REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT
The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The 2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
Motley Crue – 2015 on New Year’s Eve, December 31st 2015 at Staples Center
Mötley Crüe announced today on Fox And Friends the details of their final performance. This will mark the end of their touring career and will conclude their two year Final Tour cycle at the end of 2015 on New Year’s Eve, December 31st at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles where the band’s career began 34 years ago. The band will be celebrating this week’s big announcement with a performance on The Tonight Show on January 22nd.
Mötley Crüe first announced plans for their 2-year Final Tour by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their Final Tour at the end of 2015.
The 2014 leg of the Final Tour was one of last year’s top grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. “Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North American Concerts. “New Year’s Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there’s no doubt that Mötley Crüe’s music will influence generations of artists for years to come.”
Motley Crue’s highly anticipated FINAL TOUR arrived in New York on late October. The tour was announced in January and it also feature a very special guest Alice Cooper. The tour has been a great success and so far all the dates have been sold out including this one in the legendary Madison Square Garden.
For a band with such a long history that have retained strong popularity 30 years on, it seems strange that Skid Row would be booked to play a venue as small as the London Underworld that evening. Any fan hoping to purchase a ticket on the door would have been severely disappointed with the gig long sold out. Perhaps it was the reputation of the first band, or maybe everyone was out to party that night as walking into the Underworld I was greeted to a packed out room, a rare sight on a school night. Read the rest of this entry »
Review by CelticBob & EvilG
All photos by CelticBob
Vince Neil & Slaughter – Feb 15th, 2014 Mile One Center, St. John’s, NL
After a show postponement and a day’s worth driving I finally get to see Vince Neil on home turf. This was his first time ever performing in the Province of Newfoundland, same for special guests; Slaughter. Was it worth the wait? Read the rest of this entry »
This afternoon (Tuesday, January 28th) MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference in Los Angeles confirming their retirement, as well as a 72-date North American tour alongside ALICE COOPER.
On a stage dressed with headstones donning the names of the band – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – the press conference streamed live via the band’s official website.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow (January 29th) for VIP fan club members and Friday (January 31st) and Saturday (February 1st) for the general public.
“We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.
“We want to leave a legacy,” added guitarist Nikki Sixx. “We want to have some dignity.”
The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Motley Crue after 2015.
From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)
Dates confirmed so far are below, with more to be announced!
2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
9 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
15 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amp
23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
26 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheater
27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
29 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
30 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp
2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
5 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amp
12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
13 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
15 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp
16 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp
19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
24 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing. Arts Center
27 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair
29 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing. Arts Center
10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
19 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
21 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
22 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center Phoenix – AK-Chin Pavilion
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s May 4th Estevan, Saskatchewan performance at Spectra Place was interrupted when a member of the audience jumped on stage and attacked guitarist Mick Mars and grabbed frontman Vince Neil during ‘Primal Scream’ before security tackled the man and took him off the stage.
Of all people to tackle, it sucks it was 62 year old Mars, whose early ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis puts him in a more fragile state. Luckily, Mars is ok as he recently tweeted: “Thank all of you for your concerns about me being knocked down last night I’m alright nothing broken. My body guard Rhyno got 2 busted ribs.”
“What the f–k is wrong with you, you f–king idiot?!” said an angered Tommy Lee. The band did get back on stage to close the show as planned.
Remaining dates on the tour include:
6 – Brandon, MB – Keystone Centre
7 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
9 – Subdury, ON – Sudbury Area
10 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
11 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
13 – Montréal, QC – Centre Bell
14 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
The world’s most notorious band will be coming back to the world’s most notorious city this fall, when Mötley Crüe returns to Las Vegas. The rockers best known for going to the extreme will once again take over the stage at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive twelve-show engagement September 18 through October 6. The band blew away fans and critics last February with twelve over-the-top, sold-out shows. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.
The fall shows will be an all-new production and the band is pushing their own envelope once again. The production will be designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live. There will be plenty of surprise elements for fans and a set-list full of hits.
“We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can’t wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen Mötley Crüe do before,” said Nikki Sixx.
“The guys had such a wild and successful run the first time around, I’m sure they will want to do everything bigger and better this time. We are extremely excited to see what the band brings to The Joint and Vegas during their second residency,” said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“If some is good, more is better! That was our thought when we got serious about bringing the Crüe back to The Joint. The run went so well last time…..the show was awesome, the numbers outstanding and working with the band and their management was a pleasure,” said Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas. “I’m honored to bring one of the most entertaining bands ever back to their element.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to Loudwire about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s next studio album.
Sixx and his bandmates last year released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of MÖTLEY CRÜE’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.
Written when the band was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.
“We’ve been writing,” Sixx said. “We started the record with the song ‘Sex’ and I have a ton of riffs. I know Mick [Mars, guitar] has told me he has a ton of riffs and it’s just a matter of now collecting riffs. For a while, it was only writing segments of music and getting together and collaborating but now I’m starting to finish music more like I used to more — like I used to in the old days — and finish it top to bottom. So I look forward to getting in the room with my band and going, ‘Here’s ten of my ideas, what have you got?’ and then we kind of let that process happen.”
Asked about MÖTLEY CRÜE’s long-term future, Sixx said: “We haven’t been shy that MÖTLEY CRÜE has been talking about somewhere in the near future doing a farewell tour. We talked about it on ‘Piers Morgan’ and different interviews. It’s not that we hate each other or we don’t work together well. I think it’s just at some point we want to leave it with some sort of a legacy that’s leaving it in a good way. I just see some bands that keep fucking beating a dead horse and I’m like, ‘Get off the horse, dude, it’s dead.’ And MÖTLEY CRÜE is really at one of our highest points we’ve been and I would like to see us even climb higher by seeing us finish our movie, an album and then maybe announcing a farewell tour and going out at the top. It would be a really nice look.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil has broken two bones in his left foot, the result of an on-stage accident at last night’s (September 12th) Mötley Crüe / KISS show at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls (Cleveland). He’s currently being treated at a Toronto hospital and says tonight’s (September 13th) show will go ahead at the Molson Amphitheatre.
Says Neil on Twitter: “Lucky me! To my fans – Thnxs 4 ur support. I have two fractured bones. The show must go on!! I’m sorry I won’t be able to give you the show you deserve!”
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Nikki Sixx has posted the following statement on Facebook regarding MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine’s rant at the band’s August 7th performance at Fort Canning Park in Singapore saying that US President Barack Obama “staged” the Aurora Massacre and the Sikh temple attack in suburban Milwaukee:
“Dave Mustaine is (a) fucking asshole. I can’t even imagine how deep this cuts the victims families of these shootings.
He owes every family an apology as well as our great country..
Hey Dave if you think America is turning into ‘Nazi America’ as you are quoted saying.. Then move the fuck out…”
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee recently went on a rant via Facebook asking fans to stop asking him for photos every times they see him. During an interview with Fuse TV he revealed what set him off:
“My mother passed away recently,” he said. “I was picking up her ashes to take them home with me to do a service for my mother. And so I’m at the mortuary, I’ve got my mom’s ashes in my right hand, and my girlfriend, I’m holding her hand with my left hand, and we’re walking out. And the fucking lady, the receptionist, goes, ‘Oh my god, can I take a picture with you?’ And I looked and her and went (takes a deep breath), ‘I’m sorry, but I’d rather not.'”
And if that wasn’t classless enough, the receptionist went further.
“Then she was like, ‘Are you sure?’ I’m fucking standing there with my mom’s ashes and it’s not the fucking happiest day on the planet for me. I couldn’t believe it. I go, ‘Okay, that’s officially the most fucked up thing that has ever happened to me’. I called the manager and said, ‘You’re not going to believe what just happened. I don’t expect you to fire her or anything like that, but that was the most disrespectful bullshit I’ve ever experienced in my life.'”
He added, “I sat in the car, and I’m shaking, and my girlfriend goes, ‘I’m so sorry honey,’ and I was speechless. I didn’t even know what to say. I couldn’t believe a human being just did that.”
Crue & Kiss 2012 Tour
As previously reported, KISS and Mötley Crüe will join forces for The Tour later this summer. Confirmed dates are listed underneath the official poster:
20 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
21 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
22 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
24 – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
25 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
27 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
28 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater – Tampa, FL
31 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Pelham, AL
1 – KFC Yum! Arena – Louisville, KY
3 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Woodlands, TX
4 – Gexa Energy Paviliion – Dallas, TX
5 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
7 – Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
8 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO
10 – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
11 – Mandalay Bay Arena – Las Vegas, NV
12 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
14 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
15 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
16 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, MA
18 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
19 – Sleep Country Amphitheater – Ridgefield, CT
24 – Rock Jam Grand – Junction, CO
26 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
27 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO
29 – Minnesota State Fair – Minneapolis, MN
31 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
1 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
2 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
4 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
5 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
7 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
8 – Alpine Valley Music Theater – East Troy, MI
11 – Allegan County Fair – Allegan, MI
12 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
13 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
15 – Darien Lake PAC – Darien Lake, NY
16 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
18 – Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
19 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
21 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
22 – Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
23 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
ARTICLE AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA and PATRICK CLEMENT
“We Are The Saints Of Los Angeles” – screamed Vince Neil into the mic when Motley Crue headlined the last day of the Swedenrock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Swedenrock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2012 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather once again showed positive and negative sides. It either rained, or was windy, or quite warm. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
The legendary Canadian metallers Exciter is considered as a pioneer of thrash/speed metal because their albums were some of the very first in that genre. Years have passed by since those early days as the current line-up consists of the only one surviving original member in the ranks – John Ricci. However, the band still enjoys a true cult following. That could be testified when a couple of thousand people had crawled to witness the Canadian heavy metal maniacs in action. The four piece delivered a good deal of both old material and newer material in their set. Songs such as “Long Live Loud”,”Heavy Metal Maniac”,”Pounding Metal” and of course a few newer songs for example “Aggressor”,”Evil Omen” belonged to the one hour setlist. The current vocalist Kenny “The Mouth” Winter is capable of reaching the upper registers with his singing; John Ricci hasn’t given up his style an inch, just relying on spikes and leather, the bassist looked like a monster on stage. Frankly, Exciter sounded like true pounding Canadian metal.
I Am the Beast
The Dark Command
Victims of Sacrifice
Heavy Metal Maniac
Rising of the Dead
Stand Up And Fight
Slaughtered in Vain
Rain of Terror
Long Live the Loud
Violence & Force
The re-united British hard rockers Little Angels were one of the first performers on Thursday and because of a traffic jam, when we finally reached the venue, the band had already played almost half of their set. The band has now managed to put together the classic line up: Bruce John Dickinson on guitar, Jimmy Dickinson on keys, Mark Plunkett on bass, drummer Mark Richardson on drums an vocalist Toby Jebson who’s also fronting the current incarnation of Fastway. The Little Angels set consisted of material from their entire career and included their best known songs like: “Don’t Prey for Me” and “Young Gods” which was a final encore for the show. All in all, this was an entertaining performance and the guys clearly enjoyed being back on stage together. Hopefully these few booked shows will lead the band into a full-time reunion in the future?
She’s a Little Angel
Kickin’ Up Dust
Radical Your Lover
The Way That I Live
Don’t Pray for Me
Too Much Too Young
Gary Holt was once again recruited to handle the guitarist duties to Slayer so some definitely wondered if Exodus would be forced to cancel the European tour again. The most unexpected thing came about when the former guitarist Rick Hunolt stepped in to stand up for Gary Holt on the European dates. At least Hunolt blew the whole stage up with his restless and wild performance, leaving the other guys to gasp for air. Whereas Lee Altus and Jack Gibson mostly remained in one spot on at the stage, focusing on playing and head banging. The frontman Rob Dukes kept encouraging the flegnmatic Swedish audience to arrange some kind of havoc. He did succeed in the near impossible task when a small circle pit started out in the audience. The setlist was pure Exodus as consisted of classic songs and newer material for example “Black List”, “And There Were None”, “The Ballad of Leonard And Charles”, “Toxic Waltz” and a number of other classics. Exodus was in the fire – Does Exodus need Gary Holt on the stage anymore..hmm ?
Night Ranger debut time at Swedenrock! It finally happened after almost 15 years of trying by the Swedenrock organization. And the band did not disappoint. Playing all their biggest hits and anthems, a couple of new ones from their latest effort SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA and a few ‘covers’ by bands the respective band members has been in; Jack Blades in Damn Yankees – ‘Coming of Age’ and ‘High Enough’ and Brad Gillis in Ozzy Osbourne’s band – ‘Crazy Train’ ! More highlights being ‘(You Can Still) Rock In America’ with the one and only Dee Snider guesting and the Kelly Keagy sung ’Sister Christian’, perhaps the biggest hit of Night Ranger.
Lay It On Me
Sing Me Away
Coming of Age
Growing Up in California
The Secret of My Success
Eddie’s Comin’ Out Tonight
Touch of Madness
When You Close Your Eyes
(You Can Still) Rock In America
Don’t Tell Me You Love Me
The current doom metal boom has brought several old names back on the map. For example, the mighty Saint Vitus rose from the world beyond and released a new album earlier this year. Therefore the four piece has been booked by several European metal festivals. As for the Swedenrock festival, playing under the bright sun during the day light isn’t the most perfect timing and environment for a band like Saint Vitus. Of course, doom metal rolled and ruled, but this sort of dismal doom metal needs a darkened club with the smokey atmosphere, not massive open-air festival. However, the legendary St. Vitus sounded doomy, but otherwise a bit boring.
I Bleed Black
Let Them Fall
The Bleeding Ground
Look Behind You
The Waste of Time
Born Too Late
U.S. glam metalers / 80’s parody band Steel Panther made their second appearance at Swedenrock. It looks like there’s no end in sight for this bands ever growing popularity. The band now performed on the Rockstage and it seems that even this stage is not big enough for the Panthers. The place was entirely packed when the band opened the show with “Supersonic Sex Machine” and “Tomorrow Night”. Nowadays classics “Fat Girl”, “Asian Hooker” and “Death to All But Metal” made people shout noisily a long and there was a true party feeling on the air during the whole set. Steel Panther were now as good as ever but at times it did feel that this was something what’s been seen and heard many times before. The same songs, mostly the same jokes and “stage elements” were present. Perhaps it would be a good idea for me to have a little break before the next Panther show because otherwise the band will start to taste like a wood for sure?
Supersonic Sex Machine
Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)
Just Like Tiger Woods
Turn Out the Lights
Eyes of a Panther
Girl From Oklahoma
Party All Day (Fuck All Night)
It Won’t Suck Itself
Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’
17 Girls in a Row
Death to All but Metal
Sepultura keeps on going with the current line-up even though fans are outspoken and eager to see the return of the classic line-up. However, Sepultura fronted by Derrick Green did a killer gig by playing a wide range of songs from several Sepultura albums at Swedenrock. The Brazilian thrash four piece appeared to be in a good mood on stage. The current drummer Eloy Casagrande is an extremely skilled drummer with sharp and tight playing. Paolo Jr has grayed a lot and his appearance is not unlike some sixty year old man. Kisser still has fire and passion left in his playing. Derrick Green is a real monstrous relentless frontman encouraging the audience go beserk. Although the band works well on stage, it does feels that it is kind of cover band.
Dark Wood of Error
Dead Embryonic Cells
Convicted in Life
What I Do!
Septic Schizo / Escape to the Void
Roots Bloody Roots
Sebastian returns to Swedenrock! This gig was supposed to happen a few years back but Bach then missed his flight and couldn’t get to the festival site on time for the gig. A few years later and he still has the same band and a new record out, KICKING & SCREAMING. The set consists of many Skid Row tunes mixed with solo stuff, almost 50/50. Sebastian did prove that he still is an A-class frontman. However, sadly, there’s a feeling that’s something missing during many of the Skid Row songs… For the encores Dee Snider is once again guesting, and it’s a perfect fit!
Slave to the Grind
Kicking & Screaming
Here I Am
(Love Is) A Bitchslap
Piece of Me
18 and Life
As Long as I Got the Music
My Own Worst Enemy
I Remember You
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Youth Gone Wild
Has the success of Dimmu Borgir decreased during the past few years in Sweden? Or, why did the band play on the third stage? A few years back the Norwegian symphonic black metallers shred the second stage. Well, it is hard to say, but at least Dimmu Borgir pulled a horror godly sounding show in the darkening Swedish landscape. The band sounded majestic, pompous, and looked like a one kind of freaky monstrous group under the massive lightshow after the sunset. The set was basically traditional Dimmu Borgir including songs such as “Mourning Palace”, “A Succubus in Rapture”, “The Serpentine Offering”, and “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse”. The audience seemed to enjoy the show from their heart.
Soundgarden comeback gig and debut at Swedenrock. There were many of those this year, and thankfully so. For starters one has to appreciate the lights, look, and atmosphere of the Soundgarden stage – perfectly suiting their sometimes moody and depressive, occasionally still and sometimes raw music…Soundgarden taking their time with the reunion and with baby steps slowly building seems to pay off – the band now being in good form, especially frontman Chris Cornell. Almost all their biggest songs were heard, including their new one ‘Live to Rise’. A new album will be released this coming fall. Soundgarden had a good reception although the band style (the dreaded grunge) isn’t what everybody expected from a Swedenrock headliner.
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Let Me Drown
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
Live to Rise
Burden in My Hand
Black Hole Sun
Room a Thousand Years Wide
Jesus Christ Pose
Beyond the Wheel
Slaves & Bulldozers
Besides Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral presented more of the black metal assault at Swedenrock. In wake of the eerie sounding intro, the blackened metal warriors strut like penguins in the line onto the stage. Although the band looked grim with the panda make-up, but soundwise Dark Funeral sounded extremely horrible. For some reason the sounds were entirely muddy, hearing the vocals or guitars turned out to be quite painful. However, the pyros and the stage set up looked grim. Song by song the sounds improved a bit to have the decent quality. As for the current singer Nachtgarm, his manners were meant to look evil, but it mostly brought the humoristic aspects. In a way, the former singer, Emperor Magus Galicula, was the real roots of all evil at the stage.
LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has blasted Nikki Sixx’s bestseller The Heroin Diaries as a “fraud” – two years after former Motley Crue singer John Corabi made a similar suggestion about his ex-bandmate’s book.
Lewis’ outburst came in a forum tirade in which he slammed Crue’s touring partners Def Leppard, accusing them of not working hard enough on stage.
On the MetalSludge.tv boards the singer said: “I don’t like arena rock. Motley Crue, with exploding drum kits and midgets, bore me to death. Poison is an embarrassment. Def Leppard going through the motions and mailing it in every night is pathetic.”
After Sixx responded by calling Lewis a “sad li’l pumpkin” on Twitter, the Gunsman turned his anger on the bassist’s 2007 book. Subtitled A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, it documents the bassist’s experiences in the band, in his love life and with his drug issues, leading up to his heroin overdose in 1987.
Lewis stated: “I say Nikki Sixx and his Heroin Diaries are a total fraud.
“Anyone that was ever addicted to smack or any opiates know not to glorify addiction. It’s incredibly irresponsible. It’s total crap as well – Nikki may have dabbled a little, but him and most of the dinosaur rock stars of that era were doing blow or cocaine.
“There was very little heroin in LA in the 80s compared to London. Sixx was a teenage millionaire with a very thin grasp on reality.”
He adds that he should know, because he did a large amount of drugs in both England and the States, saying: “I don’t glorify it or complain I was sucked in because of an unhappy childhood.”
In 2010 Corabi, who fronted Crue between 1992 and 1997, said: “I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do heroin then have the foresight to write everything down.”