Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Copenhagen (DK)

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PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS

Date: 08th March, 2017
Venue: Kulturhuset Viften
Tickets: 250DKK (€33/$36)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It was just by chance that I saw the tour poster for PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS flash by on some social media forum. At a first glance, I didn’t note any dates close but looking into the Danish dates I realized that Rødovre was actually Copenhagen and after that had been settled off to the ticket site I went. Wasn’t gonna miss this when the opportunity was served.

This event though shows it’s very hard for bands to make it these days, even if the line-up holds a legendary name as Phil Campbell. Ok, it was a decent crowd showing up but I was surely expecting more. The atmosphere and support the band got was very good though and it was as if the ones present were about to make the best of the whole thing which made this a really fun night. The performance also showed that PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have been doing a lot of shows since I saw them opening for SAXON a few months ago. I liked those shows very much too but it felt like a different band this instance. The dynamics were much better and also the whole thing came across much tighter and intense.

Having a good chance to listen to the bands self-titled debut EP also made their original songs come across really well. Opening “Big Mouth” set a good mood from the start but it took until “Nothing Up My Sleeve” to wake the crowd up. Heavy “Spiders” is my favourite out of the EP and that one really sounded awesome here. It’s of course expected that a few MOTÖRHEAD songs would show up in the set but it wasn’t the most obvious ones which was very cool and if nothing else, that should make it worth the effort to see PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS. I mean, how cool is it to hear “Over Your Shoulder” or “Dog-Face Boy” live? Phil announced them as; these you’ve probably never heard live...

There are of course more reasons than that to see them. The band has really grown into an entity and delivers high octane Heavy Rock. An unbelievable heavy version of the ZZ TOP classic “Sharp Dressed Man” broke off the line of the MOTÖRHEAD tracks, I certainly prefer the latter but the variation did the set good. Also, the BLACK SABBATH track “Sweet Leaf” showed a different side of the band. And this really makes perfect sense. Even if there are MOTÖRHEAD influences in PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS’ music it’s actually a better description to place them right in between ZZ TOP and BLACK SABBATH.

“Ace Of Spades” got the most cheer from the crowd, no doubt since that is the one everyone, MOTÖRHEAD fan or not, knows. But also “Eat the Rich” and “Going To Brazil” got some really good support. It’s also good to see that the last of that trio has become a classic, it’s only 25+ years old... It’s also good to see that PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS’ own songs start to get familiar with the crowd. “No Turning Back” worked out really well and I’m sure looking forward to more songs coming from the band. They really are on to something good. The only thing I didn’t feel belonged in the set that Wednesday evening was THE ROLLING STONES “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. It didn’t sound as tight and together as the rest and the set dipped a bit at this point. But that was nothing fantastic “(We Are) the Roadcrew” and “Killed By Death” couldn’t make up for.

Initially, when learning that Phil was putting a new band together it felt strange that he picked his own family for his new band but I guess it’s convenient also. Keep it in the family and when the family rocks as hard as this I don’t have any issues with it. And after this show I’m really looking forward to catch PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS in a few months, at the festivals to see what that time will do with the band.

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS setlist:

01. “Big Mouth”
02. “Nothing Up My Sleeve” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
03. “Spiders”
04. “Rock Out” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
05. “Orgasmatron” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
06. “Take Aim”
07. “Sharp Dressed Man” (ZZ TOP cover)
08. “Born To Raise Hell” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
09. “Over Your Shoulder” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
10. “Dog-Faced Boy” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
11. “Sweet Leaf” (BLACK SABBATH cover)
12. “Ace Of Spades” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
13. “Eat The Rich” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
14. “Going To Brazil” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
15. “No Turning Back”
16. “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
17. “Jumpin' Jack Flash” (THE ROLLING STONES cover)
18. “(We Are) The Road Crew” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
19. “Killed By Death” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons @ Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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