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Release Date : June, 24th 2011
Barricade Rise seems hyperactive. In addition to their regular live appearances in the UK, they released in less than three years an album, a cover album and an EP. The Nuneaton folk act is now introducing their second album All I Have Is Here due out tomorrow, June 24th. La suite >
« Christ on a bike, that was good ! » like it seems to be the use to say around there. Wednesday, May 5th, a gig at Birmingham, and not any gig : KISS. The eccentric glam-rockers are not dead and come back with an European tour following the release of their latest Sonic Boom album in last October.
After few hours of queuing outside, inside, against a wall, it is time to go getting packed against the barriers in front of the stage. Secodn row, perfect. It is at 7.30pm that Taking Dawn, heavy-glam rockers from Las Vegas and opening act, come on stage to try to warm up the almost completely filled venue. The frontman, looking like the French parodic metal band Ultra Vomit’s drummer, leads the show properly and succeeds to captivate me during several moments. Their sound is heavy, the rhythmic section playing a big role in it, letting the singing and lead guitars backwards. The soundchecks have also probably been a bit overlooked on that point. Not really convinced by their music, but good though, I nevertheless took few interesting pictures.
A Kissian curtain falls over technicians who were working transforming the stage to welcome the headlining, letting us waiting with a tasteful musical rock’n’roll background.
8pm, it is KISS o’clock. The curtain falls off the stage, lightning comes from the background screens and three of the four space cowboys fly over the drummer on a floating platform : what an awesome entering ! “Modern Day Delilah”, first Sonic Boom’s single to lead the way, I am already amazed. Make up, costumes, pyrotechnics, craziness, music, everything is there.
« Modern Day Delilah »
Gene Simmons scares the audience with his oversized tongue whereas Paul Stanley plays his guitar rhythm parts in weird positions on the following tunes. It is time for the second single from Sonic Boom, “Say Yeah”, which transcend the crowd with an impressive easiness for a brand new material. The classic “Deuce” is following, opening the door to « Crazy Crazy Nights » and « Calling Dr. Love ». The show goes on with Gene Simmons, The Demon, transformed in a fire-breather. « Shock Me », « I’m An Animal » and « 100.000″ don’t find any difficulties to resume after the fire-breathing act, until the drums take off from the stage in a smoke cloud.
Gene Simmons, performing with his tongue
Few times after, Gene Simmons shows off his famous axe bass to play his classical, devilish and awaited blood-spitting act. Flown away on an aerial stage, the bassist relaunch the rock with « I Love It Loud » and « Love Gun ». Thereafter he comes back on the regular stage for a « Detroit Rock City », rebaptised « Birmingham Rock City » for the occasion. The artists greet and leave the stage.
After few “We want Kiss” chanted by the crowd, the band regain the stage. « Lick It Up » restart the fire, followed by a « Shout Out Loud » to nourish it. The cultissimo-legendary hits are still awaited.
« Whole Lotta Love Intro »
Right after the first « I Was Made For Loving You »’s chords echo, Paul « Starchild » Stanley flies over the audience to gain an unexpected central stage. Came back beside his bandmates he delivers a speech about a divine power given to everybody, before starting an touching « God Gave Rock’n Roll To You ». It is time to say goodbye. And under a rain of confettis, a « Rock’n'Roll All Nite » is offered as a thank. The Starchild doesn’t seem up to leave the stage and shows off a last time by sacrificing a guitar to perfect the show.
A gig, what am I saying ? THE legendary rock’n’roll circus was present at Birmingh’um that night. Nothing else to say. The memory of my camera is as full of good images as mine.
Je vais tenter quelque chose auquel je pense depuis quelques temps déjà, étant donné que j’assiste à des événements en Angleterre, il pourrait être sympa que mon article paraisse aussi en anglais. / I’m going to try something I think about a while due to the fact I’m attending English events, it could be nice that my article in French be released in English too.
Sometimes you find yourself into a gig of a band that you find ok. Sometimes this band isn’t transcending you not that much, but it remains good to listen to. And sometimes something you don’t expect happens.
Last night I was at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, a pretty small gig venue which offers a kind of intimacy with the artists. Those artists, or I should say the band, was Wolfmother. Not that famous for some people, already a reference for other one, I was personally not fond of their music, except few songs and the particular sound signature. My curiosity allowed me once again to be ass-kicked.
Doors opened at 7pm, the opening act began at 8pm. To be honest I can’t remember the name of this experimental sounding quintet.
I had the impression to listen « When The Levee Breaks » with variations at each song they played, except few bluesy ones. I didn’t really appreciated that band, even if the multi-instrumentalist talents of each member have to be noticed.
9.30pm, after changing the equipment, Wolfmother came onstage. Alright it’s not the original line-up, only the frontman remains the same. Let’s talk a bit about him : Andrew Stockdale and his awesome hair tuft who both came like a hurricane onstage armed with a Gibson SG. The guy has a such wonderful that he could scare a Robert Plant out during an American tour night. The show began on an electrifying « Dimension » which blasted the crowd from the first power chords. This kind of energy, we feel it from the beginning, there is such a powerful feeling offered by the drums, the bass lines and mainly in the voice of this awesome bushy haired guy. He wasn’t the only one haired like that, his bassist/keyboardist bandmate Ian Peres was also, looking like twins. But anyway, I digress.
I won’t have this time the pretentiousness to name every song that the australian band played because, like I said, I wasn’t a fan enough. Nevertheless, one of the famous composition of the band entitled « Woman » really got me. Played in third or fourth position, this song has drove the crowd worse crazy than it was already. Everything’s going on, no one calm down and it’s worthless to say that about the musicians who continue with an endless energy : Andrew jump everywhere and « knits » awesome guitar solos, Ian turn on himself with his bass, Aidan Nemeth performs discreetly but powerfully his guitar chords and Datkins smashes his drum set.
A kind of pause comes on my favourite song « Mind’s Eye », but not really (you’ll understand at the end of the following footage). I jump everywhere and everyone pushes each other and my weak toe discovered a passion for the blue(s) too. The end of the gig was quieter for me, but on the stage, everything was going differently.
Then the musicians left the stage, are awaited a long time for an encore and finally reappeared onstage to complete the audience with a « Joker and The Thief ».
An amazing show and a sound mixing both Led Zeppelin and indie rock influences. Wolfmother gave me back the hope of a possible and valuable modern rock genre.