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ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL
Skegness, 28-30 January 2011
Day 1: Friday 28
such a great time at last year's Rock & Blues Festival at Butlins
Skegness, I wasn't going to pass on the opportunity on going for a
second time. A weekend mainly focused on the blues but enough to keep
the rockers happy, the Big Weekend away offers a mixture of the old and
new, but what they do have in common is that the talent is in it's
quality accomodation and a fine selection of food on offer in the
restaurant's, this is one weekend away where the only thing you have to
worry about is whose round is it next.
two main stages which have pristine lighting and sound that wouldn't be
out of place in Las Vegas.
on the site, as my photographer in crime Buckers and myself were
checking in the Climax Blues Band were letting the good times roll and
getting it right.
Crosby certainly has the looks of a rock goddess and was once taken
under the wing of Jim Steinman and it was her voice that provided the
female vocals on Meat Loaf's number one smash 'I'd Would Do Anything For
Love', although unfortunately they used a model in the video. Since then
she has been chasing the big time.
otherwise known as Mrs Loud for obvious reasons has a raunchy voice and
played a set of her own material which was pretty good and a few covers
including an apt choice of AC/DC's 'It's A Long Way To The Top (If You
Wanna Rock 'N Roll), but with covers in her set, this was chick in a
basket rock at it's best. To be taken more seriously, she needs to focus
more on original material (But, she won't do that.)
Lush & the Blue Shouters were the darlings of the Centre Stage.
Connie Lush is another female artist with a very strong voice and you
couldn't help but warm yourself to her jovial friendly stage manner. She
must have had many a man's heart racing during the sensual 'Love Me Like
most misleading name in rock The Heavy Metal Kids were a joy to
behold. Now with John Altman on vocals (Yes he of Nasty Nick fame of
Eastenders), the pre punk antics of the Kids was compulsive. Judging by
earlier reports, Altman now has a lot more confidence on stage. During
'The Cops Are Coming' Altman was running around the stage as if being
chased by a Keystone Cop.
great tracks as 'She's No Angel' and 'Delirious' it was easy to see why
the band grew to be such a big influence on Hanoi Rocks singer Michael
Monroe who later covered the raucous rockers and with new song
'Uncontrollable' being one of the best songs the band has ever written
the future bodes well for the grown up Heavy Metal Kids.
complained to me afterwards that Altman couldn't sing, but neither could
original singer Gary Holton. Isn't that exactly what these songs
need? A bit of Cockney charm? You'll either get it or you don't.
Those with a sense of humour can dig deep into the Kids.
o'clock it was time for a party. The Quireboys are one of
those perfect festival bands who never let you down. Even those
who are not familiar with the Quireboys can immediately fall in love
with their brand of infectious rock 'n roll.
dance floor fillers were there with Spike inviting us all to a 'Sex
Party', but I'm sure most of the middle aged audience here this weekend
did all that years ago and went to the bar for another drink instead.
can take an example from some of the veteran bands here this weekend and
realise that they have enough great material to keep them going as a
live act for another twenty years yet.
Pretty Things were the original bad boys of rock 'n roll, singing
songs about L.S.D when Pink Floyd were still wearing their schoolboy
Back in the
mid-sixties the Pretty Things were giving the Rolling Stones a good run
for their money. In fact guitarist Dick Taylor was originally a
May still has that deep voice that demands attention. Whilst the Stones
have moved on with the times, The Pretty Things gave a masterclass in
hard edged blues showing the best of British beat sound had to offer.
A band to be cherished.
still went on into the early hours in the Jaks Bar, but as I was
suffering from the man flu it was time for a little nightcap before
retiring into my room and putting the heating on full blast to give my
symptoms a good roasting. It's gonna be a long weekend ahead.
by Mark Taylor
Photos by Noel
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