Sweden Rock XXV Day 2 @ Sölvesborg (SE)

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'Sweden Rock Festival' - Day Two

KING DIAMOND / SOILWORK / FEARLESS / MAYHEM / QUEEN + Adam Lambert / ELEINE / VANILLA FUDGE / MEGADETH / KING ALBATROSS / SLAYER / THERAPY? / SERPENT / L.A. GUNS / GRAVEYARD / THE PRESOLAR SANDS / SHINEDOWN / NEON ROSE / SKALLBANK / ENTOMBED A.D. / SIXX:A.M / FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS / HALESTORM / THE STRUTS / PAINTED SKY / THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS / LORDI / BANDITOS

Date: 09th June, 2016
Venue: Norje Havsbad
Ticket: n/a
Promoter: Sweden Rock Festival
Photos: Erika Wallberg


The second day of ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ offered sunshine and even if my schedule didn’t really start until 2:30pm I was in before 1 o’clock already and managed to catch HALESTORM as they kicked off the Festival Stage. And damn that stage was massive, HALESTORM had to work hard to fill it, but Lzzy Hale is such a cool character all focus ends up on her. I don’t know what I expected from HALESTORM really, never listened to it for real. So this came in as a very pleasant surprise, it is Modern Metal, for sure. But it was also more standard Hard Rock, towards the classic sound than I expected.

Also, Lzzy’s attitude was a pleasant surprise; she’s a pretty girl alright but with a real bad-ass attitude that felt very genuine and natural. So, I definitely need to rethink around HALESTORM and give them a real chance. It all sounded good but I think it would have been even better if I’d been familiar with the music.

HALESTORM setlist:

01. “Apocalyptic”
02. “Love Bites (So Do I)”
03. “Scream”
04. “I Am The Fire”
05. “Sick Individual”
06. “It's Not You”
07. “Mz. Hyde”
08. “Unapologetic”
09. “I Like It Heavy”
10. Drum Solo
11. “Mayhem”
12. “Freak Like Me”
13. “I Miss The Misery”

HALESTORM

Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Halestorm @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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Next was another annoying clash, SIXX:A.M. at the Lemmy Stage and ENTOMBED A.D. at Sweden Stage, but just as the day before, I had more chances to see SIXX:A.M. so I went over to the Sweden Stage. I’ve always loved the band and it’s a pity that it had to be an argument about the name and a lot of hassle. It doesn’t feel right for the genre. I’m still very happy that they found a way around it all and this version of the band, ENTOMBED A.D. sure have newly found energy and again can be classified as one of Sweden’s absolute best live-acts. The mix of Death Metal and groovier Rock’n’Roll has been working very well over the years and still does. “I For An Eye” is a perfect sample, also “Chief Rebel Angel”, awesome songs which work perfect on stage. L-G Petrov did what he always does and talked to the crowd between the songs and instead of having a sip of beer between the songs he had vodka instead.

It’s fascinating to see though that this type of music goes down well with most everyone these days, the crowd watching ENTOMBED A.D. was very varied, and not only the ones into brutal music. That people were dancing to the songs says a lot. And it didn’t matter if it was the new stuff or the classics, I thought it was damn cool (as always) to hear “Left Hand Path” live, the title track from the fantastic debut album. But in general it was a very good set, fun to watch as, even if L-G is an entertainer of rank, the rest of the band fills in very good around him too.

ENTOMBED A.D.

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Entombed A.D. @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Entombed A.D. @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Entombed A.D. @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Entombed A.D. @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Entombed A.D. @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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Then, there was no time to lose as the reformed NEON ROSE took over 4 Sound Stage as soon as ENTOMBED A.D. ended their set at the Sweden Stage. The distance between the two stages isn’t very long which was convenient as I didn’t want to miss the beginning of the NEON ROSE set but at the same time see as much as possible of the ENTOMBED A.D. show.

NEON ROSE did a very pleasant performance at ‘Muskelrock’, so it was with enthusiasm I was looking forward to their set. The only complaint I had about the previous show was that it felt a little lazy. That was actually gone in this case; they felt a lot more confident and energetic this sunny day which really did them good. Band leader, Piero Mengarelli and also lead vocalist and guitarist sounded amazing and it is obvious that voice has stood the test of time. NEON ROSE was formed in the mid 70’s and been playing on and off during the years it can really go either way. But it sure was a vital band hitting the stage this day.

And as tradition has it, Swedish old-school Hard Rock and Heavy Metal sounds good; the songs are decent but in most cases the real hits are missing. I really enjoy the music NEON ROSE play but I haven’t listened enough to be all that familiar with the songs and when there are as many distractions as there are at ‘Sweden Rock Festival’, NEON ROSE played on in the background and I found myself looking at the rest of the spectacles going on around me. The sun was again directly at the stage and that took a toll on NEON ROSE; they looked worn out towards the end of the show and it felt like Piero was grasping for air between the songs. I would really like to see NEON ROSE in a club though; the show isn’t enough to fill these big stages even if they sound very good. But I bet it all will be awesome with a close connection at a sweaty club though.

NEON ROSE setlist:

01. “Dead Eyes”
02. “Night Birds”
03. “Too Long”
04. “The Race For Knowledge”
05. “Julia's Dream”
06. “Reload”
07. “Schoolboy In Spotlight”
08. “Don't Mess With Me”
09. “Dust And Rust”
10. “Love Rock”

NEON ROSE

Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Neon Rose @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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After a nice dinner break, L.A. GUNS hit the Sweden Stage. I’ve seen them a couple of times before and most of the times it’s been top class, among the best things I’ve ever seen. But it also has been rather futile, and since that was in a festival a few years ago, this could go either way. Waiting for it to start I managed to catch a glimpse at a lady’s printed-out of the running order where she had commented around L.A. GUNS: Very Good and the singer is very hot… That small comment sat me in a very good mood at least. And L.A. GUNS delivered as they normally do, a smack in the face start with “No Mercy” followed by “Showdown (Riot On Sunset)” I realized I’ve spent far too little time in Los Angeles. Even if the Rock ’n’ Roll lifestyle and craziness going on at the Sunset Strip is a part of the history nowadays it’s still fascinating to see it all. To my surprise “Sex Action” worked really well too, it’s one thing to sing these songs when in your 20’s but 30 years later… Phil Lewis and his crew pulled it off with grace though, perfect balance between the Rock-star attitude and a sense of humor.

One of my favorites from L.A. GUNS is perhaps not what they are most famous for, but the dark and mellow “Over The Edge” is amazing and it sounds amazing live. I was really happy to get to hear that one. After a bit confusion and a miss-announcement from Phil, L.A. GUNS kicked off “Hellraisers Ball” and after that, Steve Riley got his time to shine with a drum solo. Normally, I think drum solos are boring but this one went down really well. Perhaps the reaction from the ladies with the commented running-order helped here too, the looked ridiculously happy throughout the show and kept talking to each other, pointing at the stage and giggling.

They could perhaps have left the Prince classic “Purple Rain” out of the set; I’m not much for covers, especially when the band has a big catalogue to choose from. But after this venture it was back to the normal greatness again, both “Electric Gypsy” and “The Ballad Of Jayne” sounded fantastic and I can’t help it, I love the MTV nostalgia moments and the latter of the two was surely one. So, there was no doubt I did the right thing when selecting L.A. GUNS over GRAVEYARD who some of my friends said was my biggest mistake of the festival since GRAVEYARD had done a fantastic show...

L.A. GUNS setlist:

01. “No Mercy”
02. “Showdown (Riot On Sunset)”
03. “Sex Action”
04. “Never Enough”
05. “I Wanna Be Your Man”
06. “Over The Edge”
07. “Wheels Of Fire”
08. “Hellraisers Ball”
09. Drum Solo
10. “Gypsy Soul”
11. “Purple Rain” (Prince cover)
12. “One More Reason”
13. “Electric Gypsy”
14. “The Ballad Of Jayne”
15. “Rip And Tear”

L.A. GUNS

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L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) L.A. Guns @ Sweden Rock XXV @ Norje Havsbad, Sölvesborg (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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