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Concert Review: The Temperance Movement at The Shelter

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A sweltering evening in Detroit transformed into a boiling basement when The Temperance Movement took the stage at The Shelter.

A fiery supernova of a front man, Phil Campbell lit up the darkness with an hour long frenzy that would rival Ric Flair’s at his most unhinged. The British quintet lived up to the reputation they’ve built as 70s hard rock, blues, and R&B revivalists. They unleashed club-stomping sounds that encouraged fans to slam beers and sing along with their mates. Before The Temperance Movement succeeded in setting the room ablaze, The Stone Foxes provided the kindling.

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The Stone Foxes opened up the evening with their similarly retro 70s rock sound. An obvious influence from The Doors was integrated with the southern rock sound of emotional guitar solos and intense fiddling. The Stone Foxes had a seemingly endless series of call to action commands for the Detroit crowd. “Clap your hands!” “Sing with us!” “Get low to the floor!” They didn’t hold back from getting the audience hyped up. It was a match made in heaven to have the harmonica-wielding Californians, The Stone Foxes, open for an even more berserk The Temperance Movement.

The show culminated with perhaps their biggest hit, “Take It Back”. A supercharged mix of chants, frantic drum bursts and tales of drinking well into the night.

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