Gig Time: Rusted Hero


It’s been a while since I’ve done a gig review and the reason for this is that I prefer to enjoy the music than have to think about writing a blog post after it. However, after seeing the rock band Rusted Hero perform recently I felt that I need to say a few words, all good of course! I’ve know Richard ‘Dox’ Docherty for a while now and I have featured his music on my site in the past (see post Introducing Dox) and when I heard that he was joining the band Rusted Hero I was curious to hear this new collaboration.

So, who are Rusted Hero? The band was formed in 2013 by the brothers Adam (Lead Guitar) and John-Paul Coxon (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals) and since that time there has been several line up changes. Now they have added Andy Milburn (Bass) and Dox Docherty (Lead vocals) to the band to help deliver their sound. They describe their music as ‘a mixture of modern Rock, Blues, and grunge combined with unique lyrical backgrounds which offer an exciting sound. Heart Pounding drums, chunky guitars riffs, shuddering bass lines, and cut-through vocals, are only just a few ways to describe the sound experience’.

I checked out their songs ‘The Unknown’ and ‘Soul Muscle Flex’ and they sounded pretty good. What I was listening to was like a homage to what made late 80’s/early 90’s rock so damn good and it kicked ass too! I heard that they were performing at the Angel Inn in Durham, and I had to check out their music for myself.

The night kicked off with Dox performing a warm up with some very cool acoustic covers. It was weird listening to him sing as it felt he was holding his vocals back for the main event. Don’t get me wrong, he sounded great, but I knew he can deliver better. Out of the covers that he did, I like his covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

Now to the main event. The guys began with an instrumental warm up showing off the sound that they were about to unleash, then they kicked things off with the song ‘Rusted Heroes’. Throughout the set I was really impressed with the chemistry of the band considering the line up changes as it seemed they have been playing together for a lot longer than they have been. Each member sounded great as their contribution was integral to what makes Rusted Hero sound so awesome! The only thing that I found weird was that I love to watch the lead guitarist shred some killer riffs and deliver some showmanship however Adam was a little different. There is no doubt that he is a skilfully talented guitarist but he was outshone by Andy on the bass. It was difficult not to watch Andy take control of the stage with a performance that you would expect from Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers which was different for me but pretty cool. I also liked how he and Dox bounced off each other in the way I have seen Steve Tyler and Joe Perry do it for Aerosmith (as a huge fan of Aerosmith this is a huge compliment from me). Dox brought the vocal ability that I have come to expect from him which is a great combination of power, precision with an impressive control. Wait, can the drummer get some? Oh yes, let’s not forget John-Paul who was a total animal on the drums and who brought the thunder to the epic sound that I was hearing.

The songs were exactly like I described earlier with a great classic rock sound filled with killer riffs and amazing lyrics. As the music of Rusted Hero is new to me, I can only recognise the songs I knew which I discussed earlier. There was a song towards the end of the set called ‘One More Day’ which slowed things down a little that impressed me. This gave the chance to show a different side to the band and enforce that they are not a one trick pony. For me, this gave their music an added depth. They ended the set with two covers ‘Civil War’ (by Guns n’ Roses) and ‘Come together’ (Aerosmith’s version of the Beatles classic).

Overall, this was a great night and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to hear these guys live. I strongly recommend that if you get the chance to see these guys perform live that you do so. To find out if they are playing near you then head over to their website at

Just to let you know, this is not the last you will hear about Rusted Hero from me as they have an album due for release later in the year. From what I have heard from the gig it will sound awesome! So expect an album review when it is released and hopefully an interview with the band too, so watch this space.

To find out more about Rusted Hero then visit their website ( or head over to their social media sites at Facebook and Twitter. Remember, bands like this need the support of their fans to help spread the word of their music. So go, tell your friends about Rusted Hero today!

I must quickly add a huge thank you to Emma Lawton for letting me use some of her photo’s of Rusted Hero. They were not from this gig as we were all enjoying the night too much. If you want to check out more of Emma’s work then go visit her Facebook page (click HERE).