7/9 – 2009
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
You can’t argue the fact that Hail is an all-star act with members:
Tim Owens – lead vocals
David Ellefson – bass
Andreas Kisser – guitar
Jimmy DeGrasso – drums
Hail is a cover act that plays covers from both their own bands and other acts and they have made a highly acclaimed tour through South America before it was time to conquer Scandinavia. However DeGrasso wasn’t able to participate on this leg of the tour because of commitments to Alice Cooper who is out on tour. DeGrasso was replaced by Roy Mayorga. If you’re interested in the band check out their MySpace site where Ellefson have blogged during the the weeks on the road.
It was with great expectation I went over to Copenhagen to see this all star act and to once again visit the very nice club The Rock. Swolk is the name of the Norwegian support act that opened for Hail this night. I was in time to hear the soundcheck and to catch up with Owens before it was time to stand in line to the club. The doors opened a little late and me and two other Swedish guys were the first ones to enter the club.
Swolk entered the stage about a quarter to ten and the band didn’t mind the small crowd, instead they kicked off their show in great spirit. After 40 minutes it was time for the band to give room for the evenings main attraction Hail.
The first song on the set-list for Hail was the golden oldie “Ace Of Spades” and the song was a wake up call for the pretty small crowd and they sang a long with Owens during the entire song. Owens wore sun-glasses, a baseball cap and a leather jacket with a Beyond Fear logo on its back. It seemed to be a low budget tour that the band is out on. There weren’t much gear on stage and behind the drummer hung The Rock’s own backdrop.
“Territory” followed and after that Owens said that there was a short singer that had inspired all of the members a great deal then they kicked off “Stand Up And Shout”. Even though the band had been performed each night before this particular show they didn’t look the least bit tired and they all had great fun on stage. Owens and Ellefson were a tight front-duo and it was those two that had the most contact with the audience.
Owens felt really relaxed and told us that it wasn’t long ago since he last stood on The Rock’s stage, then he introduced “Balls To The Wall” and the audience went crazy. Ellefson took over the mic and then introduced drummer Mayorga from Soulfly and Stone Sour. Then followed great songs like “Neon Knights”, “Wrathchild” and “Grinder” to the small but noisy crowd. The band told us that they use to change songs a little in the set-list before every show so that no one could be certain of what songs they were gonna play. Smart move, excellent way of keeping the interest up both for fans and band.
Ellefson took over the mic to introduce a guest appearance from no other than the old Mercyful Fate member Hank Sherman who came up to participate in the Judas Priest song “Grinder” that sounded really heavy and edgy with two guitarists. Ellefson said it was a great honour to have Sherman on stage together with Hail. The audience screamed ecstatic when “Walk” was announced and the joy continued on when the next song “Symphony Of Destruction” was fired off.
The main problem with the show was the poor lighting which was was weird because The Rock has a really great lighting system. Maybe it was the band that wanted the show to be a bit dark. But the sound was great and when “Symphony Of Destruction” had ended Owens thanked Sherman for taking the time to be on stage with Hail. The massive Iron Maiden hit “Run To The Hills” continued the evening and it was followed by “Burn In Hell” in which Owens once again gave us proof of why he is one of the best metal/hardrock singer in the world today. Owens has an amazing voice and I think he is poorly underestimated by many in the metal community. “Symptom Of The Universe” and “South Of Heaven” shortly followed before it was time to blast off another Megadeth hit in “Peace Sells”. “Paranoid” quickly followed and in the end of the song Owens asked the guys to turn down the sound so the audience could sing a long in the song. Owens introduced the next song with the words that this was a song for all the people who liked to be out on the roads and riding a motorcycle, it was the last song on the ordinary set and it was the ground breaking Judas Priest classic “Breaking The Law”. Again a giant sing a long party took over the song. When the last notes of the song were played and had faded out Owens thanked us for being there and supporting Hail for 65 minutes.
But of course the audience wasn’t satisfied and wanted to hear more so the band turned up on stage and kicked off the one and only encore for the evening which was the song “Refuse/Resist” in which a lot of head-banging took place. The last thing Owens did on stage was to present all the members in Hail and then the guys walked off stage. The band had played for about 80 minutes all together.
It was an amazing show and it felt that we had been invited to a massive pre-party where all of our favourite songs was played. The show was tight and the vocal efforts that Owens brought on to stage was amazing. The songs sounded a little more melodic compared to the original but still very good. Again, a little strange that they didn’t play any of the songs from when Owens were in Iced Earth. But I can live with that, he did the same thing when he was here earlier this year when he played on his solo album. This was sure a unique evening and maybe a one time opportunity to hear great musicians performing great old classics songs. After the show did the band come out to the bar to talk to fans and to sign which only added more awe to the members in the band. It’s fun to see that such great musicians still are humble.
Thanks to Signe Andersen at The Rock for help with press/photo pass to the show.
Also a huge thank you to the nice and friendly staff and security at The Rock.
Thanks to Tero “Blood Brother” Ristakoski for keeping track of the set list
More info about the band
Ace Of Spades (Motörhead)
Stand Up And Shout (Dio)
Balls To The Wall (Accept)
Neon Knights (Black Sabbath)
Wrathchild (Iron Maiden)
Grinder (Judas Priest)
Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth)
Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
Burn In Hell (Judas Priest)
Symptom Of The Universe (Black Sabbath)
South Of Heaven (Slayer)
Peace Sells (Megadeth)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Breaking The Law (Judas Priest)