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The Struts // Live @ The NorVa // 5.16.19

Article and photos by Wendy Podmenik Darugar

NORFOLK, VA: In the midst of a long, world-wide tour supporting sophomore album Young and Dangerous, The Struts kept the audience engaged and enthusiastic for the entire evening. Flamboyant front man Luke Spiller, with mannerisms and an appearance eerily reminiscent of rock legends Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger, never stopped dancing. Band members Addo Slack, Jed Elliott, and Gethin Davies echoed Beatles-esque coolness and polish while putting on the party.


It is incredible to see an audience sing to an entire show, especially when a good portion of the songs have not been released as singles yet; while the show was not sold out (and should have been,) to witness such devotion indicates that fans are paying attention, and that The Struts are in frequent rotation on personal playlists. The lyrics on Young and Dangerous are at times tongue in cheek self observation or commentary on our current social media obsessed culture, all while being catchy sing-a longs.

This glam rock band has opened for and been promoted by such huge names as The Who, Foo Fighters, and The Rolling Stones. Check their website for upcoming dates as they wind through Europe and then return to the U.S.:

Primadonna Like Me
Body Talks
Kiss This
In Love with a Camera
Dirty Sexy Money
The Ol Switcheroo
One Night Only
I Do it So Well
Bulletproof Baby
Mary Go Round
Put your Money on Me
Where Did She Go
Don’t Stop Me Now
Could Have Been Me

Wendy Podmenik Darugar // Glenn Woodell
Since entering the world of photography in 2013, WENDY PODMENIK has focused her interest on live music. Her ultimate goal is to successfully present the live music genre as an art form which preserves the expression, emotion, and energy of specific moments in time. ////// GLENN WOODELL spends his musical time working both on and around the stage. He's spent decades behind the lens as a visual artist, and for his career, studied human vision as a scientific researcher. His time on the stage these days is either spent holding on to a bass guitar or a camera.

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