Steelhouse Festival

Saturday 25th July 2015.

With a change in weather we had Florence Black kicking things off in the glorious sunshine. The young 3 piece teen rock band from down the road in Merthyr Tydfil started Saturday with some hard rock including “Zulu” and their new single “Grove Street”.

The five piece hard rock band Massive Wagons, from Lancashire up next and these I was looking forward to! They started with a heavy, foot thumbing, head banging “Rising Tides” that certainly grabbed your attention. They continued by playing their current single “Dirty Little Secrets” and crowd favourites “Fight the System” and “Red Dress”. Giving us a sample of what’s to come on their new album they played “Welcome to the World”, “Ratio” and “Jodie” and I am certainly eager to get my hands on this!

Baz Mills - Massive Wagons

Speaking with Barry the lead singer after the performance he was very impressed with the runway on stage, making the most of it and coming into the crowd. They certainly enjoyed themselves and by the reaction and participation from the crowd they did to. If you ever get a chance to see them, please do as they do an awesome live performance!

They’re back after playing at Steelhouse in 2012, playing some good British blues-rock Henry’s Funeral Shoe had a tough act to follow. The duo was formed by two brothers, Aled and Brennig Clifford, in 2008 from South Wales. They have been fortunate to share the stage with Feeder, Status Quo, Kiss and Lynyrd Skynyrd at various festivals over the last few years. Starting their set with “The Rebel” and treating us to a song they were banned from singing when on tour with Kiss “Morphine”.

The band Trucker Diablo from Northern Ireland were formed in 2008 and quickly gained a name for themselves in 2011, playing Download Festival supporting Black Stone Cherry on the sold out Irish leg of their UK tour. They then went on supporting Foo Fighters, Terrorvision and on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell festival and supporting their heroes “Thin Lizzy” in Belfast in 2012. After a brief break-up the band got back together with a new album released early 2015, Glenn Harrison unfortunately did not re-join the band but new addition bassist Jim McGurk certainly looked like he was enjoying himself.

Trucker Diablo

Trucker have that classic hard rock sound with a southern-rock influence, playing a few old favourites including “Drink Beer Destroy” and “Juggernaut” and then the recent album with “Party Like They Started The End Of The World” and “We Stand Strong”, they most definitely enjoyed being back on stage and doing what they do best and the crowd was not disappointed!

BTKOR!

The Treatment are an English hard rock 5 piece band, which formed in Cambridge in 2008. Playing high energy rock with influences by AC/DC, Sex Pistols, Aerosmith and The Cult. There was plenty there that had come especially to see The Treatment and were not let down, singing “The Doctor” and the appropriate “Shake the Mountain” which everyone did!

The Treatment

Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band, founded in 1968, that had several hits in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. They gained an international audience in 1975. Inspiration comes from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Nazareth took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of the band’s classic song “The Weight”. Current members Pete Agnew, Jimmy Murrison, Lee Agnew and Carl Sentance. Past members over the years include Dan McCafferty, Darrell Sweet, Manny Charlton, Zal Cleminson, Billy Rankin, John Locke, Ronnie Leahy and Linton Osborne.

Nazareth

Playing a lot of their classic songs the crowd loved having Nazareth back on stage. Favourites like “Razamanaz” and “Love Hurts” had the crowd singing and dancing for a whole 70 minute set.

Y&T were established in 1974, originally named as Yesterday and Tomorrow with Dave Meniketti, Phil Kennemore, Leonard Haze, and Joey Alves. In the early days they set the standard for hard rock bands that followed, being the influence of many bands today. The 80’s marked an era of change with Jimmy DeGrasso on drums and Stef Burns on guitar. With Kennemore’s untimely passing from lung cancer, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T with Dave Meniketti, John Nymann, Brad Lang, and Mike Vanderhule, playing songs that span the band’s five-decade career.

Y&T

Y&T stormed the stage beginning with “Hurricane”. There was a lot that had come especially to see Y&T and they did not appear disappointed, playing many from the album “Black Tiger” including “Forever” and “Open Fire”. I myself had not seen these on stage before and felt they lacked interaction with the audience, just playing as many as they could get into their 75 minute set.

UFO are an English heavy metal and hard rock band that was formed in 1969. Current members Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker, Vinnie Moore and Rob De Luca and past members far too long to list.

UFO

Finishing the line-up for Saturday, UFO played crowd favourites “Shoot Shoot”, “Doctor Doctor” and “Rock Bottom” and also treated us to some from their new album, “Conspiracy Of Stars”. Everyone left the field that night on a high, UFO had certainly left us feeling content, some good British rock and roll had been heard!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.