SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement

Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!


 

SWEDENROCK 2014: WEDNESDAY

 

MAGNUM

Magnum has been on a roll lately, releasing one quality album after another, the best being the most recent ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN. Kicking off with the opening song of that album the set also included their biggest hits, particularly many from the classic A STORYTELLER’S NIGHT. The band drew a big audience that were with them from the start and were technically the headliner for wednesday although they changed time slots with Queensryche. Magnum’s steady line-up consists of Bob Catley on vocals, Tony Clarkin on guitar, Mark Stanway on keyboards, Al Barrow on bass and Harry James on drums.

Live ’til You Die
Black Skies
Freedom Day
Dance of the Black Tattoo
Blood Red Laughter
Unwritten Sacrifice
How Far Jerusalem
Les Morts Dansant
Falling for the Big Plan
All England’s Eyes
Vigilante
Kingdom of Madness
The Spirit
Sacred Hour

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

Magnum

BLAZE BAYLEY VS. PAUL DI’ANNO

On paper it sounds great idea to have a two former Iron Maiden vocalists performing a ”best of” set from their era with the band. In fact, Paul Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley have been using this same concept for a while already but now it was time to witness them sharing a stage in Swedenrock for the very first time. Bayley opened the game with “Lord of the Flies”.  His outward appearance has changed a lot of from his Iron Maiden years but he still seems to be really energetic performer and his vocals sounded as good as ever. A set list was well built and included all the best known Maiden songs from his era. Definite highlight of the show was the always brave-sounding “Sign of the Cross”. Overall it was great to hear these Bayley era songs live because Iron Maiden hardly play them anymore. After Bayley’s approx. 40 minute set it was time for Paul Di’Anno to take a stage. The show opened up with classic “Sanctuary” followed by “Wratchild” and “Remember Tomorrow”. But unlike Bayley, Di’Anno wasn’t in too great of a shape to be honest. He was unable to even stand on the stage on his own feet, not to mention walking. His voice was completely shot and it frankly appeared that Di’Anno wanted just to be anywhere else but on stage. The backing band played great and did their best to save to show but honestly, this was just a shameful performance from this once legendary vocalist. As expected, Bayley returned on stage at the end and then the two former Iron Maiden singers shared vocals on “Running Free” and “Iron Maiden”. Bayley vs. Di’Anno, former won 6-0, and the latter should seriously think about retiring really soon.

Lord of the Flies
Futureal
Sign of the Cross
The Clansman
Man on the Edge
Sanctuary
Wrathchild
Remember Tomorrow
Killers
Phantom of the Opera
Transylvania
Running Free
Iron Maiden

Blaze Bayley

Blaze Bayley

Blaze Bayley

Blaze Bayley

Paul Di'Anno

Paul Di’Anno

Paul Di'Anno

Paul Di’Anno

Di'Anno & Blaze

Di’Anno & Blaze

QUEENSRYCHE

Queensryche fronted by Todd LaTorre had been booked to headline the opening day. The band has received an entire new boost in their long career and a newborn fiery passion and exhilaration for their playing and performance. That could be witnessed their gig at Sweden Rock. The legendary Seattle metallers kicked off with “Nightrider” from their debut EP and was followed by a bloody amount of classic hymns from the 80’s era. However, there were no songs picked up for the set after the EMPIRE album, but of course the songs off the newest self titled album played a strong role in the gig. Wilton has found a way of blazing on the stage with the guitar. Todd La Torre’s voice fits more than fantastically to the classic Queensryche tunes. Despite the rain pouring down, it didn’t prevent Queensryche’s five piece to deliver a night to remember for the audience. Looking forward to seeing them again

Nightrider
Breaking the Silence
Walk in the Shadows
The Whisper
En Force
Spore
Warning
Silent Lucidity
Where Dreams Go to Die
A World Without
Guitar Solo
The Needle Lies
NM 156
The Lady Wore Black
My Empty Room
Eyes of a Stranger
Empire
Encore:
Queen of the Reich
Jet City Woman
Take Hold of the Flame

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

Queensryche

 

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