(continued from http://lita77777.posterous.com/my-year-in-rock-retrospect-2012-part-2 )
OZZY & FRIENDS IN DORTMUND, GERMANY
The Ozzy & friends gig in Dormund was a memorable experience for good reasons and bad. I got to know a new friend, Suuded, and we had a great time. Remember a fantastic dinner in a restaurant right behind the Westfalenhalle, but I also remember the sky just opening and it was pissing down all day! We were forced to stand out in the rain by a sadistic power-hungry security person who made sure nobody was under the long roof in front of the entrance (there would have been PLENTY of room there for a lot of people). Anyway, we got in the front row eventually. Both Steel Panther and Ozzy were well worth the wait and the rain!
The story can be found here: http://lita77777.posterous.com/ozzy-sweden-rock-festival-part-1
Photos from that are on my Facebook-page: www.facebook.com/intherearviewmirror
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL….
Only two days later, it was time for the next annual event: Sweden Rock Festival.
This time I was joined by Vera, my Russian colleague that I got to know after bumping into her several times at press conferences at Sweden Rock. She was going to camp with her friends though (wild horses couldn’t get ME to do that camping-thing).
The full story: http://lita77777.posterous.com/sweden-rock-festival-2012-part-2
The next day I ran like crazy to make it to the first signing-session of the day, which was Satchel from Steel Panther. I had found this great tent where musicians hung out and various guitarists were doing signing sessions. But it didn’t seem like it had been widely announced anywhere, so thank god there weren’t those insanely long lines as to the “regular” signings.
When I walked in, it was still Andreas Kisser from Sepultura who was signing. I was first in line for Satchel, and I got my hoodie signed, and some pics. The message he left was of course very “Satchel-style”…! ;)
Vera and I also met a nice dude from Adrenaline Mob’s crew, who invited us to be his guests, so we spent the day hanging backstage and on various stages. That was perfect, if for no other reason than because it was raining all day, and we didn’t have to be out there getting soaked. Watched Ugly Kid Joe, Motorhead and Twisted Sister up on the stage for instance.
Press conferences I didn’t want to miss included Steel Panther and Sebastian Bach – but then I happened to walk in on a few more by coincidence. There is activity 24-7 at Sweden Rock, it’s nearly impossible to try to sum it all up. But check out the pics on the Facebook-page (URL mentioned somewhere above), that will give you a quick tour of what was going on on stage and back-stage at Sweden Rock Festival 2012!
Way too much to mention, I think I kept updating in real-time on Facebook because I wouldn’t have time to write an actual blog. Busy summer! :)
Next up was my other favorite festival: Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium!
[to be continued….]
DYNAZTY’s album “Sultans Of Sin” became my favorite album of 2012, and I wanted to get a chat with these guys a few months ago. However, they were “hot stuff” at the time after being on TV all the time, the press loved “the heaviest boy-band in Sweden”…
The timing wasn’t right back then – but it was perfect now.
The “boy-band” finally dragged their asses back to Malmö with the tour package Dynazty/Raubtier/Sabaton last night.
SABATON – KB Malmö 2012-11-27:
Arranged the interview with guitarist “Rob” Love Magnusson through Facebook (well, the crap is good for something every now and then..!) and so – it was time for another video interview for The Rearview Mirror.
I arrived to KB 20 minutes too early, went there straight after work – DEAF on one ear (!) which is a pain in the ass. I hate trying to talk to people when I can barely hear them. Terrible timing.
Texted Love the minute we got there and he let us in.
– Our dressing room is upstairs, second door on the left….I THINK... I’m just gonna grab something to eat, I’ll be right with you guys, he said and ran off to get some dinner.
Went upstairs to the dressing rooms. Been up there like a million times before it seems… Hanoi Rocks, Judas Priest, HIM, Motorhead, Dio…. Countless names, lots of memories. I know the place well.
It wasn’t the second door on the left. It was the THIRD – and the reason I learned THAT really quickly is because the first thing I saw through the half-open door, was a pant-less singer, Nils, putting his pants on (probably oblivious to the fact that there were guests on their way up…).
– You MIGHT not want to walk in there right now, I told Henrik and Mari who came right after me.
No big deal to me, been in slightly more awkward situations before. :) Like the JOP tour when one of the guys in the support act forgot to lock the door to the shower and I accidentally walked straight in. He was a lot more embarrassed than I was, lol. ;)
Anyway, when they were all fully dressed, Henrik started arranging his cameras all over the bands’ dressing room.
The guys were super nice. As usual, drummers always have a story or two to tell while you’re waiting. George mentioned rolling out of his top-bunk in his sleep, landing flat on his face without as much as waking up! He only realized what had happened when he woke up with an aching nose on the cold bus-floor in the morning. Ah – the joys of touring! ;)
You’ll get to see the whole conversation soon enough. It’s in the hands of The Camera-guy, who decides when it’s good enough to go public. :)
After the interview, I went downstairs to secure a good spot in front of the stage before the doors opened. It was SOLD OUT!! Jesus Christ, KB hasn’t been sold out in YEARS as far as I recall. Not even W.A.S.P, who ALWAYS draws large crowds,
But Sabaton is THE shit here right now. People are nuts about them. I heard from fellow rock-fan Pekka before the show, that the guys in Sabaton were all sick as dogs. That was verified by singer Joakim later that evening when he apologized to the fans for not making it to the signing-session, as he had to be rushed off to the doctor instead. One can only admire a true artist for getting onstage anyway, the rock’n’roll way – the show must go on. Always.
Dynazty took the stage right on time, and did one hell of a job. I wasn’t as impressed at Sweden Rock Festival, but it might have been because my expectations were way too high. This time they were more comfortable, I think that an indoor gig suits them better – they communicate much better with the crowd in that setting.
I loved their set, great songs, good performance – and great vocals. They are all skilled at what they do, but I love when a band has a really good singer. Nils has a strong, crystal clear yet rough voice, impressive as hell.
I suspect that the guy behind me who tapped me on my shoulder to ask me which songs the band had been playing, was there to review the show but didn’t know much about Dynazty. :) I let him write down the songs from the set list I got right before the show to be able to plan my filming (helped a lot-thanks guys!)
Following Dynazty – Swedish “Rammstein” – Raubtier. Metal in Swedish. Not even that, in a northern dialect, “norrländska” that fit their music surprisingly well.
I had never heard them before so it was a nice new aquaintance. A great live-band that got the crowd warmed up.
When it was finally time for SABATON, the place was PACKED – it was boiling hot! Once the band made their grand entrance on stage, people went crazy! The kings, the heroes, had arrived!
Wow, the energy and the atmosphere in there was indescribable. You don’t see or experience that too often. Not in that way. There’s something about Sabaton that people can’t resist and they get through to people very well. They genuinely love what they do, there is no doubt about that. You can see the spark in Joakim’s eyes even through his pilot-style shades! And definitely in the rest of the band’s whole body language and facial expressions, it’s a party from beginning to end!
I left early though. Long story, I was hungry, tired and had to take the bus home for once so… didn’t see the whole show. But I saw Sabaton several times this summer as they were on the bill of almost every festival I ended up at :)
From the BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL IN GERMANY in July…. I was caught in this crazy crowd and manage to catch this much of Sabaton’s energetic show!
I basically had a great evening last night, meeting old and new friends and also getting together with the talented guys of Dynazty for an interview. Video interview soon!
Check out the photo album on Facebook HERE.
Wednesday, June 6 – Swedish national day.
After only a few hours of sleep, I went straight to the train station to pick up my Russian colleague Vera (who now lives in Gothenburg) and we drove up to Sweden Rock Festival.
It was pretty early when we arrived so it didn’t take long to get our passes. Vera was going to the camping with some friends so I went to take a look around the area. It had changed a little this year – the press/VIP area had been moved and the entrances were elsewhere so I had to get reaquainted with this place that has been my second home since the 90’s. :) I can’t imagine a summer without Sweden Rock.
I quickly found the VIP area and the press tent. The first person I saw was, like every other year, the photographer from Expressen, Rickard Nilsson – he was working in there on his Mac, very concentrated on editing a photo when I walked in. :) He later on helped me get my camera batteries and laptop charged when there were just no power outlets in the press area for instance. It’s nice to have old friends there year after year, we can help eachother out.
I spent all afternoon just checking out the area, the merch, the food, everything…. And noticed a music tent that was filled with musicians every day – amateurs and professionals. The staff in there was so nice that it ended up being sort of a little “sanctuary” during the whole festival. That’s also where they had musicians from some of the bands visiting.The best thing was that nobody seemed to know about it…! The only info there was, was on a sign outside their tent, nowhere else, so luckily there weren’t that many people at the signings, which gave it all an intimate, cool atmosphere.
That first day I only had 2 shows that I wanted to see, both Swedish, melodic rock acts:
H.E.A.T and Dynazty (whose album is still one of my favorites this year).
H.E.A.T played in broad daylight but managed to really get the audience going. Just that one small detail that separated H.E.A.T from Dynazty for instance was that H.E.A.T’s guitarist walked out, went straight to the edge of the stage and took immediate contact with the audience – THAT’S how you create a connection between band and crowd.
Although it was a little bit too much melody for me, I still have to give them credit for handling the stage like real pros.
Went to see Dynazty later in the evening, and it got really cold by then. Met two ladies that I got to know at the Whitesnake-gigs last year. They were also die-hard fans and one of them show me a tattoo she got recently – of the WS-logo! Very cool.
Anyway, my friends Mari and Henrik showed up too and we ended up hanging at the barricades waiting for the show cause there was nothing else to do. Dynazty finally hit the stage.
Their gig was good – but not brilliant. And I was trying to pin-point exactly why. Cause the vocals were good, the playing was good and they obviously had a good time on stage… But – it still wasn’t magic, it didn’t give me the kick that separates a good gig from a great one. Then it hit me, it was pretty simple actually: They lacked the contact with the crowd that a band MUST have. If you don’t look at people and acknowledge their existence, you’re taking away the exchange of energy between crowd-band that makes a show memorable.
The very same thing used to bother me with Rob Halford when he went up on stage wearing black sunglasses, insisting on staring at his shoes. It was like…”helloooo, we’re here?!”
It was cold as fuck too, maybe that had a bit to do with it too, I don’t know. But for a first day this was perfect. I drove home to get a few hours of sleep before the next day when I was about to make a complete ass of myself in front of Steel Panther‘s Satchel, reporters and god knows what else…!
[to be continued..]
Swedish rockers Dynazty are releasing their 3rd album “Sultans of Sin” tomorrow. I got the album about three weeks ago for review. As you know, if you’re reading this blog regularly, I loved it – no, I mean…. LOVEDDDD it!
So, the review I sent to the magazine will be accompanied by angel-choirs and harps!
I also know that there will be metalheads out there who consider themselves “real” rockers, that are going to puke – cause 80’s melodic rock has just never quite been accepted. It’s always been ridiculed in one way or another.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the stripped-down aggession that’s coming out of Dave Mustaine’s mouth just as much, and I can get my kicks from being in a fist-throwing, brutal, sweaty crowd as well.
But I love 80’s rock, it just lifts my spirits and charges my batteries every single time!
The 80’s started with the “ugly British bands”, such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, Dio… all those bands that no chicks would EVER go see because there was a hot dude in the band. There just were no hot dudes in those bands. I guess it was Glenn Tipton from Priest or Peter Baltes from Accept that could even remotely be called chick-magnets. Sort of.
But the 80’s that I think most of us automatically think of when we hear the term, is the carefree joyful attitude that came with the glitter and the hairspray. But the image is secondary as far as I’m concerned.
I always loved great singers, and especially those with perfect pitch – those that could sound clear as silver-bells and lift mountains with their voices at the same time.
Guys like Sebastian Bach, like most AOR-singers, whether it was Journey or Firehouse or whatever else. They made it sound so easy, but after years of vocal training I know what it takes to get a voice like that. Some of them might have been born with it – even MORE reason to admire and envy their talents.
The young dude from Dynazty is amazing. If he sounds like this at the age of 23, what will he sound like when he’s 30?!
I always loved the 80’s music for its escapism and the positive attitude. Just do whatever makes you happy. If it makes you happy to wear crazy clothes and hair, go the fuck ahead and DO IT! :))
I love the party-vibe and the positive energy, the over-the-top stage shows that made it feel like it was New Year’s Eve every time – the pyrotechnics, the confetti, the lasers and lights, the coreography, crazy clothes and hair, just the whole production made it worth every buck to go and see it.
This is the PERFECT example of 80’s stage production extraordinaire!
I get “high” every time I hear and see this particular song, it’s pure, unleashed energy!
And that’s what the 80’s were all about.
I kind of think of it like this…. If you think of rock as the 4 seasons, then the eighties is like spring and summer.It’s about the beach and pool parties, driving with the top down, half naked guys and chicks, all the colors are like when everything starts to blossom in the spring – green trees, flowers, blue skies…. It’s just as positive time of year, just like the music.
For somebody like me, death- and black metal doesn’t work the same way. I’m definitely not criticising those who love the rougher side of the metal spectrum, just saying it’s not me. To me it’s more gloomy, it’s like winter – cold and dark. The lyrics are about everything BUT having a good time.
When we had our “nerd-evening” here a while ago, the guys looked up this video and laughed their butts off. Why are these painted guys always running around in the woods in their videos? :)It’s just a travesty of the genre. There are most definitely plenty of these for eighties-bands/music too. I guess Steel Panther are doing just that, full time! :)
But just for the sake of comparing:
In short, I feel more comfortable with the glitter, lights and positive outlook on life. I suppose it has a lot to do with your personality. Maybe bands like Dynazty aren’t macho enough for some people out there, but I love that album – because there’s nothing to dislike about it! :)
Here they are from the Swedish semi-finals of the Eurovision song contest, and regardless the cheesy competition – I love seeing bands like this getting this kind of exposure to the general public. And…just for the record – this song is the weakest of the ones on their album, which should give you a hint… ;)
No more being ashamed of loving this style, it deserves a lot more credit than it gets. :-)
Oh, wow wow wow….! I’m REALLY excited right now! I was asked to review an album by Swedish band DYNAZTY (“Sultans Of Sin” set to be released on February 29.).
I’ll admit that most of the time, the records I have to review bore me more than anything. It’s not that I’m a music snob, but when you consume as much music as people like me do, it gets harder to impress me. It just needs to have all the bits and pieces just right – and most of all, it just has to move me, make me feel something!
I had no expectations, but MY GOD – this album kicks ass! It’s produced by Peter Tatgren of Pain and Hypocrisy, which gives the album that irresistable HEAVY sound, while it still presents some damn great melodies sung by a very talented singer.
I’m knocked out, I love it when I get something like that, something that’s actually worth BUYING. You know how it is nowadays – people are spoiled, nobody buys music anymore. This, I would easily buy, knowing I’m getting value for the money.
If you love strong melodies, great singers and fantastic production and mix, get “Sultans Of Sin” when it’s out in the stores!
This is from Dynazty’s performance in the Swedish music festival “Melodifestivalen” (they will be participating this year as well):
And in case you haven’t heard their producer, Peter Tatgren and his project PAIN – don’t leave this page until you’ve listened to this awesome mix between modern dance sound and pure metal:
And LOOK what I found. :-) Earcandy!