Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live (SE), High Voltage (DK)

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PHIL RUDD BAND / STICKY DIRT

Date: 04th April (SE) & 06th April (DK), 2017
Venue: Malmö Live (SE), High Voltage (DK)
Tickets: 325SEK (€34/$34) / 220DKK (€29/$31)
Promoter: Stahl Entertainment / To All Of You Productions
Photos: Erika Wallberg


There was a lot of guessing about what was to come with Phil Rudd and the PHIL RUDD BAND for these shows. No one seemed to know and this made me rather curious until the start of show. My thoughts were that it wouldn't be anything in between, it would either kick-ass as hard as AC/DC do live or it would be a pathetic gathering of ex-Rock stars touring just because they could.

But first, I may need to admit that I'm completely disconnected from the scene these days. It feels I haven't heard about any of the opening acts prior to seeing them perform. The same goes for STICKY DIRT. On the other hand, the first hint of them playing was seeing their merchandise when entering the Malmö Live venue.

But it worked, STICKY DIRT worked hard to get the dull Tuesday crowd moving at least. The good thing was that they had a few friends to hassle in the front. And they had a very good drive in both music and performance. It also shows how damn hard you need to work to make it in the scene nowadays, how good they sounded and how few of the ones present actually knew about them. It feels very unfair really since they deserve more than this. It might be me who has missed them out completely and I really hope so. “Wow (Such Song)” was the first one that got stuck; Punk-y and dirty Rock 'n' Roll with some Sleaze influences. It all worked very well. My favorite out of the set was “Hey Stupid!” which was next. This one had a very good groove and stomp and a catchy chorus-line, all good and not much more to ask for.

I was a bit reluctant towards vocalist Tysken's look; this hipster-styled metalhead look that is very common these days isn't my favorite but it worked too, his attitude and charming way of performing and interacting with the crowd made it work.

Last song played was MISFITS' “Last Caress” and suited STICKY DIRT's filthy Punk 'n' Roll-styled music and, of course, I get the idea of playing something that everyone knew. It didn't help all that much, it was a hard crowd to get started. But STICKY DIRT did a very good impression on me; they had the groove, their performance was very professional and good to watch. Perhaps, it would have been better on a smaller stage (or perhaps some other day than a Tuesday on the same stage) with a beer in hand. But it was a good one!

STICKY DIRT (Malmö) setlist:

01. Disney Rock
02. Wow (Such Song)
03. Hey Stupid!
04. Rebel
05. I Don't Mind Working
06. At Least Your Sister Likes Us Better
07. Last Caress (MISFITS cover)

STICKY DIRT (Malmö)

Sticky Dirt @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sticky Dirt @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sticky Dirt @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sticky Dirt @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sticky Dirt @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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It was a bit nervous waiting for PHIL RUDD BAND in Malmö. What was to come? Also, that people were lurking in the back being very quiet didn't really help to calm me down. I don't like it when the crowd at a show just stands there; you need to show the bands some support and a bit more than just showing up for the concert. It was better a bit later in the week in Copenhagen where everyone seemed to be very eager to see what the legendary AC/DC drummer was up to.

But the show started in a good way with “Other Side” and “Hands On” from the “Head Job” album. And for sure, the AC/DC vibe was there. Phil is very stable and the smack he has when he hits the drums few ones have. Allan Badger though sounded more like Lemmy when he was singing neat rather than Brian Johnson or Bon Scott, a bit different as compared to the record but it sure worked very good live. If this had to do with a cold or it is actually how he sounds out of the studio I don't know. He was coughing hard between almost every vocal line and especially in Malmö he worked very hard to get the notes out.

At the Malmö show, it took until the third song “Lost In America”, another from the “Head Job” album, to get the band going for real. It was a little slow to start but here it turned around and the energy and intensity was absolutely fantastic. I really expected some great cheering when a song from the past was introduced and “Shot Down In Flames” kicked off. It was really funny at High Voltage as the men behind me were giggling like teenage girls at this moment of the show looking so pleased and happy. It was a completely different atmosphere in Copenhagen; sure it was a better day for beer-drinking and partying to go to a show on a Thursday compared to a Tuesday but still, it should have been better in Malmö. The band was better than the crowd gave them support. Also the band was fit for fight right from the start and it sounded awesome from first note to last.

I would probably have hated “Crazy” if that would have shown up on radio, a rather cheesy standard Rock song but with the groove PHIL RUDD BAND had that one too worked. Musically I appreciated “Repo Man” and especially “No Right” more perhaps but it was still good. But “No Right”, what a track, I loved the PINK FLOYD style riff and it was a bit like “Lost Johnny” when it comes to groove, the Old School HAWKWIND / MOTÖRHEAD song. So just reckon how well Allan's voice suited this track. No doubt though, it was the AC/DC songs that got the most response and it was a good selection he'd done good old Phil. Both “Up To My Neck” and “Rock 'n' Roll Damnation” are favorites and I don't think AC/DC is playing either of them live at least not these days. And these three ones should be enough for any AC/DC fan to attend the shows. Ok, it was sold-out in Copenhagen and that happened rather soon after the tickets was released. I still think it should have been a better gathering in Malmö.

But this was great; it was fun to see a legend up close like this and the band performed in a very good way. It was pure Rock 'N' Roll and it was fun. It was a good vibe around the band and they delivered a very good set, both in Malmö and Copenhagen. I really enjoyed the songs from the “Head Job” album too and I think it's very cool that most of the set was from that record. It made it all feel honest and that the band is for real. It felt a bit sharper and more fun at High Voltage though, so if I have to pick one, that's my favorite. So, it was definitely a kick-ass show, no worries for the next round which I hope will come soon.

PHIL RUDD BAND setlist:

01. “Other Side”
02. “Hands On”
03. “Lost In America”
04. “Shot Down In Flames”
05. “Sun Goes Down”
06. “Crazy”
07. “Repo Man”
08. “No Right”
09. “Up To My Neck”
10. “Head Job”
11. “Rock'n'Roll Damnation”
12. “Forty Days”

PHIL RUDD BAND (Malmö)

Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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PHIL RUDD BAND (Copenhagen)

Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Phil Rudd Band @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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