Sweden Rock XXVI Day 3 @ Sölvesborg (SE)

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'Sweden Rock Festival 2017' - Day Three

SCORPIONS / RUNNING WILD / RATT / LITTLE STEVEN / VOIVOD / THYRFING / MINISTRY / LUCIFER'S FRIEND / THE BRANDOS / METAL CHURCH / CLUTCH / GOTTHARD / THE DEAD DAISES / BOB WAYNE & THE OUTLAW / KIX / KING'S X / MUSTASCH / PICTURE / PRIMAL FEAR / WISHBONE ASH / THE UNGUIDED / ROCKKLASSIKER ALLSTARS

Date: 09th June, 2017
Venue: Norje Havsbad
Ticket: 2690SEK (4-Days) (€258/$320)
Promoter: Sweden Rock Festival


 

Photos: Erika WallbergAnother sunny day then; Friday show's started early and with a pretty bad clash. Starting at noon, on the Rock Stage PRIMAL FEAR served their traditional German Power Metal and on the Sweden Stage legendary WISHBONE ASH got things moving. I knew that PRIMAL FEAR would be very good, they always are. They've always delivered one hell of a set the times I've seen them. But, I've never seen WISHBONE ASH, so what to do? The vote fell on seeing PRIMAL FEAR and have them kicking off this day of festival fun and I'm glad I did. Ralf Scheepers was in top shape and the band was very amusing to watch, it's always a positive atmosphere around PRIMAL FEAR. Nothing else this time either.

And what a way to kick off it was, a classic like “Final Embrace” is a perfect opener and with this I was already perfectly positive I made the right choice to stay for PRIMAL FEAR. Then, things went up another notch with “In Metal We Trust” from the most recent “Rulebreaker” album. I kind of lost track of PRIMAL FEAR after “Seven Seals”. I've bought every record they've released after that of course but it wasn't until the release of “Rulebreaker” I really took time to get into the second half of PRIMAL FEAR's catalogue. A new revival kind of and this was the first live-occasion after that which made this show extra fun. Anyway, the song is great and so is the title track which came after another classic, “Angel In Black”. Again I was struck by the power in Ralf's voice, he's amazing.

I was hoping that Magnus Karlsson would join in since it's (almost) a hometown gig for him. And yes, five songs or so onto the set he joined in which was very cool to see. And that sure made this PRIMAL FEAR show special. I don't think I've ever seen him play live before. After enjoying “Nuclear Fire” and “Angels Of Mercy” curiosity took over (as well as the feeling of missing to see a band I've never seen) and the course was set for the Sweden Stage to catch the last few songs of the WISHBONE ASH set.

PRIMAL FEAR setlist:

01. “Final Embrace”
02. “In Metal We Trust”
03. “Angel In Black”
04. “Rulebreaker”
05. “Sign Of Fear”
06. “Nuclear Fire”
07. “Angels Of Mercy”
08. “The End Is Near”
09. “When Death Comes Knocking”
10. “Chainbreaker”
11. “Metal Is Forever”

PRIMAL FEAR

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Well over there I know I picked the right show to watch. WISHBONE ASH sounded fantastic, no doubt. But it was a sleepy, or perhaps cozy is a better word, atmosphere over there. A few were of course supporting in the front but up the slope people were resting off the beer from last night. I haven't listen all that much to WISHBONE ASH which was a shame at this point because I didn't know the songs being played, apart from the absolute last one “Blowin' Free”. On the other hand, I just saw the last three songs so perhaps I'd known more seeing the whole set.

But, one thing that felt pretty clear; a first, real encounter with WISHBONE ASH shall be at a smaller club. I have no complains about their musical performance but the massive stage felt pretty empty with WISHBONE ASH on it which makes it all lose some of the intensity, even if the nerve is there in the music. But I liked what I heard and I hope I'll get another opportunity to see them.

WISHBONE ASH setlist:

01. “The King Will Come”
02. “Eyes Wide Open”
03. “Warrior”
04. “Throw Down the Sword”
05. “Open Road”
06. “Jail Bait”
07. “Phoenix”
08. “Blowin' Free”

WISHBONE ASH

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At 4 Sound Stage it was time for something completely different. Dutch classic PICTURE were getting ready to play. Since a few years back original vocalist Ronald van Prooijen returned, replacing Pete Lowell, and making a whole lot of mess. There's such a charm around the band as it is now. The 80's feel in their appearance and outfits are something that really catches the eye. I've seen them a couple of times already with this line-up and it's always tons of fun. The drive they have is fantastic and the songs are very catchy, even for people not familiar with the band. People walking by were caught by PICTURE's appearance and stuck around because of their music.

And this show was a very good introduction to PICTURE even if the majority were classics, and a lot from the fabulous “Diamond Dreamer”, first opening “You're All Alone” and then a little later also “Message From Hell”. That was actually the first song where I could focus on the music and damn it sounded good. The thing that distracted me was that there was a whole lot of action on stage which made it hard to catch the guys within the frames, hence the miss-out on the music. Guitarist Appie de Gelder looked a little stressed out from the attention from the photographers though, not at all as comfortable as the rest of the band in that situation. “Heavy Metal Ears” is another PICTURE favorite and first out from that was “No No No” and at a point that was all I could think as Ronald started to climb the rig at the side of the stage, while singing and successfully luring more people to stop and watch. But all I could think was; No, no, no... Please don't fall off! The crowd knew “Eternal Dark” pretty well at least. But ok, it's easy to sing and it was cool to hear the response from the crowd.

And it was such a fun show, it gave great energy which was needed as the day was a long and hard one. But after the PICTURE show it felt like I could go on forever. But with “Lady Lightning” it was time to move again to catch the next band on the agenda.

PICTURE setlist:

01. “You're All Alone”
02. “Get Back Or You Fall”
03. “Message From Hell”
04. “No No No”
05. “Night Hunter”
06. “Nighttiger”
07. “Eternal Dark”
08. Guitar Solo
09. “Live By The Sword”
10. “Heavy Metal Ears”
11. “Diamond Dreamer”
12. “Unemployed”
13. “Bombers”
14. “Lady Lightning”

PICTURE

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Then it was yet another clash but not as tough as most of the others. I have no relations to KIX whatsoever. The other option, KING'S X, highly acclaimed but I can't for my life get my head around their music. I've tried but it doesn't get to me so just to not have to write about it the vote fell on seeing KIX. And damn I'm glad I did.

Normally the LA Glam scene brings on amusing shows as well and Steve Whiteman is a true entertainer which made it all a lot of fun to watch. I guess my taste has changed these last few years and I have had to admit that a lot of the MTV generation bands are great. KIX's history goes past this of course but it was still on Headbangers Ball or so I first heard them. They sure had the beat and groove, Steve shared a lot of stories while introducing song after song. Most of them not suitable for children under 15 years of age... With this the show felt very intimate, more like hanging out on a small party than sharing the experience with 10's of thousand other fans.

“Midnite Dynamite” was one of the songs I recognized from back in the day. It sounded great now and also, how the band behaved on stage made a lot to the show as well. I mean, the video came out 30+ years ago and to have the same feel in the visuals but with a more mature attitude nailed it for me. KIX managed perfect there, to still have the filthy and dirty LA Glam/Sleaze feel to it and make use of their even longer experience as musicians. KIX, or Ronnie “10/10” Younkins actually did one thing I've never seen on a stage before; there were a lot of instrument changes going on between songs as it normally is for a band at this level and for one, when he was handed a guitar he simply flipped the one he already had on him on to his back and picked up the next. He played the whole song with one guitar on his back. It looked cool but must have been rather heavy and not very practical.

The last two songs I knew as well, “Blow My Fuse” I recorded from the Swedish radio show Rockbox during the 80's and since batteries was too expensive to use for fast forward, that song spun frequently even if I didn't like it all that much. Hearing it now brought back memories of course but I couldn't for my life understand why I didn't like it back in the days. So yes, KIX was a very positive surprise and I'm glad I picked them and if they show up again somewhere, they will be the pick. No doubt there.

KIX setlist:

01. “Girl Money”
02. “Red Lite, Green Lite, Tnt”
03. “No Ring Around Rosie”
04. “Midnite Dynamite”
05. “Cold Shower”
06. “Love Me With Your Top Down”
07. “Hot Wire”
08. “Don't Close Your Eyes”
09. “Wheels In Motion”
10. “Get It While It's Hot”
11. Guitar Solo
12. “Cold Blood”
13. Drum Solo
14. “Blow My Fuse”
15. “She Dropped Me The Bomb”

KIX

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One of the bands I had on my list as must-see was THE DEAD DAISIES. For my first encounter with the band they did an awesome show opening for WHITESNAKE a few years back and since then they've just gnawed their way into my mind. On record, they're perfectly ok but could absolutely do with one or two more really striking chorus lines. But live, the way they play and how they sound as a band is just awesome. And it doesn't get much better than to just watch and enjoy it all at a day like this. And here we another sample of the rulers of the Festival, geezers that jam... THE DEAD DAISIES nailed it all.

After opening “Long Way To Go” and “Mexico” which followed came my favorite; the title track from the “Make Some Noise” album. It all worked out perfect here and the crowd sure made a lot of noise for THE DEAD DAISIES. It was just fascinating to feel the beat and groove they had. Everything was flowing in such a good way and with the intensity and nerve in the music it all sounded fantastic. John Corabi is a great entertainer and an amazing vocalist, the band kept him company on the top. Fantastic musicianship. But no matter, drummer Brian Tichy stole much of the show from behind his drums. So there were much more than the music going on, a totally different level of performance compared to the other occasion I've seen THE DEAD DAISIES play.

Also, pick-tossing was taken to a new level by blonde guitar god Dough Aldrich as he bounced them in the stage floor and them made them flying far out in the crowd. If commenting on one thing about the show it is the extensive number of covers in the set. On the other hand, they all worked very well apart from the most famous one, DEEP PURPLE's “Highway Star”. As the rest of the songs are groovier and allows the band to jam this felt stiff in comparison. Then it was much more fun with THE BEATLES “Helter Skelter” or THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY's “Midnight Moses”. The latter of the two closed the set and it works great as a finale of a show.

This was a real smack in the face, absolutely amazing and I was stunned in the same way I was for AEROSMITH. THE DEAD DAISIES really swept all competition off the floor with this show. Can't wait for them to come back again, I need more of this.

THE DEAD DAISIES setlist:

01. “Long Way To Go”
02. “Mexico”
03. “Make Some Noise”
04. “Fortunate Son” (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL cover)
05. Guitar Solo
06. “Last Time I Saw The Sun”
07. “Join Together” (THE WHO cover)
08. “With You And I”
09. “Mainline”
10. “Helter Skelter” (THE BEATLES cover)
11. “Highway Star” (DEEP PURPLE cover)
12. “Midnight Moses” (THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND cover)

THE DEAD DAISIES

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From one amazing show to another; I'd been looking forward to seeing METAL CHURCH again since last I had seen them in Hamburg. To see Mike Howe live was a dream come true and he sure as hell didn't disappoint me one bit. And the place really boiled when the band kicked off their show with “Fake Healer” closely followed by “In Mourning”. Mike did what he could to get everyone going and his energy was fantastic, he really was all over the stage chasing both crowds and his fellow musicians.

“Start The Fire” is definitely a live-track, easy to sing along to and that too worked perfect here. Prior to this song, METAL CHURCH served “Needle And Suture” from latest release “XI”, an absolutely fantastic record but it seemed that this one had passed parts of the crowd by. The support got a lot better for “No Tomorrow” though, which is one of my favorite from the record. But, for some reason it seemed like all sound guys struggled with the mix of the vocals during the festival. It was the same for ICED EARTH the day before, that it felt like the vocals was outside of the music, not a part of it. The result of this, Mike didn't get true justice for his efforts. It becomes strange when you can hear every breath.

However, it all sounded very good, it's nice to hear that Mike still has his register even if he's not doing as much high pitched screaming as much now as he did. The dynamics is there though and it doesn't matter if METAL CHURCH plays the songs from the records he sung on or the ones featuring David Wayne. It still sounds awesome. “Watch The Children Pray” is a good example of that but perhaps even more so “Beyond The Black”.

So, this too was definitely a very nice afternoon/early evening hangout. METAL CHURCH is in top shape these days.

METAL CHURCH setlist:

01. “Fake Healer”
02. “In Mourning”
03. “Needle And Suture”
04. “Start The Fire”
05. “Gods Of Second Chance”
06. “Date With Poverty”
07. “No Tomorrow”
08. “Watch The Children Pray”
09. “No Friend Of Mine”
10. “Killing Your Time”
11. “Beyond The Black”
12. “Badlands”

METAL CHURCH

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I've been thinking about digging into LUCIFER'S FRIEND for years but never really gotten around to do it. So, the reasoning became to see them, if good I'll get on to the listening after the festival.

There was this special feeling as soon as the guys walked out on stage that this was going to be magic. The atmosphere was electric before it took off. And damn. Again, geezers that jam ruled the festival and LUCIFER'S FRIEND was another perfect example of that. These guys too are in their 70's most of them and there's no chance the youngster-bands can come even close to the intensity delivered here. I don't know how to describe it really. The action on stage was limited, it was basically just John Lawton moving around but it still felt I'd been in a mosh-pit or so after the show. Totally beat in one way and filled with energy in another. But damn, what a voice he still has. His tone and the emotion in it is just incredible and I was shivering out of pleasure as soon as he approached the microphone.

The URIAH HEEP oozing “Hey Driver” got stuck on me, maybe not as the absolute favorite of the set. But it is a catchy tune and I really enjoyed the Hammond backing it all up. That Jogi Wichmann fellow seems to be a real character. He looked a little grumpy for the first few songs but when letting go of that face he was a joy to watch. His fingers moved over the organs like nothing special but it sure was special the things coming out of them. Everything just appeared so easy.

Another one I really liked was the epic “Moonshine Rider”. It's just awesome to watch guys like this play it all looked very laid back but sounded grand and massive. Also “Demolition Man” from latest studio release “Too Late to Hate” should be mentioned as a highlight of the show.

So, this was one more absolute top performance of the festival, this Friday turned out to be a fantastic day and it wasn't over still.

LUCIFER'S FRIEND setlist:

01. “Pray”
02. “Fire And Rain”
03. “In The Time Of Job”
04. “Sea Of Promises”
05. “Keep Goin'“
06. “Hey Driver”
07. “Riding High”
08. Piano/Sythesizer Solo
09. “Moonshine Rider”
10. “Demolition Man”
11. “Burning Ships”
12. “Ride In The Sky”
13. “When You're Gone”

LUCIFER'S FRIEND

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There were so many cool bands on this Friday so basically for every slot I had two bands I really wanted to see. As far apart as MINISTRY and RATT may be, both were on my list of must-see and something that has been with me for ages. But as MINISTRY played on more festivals on my schedule RATT became the agenda point as the sun started to set over ‘Sweden Rock Festival’.

I didn't know what to expect from RATT; I saw them a couple of years ago also but at that time they didn't appeal to me at all. I really like the records, RATT is actually one of few bands from the Hair Metal era that I liked back in the days. People around me looked at each other and didn't know what to do with RATT. The thing is, Stephen Pearcy has never been a great vocalist. He has character and is a great performer, no doubt but his voice has always been dry and tonal, why would you expect anything else now? To me he sounded just as he always has while the rest of the band stands for the groove. Stephen came out looking like a true badboy; the grip of the microphone was a knuckleduster and he looked plain arrogant. And here that is a good thing, unreachable rock star, ripped and torn and one hundred percent untouchable. I love that wow-feeling from a band, KIX had some of the same but RATT and especially Stephen owned the stage.

I've barely listened to “Detonator” so opening “War In D” passed by rather unnoticed. But then, “Wanted Man”, “I'm Insane” from “Out Of The Cellar” and the fantastic “Dangerous But Worth The Risk” from the timeless classic “Invasion Of Your Privacy”, what a treat! They're great songs and combined with a great performance from RATT it turned out fantastic. It was great to see Warren Demartini play too. He's a fantastic guitarist and was one of my teenage idols, and since I've never seen him live this was a real treat.

The downside though, as the hit-parade began at the second half of RATT's set Stephen got very tired which took away a little from my all-time RATT favorites “Lay It Down” and “You're In Love” as the verses were puffed out rather than sung. Much was saved with the choirs over the choruses though and it sure was a pleasure to hear these songs live. Also “Body Talk” from “Dancing Undercover”, my first RATT record, should be mentioned in the same bunch. It was a trip of nostalgia and apart from the winded vocals towards the end I think this was a great show. It sounded as it should, as it did back in the days and a set of goodies, mainly old. What more would you want?

RATT setlist:

01. “War In D”
02. “Wanted Man”
03. “I'm Insane”
04. “Dangerous But Worth The Risk”
05. “Walkin' The Dog” (Rufus Thomas cover)
06. “Way Cool Jr.”
07. “You Think You're Tough”
08. “In Your Direction”
09. “Lovin' You's A Dirty Job”
10. “Slip Of The Lip”
11. “Nobody Rides For Free”
12. “Lack Of Communication”
13. “Lay It Down”
14. “You're In Love”
15. “Body Talk”
16. “Back For More”
17. “Round And Round”

RATT

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SCORPIONS at 'Copenhell' in 2016 was a complete blow-away, the addition of Mikkey Dee at the drums seemed to have been a fantastic energy injection for the band so this was another no-miss even if I really wanted to see VOIVOD too who had their slot at the same time at the 4 Sound Stage. And it started very good. These massive shows tend to be overwhelming to start with, and it takes a while for all impressions to settle and attention is directed towards the music instead.

Slowly I realized that the magic from last year wasn't there. The energy was missing, Rudi Schenker wasn't running around in the same way and the band actually gave a rather confused impression. It sounded good still, no doubt there. Classic songs like “Make It Real” and “Bad Boys Running Wild” always go down well but I appreciated “The Zoo” even more. The suggestive feel in the track really works for a big stage with a massive lightshow. But it wasn't the same and after “Coast To Coast” I decided to give VOIVOD a shot instead. And that was a very good decision. They had a very unfortunate spot, to play the smallest stage in parallel with a massive headliner like SCORPIONS meant a rather sparse crowd but that didn't seem to bother VOIVOD at all, they gave it all and it sounded amazing. Very powerful, massive and old-school at the same time. They always were a bit odd with their metallic sound, industrial touch and very techy riffs. For a moment I regretted I didn't pick VOIVOD in front of SCOPRIONS but it's easy to be wise when you have all the facts. I saw three something songs with VOIVOD before they called it a night and thanked the few people that actually came around to see them instead of the headliners, it felt very genuine and honest. VOIVOD really deserved more than they got here, even if they can't be labeled geezers that jam they sure were a part of the fabulous performances on the 4 Sound Stage this night.

Then it was just to go back to the Festival Stage as Klaus Meine introduced “Overkill”, a tribute to Lemmy which received a big cheer from the crowd. Mikkey did what he could from behind his drums to boost it even further. That too worked. But the song itself sounded so and so. The feeling of insecurity and confusion from the band were still there and the SCORPIONS version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic felt very flat towards the original. Mikkey Dee's drum solo which followed rose everything a notch but I guess that says it about the show. When the drum-solo is the highlight... No matter what, the SCORPIONS classics are fun to hear live but neither “Blackout” nor “Big City Nights” received any massive feedback from the crowd as I had expected them too. In general, for most bands on the Festival Stage the crowd was rather quiet and lazy. That's not normal for ‘Sweden Rock Festival’. Anyway, this wasn't the best SCORPIONS show I've seen. It sounded good but the energy and frenzy from 'Copenhell' wasn't there which made it a little disappointing. But it's anyway nice to hear all their hits live.

SCORPIONS setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “Going Out With A Bang”
03. “Make It Real”
04. “Bad Boys Running Wild”
05. “The Zoo”
06. “Coast To Coast”
07. “Top Of The Bill” / “Steamrock Fever” / “Speedy's Coming” / “Catch Your Train”
08. “We Built This House”
09. “Delicate Dance”
10. “Always Somewhere” / “Eye Of The Storm” / “Send Me An Angel”
11. “Wind Of Change”
12. “Rock 'N' Roll Band”
13. “Can't Get Enough”
14. “Overkill” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
15. Drum Solo
16. “Blackout”
17. “Big City Nights”
18. “Coming Home”
19. “Still Loving You”
20. “Rock You Like A Hurricane”

SCORPIONS

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As I mentioned earlier, the headliners on the Festival Stage weren't the lasts out. EDGUY succeeded AEROSMITH the day before and now it was time for RUNNING WILD to take on the Rock Stage and close this fantastic Friday.

This was a highly-anticipated show of course. I've only seen RUNNING WILD once or twice before and at that time I hadn't kept up with their more recent releases. So now, fully prepared and boosted I was afraid I'd set my expectations too high. But no worries, it was a band in top shape that hit the stage. It was explosive so what could have been more suitable than to kick off with “Fistful Of Dynamite”? Rock 'n' Rolf seemed pleased and relaxed up there and he sounded great. The band sounded great everything was great. Now, RUNNING WILD have delivered some really good music but you never know what to expect from a live performance after a plunge into other styles of music, would they still enjoy this? It seemed like that at least and brand “Rapid Foray” solidified that further. I really like the record but it sounded better live.

I think much of the crowd were there to see RUNNING WILD out of curiosity. It was getting late and people looked tired. But again, the response for songs like “Riding The Storm” and “Lead Or Gold” was tight. I expected some massive singing and cheering but it felt more like a polite cheer than anything else. Two newer ones towards the end also sounded great, “Locomotive” from “Shadowmaker” which didn't stick for me at first. But as a live-track it worked perfect. Then another from “Rapid Foray”, “Warmongers” went down really well before it was time to wrap up the show with “Running Blood” and “Under Jolly Roger”. The last got some response but far from what I expected and really far off from what I think RUNNING WILD deserved. It's clear that this spot is too late at an event like 'Sweden Rock Festival', people are too tired and it's too cold to stick around and keep the party going.

But it sure was good to see RUNNING WILD in great shape, it sounded great, Rock 'n' Rolf's voice held strong straight through the set. His characteristics are just fabulous and the energy they had in their playing made this another fantastic show of the Festival. So yes, the Friday sure was a good one. Tons of great music and a very good hangout.

RUNNING WILD setlist:

01. “Fistful Of Dynamite”
02. “Bad To The Bone”
03. “Rapid Foray”
04. “Soulless”
05. “Riding The Storm”
06. “Lead Or Gold”
07. Drum Solo
08. “By The Blood In Your Heart”
09. “Locomotive”
10. “Warmongers”
11. “Running Blood”
12. “Under Jolly Roger”
13. “Stick To Your Guns”
14. “Conquistadores”

RUNNING WILD

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