60 Seconds With...Jenni Powell of Riff Raiders

So, what are the Riff Raiders all about?
Classic Rock and killer riffs. We bust out the gems from classic hard rock artists from the ‘70s that often go unplayed.
What has been your favourite gig to date?
Packed house at rock central Cherry Bar in April. Two sets, no supports and the crowd went absolutely nuts.
What do you love about playing live?
The immediate feedback from the crowd. It’s like a drug, or food. I could live on that shit. The energy and force that the band generates is like riding on the bonnet of a semi trailer. A bit scary, fucking loud and totally exhilarating.
What do you hate about playing live?
Not much really. It’s hard for me to try and save my voice and not yell-talk to every punter before the show, so the late ones suck a bit that way. Keeping the gear safe afterwards is a bit of a drag sometimes too.
Why have you singled out the music of Cheap Trick for this Saturday’s gig?
Celebrating Cheap Trick’s 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame gave us the perfect excuse to play their live album in full. Marty [guitar] and I have been fans of the band since we were teenagers. Their recorded catalogue is incredible and their live shows truly epic.
They have all the pieces of the personality puzzle – the crazy guitarist, the beautiful singer that has one of the best pop/rock voices in history, the geeky drummer and the fuckable bass player with an overdraft of strings.

RIFF RAIDERS present Cheap Trick’s At Budokan on Saturday June 11 at the Flying Saucer Club, plus tunes by Queen, Zoot, Easybeats, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin.