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Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales 3-5 December 2009
of Hard Rock Hell is when things start to get heavy when the majority of
fans started to arrive and all three stages are open.
festivals where the stages are miles apart, the great thing about HRH is
that all three stages are in short stumbling distance of each other, which
is great as the night wears on.
Also it is a
great chance to check out a load of bands you wouldn't otherwise
originally fancy. With over 50 bands performing over the next two days it
is impossible to see everybody, and sometimes bands you want to see will
clash with the performance times of others. But - hey - with so much
action going on, who am I to complain? So apologies to those bands who
don't get a mention.
stroke of midday, as most punters were checking to their chalets, the
party atmosphere was starting to get bigger, happy campers in my block
were people from all aspects of the media and later we would all go
drinking with the enemy, everyone was already jovial and on first name
terms with each other.
duty of the day was to attend to a baby crying in chalet 123, because next
door were Scot metallers Attica Rage who were performing
(After they found enough earplugs) to a few selected guests with their
brand of old wave metal.
there wasn't enough room to swing a sword inside the chalet as all the
room was taken up by the band and photographers, but outside it sounded
great and Attica Rage are fast becoming HRH faves. Chaletica Rage indeed.
As the rain
came down it was off to the main venue, quickly passing Die
Apokalyptischien Reiter (The only name all weekend that I could
properly pronounce after a few shandies - at least you can spell it -
ed) who sounded good and the singer looked like something out of a Rob
Zombie movie with music to match, and then onto the Queen Vic to see
Hanging Doll, one of those female orchestral gothic metal bands.
I realised that I have previously seen them before at a Clive Aid gig at
the Ruskin Arms and had forgotten how good they were.
I made the
difficult decision of giving Korplikanni a miss and headed off back to the
chalet for a quick bite to eat and settle down to watch the World Cup draw
live on tele (You can't do that at Download.)
Once I had
seen what a great draw England had, it was back to the music and catching
another one of those female goth bands. This time Dutch operatics
Delain who have released two CD's since 2006 on the Roadrunner label
and was mightily impressed with singer Charlotte Wessels. A cut
above the rest and will soon be stiff competition for fellow cloggers
Now this was
what I was really waiting for, the debut performance here in the UK from
the girls of Swedish heavy metal, Hysterica who blew me away. The
girls wearing their tight leathers, it was mainly beered up hungry men
down the front frothing up the action.
De Vi has the voice of an old alarm clock who can wake me up in the
morning, Jessica Fox was a stand in guitarist for Rockzilla, who was off
duty sorting out personal issues but don't worry lads, she soon be back
and she's now single. 30 minutes wasn't enough, I could've gone all
Had to make
a quick exit for those original LA glamsters Ratt, another band I
had wanted to see,the last time being Castle Donington 1986 and they
bigger than Motley Crue when I was first into this band and it was great
to hear so many hits which came thick and fast, ratt-ter-tat-tat but my
highlight was hearing 'You Think Your Tough' : a track from their first
mini LP which I still have on red vinyl, buying it after Tommy Vance
played it on his Friday Rock Show.
was pumped up after Ratt and it was time for some liquid refreshment which
meant I only caught glimpses of rising Brit rockers Black Spiders and the
Sons Of Merrick who both went down well.
Curse are big favourites of our very own GRTR's chief editor David
Randall and I wanted to check what the fuss was all about and was I glad I
did. These multi-national rockers had a very heavy melodic commercial
sound with clear vocals from Michael Eden.
I wish more
new bands would sound like this rather than all these female goths playing
the same old tripe. Those who were there were treated to a class
In the other
hall at the same time were Monster Magnet who pulled in a large
crowd (Hence the name - boom boom!).
played a powertrippin' set with a few newer numbers thrown in, including a
Bob Calvert cover for the Hawklords. David Wyndorf looking the king
stage two Tribal Law were starting to lay waste to the Hard Rock
Hellers. Guitarist Naiche was playing some cool licks sounding like some
heavy riffage of Zakk Wylde being placed through the shredder with a touch
As the set
wore on, tragedy struck. Singer Danny Adams fell backwards mid-song
and knocked his head on the drum riser and was out cold. No one knew
if had done himself some serious damage or not, and was left on the stage
for some 30 minutes before the medics took him away to the hospital.
was going on, the stage area had to be completely closed down and all fans
removed from the area, which stalled the engine for Four Wheel Drive who
were due to go on next and have their chance at the big time on a larger
stage after winning a competition on www.totalrock.com to perform here.
heard that Danny Adams was fine and was resting in hospital, meanwhile the
parties carried on into the night in many chalets.
have a key on me to my chalet and had lost my lensman, so decided to find
a party. There was Krusher Joule and his manager, the Total Rock
girls and later the Four Wheeler boys and myself drinking until the early
back to my chalet at 3am closely followed by my photographer for the
weekend Mr Noel Buckley who had decided to walk the maze of chalets in
trying to find ours and had summersaulted and covered himself in mud en
route. Oh what a night, another bout to go. No sleep 'til Prestatyn.
Hard Rock Hell Part 1 (3 Dec)
Hard Rock Hell Part 3 (5 Dec)
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