David Reece @ Charles Dickens Pub, Helsingborg (SE)

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DAVID REECE / BLACKSMITH LEGACY

Date: 21th April, 2018
Venue: Charles Dickens Pub
Tickets: 200SEK (€18/$21)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Saturday night in the heart of the city and a cult figure like David Reece on stage would bring on a party rock the place, right? I mean, Helsingborg is quite a big city and Charles Dickens Pub had the local boys in BLACKSMITH LEGACY to open for DAVID REECE.

I've only seen the BLACKSMITH LEGACY name before this show. Recently more of it due to tragic circumstances and the passing of vocalist Otto Eldh-Hansson some months ago. This brought bass player Mike Noberg to take on the lead vocals and hand over the bass duties to Gustav Bronelius. And I definitely liked what I’ve heard from BLACKSMITH LEGACY with a steady and determined beat kicking off the show with “Let The Game Begin”. The more up-tempo “Forged” worked fine too. I liked the attitude, like a peeled off SABATON. No keyboards or other mumbo-jumbo, just plain Heavy Metal but with the same kind of drive and beat. It was the mid-tempo songs that came across the best during this first encounter. ACCEPT-gnawing “Close To The Abyss” sounded great and so did moody “Power Of Machines”. I really liked the changes between extremely heavy and dark and the lighter bridge before the chorus. The band also felt much more comfortable in these ones and the groove was there. Otto was honored in brand new “Time To Say Goodbye” which felt like a beer-drinking Viking-campfire kind of track.

The downside for me this evening with BLACKSMITH LEGACY's gig was the extensive setlist. Ten songs is much to take in at a first glance and since the stage didn't allow much debauchery it was the music that had to do the talking. I think it BLACKSMITH LEGACY would have come across differently if I'd known the songs. But it was a good warm-up for David and his crew.

BLACKSMITH LEGACY setlist:

01. “Let The Game Begin”
02. “Forged”
03. “Close To The Abyss”
04. “Good Times”
05. “Dance In The Fire”
06. “Power Of Machines”
07. “We Are One”
08. “Saints And Sinners”
09. “Time To Say Goodbye”
10. “Metal Never Dies”

BLACKSMITH LEGACY

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Or was it? I seriously thought the place would had been packed. No, “Eat The Heat” is perhaps not ACCEPT's most celebrated record but it has gained cult-status over the years and David Reece is both a hard worker and a superb vocalist and that was why I sat course towards Helsingborg this night. Apparently not many felt the same way.

At least, there were a few in the front-line who actually knew all these songs which didn't make the sparsely crowded floor as embarrassing as it would had been without these guys. “D Train” followed by the classic “Restless And Wild” set it all off and it sure sounded good. I was expecting material from “Eat The Heat” which made the latter of the two a nice surprise. “Chain Reaction” and “Generation Clash” continued the show and David was signaling to the sound-guy to turn up the vocals in the monitor while the drummer tried to get them to turn it down for him. But it sure sounded fantastic, David's voice is still great and he's a true character on stage. Extremely charming but still that untouchable MTV-generation Rockstar kind of guy. It felt strange to see him at this tiny place. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by these events, when legends and prominent musicians like this come and play at a nonsense place and I get to see it all... On each side, David was flanked by a fantastic guitarist. Andy Susemihl formely of SINNER's and U.D.O's fame and Martin Jepsen Andersen from Danish MERIDIAN. Both fantastic players and it was a pleasure to watch them play. But then it took a turn for the worse, during Andy's amazing solo some in the front got bored and just sat down on the edge of the stage with their backs turned against him. What? You don't do that! And at the same time, on the other side of the stage someone barfed all over David's lyrics and Martin's pedal-board. Again WHAT??? Again, YOU DON'T DO THAT! I mean, turn around and use the floor if in that much of a panic...

Somewhere around “Mistreated” or “Love Sensation” also the sound went out of the door, David's microphone broke so on and off it all sounded very distorted. With the new microphone it was ok for a while but then it went again. While waiting to get the problem fixed he sang using the the wired one. The nature of the place allowed most people to hear this and damn he's good. The power and tone he possesses is just phenomenal and this acappella piece of music sent shivers down my spine. But things were beyond rescue and David excused himself and the band and asked everyone to enjoy a beer on him. Said and done, there was this guy walking out with a crate of beer giving away to anyone who wanted one. A few minutes later the band came back and turned the volume down to a level the PA could handle and did “Turn The Wheel” and “Hellhammer” sort of acoustic. Still, electric guitars of course but they all calmly (calmly, not comfortably) sat down on stage for these two songs. Perhaps not what I wanted, I love those two tracks and especially the latter have been something I've been looking forward to hear live. But it sure was cool and all kudos in the world to the DAVID REECE band for making the extra effort and doing these two last songs.

The event got special for not the best reasons of course. But I sure was impressed with the way David and the band handled the situation. Then, that he turned out to be a very cool guy just adds on to the whole thing in a very positive way. I can't say it was the greatest concert of all time of course but I sure loved it, the parts when the band played... No matter what they thought about the sound, it was alright from where I was standing at least.

DAVID REECE setlist:

01. “D Train”
02. “Restless and Wild”
03. “Chain Reaction”
04. “Generation Clash”
05. “XTC”
06. “Mistreated”
07. “Love Sensation”
08. “Turn the Wheel”
09. “Hellhammer”

DAVID REECE

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