On the last day of the festival we woke up early in order to get on the train as soon as possible. Wiser from the problems the previous days when it came to the trains, we made sure to once again start in proper time. Bands performing this day were Rival Sons, Red Warszawa, Shinedown, Bömbers (Abbath’s Motörhead cover band) and Black Sabbath who was going to do their last show ever on Danish soil at Copenhell. During the last two days rumors had been circling amongst photographers regarding if or whom anyone was going to take pictures of the band.
The same day the organizers mailed out that only selected Danish magazines were going to take pics, however that was nothing we read since there were no time to check out the mailbox. Personally I (Anders) think it’s stupid with all the photo restrictions since anyone standing in the crowd is able to take pics or film shows with their cellphone. Yet again we started about 2,5 hours early in order to get to the festival in time but for once everything worked smooth and we arrived as anticipated at 3.30 well in time to check out the first act.
The first show this day was a blast from the past in the Swedish/Norwegian Clawfinger, performing on the Helviti stage. The band was formed back in 1989 by Zak Tell and Jocke Skog with the debut album DEAF DUMB BLIND coming out at the beginning of the 90’s. It included the band’s first big hit “Nigger”, in which the band tackled political and anti-racist themes in the lyrics. After a lot of touring followed the albums USE YOUR BRAIN and CLAWFINGER. During 2003 the guitarist left and in ’08 the drummer also left the band. In 2013 the band announced on Facebook that they were going to put the band to rest with the album DEAFER DUMBER BLINDER which is a re-recording of the debut album including bonus material in a box. No one was more sad than me (Anders) when the band called it quits and during the past few years the band have only been doing occasional gigs in Europe and not in Scandinavia. However no one was also happier than me to see the guys live in action, although Ulrika couldn’t understand why I was so eager to see Clawfinger at all.
At 4.30 the show kicked off and while the intro was playing the members entered the stage and faced the happy cheers from the fans. “Prisoners” was the first song out and the band, with singer Zak Tell dressed in a leopard suit, set the tone right away with their energetic rap-industrial metal music. Tell asked the fans if they thought he was going to talk in bad Danish, English or Swedish? It was a bit uncertain what the fans decided but he began to talk in Swedish. “We are Clawfinger and it was a long time ago we played in Denmark”, Tell said. “Zeros And Heroes” followed and at the end of the song Tell ran over to the side of the stage, jumped down in the photo pit and out amongst the crowd and walked around while singing. The band consists of:
Zak Tell – lead vocals
Jocke Skog – keyboards, vocals
Bard Torstensen – guitar
André Skaug – bass
Micke Dahlén – drums
The audience clapped their hands for the band and Tell said that you always can rely on Danish people. The band on stage kept the music going while Tell was out walking amongst the fans and when he got up again they ended the song together and then fired off “Money Power Glory”. Someone in the crowd shouted SEXY to Tell which made him laugh and say that he wanted to hear more where that came from. Tell said that the next song was when the guys slaved together at a hospital mopping floors and other stuff from it, it was “Rosegrove” which was followed by the huge hit “Nigger”. That song really woke up the crowd and the fans started to jump up and down even more energetically than before. As always the music urged the fans to both crowd surf and start several circle pits during the show. Tell took off his jacket and walked out on the side of the stage to come closer to the crowd and then he dived straight out from the stage. As he was laying on the arms of the fans he said “Take me to the bar”, and he actually was given a beer from one of the fans as they moved him to the stage on their arms. As the song ended Tell said – “Think carefully about who you call Nigger!” The song is not a racist song but a song that urges you to think about the unfair conditions in the world and about the ones we leave behind. Tell is a brilliant frontman and the band was crazy tight and solid as a rock. “Catch Me” followed and Tell asked why there wasn’t any beer on the stage? “After all, we are in Denmark” he said.
“None The Wiser” followed and as the song ended beer had come on stage to the guys. Tell took his and cheered with the fans who now were singing the intro to the song “Do What I Say”. The band kicked off “Nothing Going On” and Tell wanted everyone in the crowd to clap along and sing the chorus together with the band. Tell asked if the fans were doing fine and wanted to thank the crowd again for showing such huge support for the band. “Recipe For Hate” followed and it was hard to actually believe that the band doesn’t tour more when the show they put on this night was so freaking great! The world needs to see and hear more of Clawfinger. Tell said that one song remained and Skog dedicated the song to the band, and even though the fans started to sing on “Do What I Say”, it wasn’t that song that was coming up but “Biggest And The Best”. Tell once again let the fans sing the chorus and at the end of the song Tell jumped down in the photo pit standing on the fence singing the last of the song together with the fans.
Still, the fans weren’t satisfied and wanted to hear more and shouted for encores. After a few minutes the members returned and since the fans were so good looking Tell said, the band was going to play a little more. “The Price You Pay” was the first song out and Tell said that it was so damn good being on stage again and thanks to Copenhell that brought us here. Tell urged the crowd to act even crazier and louder in “The Truth”. In the middle of the song Skaug took off his bass and stage dived into the crowd. Tell thanked the fans for catching their fat bass player and laughed. Finally it was time for the song everyone had been waiting for and when Skog began to play the intro to “Do What I Say” the madness ensued. Needless to say the fans took over the song and sang it together with Tell and all the members looked really happy, giving the fans huge smiles. That was the last song out and ended the 80 minute show, Tell thanked Copenhell saying the band have had a great time on stage.
Anders thought it was an excellent show, in fact it was one of the best shows this year and it was amazing to see how anticipated the band was by the fans. The band had a good time on stage while performing and they all joked around with each other. That, combined with some ass-kicking songs, made the afternoon one of the best at Copenhell. The band deserves all the success they can get and even Ulrika, who didn’t have any high expectations on the show, was blown away and convinced of the band’s greatness. Thanks to Clawfinger for making this Saturday a little bit better!
Zeros And Heroes
Money Power Glory
None The Wiser
Nothing Going On
Recipe For Hate
Biggest And The Best
The Price You Pay
Do What I Say
It was obvious that the festival was sold out today because there was a lot more people and it felt crowded. Shinedown was going to play at the Hades stage and Havok at the Pandaemonium but we decided to go over to the press-tent and see what info we could get about the Black Sabbath show and if the rumors regarding the photographers was true. Rival Sons was going to perform at Helviti stage at 7.45 and to be honest, apart from Clawfinger, the day didn’t include many highlights for us. We walked by the stage and saw a big video screen placed behind the drums and a long row of monitors lined up at the edge of the stage. The new Rival Sons album titled HOLLOW BONES was released at the beginning of June and is the band’s fifth so far. The band has been active since 2009 and this night they were the main support to Black Sabbath on their European tour. To be honest neither of us are familiar with the music of Rival Sons but since they were there and so were we, we decided to stay and take a look and see if they were going to surprise us.
The music of the movie The Good, The Bad & The Ugly worked as intro music and as the band members showed up on stage and kicked off the first song “Electric Man” the fans gave them a warm welcome. “Secret” followed and the fans gave their all in order to support the band. Singer Buchanan moved around across the stage during the show while Holiday and Beste took it more slow and easy. Buchanan threw himself down on the monitor while singing and took a close look on the photographers in the pit, “Pleasure And Time” continued the show. The line-up is:
Jay Buchanan – lead vocals
Scott Holiday – lead guitar
Mike Miley – drums
Dave Beste – bass
Todd Ogren – Brooks – keyboards (session member)
Buchanan thanked for the applause and said the band comes from California and that it was fun to be in Copenhagen on this dark day. He also said they were going to play songs from their new album and first one out was “Hollow Bones Pt 1”. On the screens behind the drums patterns and the band name showed on and off. Buchanan said the band was support act to the mighty Black Sabbath and was honored to do so. “Tied Up” followed and the band’s 70’s hard rock music seemed to appeal to the crowd. We heard influences of both Deep Purple as well as Led Zeppelin but Rival Sons added their own tempo and energy as well as heart and soul to the mix.
Beste and Miley completed each other and they looked cool while performing, however the brightest shining star was singer Buchanan who really gave his all this evening. It was hard at first to even see the keyboard player because he sat on the side of the stage and from the photo pit he was invisible. Buchanan moved around like a whirlwind on stage and he didn’t stay put on one spot for a long time. “Baby Boy” followed after which Buchanan said it’s a hard and cold world we live in today and it’s hard to sing about forgiveness after all the tragedy that has happened but sometimes we have to forget about all the madness – “Where I’ve Been” and “Tortured” continued the show and those two songs were really appropriate to sing after his speech.
Buchanan once again mentioned the greatness the band felt towards being support act to Black Sabbath and fired off “Fade Out” as the next song. “Get What’s Coming” was dedicated to a friend and if you like 70’s hard rock with a twist of blues then Rival Sons is something worth checking out. “Open Your Eyes” and “Keep On Swinging” were the next two songs out and it was also those two that ended the 75 minute long show. “Are you ready for Black Sabbath?” were the last words from Buchanan and then it was good bye.
Anders thought the show was great with a lot of passion and tempo, the 70’s hard rock seemed to work amongst the metalheads at the festival. Ulrika thought pretty much the same, however it can be a bit boring to see a show if you haven’t heard a single song from the band before.
Pleasure And Time
Hollow Bones Pt 1
Where I’ve Been
Get What’s Coming
Open Your Eyes
Keep On Swinging
If we thought there were a lot of people attending the festival the day before, it was nothing compared to Saturday. The majority of the people also wore Black Sabbath shirts so it was easy to see which band that had drawn the most people. Even though the amount of people was great, it was easy to move around and it didn’t feel too crowded; the organizers probably foresaw that coming and opened up the area more and made it spacious. It was now possible to walk around the stages behind the Hades all the way to the Pandaemonium stage which made it spacious. The only thing that we had wanted to see more of was lights. When you walked behind the stages it was almost pitch black on certain spots and you almost bumped in to each other when there were a lot of people passing you. We went over to the press tent in order to see if there had come up any info regarding taking photos at the Black Sabbath show, one of the photographers we met said he heard they allowed only 3 or 4 of the biggest Danish magazines to be in the pit and no one else. That sounded true and about one hour later it turned out that was sad but true because if there’s no picture there’s no review. Who wants to read a review without any pictures? However during the show we saw about 5-7 photographers that weren’t allowed into the pit standing in the crowd taking pictures. Black Sabbath sold an already signed live album which cost 650 DK, without autographs the prize was 300 DK, both of which are insane amounts.
As many already know, the Black Sabbath saga began in Birmingham 1968 and the band released their debut BLACK SABBATH in 1970. The band has had a long term argument with original drummer Bill Ward and drumming on this tour is Tommy Clufetos (Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Rob Zombie etc). The latest studio album 13 came out in 2013 but the band has released many live albums during these later years.
Behind the drums a huge video screen showed, but besides that nothing much but mics and amps were placed on the stage. It felt like everyone at the festival was placed in front of the stage and Black Sabbath had to have drawn the biggest crowd in the festival’s history. At 11 it was time for the legendary Black Sabbath to show up on Danish soil.
First two songs out were “Black Sabbath” and “Fairies Wear Boots”. Osbourne walked around as usual, urging the crowd to clap their hands. He thanked everyone and “After Forever” followed. Osbourne’s voice was not great and he sang out of key several times and Iommi’s guitar playing felt a bit tired. The ones that delivered a solid statement were the rhythm section with Clufetos and Butler.
“Into The Void”, “Snowblind”, “War Pigs” and “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” followed and as everyone knows the line-up is:
Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
Tony Iommi – guitar
Geezer Butler – bass
Tommy Clufetos – drums
In “N.I.B” it was time for Butler to show off, which was followed by a short drum solo and “Rat Salad”. The many solos were probably because Osbourne had to take breaks here and there. The lights were amazing and the screen showed different patterns and sometimes the band. “Iron Man” and “Dirty Women” followed and Osbourne thanked the fans and said it was nice to be in Denmark. It was now time to leave the fans with “Children Of the Grave”. The ordinary playing time was 1h 20min and the fans shouted for encores. Osbourne came out asking if the fans wanted to hear more. “Paranoid” ended the last show for Black Sabbath on Danish soil and the last show lasted for about 1h 30min.
We were not impressed with the goodbye. Osbourne sang out of key, felt tired and mostly confused. Iommi didn’t deliver the heavy riffs he’s known for and the band didn’t feel vital at all. It was Butler and Clufetos that saved the show from a total disaster and the set list left things to wish for. Why only play songs from the Osbourne era? If it’s goodbye then why doesn’t feature songs from the Dio and Martin era, why were those left out? For us who are fans of the Dio era, they missed a lot of brilliant tracks. And why didn’t the band play any song from the 13 album? The most positive things with the show were the great lights and the good looking video screen. For us the band’s last show in Denmark is not going to be remembered in a positive way.
Fairies Wear Boots
Into The Void
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
N.I.B – bass solo
Rat Salad – drum solo
Children Of The Grave
Many people left the area after the Black Sabbath show but we decided to wait and to see Bömbers. Before the show we decided to grab something to eat and when we waited in line we were struck by how dirty the area was. It seemed like the trash cans hadn’t been emptied since the festival started that day and garbage was piled up in every can we saw. With lots of people comes lots of trash and this year was clearly the dirtiest one for sure.
We moved over to the Pandaemonium stage in order to see Abbath fire off Motörhead covers with his Bömbers act. We had no expectations of the band but to have a good time with the Norwegian boys. Besides Abbath, the band consists of “Fast” Tore (ex- Old Funeral, Studfaust) on guitar and “Party Animal” Pez (ex- Punishment) on drums. The band started out back in 1996 and in 2001 their first live EP was released (350 copies). During 2004 the band released a black vinyl and a picture-disc limited to 500 copies which 350 were sold out from the very start. The guys stood on stage doing soundcheck as we ate our burgers but not many people had come to see the show.
The show started out 10 minutes early with “Bomber” and “Stone Deaf Forever”. It was really dark on stage and the smoke was so heavy that it was hard to take pictures. Abbath looked scarily a lot like Lemmy and it was hard to see that it was actually Abbath on stage and not the original Lemmy. “We are Bömbers and we play tribute to the best rock n roll band in the world, Motörhead!”, he said and the audience screamed and clapped their hands. “The Hammer” followed and Abbath sounded a lot like Lemmy when he sang and talked in between the songs. The line-up is:
Killminster – lead vocals, bass
Fast Tore – guitar
Party Animal – drums
Killminster said it was time for the fans to turn their backs against the stage because he was gonna “Shoot You In the Back”. Despite the bad lights and the massive amount of smoke the band did a great job and for a split second it was like the real Motörhead was on stage. Killminster raised his glass cheered with what appeared to be Jack & Coke and fired off “Over The Top”. He then asked if Copenhell had any class and of course “No Class” followed. Just as in the real Motörhead Killminster stood to the right of the stage, Fast Tore on the left, with the drums placed in the middle. Contrary to the original, Killminster now moved across the entire stage. The lights went out in the middle of “Killed By Death” and a spotlight lit up Killminster’s face as he sang the song, just like the original band did. “Orgasmatron” and “Iron Fist” followed and especially the last song woke up the crowd that started a circle pit and sang a long in the chorus.
“Metropolis”, which in Anders’ opinion is the most boring song by the band, followed and Killminster thanked for the applause. He said that the band was there to celebrate the mighty Motörhead and the next song was dedicated to the ones who made that show possible; “(We Are) The Road Crew” followed as expected. The sound now began for some reason to fuss and the song sounded really unstable. “Ace Of Spades” continued the show but the band only got through it halfway before stopping as Killminster said that Party Animal couldn’t hear himself in the monitors. Killminster looked at the crowd and said he couldn’t believe they fucked up the show like this. The song started over again and now the sound was better. “Overkill” ended the 40 minute show and the clock had now turned 2. It was a fast and solid show no doubt about that.
The show was a majestic tribute to one of the best bands in the world and the members all did a great job. The set list was expected but amazing, however it would have been nice to hear some more unexpected songs like “Rock n’ Roll” or “Dogs”. Besides that the only thing that put a downer on the show was the poor sound and light.
Stone Deaf Forever
Shoot You In the Back
Over The Top
Killed By Death
(We Are) The Roadcrew
Ace Of Spades
And so with that, the day and festival were over. The last day was surely Black Sabbath’s day and most of the people were there to see them. We, on the other hand, enjoyed the music of Clawfinger and Bömbers the most. We as well as the rest of the crowd started to move to the exit and the buses in order to go home and get some sleep. Three days of festival takes its toll on you and we were really looking forward to getting home, taking a shower, and going to sleep.
As always Copenhell was a treat. It’s well organized with shuttle buses that take you back and forth to the festival at any given time during the day and night. It’s nice that the organizers continue to vary the musical content and include hard rock as well as heavy and extreme metal; that’s something we hope they continued to do next year as well. Live Nation Denmark sure delivers the craziest party of the year with Copenhell and we congratulate the festival for turning 7 years old and for selling out all the tickets. It’s a great thing that it’s now possible to purchase one-day-tickets as well as bringing your own tent to the camping. Previous years you had to buy tents and spots in one, but now it’s possible for visitors to bring their own tents.
The only negative thing we have to say is that the beer prices were a bit steep and the lack of trash cans, or the lack of emptying them. Since Twisted Sister is now saying goodbye it would had been nice to see them rocking at Copenhell again, but you can’t always get what you want. Every year the rain has either poured down or drizzled; it would have been nice to have a strictly sunny festival. Thanks for this year and we hope to see you again next year again at the wildest party of the year – Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen.
Anders’ favorite bands during the three days were Scorpions, King Diamond, Clawfinger and Bömbers. Ulrika’s picks were Alice Cooper, Scorpions, King Diamond, Clawfinger, Bömbers and the yummy truffle pizza.
If we could have one wish for next year it would be to see Volbeat perform at the Helviti stage, all other major Danish acts have performed there but not them. Copenhell is the festival for those who want to attend a little more intimate festival still with big bands performing. It’s easy to get in and out from the festival, the airport is just a metro ride away and shuttle busses takes you to the festival and back home again. If you’re interested in visiting the festival it’s held during 22-23-24/6 2017 and already in December the first bands is going to be announced. Stay tuned!
Thanks to head of press at Copenhell Festival Mikkel Mo for the help with press/photo-pass to the festival.
Big thanks to Jeppe Nissen at Live Nation Denmark for the help.
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