After only a
few hours sleep I was awoken by the constant nattering of my chalet
guests for the weekend from Top Rock Radio and Biker FM. All I wanted to
do was bury myself six foot under the duvets and die.
My head was
spinning and my stomach was rumbling, there was only one thing for it.
I got out of bed stark naked and made my way to the shower much to the
shock and horror of our new friends. Buckers didn't blink an
eyelid, just carrying on putting tobacco in his rolling paper as he's
seen it all before.
Buckley his orders to make me a life saving cup of tea, the next thing
the doctor ordered was a full English breakfast from the 'a la carte'
Pontins canteen. It did the trick.
some unfinished buisness was Marseille, one of the earliest
NWOBHM bands that are synonymous for featuring Neil Buchanan from TV's
Art Attack who has gone back to his first love for another crack at rock
and roll fame.
It was nice
to find out later on in the day from him that he did in fact get the
name Art Attack from those classic compliation albums released in the
early eighties on K-Tel 'Axe Attack volumes 1 & 2'.
Over in the
Queen Vic for the day were some great NWOBHM delights. Going axe
crazy were Jaguar, Elixir, the excellent Saracen,
Battleaxe and new boys Spartan Warrior. On another day
this would make a great mini metal festival. Bring it on someone.
more hairspray destroying the ozone layer today with plenty of glam n'
sleaze from over the pond.
Summers bought his Pretty Boy Floyd setting the night on fire
with his electric toyz. A band that I never took too seriously and they
weren't as bad as I thought they would be, but I haven't told you how
bad I thought they would be have I?
Nice to see
they still include the Motley Crue throw away 'Toast Of The Town' in
their set but, ironically, maybe they should consider changing their
name to Ugly Kid Joe at this stage in life.
Z'Nuff had been partying hard the night before which didn't affect
their performance and their set wasn't too bad either. With their
Beatles /Cheap Trick harmonies I enjoyed them much more this time around
compared to their Download set.
travelling electric gypsies LA Guns played to a full house.
Tracci Guns, the man that had a love/hate relationship with Axl Rose
many moons ago now finds himself with Jizzy Pearl singing alongside him.
I never thought it would work without the English rose Phil Lewis but
Pearl did a great job fronting the Guns from LA, and a surprise
inclusion of 'Blackout In The Red Room' went down a treat.
For us metal
heads it was Lizzy Borden who we were all looking foward too, but
word was circulating that the band were stranded at Liverpool Airport
having a Scouse welcome from the customs. Greek goth rockers Elysion
kindly agreed to go on early in their place which confused many fans not
in the know waiting for the Borden. Elysion still went down well with
their Evanescance riff attack.
Attica Rage were giving it some metal to the masses, it was time for
a breather and a chance to catch up with friends old and new. My ego
swelled when some random strangers wanted their photograph taken with
me, only to discover when I got home that they were actually friends of
mine on Facebook..'arf!..arf!
overweight, out of breath, out of tune and used language to make a
vicar's wife blush but Paul Di'Anno went down a storm.
For many it
was there first time of seeing the original Iron Maiden singer in
action, playing a few of his own songs it was the early Maiden catalogue
the fans wanted to hear and songs like 'Wrathchild' and 'Prowler'
sounded a lot more true to their orignal detail with Di'Anno's punkier
The Harlot' saw many fists pumping the air and it was great to hear
songs like this which Maiden don't play anymore. We won't be waiting
another ten years for his next UK appearance. He'll be back be
asked 'Are You Metal?' which was met with a resounding yes. Helloween
are starting to be taken a bit more seriously on these shores and new
album '7 Sinners' is a push in the right direction.
today's set was more of a greatest hits this is exactly what we want at
a festival. 'I Want Out' and 'Dr.Stein' ended a fine set, but
they'll never be in the premier league of metal.
Schenker won the guitarist of the weekend award and also must have
been the most sober person here all weekend.
With a band
including Gary Barden, Chris Glen and one time AC/DC drummer Chis Slade,
MSG were armed and ready with a set of classic material. Barden's
voice is nothing like the younger man he use to be, but does anyone
Schenker we're here to see and he just mesmerized us with his stunning
fret work. Oddly enough he ended his set with the two songs his
former band UFO didn't do the day before namely 'Lights Out' and 'Rock
Bottom' which featured an exquisite solo work out from Schenker. Air
guitar heaven all the way.
are the perfect festival band and there is not much needed to be said,
Saxon play traditional metal at the very best. Long may they
Bayley ended the night on the main stage and it was at this time
things started to get a little hazy for me. As much as I think his
solo stuff is pretty good, I would like to hear some of the Maiden
material he did with the band because I do feel those albums are highly
underrated. 'Futureal' which he did play was sublime.
music it was time to keep the night going by finding a chalet and share
some drinks with some poor soul who cared to listen.
By 7am it
was time to retire yet again. Another highly successful Hard Rock Hell
and I have it on good authority that the festival will be taking place
here in Prestatyn again this time next year.
my favourite festival of the year. If Roy Wood bought his Wizzard here,
he'd be singing ''I Wish it could be Hard Rock Hell everyday''