year again and again, Christmas is returning and Easter and Saxon next
to many other liveacts. As it happened in the past, an artist came on
tour, when he had a new product in his luggage, but nowadays they are
touring like mad with or without new CD. Because with the downhill race
of product sales, thanks to our www, you've gotta watch out how to earn
a little more money. That's a fact. But of course, there are still bands
out there who really got a new album to promote, like in our case
with Saxon. 'Call To Arms' is the title of the milestone of this former
NWOBHM flagship. Whereby you've gotta say, that Saxon meanwhile belong
to those methusalems, who don't need to do another album. Why? Let's
face it: at live shows, everybody just wants to hear ‚Denim And
Leather’, ‚The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‚Crusader’. On the other
hand, nobody want's to get stuck musically and is hoping to pull a new
and young audiance with yet another new born baby.
And they do, at least to a certain constant. If you look at the audiance
inside Munich's Backstage Werk, you realize pretty soon, that about half
of the 1.000 kiddies are not older than about 30. And that's a good sign
and the hope for the survival of this music
Saxon own a certain cult status in metal circles and this is definately
not a disadvantage to stretch out the retirement. In any case, these
guys, who some of them have crossed the 55+ already, are still fit as a
desertflea while stepdancing. And despite some wrinkles on the forhead,
Biffy and Co. are still spoiled by some kind of youthful spirit, such as
Spiderman during his morning gym. I mean you've gotta defend a certain
image and most of all keept that. Don't worry, Rock'n'Roll keeps ya
young , so well let's start off to yet another battle with all
Before that, Vandebyst from the Netherlands lid up the place
year 2008, Willem Vanderbyst (Ex-Powervice formed this group together
with drummer Barry Van Esbroek and Jochem Jonkman am Bass und
Gesangsmikro. One album is already out, the second one is due out soon.
And those dutch guys don't leave any chance out to play all the big open
air festivals, whereever possible. Because nothing is better for
individual promotion, or such a supportslot as here for Saxon.
the light conditions are once again more than bad, as often happening
during supportact shows. And in additon to that, two of the threesome
are moving so fast, that my lense can hardly follow them. But never
mind. as because of all that hair, there is not much to see anyway.
Their style is leaned onto 80s Hardrock, whereby Vandenbyst remind me a
little on australien rockers Airborne, though it's probably more the
visual aspect. And I seem not to be the only one, thinking this, as
singer Jochem has told me later on.
this band makes a pretty decent first impression, and they are a nice
surprise, what's up to so much energy, enthusiasm and fun to play. I
hope we get to hear and see this lot more often in the future... And for
now I advise you, to remember at least their name.
Next are Crimes Of Passion dran
from Sheffield, England.
that is, as known, also the original hometown of Saxon. So let's call it
a little neighbourhood friendship move of the Headliners, to take this
outfit out on tour. To be honest, I haven'g got a clue, whether this
group is really known over here or not. But it's a fact, that Crimes of
Passion have supported already many other musicians in the past. They've
got one selftitled album and a brand new EP, which includes a cover of
Ronnie James Dio's 'Holy Diver'. - And that's what they also perform
amongst other songs.
What else to say: Crimes of Passion are standing for classic Hardrock
with a touch of Glam...
they do get paid a lot of attention as well, though I have to admit,
that I do hard, whom to prefer of these two supportacts. Nevertheless
the band offers us solid hardrock and old school metal. And I'm sure,
this has not been the last time, we've seen them live on stage over here.
and here we are for the 325th
time live on Stage with a Formel 1 energy.
leave the 3 in front of the 25 away. We don't wanna overdo it. To be
honest, I have not counted, how often I've seen those oldtimers so far
in the past... But well, as long as the quality of the product is okay,
we always like to consume them again and again.- And as we say so: old
wine is still the best, as long as it doesn't get sour. Unfortunately
there are too many oldiebands out there, who keep returning all the time
because of prestige or of money reasons. And who are only a shade of
do rather belong to the mid Seventies generation and have been through
to many ups and downs and line up changes throughout their 36 years of
carriere. I mean, not everybody can manage to stay together in the same
line up for 40 years, as for instance the Rolling Stones do. But mind me,
Saxon are going now in the same outfit for about 16 years. And
this is only because of newest member Doug Scarreth. The rest is
much longer part of the engine. Not to talk about Biff Byford and Paul
Quinn, who are originals anyway.
Saxon are an old institution in showbiz, and they know exactly how the
games is played. And they are using it for their advantage. the setlist
is a perfectly mixed poker including old and new in a way, that it never
gets boring at any minute.
They are not playing those overdone
solos and rather put the focus on a great cooperation, but still take care,
that every musician in the band gets his ace. As in most concerts, the biggest
hits can be found in the last part of the gig. And the fans show their devotion
with lots of applause. I for my part get convinced all over again, how much
better such a Bands comes along in a club, instead on a huge open air festival.
the only bad thing about is, that in here about 10.000 peole less can be found.
So everything got it's advantage or disadvantage.
Last fazit: it's been very
nice. The adrenalin cocktail has done it's work and the guarantee for
quality is provided once again - 'till next time... and with open end.