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HARD ROCK HELL IV - Pontin's Holiday Village, Prestatyn (UK) - 2nd to 4th December 2010

Photos by Sue Ashcroft. Main text by Phil Ashcroft (PA), additional reviews by Monica Castedo-Lopez (MCL) and Mark Warburton (MW)

Thursday 2nd December


Sorry if my trusty photographer and I are becoming a bit of a jinx here, but with one of our usual hangouts, JB's in Dudley, having already gone into administration a few weeks ago, the news that Pontins had gone the same way just a week before Hard Rock Hell's 4th annual festival didn't bode well. With the rest of the country seemingly snowbound it was incredible that the North-West of England had experienced hardly any of the cold white stuff, and in fact during our ninety minute drive to North Wales it seemed like that entire area had gotten off lightly. To avoid missing any of the bands whilst travelling and checking in, this was the first time we'd arrived before festivities began, and after eating and showering in our toasty-warm chalet we strolled over to the Queen Vic pub where, feeling underdressed as only a handful of us weren't kitted out as pirates, we were told that both the Gypsy Pistoleros and Dumpy's Rusty Nuts were no-shows. Not a good start!

The lack of Pistoleros actually meant an extended set for the Virgin Mary's, which was actually a bit of a shame as I enjoyed the trio's first half an hour, but as time went on their brand of retro rock seemed to deteriorate into psychedelic guitar clichés and their shortage of truly good songs became apparent. Similarly, the late start on the much larger "Pirates Ball Stage" next door was a bit of a non-event as 9 X Dead created a lot of noise without actually doing anything vaguely interesting.

I never thought I'd ever say this but thank God for Tigertailz! The event started proper as the Welsh glamsters took the stage and kicked into 'Sick Sex', together with a much heavier and tighter sound due to the excellent Robin Guy, who now occupies the drum stool. This was one of the most aggressive Tigertailz sets I've ever seen with the likes of 'Wazbones', 'Natural Born Animal', 'Tear Your Fucking Heart Out' and 'Dirty Needles', with vocalist Kim Hooker in fine form and guitarist Jay Pepper and bassist Sarah Firebrand adding their backing vocals to the layers on tape. There was a big singalong to their best known song, 'Love Bomb Baby', the catchy anthem that brought their set to a close. Even the drum solo was enjoyable.

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Perennial HRH favourites Attica Rage usually get to play at least twice and this year was no exception, however the Scots turned their hand to a covers set that was only marginally successful. While singer/guitarist Johnny Parr's voice may be perfect for their own thrash-influenced material, and actually worked well on 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', 'Rebel Yell' and their usual cover of 'Overkill', it takes a completely different type of singer to handle Queen's 'Tie Your Mother Down', Whitesnake's 'Crying In The Rain' and Maiden's 'Fear Of The Dark', although I have to admit that 'You Really Got Me' worked quite well. They got festival organiser John Davis up to sing a Dio medley ('Heaven & Hell'/'Holy Diver'), and although nervous at first he got through it OK with a little help from the crowd. It was all far from perfect but was accepted as the bit of fun it was meant to be.

With our fellow cohabiters only arriving tomorrow and having had a long day today, it took only half a song by the last band of the night/morning, The Slide, to convince us that sleep was probably the best option before the two very long days ahead. (PA)


Friday 3rd December


To be honest all the bands we wanted to see today were on much later, so with many friends arriving and all seemingly housed in the same nearby chalet blocks, we spent most of the morning and early afternoon playing hosts, dishing out mince pies and mulled wine and generally avoiding the noon start in the cramped and crowded Queen Vic, where the likes of The Black Lights, Toadstool and Liberty Lies were no doubt plying their wares to people who were only interested in trying to get served at the overcrowded bar. Last year we'd met the boys from The Scutty Neighbours (that's a band, not people next door who partied all night and kept us awake!) and they all seemed like decent chaps, so we did make a point of catching half an hour of their enthusiastic set. Their own songs 'Beardy Motherfuckers' and 'Hitler Smash' were entertaining enough but to cover Stryper's 'Soldiers Under Command' took some balls, even if the harmonies could have done with them being in a vice.

By this time the second stage, today entitled the "HRH Blackstar Stage", had started off with the incredibly average and punky Die So Fluid, followed by the slightly better, but still punky, The Plight, who killed a bit of time before the first band on the main stage (today called "Hard Rock Heaven", I hope you're taking all this in!) for about my fiftieth live encounter with Diamond Head. I've been going through a bit of a renaissance with this band recently and have always found their albums excellent at best and interesting at worst, but at a festival like this they're always going to lean heavily on the early material, and so it proved again with 'Play It Loud' opening proceedings, closely followed by 'In The Heat Of The Night' and 'To The Devil His Due'. It has to be said that the sound on the main stage is excellent (and would be throughout the festival) with Brian Tatler's monumental riffs getting the amplification they deserve and Nick Tart's melodic voice cutting easily through the bombast. Only a couple of songs from the post-Sean Harris era of the band were played, one of which I missed but the other was 'Pray For Me', and the excellent set concluded with the classics 'It's Electric', 'Sucking My Love' and of course 'Am I Evil?' (PA)

2010 has been a great year for FM with the release of the stunning 'Metropolis' album, radio play on Radio 2, a Download Festival appearance and a host of gigs extremely well received. So as big fan of the band I have witnessed them play many times over the years, and from the off Steve Overland and the boys whipped the crowd up nicely and were primed to follow on from their fantastic set a couple of nights back in London. So, with only an hour slot available the band went straight into 'Wildside', the set-list was a great mix of old and new and Jim Kirkpatrick on guitar has really rejuvenated the band. With a crystal clear sound, and according to my good friend and Fireworks reviews editor Phil Ashcroft, a very familiar "Mutt Lange-esque drum sound", we are treated to the unforgettable hits of 'That Girl' from the 'Indiscreet' opus and 'Don't Stop' from 'Tough It Out', Steve Overland's vocals as silky smooth as ever. Next track on offer is a personal favourite of mine, the in your face 'All Or Nothing' which gets the very appreciative crowd rocking.

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Following on from another tune from the excellent ' Metropolis' album we are treated to another classic from the eighties, 'Burning My Heart Down', which features some excellent harmonies from founder members Merv Goldsworthy on bass and Mr Pete Jupp on drums. The excellent 'Bad Luck' from 'Tough It Out' brings this storming, but short set to a close, before the boys return to the stage for a much deserved encore to tumultuous applause, to perform their rocked up cover of ' Heard it Through the Grapevine' .Given that FM were probably the least Metal band on the main stage all weekend, they went down very well indeed and tonight saw Steve Overland as stunning as ever and the rest of the band were on top form too. (MW)

Commencing their evening repertoire in an acoustic manner with 'Saving Me' from their latest release 'The Visitor', British rockers UFO compensated with flying colours for the unfortunate sound problems suffered by their American guitarist at High Voltage last summer and this time around delivered 100%. The classics 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Only You Can Rock Me' fired up the audience, as did the similarly classic and very appropriate 'Too Hot To Handle' - for the room was extremely hot indeed - which saw bassist Barry Sparks and guitarist Vinnie Moore with their instruments on their backs for some added visual entertainment. Vocalist and band leader Phil Mogg is a true legend and together with Vinnie, guitarist/keyboardist Paul Raymond and original drummer Andy Parker can still produce exemplary UFO albums as he did with the aforementioned 'The Visitor', from which the rocking 'Hell Driver' was reproduced live. The moving 'Love To Love' represented the softer side of the band and the closer 'Shoot Shoot' inspired with those fantastic guitar solos. Given that former UFO six-stringer, Michael Schenker was playing the next day, there was intrigue to see if the band would be joined by the German, yet the fact that this did not happen was in no way detrimental to the band's brilliant performance. May they rock for many more years to come and carry on indulging us with more UK dates. (MCL)

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Although I was really enjoying UFO I left twenty minutes before the end because I had pledged a review of Brighton's finest, Furyon, especially as their recent gig in my home town had been plagued by lack of soundcheck and horrendous sound problems. To be honest the sound on the HRH Blackstar Stage wasn't a whole lot better with singer Matt Mitchell far too low in the mix and the excellent guitar interplay of Chris Green and Matt Heath was mostly lost because the mix favoured one or the other, but rarely both. Still, the likes of 'Disappear Again', 'Don't Follow' and 'Voodoo You' were direct and in your face whilst the epic 'Our Peace Someday' probably worked best due to it's sparser arrangement. (PA)

I had not seen Uriah Heep perform live since the late nineties on the 'Sonic Origami' tour so I was looking forward to seeing if the band could still cut it. I wasn't to be disappointed as they were very impressive and I hope I can rock that hard when I'm their age as they were absolutely on fire. Mick Box now looks like the Gandalf of metal and my God, what a guitarist, he can do things with that guitar single handedly that some younger players would sell their soul to be able to manage with both. Although the band members are no longer in the first flush of youth and it may well be past their bedtime, their chosen set-list shoots across the four decades of material available to them and a concerted effort is made to wind the clock back. From the opening track ' Wake The Sleeper' we are treated to a big sound which showcases Bernie Shaw's voice as he gives his full range to the packed crowd. The band move back and forth from Classics to new stuff with ease, with tracks such as 'Stealin' and 'Sunrise'. Some more newer stuff is aired, before the classic 'Gypsy' takes me back as it was one of the first Uriah Heep songs I remember from my childhood. For me Uriah Heep were another veteran band where an hour set doesn't really do enough justice, although it was nice to hear the classic and surprising rendition of 'Free 'N Easy', a track from the John Lawton years. My personal highlight of the set had to be the excellent 'July Morning' which Bernie Shaw nails with ease, he really is a consummate showman and performer and I had forgotten how good 'The Heep' really are in the live arena, the crowd absolutely lapped it up. During the set the numbers hardly dwindled, and 'Easy Livin' may well be the bands best known track, and they use it here as a fitting end to their storming set. The applause continues long after the band have left the stage. This was a top drawer performance that received a parallel appreciation from the Hard Rock Hell crowd, and I'm sure Mick Box and the rest of the band went home happy with big smiles on their faces. (MW)

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By this time my day was torn between old favourites like FM, UFO and Uriah Heep and some of the newer bands on the smaller stage next door. I was particularly intrigued by female fronted Canadian metallers Kobra And The Lotus, who are all really young and in singer Brittany Paige have a real air-raid siren who can really belt it out. Unfortunately the mix at the beginning of their set had Ms. Paige several hundred decibels louder than everything else and after half a dozen songs, including the quintets version of 'Ace Of Spades', I concluded that they were obviously very musically talented, but also unlistenable with their current mix and volume. Shame, as their album was produced by Kevin Shirley and the great Greg Godovitz of Goddo fame. (PA)

There had been some worrying earlier in the week over whether Airbourne would even be able to make the gig after they had to cancel their Brixton show due to drummer Ryan O'Keeffe coming down with gastroenteritis, but here they were, banner and wall of 12 stacked Marshall amps dominating the stage. Billowing clouds of dry ice covered four utterly bonkers Australians going at it at one hundred miles an hour from the off. I'm amazed that no matter how many times I witness Airbourne perform live they continue to sustain that high level of energy for the whole performance. The band kicked their set off with a manic 'Raise The Flag', and although Joel O'Keeffe's voice sounded a little croaky, the band were headbanging in perfect non-stop synchronicity. Now you would be dead wrong to ever criticize Airbourne for ripping off their respected elders, as you will be hard-pressed to find a decent rock band that inject as much enthusiasm into a gig as these four Aussie blokes do. Between the furious 'Hellfire and 'Diamond In The Rust', Joel shrieks "It's all about the pussy!" whilst raising his hands to form a diamond with his fingers, to be greeted with a manly roar of approval, whilst the spring-footed frontman catapults himself around the stage as his bandmates pose like rock-gods in the background. During 'Cheaper Wine & Cheaper Women' O'Keeffe encouraged many sheila's to get on shoulders with many willing to flash off their assets, which many did, I had double vision by this time. During 'Girls In Black', Joel leaps into the front-row before racing offstage and appearing in the crowd soloing Angus Young style, he reappears some 30 seconds later on top of the rigging, dangling his guitar over the edge before emerging back on stage to continue belting out the chest-beating chorus at the top of his voice, and he never missed a note,top notch stuff. A swift but furious set comes to a close with the tremendous, and appropriately titled 'Stand Up For Rock 'N' Roll', as all the collective rockers in the very appreciative crowd unite in fist pumping glory. The band then return to encore with probably their two most famous songs, the Airbourne anthem 'Too Much Too Young' and the outstanding 'Running Wild'. This was a truly fantastic and very loud performance, delivered at warp speed from these antipodean metal heads. (MW)

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I'm afraid I've never got Hardcore Superstar, their brand of glam meets thrash falling well short of the best of both genres to my ears. Admittedly they have the energy and attitude, and a good frontman in Joakim Berg, but try as I might I don't get anything from their "street metal" songs like 'Sadistic Girls', 'Dreamin' In A Casket', 'Here Comes That Sick Bitch' or 'Bag On Your Head'. 'Last Call For Alcohol' and 'We Don't Celebrate Sundays' are better but by the time they came around I was away to the main stage to see Airborne. Apart from their bigger profile in their native Sweden, I've no idea why guitarist Vic Zino left Crazy Lixx to join these, as Scandinavia has thrown up some far more interesting bands in the last decade than what Hardcore Superstar are doing. (PA)

Mention Skid Row and the name that comes to people's minds is, without fail, Sebastian Bach. The tall long-haired hurricane was indeed the face of the band in their 80s glory days and conquered the world with their eponymous debut album. However, since his departure from the band in 1996, and the landing of 'new' singer Johnny Solinger in 1999, a number of Skid Row fans keep dismissing the quintet altogether, quite too often without giving them a chance. When I saw the band with the new line-up years ago at the Astoria in London, I left convinced that the band had found a truly satisfactory replacement and kept the same opinion after seeing them a few more times in the following years. HRH reinforced my thoughts and consolidated Solinger as a fantastic front man and singer. In fact, I found Skid Row to be one of the best bands on the bill this weekend. The mythical trio of bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill held the band together and delighted with a mix of Sebastian Bach-era hits like the balls-to-the wall 'Big Guns', 'Piece Of Me', 'Makin' A Mess', 'Monkey Business' (in which perhaps the guitar duel lasted longer than desired), 'Sweet Little Sister', 'Slave To The Grind' and 'Youth Gone Wild', the Ramones cover 'Psycho Therapy', (where Rachel took over the mic duties), not bypassing the heartfelt world famous ballads '18 And Life' and 'I Remember You', and also in-your-face songs from their first album with Solinger like 'New Generation' and the more aggressive 'Thick Is The Skin'. Credit where it's due, and although Johnny is no Sebastian, he certainly knows how to front Skid Row. The band's performance tonight was top notch and even Vinnie Moore of UFO came out to watch the band with yours truly and sing along to the punchy tunes. (MCL)

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During the last minute additions to the line-up I was pleased to see the UK's own Jettblack added to the bill. I liked their album and was actually more impressed with them than headliners Reckless Love on last years tour. They have an endearing honesty about their no frills approach, and whilst neither of their two frontmen (John Dow and Will Stapleton) has a particularly great voice, they can both carry a tune and work very well together. The pair are also pretty good guitarists and weave interesting riffs and solos around simple hard rockers like 'Two Hot Girls', 'Motherfucker', 'Slip It On' and 'When It Comes To Lovin', whilst the power ballad 'War Between Us' breaks away from the catchy innuendo-strewn rock to hint at something a little deeper. To be honest they were on a hiding to nothing playing at the same time as an on form Skid Row, but I'm sure they came away from their tight performance with a few new fans.

All my comments previously for Hardcore Superstar also probably ring true for Fatal Smile, another Swedish glam quartet who infuse the genre with plenty of power and attitude. Singer Blade has a powerful set of pipes and Y has a big Les Paul sound that's more rooted in trad metal than the thrash of HCSS, but again the problem is that the impressive wall of sound (everybody on the main stage had a great mix!) doesn't hide the lack of quality songs. 'Stranger', 'Learn Love Hate' and 'Out Of My Head' are about as average as it gets and the band aren't helped by the rapidly dwindling crowd, after all it IS getting on for 2am and most of these people have been partying since noon. (PA)


Saturday 4th December


Not so much of a lie-in today and no time to catch anything on the smallest stage, Marseille kicked off the 'Glam, Sleaze & Thrash' stage at noon, although I'm struggling to even see which of those three categories they're closest to. The band have shown faith in their latest 'Unfinished Business' album by building almost the entire set around it, and although the band started a little nervously with 'Wanna Get High' and 'Raise Hell', the duo of 'The Game' and the catchy 'Rock Radio' started to win over the sizeable crowd. A heartfelt thank you from guitarist Neil Buchanan for supporting him in his various ventures drew a big cheer, as did the female fire eaters and angle grinders during the one oldie in the set, 'Some Like It Hot'. By the time Nige Roberts belted out the words to 'I Believe' the crowd were willing to help, and 'Unfinished Business' brought things to a close in fine style. Having seen Marseille play quite a few gigs since they reformed, this was by far the biggest crowd I'd seen them play to since the early 80s support slots, the fact that they handled it with aplomb brought a big smile to my face.

I'm not the biggest glam fan anyway, but even I can see that Pretty Boy Floyd were never top of the heap when it came to songs, so I guess for a casual observer like me they pretty much shot their load early with two of their biggest tunes, 'Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz' and 'Toast Of The Town', before the soundman could sort out the mess. Steve Summers and Kristy Majors haven't aged well and both wear wigs (a particular bugbear of mine), and even though they're meant to have former Enuff Z'Nuff/Vince Neal drummer Vik Foxx in the line-up, it obviously wasn't him. On the plus side Summers is a good frontman who really got the crowd involved and a lot of the neutrals in the crowd at least recognised their MTV video songs 'I Wanna Be With You' and 'Rock And Roll (Is Gonna Set The World On Fire)', but on the minus side ending the set with a cover of the Beastie Boys' '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)' confused even their own fans. (PA)

After a late night partying with Vinnie Moore and other friends, I woke up to encounter a practical joke in the bathroom left by my room mates, the Ashcrofts. After a text message, Phil advised me that Enuff Z'Nuff were due on stage in 15 minutes. Not wasting any time, I stumbled to the venue so not to miss the American Beatles. Led by singer Donnie Vie and bassist Chip Z'Nuff, the band started their set reminding me what day it was with 'Saturday' and a string of laid-back classics such as 'Baby Loves You', 'Heaven Or Hell', 'We're Alright' or the beautiful 'Right By Your Side' followed. A lovely good morning to me (and I'm sure many others in the packed audience) that continued with other 70s style tunes like 'Time To Let You Go', 'Fly High Michelle' and their rendition of 'Come Together', for, as Chip said, they couldn't be in the UK without playing a Beatles song. The band have been mastering this kind of music for decades and although they have never been nearly as famous as the British band, they deliver what their loyal fans expect them to deliver, chilled out rock a la Beatles, and what a wonderful job they do. (MCL)

Which L.A. Guns? The Phil Lewis' version or the Tracii Guns' one? Well, tonight, ladies and gentlemen, it was the band with its founder (and the only one that should carry on with the name), which I am delighted to report converted the skeptical folks into dedicated fans of Tracii and singer Jizzy Pearl. Jizzy, who recorded only one album with the band in 1999, carries the L.A. Guns banner with pride and enthusiasm and made all the songs shine. From 'Electric Gypsy', 'Bitch Is Back', 'Over The Edge', 'One More Reason', 'No Mercy' and the closer 'Sex Action', the band sounded and felt seriously solid whilst fun at the same time. The energy these classics transmitted was immense and when the lovable ballads 'Dreamtime' and 'The Ballad Of Jayne' were showcased, it substantiated the band's top status in the rock community. 2010's deluxe re-issue of 'Shrinking Violet' contains a live version of 'Decide' and at HRH we could perceive the intensity with which it is played, especially considering Jizzy featured on vocals on the recorded version. The presence of the singer and soul of Love/Hate was maximised when they performed two LH tunes, the hymn that is 'Blackout In The Red Room' and the energetic 'Spinning Wheel', both eminently enjoyed by us fans. Chad Stewart (also of Faster Pussycat) on drums and Jeremy Guns on bass, set the perfect background for the thoroughly delightful guitar work by Tracii Guns and a joyful hit-drenched set. (MCL)

I really enjoyed Lizzy Borden when I saw them at Sweden Rock a couple of years ago, so after lunch in the much improved Pontins canteen (they should go into administration more often!) I made an early exit to catch them on the second stage. Unfortunately they were nowhere to be seen and after no announcement and a long delay it was actually female fronted gothic metal band Elysion who took to the stage amid much confusion. I stayed around for a couple of songs, and with apologies to any of our resident genre specialists who like them, I thought they were pants, especially their version of Guns'n'Roses 'You Could Be Mine', which was a real WTF? moment.

Now here was a surprise! Attica Rage have played every corner of this holiday camp in the last couple of years from the small and medium sized stages to a gig in a competition winner's chalet and an acoustic set outside the back door. For their first time on the big stage they were showcasing quite a lot of new material and surprisingly leaving a lot of their old-school thrash style behind. The new songs are definitely more mature and bristle with power and atmosphere, so that when they eventually do play familiar tunes like 'Dark City' they sound a little hurried and simplistic, if that makes sense. It helped that they had a great sound mix and always have a lot of fans here, but the new studied approach suits Johnny Parr's voice and I'll be interested to hear the recorded versions of these songs. (PA)

For many in the crowd it was their first time of seeing the original Iron Maiden singer in action, Paul Di'Anno had not played the UK in over 10 years, as the big man now makes Brazil his home. As the band came onstage to the opening strains of 'Wrathchild' it was clear that Di'Anno had surrounded himself with some very talented musicians, although he did state from the off that the English climate had given him a cold and his voice did sound croaky to say the least, that aside it was great to see again live one of the key figures in Iron Maiden history. Up next was the forgotten Maiden classic 'Prowler' and the crowd absolutely loved it, there was no denying that this was an event the likes of which may never be seen again. Di'Anno has also put some decent material out since his early heyday in Maiden and we are treated to the excellent 'Marshall Lockjaw' from the Paul Di'Anno' Killers' project a few years back. Next up was one of my favourite early Maiden tracks, the outstanding 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' which brought back some great memories of watching Maiden for the first time live way back in 1981 on the 'Killers' tour, I cant believe that was 30 years ago. There then followed a monologue about next track 'Strange World', which was a song written according to Di'Anno by his "mate Steve 'Arris" before assuring the crowd that they were still good mates. Another 'Paul Di'Anno's Killers' track was aired next, with the ex Maiden frontman dedicating 'The Beast Arises' to his ex wife, before the band offer up 'Children Of Madness' from the'Paul Di'Anno's Battlezone' project. With a slightly ropey 'Remember Tomorrow' aside the last four salvo of songs get the Maiden die hards rocking, first up 'Charlotte the Harlot' wound the crowd back with its sing a long chorus. Next up is the title track of Maidens second album, the brilliant 'Killers' which is swiftly followed by set closer 'Phantom Of The Opera'. After a bit of confusion over whether or not there was time for another song the band came back on to massive applause and gave us something special to end this truly brilliant and nostalgic set with, the Metal anthem 'Iron Maiden'. I was truly overwhelmed with Di'Anno's performance, he might not be the world's greatest vocalist but for me got the best crowd response of the whole weekend, and it was great to see both young and old fists pumping the air to those great Maiden songs from the past. I hope I dont have to wait another ten years for his next UK appearance. (MW)

The impending arrival onstage of German heavy metal band Helloween is heralded by the arrival of one of the biggest drum kits I have seen in ages, as Daniel Löble's kit is truly stunning, entirely finished in white, with even the cymbals being white. I must admit I had not seen Helloween live since the Michael Kiske heyday of the late eighties/early nineties so was intrigued to see what the Andi Deris fronted line-up were like. The band make their way onto the stage to their traditional backing tape and Deris immediately asks the crowd 'Are You Metal?' which was met with a resounding yes, and the band launch into the lead single from their latest '7 Sinners' album . The band don't keep us waiting long for the first of the 'Keeper…' era songs, and the place goes mad as Deris introduces 'Eagle Fly Free', he really is an excellent frontman and captivated the audience from start to finish. The band stay with the 'Keeper..' era for next track on offer, the stunning 'Time Marches On', before returning to the new album to offer up ' Where The Sinners Go', with the new material going down extremely well. Deris then asks the crowd for some help with the next track of the evening, and as he puts himself; "my predecessor was not a bad singer", so after we all promise to sing along with the next trip back to the glorious 'Keeper of the Seven Keys' we are treated to the outstanding 'I'm Alive'. After the exertions of 'I'm Alive', the band take a breather and we are left in the capable hands of drummer Daniel Löble who showcases a very technical and quite amazing drum solo. The band then return to the stage for 'Handful Of Pain' before another classic is aired, and a personal favourite of mine, the outstanding 'I Want Out' which featured some of the most heartfelt audience participation I've heard for a long time. Finally the set is brought to a stunning close with a visit to Helloween's pre 'Keeper…' discography with 'Ride The Sky' from 'Walls Of Jericho'. Now I knew there had to be one more song from 'Keeper..' that would be used as the encore, and what else could it be but the bands biggest hit to date, the unforgettable 'Dr Stein', that sent the very appreciative crowd nuts, and a great way to end a very fine set. For me Helloween were the band of the weekend, Andi Deris was on top form and the band were very tight, polished and completely comfortable doing what they do best. On tonight's performance this band deserve to get on some big festival shows in the summer which will introduce a new generation of fans to their music , and I for one can't wait to see them perform again at Sweden Rock in June. (MW)

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Making regular trips away for the main stage into the other room I especially wanted to catch at least some of Stratovarius and Blitzkrieg, and whilst Blitzkrieg were another no-show, the flying Finns put in one of the best performances I've seen from them in quite a while. It was a real shame that the complete reshuffle on the main stage saw them overlap with the tail end of Helloween's set and the beginning of MSG's because the crowd there for them was pretty small and that seemed to affect them. However, they had a decent sound and ripped through the likes of 'The Kiss Of Judas', 'Hunting High And Low' (of course!) and 'Black Diamond' with the usual lack of decorum and over the top guitar and keyboard solos. Drummer Jorg Michael is currently undergoing treatment for cancer so Alex Landenburg did a sterling job filling in and Timo Kotipelto was in fine voice. This may ruin their reputation but I don't think any of them were drunk either. (PA)

Accompanied by my new buddy Tracii Guns, I headed towards the main stage, the place where UFO had played the night before, to see the legendary Michael Schenker Group. The latest performance I had seen of the guitar icon a few months ago at Sweden Rock, also with Chris Slade on drums, truly impressed me, yet I felt quite strongly let down by the show at HRH. Firstly, there were some disturbing sound problems surrounding the German axeman and secondly, Gary Barden's voice was irritably out of tune in an undesirable amount of songs, proving age is not turning out to be a bonus for the singer. Perhaps at SR I was blinded by the cleaned-up Schenker and Gary's voice, which my dearest reviews editor Phil Ashcroft already rated as poor, that it didn't perturb me. Putting these facts aside, the selection of tracks at Prestatyn was a laudable best-of of the shredder's career and included the outstanding 'Armed And Ready', which opened the set, 'Cry For The Nations', 'Are You Ready To Rock', 'Lights Out' and 'Rock Bottom' and managed not to share any numbers with the UFO set the previous evening. The ballad 'Lost Horizons' was a goose-bumper and the rocker 'On And On' was a perfect reminder of the great guitarist Schenker has always been (MCL)

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With our thoroughly enjoyable weekend fast disappearing before our eyes there could have been only one way to finish things off in style and that was in the company of the mighty Saxon. Having seen the band perform many times over the past 25 years, I can't remember a gig that I didn't enjoy, so given only 75 minutes to work with, they managed to cram it with classics both old and new. Also, taking note that the amount of Saxon shirts that were visible throughout this weekend had me in no doubt that a lot of people had felt the same way and tonight's show had all the makings of being a resounding success for the band before they had even played a note. Opening with the literally thunderous 'Heavy Metal Thunder', the crowd were soon into headbanging mode and by the time 'Dogs of War' and 'To Hell And Back Again' were played, the party was in full swing. With tracks like 'Motorcycle Man', 'And The Bands Played On' and 'Strong Arm of The Law' still sounding as fresh as the day they were recorded, they, along with newer tracks 'Live To Rock' and 'Demon Sweeney Todd', went down a storm, while it was great to hear 'The Eagle Has Landed', even if the eagle didn't make it to Prestatyn. At the request of a fan in attendance, the addition of long term personal favourite of mine,'Dallas 1PM', was a welcome one to the set, and as Biff recalled the weekends events of how he had to purchase a 4 x 4 just to get the band to Prestatyn, plus how Metal Hammer's cake celebrating the bands career had been scoffed by fans at their signing session before any of the band had even managed a sniff, so you got the sense that the metal community were once again united as one behind Mr Byford and the boys. So finally we hear that famous Paul Quinn riff for 'Princess Of The Night' that brings the main set to a close, before the bells rang out for the superb 'Battalions Of Steel' to start the encore off with a bang. What better way to close the show than with two of the most popular Saxon songs ever? 'Wheels Of Steel' and 'Denim And Leather' closed proceedings and ended another outstanding performance by these Gods of British Heavy Metal, and for me it was the perfect high point on which to end my weekend in Prestatyn. So with a new album currently being recorded, and extensive dates announced for 2011, it won't be a long before I can get my next fix of Saxon. (MW)

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Due to all the switching about on the main stage, Helloween and Blaze Bayley had swapped slots and it was left to Bayley and his band to close proceedings, which wasn't really fair on the ex-Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden frontman as a massive proportion of the crowd started to leave as soon as Saxon finished their encore. To be honest I was pretty dead on my feet also, so with Bayley sounding like he was singing no better than the awful set I'd seen at Sweden Rock last time out, we decided we'd rather have Saxon's encore as the last memory of another excellent weekend of rock and metal. Who knows what will happen to Pontins in the few months leading up to Hammerfest at this very venue, but I sincerely hope that both these festivals continue because yet again it's been a blast. (PA)

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