Turbowolf. Their unnerving vocals, screaming guitar riffs and energetic drumming were perfectly in fitting with Killing Joke’s refrain. Performing as a three-piece, it was hard, heavy, and thoroughly appreciated by the Newcastle crowd.
Killing Joke themselves really blew me away. To be fair, I was forewarned by some of the punters around me in the crowd. I was expecting the heavy riffs, the pounding drums and a little bit of madness, but what I didn’t expect was the sheer level of anger emanating from the frontman, Jaz Coleman. It’s refreshing to see that even after 40 years, he hasn’t lost the sense of rebellion that really aided in defining and cementing the band as a force of cultural significance.