The Classic Rock Show’s ‘most challenging live set’ heads to York Barbican on Tuesday

For those about to rock at York Barbican: Here comes The Classic Rock Show

THE Classic Rock Show’s 2023 tour is“easily the most challenging live set we’ve performed to date,” reckonsvocalist, guitarist and musical director James Cole.

Hear why at York Barbican on Tuesday (14/3/2023) as the 39-date itinerary heads for its last week after taking in many British cities and towns for the first time. Tickets for “the ultimate live jukebox” are on sale at and

Paying tribute to its favourite rock heroes, The Classic Rock Show thunders through a set list of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Who, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Pink Floyd, Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, Toto and Rainbow.

Expect note-for-note precision as Cole and co “bring the original and era-defining recordings back to life on stage, with an amazing sound and light show to match”. After anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, the climax will be a show-stopping guitar duel.

Jesse Smith: Lead vocalist for The Classic Rock Show

Cole says: “We’re very excited to get back on the road in 2023 with easily the most challenging Classic Rock Show live set we’ve performed to date. To have 39 dates scheduled for the 2023 tour feels fantastic. The band and I really appreciate the ever-growing popularity of the show.” 

Opening on January 17, the tour has visited Yorkshire already, playing Hull Bonus Arena on January 29 and Harrogate Royal Hall the next night. St George’s Hall, Bradford, awaits tomorrow (11/3/2023) with tickets on sale at

Performing alongside Cole will be: Wayne Banks, bass/vocals; Pete Thorn, guitar/vocals; Jesse Smith, lead vocals/guitar; Henry Burnett, keyboards/vocals; Jess Harwood, vocals/keyboards; Rudy Cardenas, lead vocals, and Tim Brown, drums.  

York Barbican confirms five new concerts with Tony Blackburn to host one of them

Tony Blackburn: BBC Radio 2 presenter and host of Sound Of The 60s Live at York Barbican. Copyright: BBC

YORK Barbican has five new concerts in the diary for autumn and early 2023.

York Guildhall Orchestra are booked in for October 15 and February 11; the York Community Carol Concert for December 12; The Classic Rock Show for March 14 and Tony Blackburn: Sound Of The 60s Live for March 23.

The first concert of York Guildhall Orchestra’s 42nd season will welcome back Will Clark, who played with the orchestra as a youngster, to perform as the soloist for the Vaughan Williams centrepiece. Returning too will be old friends Leeds Festival Chorus for works by Lambert and Fauré, and the finale will be Marquez’s Danzón No. 2.

The Guildhall Orchestra’s February concert will feature Leeds Festival Chorus in an all-Beethoven programme comprising a show-stopping symphony, two overtures and a setting of two Goethe poems, Meeresstille und Glückliche Farht (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage).

The Leeds choir will join the orchestra for the Hallelujah Chorus from Beethoven’s oratorio, Christ On The Mount Of Olives.

The York Community Carol Concert continues to draw full houses after 64 years. Hosted by the Reverend Andrew Foster and BBC Radio York presenter Adam Tomlinson, the festive event for all ages will bring together York choirs and musicians to perform favourite carols and Christmas songs under the musical direction of Mike Pratt.

Concert proceeds will be shared by the Lord Mayor of York and Sheriff of York’s Christmas Cheer Fund and Martin House Children’s Hospice, The Press’s nominated charity.

The Classic Rock Show vows to be “bigger and even better in 2023” when paying tribute to such favourites as Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Who, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and many more.

Performed with note-for-note precision, the show brings era-defining recordings back to life on stage, with a sound and light show to match, culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel.

Next March, veteran BBC Radio 2 presenter Tony Blackburn, 79, will host an evening of 60s’ classics performed live by the Sound Of The 60s All Star Band and singers. Songs by The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Otis Redding, The Beatles and The Who will be to the fore.

Tickets are on sale at and