Sunday 26th July 2015.
This five piece band from London formed in 2013, The Wild lies have been described as hard rock fused by intricate grinding riffage colliding with stadium rock chorus melodies. Unfortunately Wild Lies was unable to make the festival as their van broke down, but you did not hear me complaining as this then meant SKAM had a longer set.
SKAM are a three piece band from Leicester formed five years ago. With a hard, heavy rock sound SKAM describe themselves as “British hard rock for a new generation”. SKAM have supported many bands including The Answer, The Union and Bonafide plus headlined their own shows and festivals. I first fell in love with SKAM when they played Steelhouse two years ago, and have yet to be disappointed as they give it their all every time.
Opening a very very wet and muddy Sunday, SKAM played their title track from their current album “Peacemaker”, a good heavy song to get you warmed up. Continuing with their next single and slowing it down a little “The Wire” and treating us to a new song from their next album out next year “Between The Eyes”.
As they had a little more time than planned we had the good old AC/DC favourite “Whole Lotta Rosie” and my favourite “Going Away” written by bassist Matthew Gilmore”. Finishing with “No Lies” and a big thank you to the crowd for making it up the mountain in the pouring rain to see them, especially those stood up front and even the cowards in the beer tent!
No Hot Ashes first formed in the 80’s and recorded their debut album in 1988 but due to circumstances beyond their control the album never actually got released and by the late 1990’s it was obvious the band had called it a day.
Reforming in September 2013, playing a tribute gig for the Rosetta Bar, they carried on playing and since the beginning of 2014 have supported Aerosmith, Foreigner, FM and UFO. Playing Hard Rock Hell AOR, Donnington, Download and London Calling.
Showing off their harmonies with “Boulders” and the ironically “Summer Rain”, No Hot Ashes did not let the weather ruin their 80’s fuelled rock performance.
Colour Of Noise are a five piece classic rock band from Brighton. They describe themselves as “We are steeped in the tradition of the late 60’s British blues boom and early 70’s stadium rock”.
Warming the crowd up with hard rock and playing tracks from their debut album available on pledge music including “Head On”, the Colour Of Noise were not fazed by the ongoing rain.
FM was formed in 1984 in London. The band was originally composed of Merv Goldsworthy, Pete Jupp, Steve Overland, Chris Overland and Philip Manchester. Current band members are Merv Goldsworthy, Pete Jupp, Steve Overland, Jem Davis, Jim Kirkpatrick. At Nottingham’s Rock City on 27 October 2007, FM played together again in public for the first time in twelve years. The reaction the band received to this one-off appearance led to the swift decision to make the reunion permanent.
Unfortunately the constant rain got the better of me and I retreated back to the car to warm up and dry off and so did not get a chance to see FM perform.
Dorothee Pesch, known as Doro, is a German hard rock singer-songwriter, formerly front-woman of the heavy metal band Warlock.
Doro gave it all she got on a very wet stage, coming out on the runway punching the air and getting very close to the crowd, she certainly felt very at home belting out hits “Burning Witches”, “Raise Your Fist” and a big crowd pleaser “All We Are”.
Tyketto are a hard rock band based out of New York City. The group were put together in 1987 by Danny Vaughn, Brooke St. James, Jimi Kennedy, and Michael Clayton. The band split in 1996, reforming in 2004. 2007 saw them release their “Last Sunset – Farewell 2007 but yet reformed again in 2008 but Brooke St James was not able to join them. Current members now are Danny Vaughn, Michael Clayton Arbeeny, Ged Rylands, Chris Green and Chris Childs
Tyketto are a band I had heard of but never really listened to. I had so many people tell me I had to see these live as they are awesome, they were not wrong! Playing many of their hits over the last 25 years including “Burning Down Inside”, “Lay Your Body Down” and slowing it down with “Forever Young” and “Standing Alone”.
As the rain carries on pouring Danny Vaughn announces to the Steelhouse crowd that they are “the toughest mother fucking rock and roll audience I have ever seen”and continuing with “Dig in Deep” ironically about a mountain. As the rain started to ease off they dedicated a song to the legendary Dee Snider “Sound Off”.
The great thing about a festival is you always come back with at least one band you didn’t really know and really enjoyed, Tyketto was this year’s band for me. Absolutely awesome!!
Daniel “Dee” Snider is an American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Snider is most famous for his role as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. “To Hell and Back” represents the first truly new, original musical offering since the 90’s. He has starred in many reality tv shows, a frequent host on MTV Networks and has his own radio show “House of Hair” and he recently had the starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages.
As the rain started to come down heavy again, I had to abandon Dee Snider, I saw him play AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, Twisted Sisters “I’m Not Going To Take It” and his new single “To Hell and Back”. I was disappointed to leave Dee Snider, the first few songs I heard you knew he was going to put on an incredible show but the rain was coming down fast and hard and the winds had got up. My lovely warm and dry hotel room was calling me!
I had an incredible weekend of rock and roll, the best bands for me was Massive Wagons, Trucker Diablo and SKAM. Although it was Tyketto that stole the show. As one of the countries smallest festival record numbers of 8000 at this year’s festival show that it’s getting bigger each year with the first year only having a few hundred, even the weather doesn’t stop us rockers! Early bird tickets are on sale for next year’s festival already, if you haven’t been before I certainly recommend it. Hope to see you up the mountain in 2016!
Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.