Sweden Rock Festival Day 1
Friday June 8, 2001
Sweden Rock festival is celebrating it's tenth year. That is impressive
if you consider that the festival is concentrated on blues, hard rock,
heavy metal and very old rock as Deep Purple.
The festival is situated in Norje camping which is very beautiful
near the sea. From Malmö Sweden it takes one and a half hour by train
or car. The festival is situated in Blekinge. The festival has 5 stages:
Rockstage, festivalstage, rockclassic, Swedenstage and the demostage.
I was introduced to the band Tang by a friend from the record company
Raw Power Records. I missed their show but I talked to them and they
promised me an interview when they come back to Sweden his autumn.
The first day started with ULI JOHN ROTH. He was very boring I
almost fell asleep. I was disappointed because he is a legend and played
on 3 of the Scorpion-records. He is still a very good guitar player.
I haven't been a big fan of his before. I have seen him before. He
has a strong voice but very boring sample of music.
What to say. The fact that Accept has finished doesn´t matter
because U.D.O. keeps German 80´s metal alive. U.D.O. has brought with
him the colleague Stefan Kaufmann from Accept. He was a drummer in
Accept but because of a neck wound he plays guitar now. U.D.O. mixes his
own material with old Accept classics such as Metal Heart, Balls to the
Wall and Restless and wild, one of the better shows so far.
Before the concert Mr. Blackie Lawless held a press conference. Among
other things he told us that the original member, Chris Holmes, no
longer is a member of the band. Chris has decided to play the blues like
Mr. B.B. King. The concert was splendid apart from the fact that the
sound was the worst during the festival. They also played a song from
their latest album Unholy Terror. I haven't heard it except but that
song had a typical W.A.S.P. sound and feel. The feeling and routine was
there because Stet, Mike and Blackie are so tight in their playing that
it's scary. They have played together for a long timer.
For the second time the fence broke down and the concert had to stop
and two people were injured and driven to hospital. The new guitar man
was dull. No action at all. We miss Chris Holmes on the stage. He is a
hero on stage. The concert focused on the band's greatest-hits with lots
of old classics especially from the first record: "L.O.V.E.
Machine", "Animal (Fuck like a beast)" and my 2
favorites, "The Idol" and "The Great Misconceptions of
Me" from the best album in my opinion..
For the encore they played "I Wanna Be Somebody." As usual,
the show was to short but good.
Mr. Moore was on top on Friday. I hoped for any old hard rock song's but
instead it was blues the whole show through. He played his
blues-classics: Still got the blues, Oh, pretty woman, To tired among
others. Gary Moore´s band was very dull and without inspiration and the
only person that moved on stage was Mr. Moore himself! I have never
liked his blues and never listened to them but this concert was splendid
and when I returned home I listened to the records and was excited.
Blues is not so bad with Mr. Moore kicking ass.
You Upset Me Baby
Cold Black Night
Walking By Myself
Picture Of The Moon
Since I Met You Baby
All Your Love
Still Got The Blues
How Many Lies
The Sky is Crying
Enough Of The Blues (Encore 1)
SUMMING UP THE FIRST DAY
Maybe a bit boring lineup for a ten-year anniversary but having grown-up
in the 70s, and with the hard rock interest waking up in the 80s, this
festival was an eldorado with old heroes from the 80´s like U.D.O.
W.A.S.P. and Gary Moore. I demand the festival direction to analyze what
happened when the fence brook so that there will never be a disaster as
in Roskilde Denmark in 2000 when 9 youngsters died during the concert.
The safety must strengthen even more at over festivals in Europe. As a
whole, a nice first day.
They came at last to play on the Swedish ground. Many people in the
audience had waited for this moment. As usual, they are splendid live. I
saw them earlier this year at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen Denmark and their
show was longer because they were headlining. Songs played were among
others Tortured spirit, Wouldn't miss you and older ones such as Future
world and one of my favorites - Please don't leave me. They also
played their first hit Red Hot And Heavy along with Walk Away and
Live Until It Hurts. Ken on guitar is a real guitar hero. Ronnie's voice
is one of the best in Scandinavia and his voice only grows every year. A
Rock the house
Wouldn't miss you
Live until it hurts
Queen of dreams
Please don't leave me
Back to back
Future world (encore)
Red hot and heavy (encore)
Back For The Attack, Under Lock and Key and Beast From The East-live are
classics today. Dokken hasn't been in Sweden for many years. I have
never seen them play live before so I was looking forward to this very
much. I have always liked the old 80´s records but after the real
Dokken split up I had lost interest in them.
Erase The Slate from 1999 was a fresh injection and I like this one
really. So it was time for Dokken to enter the stage: Mick Brown
(drums), Don Dokken (vox), Mickey D (bass) and our own Swedish guitar
hero number one John Norum(git).
What a concert it was, All the classics were played like: It's Not
Love, Tooth and Nail, Breaking The Chains and When Heaven Comes Down. It
was magic, only a pity they haven't come earlier. Because the show was a
real hit. Dokken sings like a God. John Norum plays so that his fingers
glow and I have never seen him in such good form before. Mick Brown
played the drums like a mad man. It was great for an old fan from the
80´s like me. All the songs are still going strong but the new ones are
weaker. I wanted the band to play longer but it was a good show. This
was John Norums return to Dokken. Now he is an official member of the
band again. Dokken must come back to Sweden...soon!
Erase the slate
Kiss of death
Into the fire
To high to fly
Breaking the chains
It's not love
Tooth and nail
In my dreams
When heaven comes down (encore)
Paris is burning (encore)
I have never been a big Helloween-fan but the new record "The
dark ride" is a gorgeous record comparing with what they have
produced during the 90-ties. This concert was a greatest hits-concert.
Old classics were played like Dr. Stein, Future World and Perfect
Gentlemen. Songs from the new album were played like: Mirror, Mirror,
The Dark Ride and the first songle form the newest album - If I Could
Fly. Michael Weikath seemed more interested in smoking his cigarettes
than playing for us in the audience even if the singer tried to
get us going. I saw them earlier this year in Malmö Sweden and they
were the same. Maybe they were a little bit tired? Helloween knows
better than this.
Eagle Fly Free
The Dark Ride
I Want Out
If I could fly
I Live For Your Pain
How Many Tears (encore)
Dee Snider's SMF
A Twisted Sister's reunion has yet to occur so we have to settle with
the second best - Dee Snider´s SMF. During 1998 Dee played a lot in
Sweden. He played at Sweden Rock Festival in '98. I saw him three times
on that tour, the first time at KB in Malmö. It was killer, what a show
that was. Dee was the king among the oldies at the festival. Dee has
gotten older with dignity and so has the old Twisted Sister songs. They
are just as good today as in the eighties. He has a new record out from
last year "Never Let The Bastards Wear You Down." This
CD contains a bunch of songs that Dee wrote for Twisted Sister,
Desperado and Widow Maker that didn't make any of the records until now.
Dee Snider's SMF is always good on stage and from the new record he
played his tribute to his friend Lemmy in Motörhead with the song
"Hardcore" and "Isn't That time" also from the new
one. He played the title-track from the first album with WidoMaker and
it was a really good song. It was good that he played more then Twister
Sister material. When Dee was in Sweden '98 he only played Twisted
Sister songs which was a little bit boring. According to Sweden Rock,
this was his only show is Europe this summer. This is wrong - Dee was
booked for Wacken open air. For the rest, it was only to enjoy songs
like Stay Hungry, I am I'm Me, Under The Blade, I Wanna Rock, SMF, The
Kids Are Back. The best show at the festival was this one. As an extra
bonus Dee brought the Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pedro with him. Dee is
welcome to Sweden as often as he wants! Sweden loves Dee Fucking Snider
and I think he loves it here in Sweden to.
This is heaven for an 80´s fan like me. I met Dee after the show and
he signed a picture of me and him from '98. He signs it "Anders
Once a SMF always a SMF", so true, so true...
What you don't know . . . . . . .
The kids are back
Isn't that time
I Am I'm me
You can't stop rock´n roll
I believe in rock´n roll
Leader of the pack/Be cruel to your school
I wanna rock
Burn in hell
Under the blade
We're not gonna take it
It's only rock ´n´ roll
CONCLUSION OF THE FESTIVAL
This festival will not go to history as one of the best festivals
during the ten year career of Sweden Rock. However, I found it quite
satisfactory. The program was thin if we remember that it was the
ten year anniversary. The shortcoming of the festival's program was
compensated by brilliant shows by Pretty Maids, W.A.S.P., U.D.O, DOKKEN
and the king of the festival - Dee fucking Snider's SMF.
The festival should evaluate what happened during HammerFall and
W.A.S.P when the safety-fence broke down and it could have ended in a
The lists of songs are in wrong order but I tried to get all of them
in my text. Everyone who likes hard rock, heavy metal and blues ought to
visit Sweden Rock Festival next year.
Thanks to Tony who handled the press and every volunteer who worked
during the festival, all the bands that came and no-one cancelled their
show. It was a calm festival. Maybe the visitors could have been
numerous but with the actual program many rockers didn't come.
It is said that there were 8000 people every day at the festival.