Pegazus Concert Review
Sydney Australia, January 2003
Review and live pics by Brat
While the US watched the Superbowl, DownUnder Vegemite was celebrating its 80th
birthday. It was Australia Day with ferry races across Sydney Harbor, the naming of
Australian of the Year and barbeques laden with steaks, prawns, and beer sizzling in
Sydneys 45ºC (113ºF) heat.
On this weekend of celebration, what else would a true metalhead do but pay homage to
our national day by going to see a fair dinkum Aussie band at one of Sydneys oldest
and most respected live pubs - the Annandale Hotel?
I must admit, when I saw PEGAZUS for the first time last year, I thought they were
dreadful, but that never stops me from going to see a band a second time and enjoying the
company of fellow metalheads.
Ask any of my friends and theyll tell you, put an animal in anything and it will
always grab my attention, so my interest in PEGAZUS wasnt a surprise.
It was only when I purchased THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN a few days before the gig that I
realised I saw them last year with inaccurate expectations - theyre a traditional
metal band, not power metal. So off I went with a blank mind (some people will tell you
thats not hard for me - dont believe them) to see them as if it was my first
There was a strange crowd at the Annandale early in the night, probably compliments of
the first support band paying all their friends to make an appearance. A few old faces
from the live circuit of ten years ago showed up, as did some of the diehards (yes, that
includes me). Those of us who braved the heat driving to the gig (air-conditioned car?
whats that?) were rewarded with an icy venue and a great metal gig.
PEGAZUS started their set with Cry Out from WINGS OF DESTINY. Singer Rob
Thompson then welcomed the audience and commented on the thick smoke covering Sydney as
they flew into the party town.
They followed with Call to Arms and Patriot from
THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN with similar galloping rhythms to the intro of IRON MAIDENs Run to the
Now, what is it about these guys and MEL GIBSON? I started to get really suspicious
when the next song in the set was Braveheart (WINGS OF DESTINY). This song was
slightly slower in tempo to the previous songs but during the lead break it gallops into a
faster riff and then to my disappointment slowed down back into the chorus.
One thing that seemed abnormal was the huge mix of old and new material even though
this seemed to be a HEADLESS HORSEMAN tour. When touring with a new CD most bands play
more material from the new release than old material and only include a few crowd
favourites/singles for familiarity, but PEGAZUS played an reasonably even mix
of their three albums.
The first of the song from THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN in the set started with a riff heavier
than the beginning of the set, in a similar style to JUDAS PRIEST. I think its the
darkness and heaviness of Nightstalker and other songs on THE HEADLESS
HORSEMAN that makes me appreciate that material more than the older songs.
As is my habit, I cant write this review without a few girlie observations.
Drummer, Robbie Stoj has cut off his hair! Im sorry but this is always big news
in metal. While he was setting up on stage, I asked a friend: Um
happened to the drummer?-thinking they had a new drummer. The reply was:
Hes cut his hair. I was amazed that it was the same person. Strange how
a haircut can totally change a persons appearance. Gone is the strong-set square jaw
in place is a softer, more approachable looking face.
My next comment had my friend holding his stomach in laughter: Hes swapped
one 80s hairdo for another. He looks like someone from SPANDAU BALLET. No, its too
messy. They were clean cut. TEARS FOR FEARS or the THOMPSON TWINS singer minus the perm
but with the ponytail.
And, my last comment. Thank METAL these guys have learnt to wear BLACK shoes with all
black clothes, especially considering the amount of leather on that stage. Men, take note.
Nothing kills your chance more than when youre being given the head-to-toe treatment
by a metalchick admiring your blackness when she comes to the shoes to find a pair of
white trainers! Next time you shop for your feet remember these words: Got any
Johnny Stoj had pointed out Rob missed a song in their set list. Rob
asked the audience: Is heavy metal dead? Seems to be the question on
everyones mind these days. At first the answer was so lame, you wouldnt be
wrong in thinking it was. Rob repeated the question with more balls, this time receiving a
better response. The band then launched into Metal Forever (BREAKING THE
Next up was Crusade from the same album, then Dragon Slayer
(THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN) started with the same atmospheric intro as on the CD with Rob
speaking in time with the music.
PRIESTs United was next with an obligatory sing-along and
Sydneys resident Swedish tourist metalhead, CC Deville meets Johnny Rod lookalike,
decided to climb one of the front of house speakers and jump into the thin crowd bellow.
He survived unharmed.
The last song of the set got me excited. Enchanted World (WINGS OF DESTINY)
fired up with a speedy intro, but then the tempo slowed down into the song along with my
excitement. During the chorus I think Johnny Stoj stuffed up the lyrics because he stepped
back from the microphone exchanged looks with Rob and half smiling, half laughing.
The encore started with (finally) another song from THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN-the title
track and probably the fastest song of the set. As always, Murphys Law struck me
with the special appearance of the headless horseman on stage during the song. Of course
my film was finished and camera packed away. The song ended with a wonderfully evil
muwhahahaha from Rob.
The night ended with Wings of Steel (WINGS OF DESTINY) including good vocal
harmonies provided by Rob and Johnny.
Overall at times they sounded thin without twin leads (again Im too used to the
sound of power metal) but at least the vocals retained richness thanks to backing from
Johnny Stoj but I had to keep reining myself in from yelling out GIDDYUP!
every time the tempo slowed down. I would like to have heard more songs from THE HEADLESS
HORSEMAN in the set.
Although there was a lot of interaction on stage between Rob and Johnny, bass player
Hanny Mohamed seemed to keep a low profile at time hiding in the darkness of the stage and
not interacting much with Rob or Johnny.
Even though they were a little slow for my liking compared to the music I usually
listen to, I really enjoyed them. Im glad I was wrong about the first time because
Ive now got another band to look forward to seeing live again.
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