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listened to the first band TEN YEARS AFTER; a band I always
admired, especially Alvin Lee was one of my favourite guitarplayers.
But it turned out that the band was in the original line-up (Leo
Lyons, Chick Churchill and Ric Lee), but without Alvin Lee. This
is just like Santana without Carlos Santana.... But Alvin's replacement(I
forgot his name...) did a fine job and so we were back in time with
songs like "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "I Woke Up This Morning"
or "I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes". Neat but not very remarkable,
I would rather have listened to Gary Moore, who cancelled because
of an handinjury.
it was SAXON time, I already saw them a couple of times this
year, but their music always grabs me and I can't stop headbanging,
which is very exhausting in this warm weather. Biff was in top shape
again and the "hits" kept coming. It was only old stuff today, so
we were treated to "Heavy Metal Thunder", Denim And Leather", "Wheels
Of Steel", "Crusader", "747", "20,000 Feet(very fast, yeah), "Motorcycle
Man" and the highlight "Dallas 1 PM". Great performance with lots
of Monty Python humour from Biff's side.
in line on the mainstage was DIO, with Jimmy Bain, Craig
Goldy and Simon Wright. His set also mainly consisted of "old" stuff
like "Straight To The Heart", "Stand Up And Shout", "Holy Diver"
or "Rainbow In The Dark". But there were also new tracks like "Killing
The Dragon" and "Lord Of The Last Day". Even some surprises like
an almost magical performance of "Stargazer" and the Black Sabbath
classic "Heaven And Hell". Rather thin were the drumsolo and the
guitarsolo, the rest was excellent and Dio's voice was brilliant
I had a short interview with Ronnie, see the right column!
loudest band of the festival played at 21:00. Lemmy's standard opening
sentence "we are MOTORHEAD and we've come to kick your ass!"
sounded through the speakers and off they went with "No Class",
"Civil War", "Metropolis" and "Ace Of Spades". It rained beer during
Motorhead's set and they still stand tall to their motto: loud,
louder Motorheadst!! About the Sex Pistols "classic" "God Save The
Queen" Lemmy commented: "a good song is a good song, it doesn't
matter who plays it".
headliner of this first day ZZ TOP still have not released
their new album "Mescalero", but they are already on the promotion
tour for that album. Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard,
in beautiful outfits by the way, kicked off their set with the swinging
"Gimme All Your Lovin". "Pin Cushion", "La Grange" and "Bang Bang"
followed but the show got boring after about 25 minutes; nothing
happens on stage!! From the new album ZZ Top previewed "Buck Nekkid"
and "Piece", nice solid bluesrocktracks, but nothing spectacular.
the tent I also listened to a few tracks of SUBWAY TO SALLY.
This was their second performance in The Netherlands and I liked
songs like "Geist Des Kriegers" or "Kleine Schwester", although
they remind me of Rammstein too much...
was a completely different day than yesterday, lots more pop/rock
than hardrock or metal with bands like ANOUK, INXS, THE SIMPLE MINDS,
THE GATHERING, THE ALARM and HIM.
the Dutch "rockbitch" played almost the same set as during her Graduated
Fool Tour. So "Disconnected", "Nobody's Wife", "Sacrifice", "Hail"
and "Graduated Fool" were played and even though Anouk is pregnant,
she still rocked and moved about the stage like she always does.
highlight of this second day for me was the performance of THE
GATHERING; a band I have watched several times this year already.
But with every performance this band seems to grow and grow. Especially
the songs from their last album "Souvenirs"
get better every time you hear them. Anneke's voice is an absolute
delight to listen to, even though her voice "drowned" in the first
two tracks, because of the poor mix. It is a shame that they only
played for an hour and why was there no room for The Gathering on
the main stage??
it was time for the unleashed ALARM, the band of Mike Peters,
founded back in 1981!! Of course their set mainly consisted of old
Alarm classics like "The Stand", "68 Guns" or "Living On The Live
these guys really rock, still rock!! The
in the tent had a wonderful time and shouted along with Mike in
"I Love To Feel The Rain In The Summertime". Watch out for these
guys because they still know how to give an excellent performance.
last two bands on the main stage were also, with all due respect,
oldies. INXS with a new singer called Jon Stevens sounded
like and looked like Hutchence and they treated the audience to
the hits they wanted to hear. "New Sensation", "Suicide Blonde"
or "Tear Us Apart" still moved the crowd like they were new songs.
MINDS have existed for more than 25 years now and they still
sound as frivolous and energetic as ever. All their hits are on
the setlist and for most people this is the absolute highlight of
Bospop, for me it is a bit too poppy and artificial although I still
like the song "Belfast Child" very much.
"headliner" in the tent was HIM, a band I have never seen
before. Well, singer Ville Valo gave the audience a magnificent
romantic rockshow. From the opener "Buried Alive By Love" HIM held
the crowd in his magic lovespell. I now can imagine why these guys
sold over 2 million copies of their albums already. Further memorable
songs this evening were "Funeral Of Hearts", "Heartache Every Moment"
and "Wicked Game". When it comes to making love metal HIM is the
perfect band, keep an eye on these Finnish rockers, they might become
very huge in the near future. All in all Bospop was, again, a fantastic
festival with great music all around and a very cosy and relaxed
atmosphere; keep up this good work and see you all next year.
by Sy "Wooks" Seddon except the pictures of ZZ Top by Martien Koolen
mini-interview with DIO!
"It's really nice to be back in Holland again, the fans always sing
along to my songs, but they still can't beat me, hahaha..."
"You had "Stargazer" on the setlist again?"
"Yes, it has always been one of my favourite tracks and it sounds
awesome in a liveshow, don't you think?"
"Why the drumsolo and the guitarsolo in a short set like this one?"
"I understand what you mean, but I still think that it is a good
part of the show, so..."
"When can we expect a new Dio-album?"
"Next year, probably, there is a new dvd out now, so the fans still
have material to listen to."
"Thanks for your time"