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11-13 June 2010
Saturday 12 June
supporting Airbourne and Kiss Taking Dawn had no problems playing
in front of a large crowd, who almost lived up to their name going on
stage at the ungodly time of eleven in the morning.
It was great
seeing former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul back in action who with his
band delivered one big Hellyeah.
Most of the
bands that I wanted to see today were taking part in the Pepsi Max
stage, which was the larger one of the indoor marquee tents. It was time
to open up and say ahh for new Finnish glam rock sensations Reckless
Love who were playing in front of their largest ever audience today.
ladies eyes are on lead singer Olli, who with his blonde hair and high
kicks reminded me of a youthful Michael Monroe and diamond Dave Lee
cheer (well, scream in fact) came when he ripped his shirt off. It was
then I realised he has a chest that looks just like mine, so I have
nothing to worry about. Ending with the single 'Beautiful Bomb',
the band's infectious brand of bubblegum rock was one of the days
Finger Death Punch were on the main stage playing to an ever growing
army of fans. I sheepishly stayed away from the grilling of Lamb Of
God to see Danish novelty band Rock Sugar who play two songs
rolled into one all the name of having a laugh. Performing Enter Sandman
mixed with the lyrics of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' only made
me chuckle for two seconds then I quickly got bored. If i want a
laugh then get some proper bands with an entertaining frontman, please.
Z'Nuff are one of those bands that I've never managed to see live
before and was looking forward to this. However i personally
didn't get it. Having listened to The Beatles and Cheap Trick most of my
life, there was no room for the glamsters who couldn't move me in any
way and I soon had enuff z'nuff of them. However many of my
friends enjoyed them a lot.
were playing some true shredded metal. With Dave Ellefson back in the
fold, Megadeth look like a band yet again and not just Dave Mustaine's
best towards the end, it was good to hear my favourite track named after
one of France's best ever rock bands 'Trust'. The paranoiac 'Sweating
Bullets' must have frazzled the brains of those crashed out around the
arena. We were all the first in line for ' Peace Sells...' which
ends the set in a polished manner.
Back to the
marquee tent for some heavy melodic rock of Y&T who first played
here back in 1984 in a classic line up that was also headlined by AC/DC.
New songs from 'Facemelter' like 'Shine On' and 'I'm Coming Home'
nestled in well with the classics.
set that won over many seeing the band for the first time. A short
forty minutes set is not long enough for a band of Y&T's pedigree.''
Come back and see us in October when we will do our two and a quarter
hour show '' says Meniketti at the end.
It was at
this point that I had to do my duty for my country and watch the World
Cup match of England versus the U.S. of A. Surprisingly the match wasn't
shown on any any big screens here, so I nipped off to the V.I.P area and
into the Classic Rock tent to watch it on the flat screen with many
other biz types who should've been working (Well everyone is entitled to
a meal break aren't they?).
watching Rob "butter Green" fingers embarrass the nation, settling for a
draw put me in a subdued mood. At least we didn't have to hear the
Americans singing ''It's coming home....it's coming...Soccer's coming
home'' just yet.
Photo: Neil Jones
Rocks boy Michael Monroe was the surprise package of the day who
delivered a kick-ass set .His band included Wildheart Ginger, former
Hanoi Rocker Sam Yaffa and New York Doll Steve Conte. The set
included excellent versions of the singers former band like 'Boulevard
Of Broken Dreams' and 'Malibu Beach'. Also the solo material of
'Dead, Jail, Rock 'N Roll'.
'Another Night In The Sun' roared along at break neck speed. Monroe
climbed the scaffolding twice and even sang whilst hanging upside down.
Rock 'n roll at it's best.
Against The Machine closed the main stage and had a loud booming
sound which could be heard right around the arena. With a set a
little longer than the previous one at the excellent Finsbury Park gig.
'Killing In The Name' was what everyone wanted to hear, ending a very
long day of a wide varity of the greatest sounds in rock.
else made the long journey back to their tents, I went back to the
Classic Rock tent in the V.I.P area to have a few nightcaps, where we
were entertained with the DJ'ing skills of Metal Hammer editor Alexander
Milas who unashamingly played the best rocking sounds of the golden days
of the late 80's which had me doing Dave Lee Roth splits during 'Jump'.
took over the decks and we partied hard into the early hours of
daylight. You're never too old to rock 'n roll.
Review and photos by Mark Taylor
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