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Huntress

January 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Huntress - Norwich Waterfront  Jan 21st 2014

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Huntress; it’s not uncommon with groups who aren’t afraid to exploit their sexuality for their music to suck, and the looks of vocalist Jill Janus (as well as her fondness for disrobing) certainly seem to be a big draw, judging by some of the cries of “sit on my face” or “take me home” from certain sexually frustrated males in the audience ;)



Janus’s image may well be deliberately provocative, but Huntress put on a hell of a live show, and Jill’s theatrical, over-the-top performance works well, as well as making them great fun to photograph. She also has a hell of a voice.

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Amon Amarth, Norwich Waterfront

January 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Amon Amarth - Norwich Waterfront, January 21st



I first saw Amon Amarth back in 2011 when they were supporting Children Of Bodom at Norwich UEA. I wasn’t too familiar with them before the gig, but I was extremely impressed with their Viking-flavoured death metal and frontman Johan Hegg’s on stage charisma.

This time round, the band headlined at Norwich Waterfront and were as impressive as I remembered and seem to have built a decent following of aspiring vikings, with plenty of beards and horns on display, which can’t be bad.

 


Western Sand

December 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Western Sand - Norwich Waterfront 17/12/2014

I must admit, I wasn't familiar with Bournemouth's Western Sand prior to this gig supporting Michael Schenker but, after seeing them live, it's obvious they're ones to watch for in the future.

Musically Western Sand have a definite "southern rock" feel with hints of classic Skynyrd, as well as certain similarities with Black Stone Cherry, and at times vocalist Tyler Hains' American drawl-style vocals even lasted for a few words between songs before reverting back to normal which was quite amusing.

Definitely a band to check out live if you get the chance.


Michael Schenker

December 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock 17/12/2014

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Michael Schenker is a genius when it comes to the guitar. I first heard his playing on the 1981 self-titled MSG album when I first started getting into rock music (I used to rummage through my parents' cassette and vinyl collection hoping to find something good, which also led me to discovering Dio's classic Holy Diver album), and have been a fan of his playing ever since.

He may have had a a few problems in the early 2000s, but he's on fine form tonight, grinning at the audience and seemingly enjoying every minute. This may be Michael Schenker's show, but the rest of the band are no slouches in the talent department either and they storm through a set full of  Schenker/UFO and Scorpions classics.

Setlist:

Intro - D - Tone
Doctor Doctor
Wild Wind
Armed and Ready
(Howler)
Natural Thing
Victim Of Illusion
Lovedrive
Coast To Coast
(Bell)
Devil
Lost
Let It Roll
Shoot
Arena
Vigilante Man
Too Hot
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock Bottom

Encore:
Strangers
Lights Out
Blackout
 

 

 

 

 

 


Fishbone

December 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blast From The Past: Fishbone – Norwich Waterfront 04/05/2011



There are certain questions in life that, to date, remain unanswered: Are we alone in the universe? Is there life after death? Who the hell watches Britain’s Got Talent and why? One mystery I’ve often pondered is why the hugely influential and versatile Fishbone, erstwhile peers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP even going so far as sampling Fishbone’s ‘Bonin’ In The Boneyard’ on their Mother’s Milk album), are not hugely successful in the UK? Is the fact that they refuse to be pigeon-holed into a specific genre, preferring instead to explore whatever musical avenues they so desire, detrimental - their sound simply too expansive and unpredictable for the masses? Whatever the reason, I was probably more excited when I got the photopass for this show than any others I can think of; I still remember being given their ‘Ma & Pa’ cd single in the summer of 1989 and I’ve been a fan ever since.

The line-up may have changed over the years but, with "Dirty" Walter A. Kibby II back in the band, the current line-up includes 3 of the original members. On top of that Rocky George (Ex-Suicidal Tendencies) is on guitar, which is a definite bonus.

Fishbone’s performance was excellent as expected, and, with frontman Angelo Moore playing an impressive array of saxophones from soprano to bass (as well as a Theremin), Dre Gipson the stagediving keyboardist, and bass-monster Norwood Fisher, what’s not to like? Unfortunately, for such a great band, the turnout was pathetic and saw them performing to a sparse audience. A real shame, but if the half empty room bothered them it didn’t show.

The lighting was actually pretty good for the Waterfront, with some impressive looking large, square lights on the back wall. Lots of coloured lighting and not much in the way of spotlighting, but at least someone made an effort ;)