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Winter Rocks Festival

The Corporation Sheffield 5.12.15

As a big fan of The Union, I was really looking forward to seeing Peter Shoulder on the second stage and he went down great! Playing a variety of material from his debut album “Feathers and Rain” including “It never Rains” Peter has created a new sound for himself. He even treated us to some new material from his new E.P, as much as I like him as a solo, I hope this isn’t the end for The Union.

Pete Shoulder

The Corporation was now getting busier as the main stage saw The Graveltones next. A duo rock and roll band from London. Starting their set with “Kiss and Fuck Off” and then “Never Gonna Let” The Graveltones have their own bluesy sound with some heavy guitar riffs, showing this off with their final song “Fancy Things”.

Back to the second stage for Falling Red, who never fail to put on a good show. A hell of a journey for these guys from Cumbria in the storm but they made it, and gave it their all! For the crowds just beginning to arrive for the main acts that night they certainly warmed everyone up with a personal favourite “We Escaped A Cult”.

Rozey - Falling Red

Main stage now for Scorpion Child, a five piece from Texas. These guys describe themselves as “heavy acid rock”, and not really knowing what this was, I do now! Their set included “Woman In Black” and “Acid Roulette”. Lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black had an amazing energy on stage, bouncing around and pulling some poses for the camera guys in the pit, by far the most entertaining band so far.

Aryn Black - Scorpian Child

Flip The Pyramid, a four piece from Rotherham and Slovakia. These guys are punk rock, so something a little different to mix up the evening. Unfortunately with the stage times running so close together this was time for me to fuel up and grab some food, so I did miss most of their set but from what I did see and hear they went down well.

SAWF- Flip The Pyramid

Back again to the main stage for Crobot. I first saw these guys at Hard Rock Hell earlier this year and they were a band that stood out for me so I was looking forward to seeing this four piece hard rock band from Pennsylvania again. These guys put on a good show, you could tell they really enjoyed themselves on stage especially with “Welcome to Fat City” and treating us to new song “Easy Money” Brandon bought out the harmonica. Finishing their set with “Fly on the Wall” with Brandon jumping on Chris’s shoulders and Jake the bassist did the whole show in just a pair of grey boxer shorts.

Second stage for Regulus next, another hometown band, a four piece with a groovy stoner rock unique sound. You could tell they really felt at home on stage at the Corporation and had so much fun on now a very packed out stage 2.

The Corporation was now very busy as we had just the top five bands left to play and it was now time for Nonpoint on the main stage. Nonpoint are a metal/heavy rock five piece from America. I was a little unsure of these guys as I’m not a huge fan of metal but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, they were heavier than I would normally like but they were amazing on stage and really got the crowd going and geared up for their friends Fozzy. “Pins and Needles” was one of the crowd favourites and a great cover of Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” was certainly unique, but it worked really well, I’ll not be able to listen to the original without wanting the Nonpoint twist and sound to it.

Second to last on the second stage was Liberty Lies from the Black Country. A five piece alternative rock band who have toured with Halestorm, Shinedown and Heavens Basement. Belting out “Someone Else” and “Confessions of an Effigy” the crowd were fuelled up and ready for stage 2 headliners, Buffalo Summer.

I got the impression Fozzy was what most people had been waiting for and in true Jericho style, we had the intro “Do You Wanna Start A War” before he came on stage in a great flashing jacket. Fozzy put on an awesome show, lead singer – Chris Jericho is certainly an entertainer! They did a great cover of Abba’s “SOS” and the crowd really did go wild, jumping up and down and singing along. Lead guitarist Rich came out into the crowd, jumped on a box and was wheeled through the crowd back to the stage during “Sandpaper” and at the very end of their final song a Krokus cover of “Eat The Rich”, Jericho jumped into the crowd for a spot of crowd surfing.

Chris Jehrico - Fozzy

Headliners Buffalo Summer were on the second stage up next. A bluesy rock four piece from Swansea. I have seen Buffalo Summer a few times now and they always seem to impress me more every time. A great set to finish the second stage off, including a personal favourite of mine “Down To The River”, a song you can’t help but sing along to even if you’ve never heard it before.

The day’s headliner, The Temperance Movement were next on the main stage to finish what had been a great day of good rock music. The Temperance Movement are a five piece rock n roll band that has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months. They have toured with The Rolling Stones and conquered America touring with Blackberry Smoke. I was so excited to see them back in the UK after what had seemed like a lifetime since I had seen them live. Playing a lot of their old classics “Only Friend”, “Midnight Black” and “Take It Back” but also some new stuff from their new album that’s out very soon including “Battle Lines”, “Three Bullets” and the bands favourite off their new album “Get Yourself Free”. At the end of their set the band attempted to leave the stage but of course, the crowd wanted more and they returned to do an encore which included the popular “Ain’t No Telling”.

Phil Campbell - The Temperance Movement

I had a great day at Winter Rocks, The Temperance Movement are one of my favourite bands and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed them but Fozzy stole the show for me. I would love to catch them again if they come back to the UK. Winter Rocks will be back in 2016 and I hope to see you there!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Hard Rock hell 9

Hafan y Mor Pwllheli – Stage 1 Friday 13.11.15.

With day two of HRH9 to look forward to, Thirteen Stars started proceedings off on the main stage and were a great find for me and a great band to help pick people up off the floor who were nursing a hang over from Thursday night. This quartet from Cumbria, play some of the best Southern rock I’ve recently heard, with hints of country and blues. These guys were great on stage, playing up to the cameras and interacting with the crowd – a great band to see live and one which is now firmly fixed on my radar!

Matt Hoss Thompson - Thirteen Stars

Sadly Pat Travers, who was due to perform next, had to pull out of this weekend, which my dad was really upset about but thankfully Federal Charm were on call and stepped up to the plate to perform in Pat’s time slot. These guys are from Manchester and play good old Rock and Roll, and I enjoyed their swagger and groove immensely!

Danny Rigg - Federal Charm

Crobot next and since I saw them supporting Black Label Society earlier this year, I’ve been in love with these guys from Pottsville, PA, USA and their album “Something Supernatural” has been a permanent contender in my playlists! Apart from the massive amount of smoke on stage and the lack of stage lighting, (the reasoning of which I’ll never understood as it just makes the task for photographers that much harder) these guys we’re faultless and for me, Crobot gave one of the best performances of the weekend!

Much to many’s surprise, the next band Toseland included non other than James Toseland himself, who has already had massive success in his former career as a British Superbike racer. Toseland was the 2007 World Superbike Champion on a Ten Kate Honda and also won the 2004 Superbike World Championship on a Ducati and he is one of only two men, the other being Troy Corser, to have won the World Superbike Championship for two different manufacturers. If I’m totally honest, the band were fantastic and played some great traditional rock and roll music – the crowd seemed to love it, I loved it and I’m sure you will do too! See Toni Reed’s interview with the man himself here.

James Toseland - Toseland

Another great band that I’d been looking forward to seeing play again were up next – Scorpion Child. These guys have been touring the UK with Crobot and are now off out into Europe. Currently signed to Nuclear Blast, it’s great to see this band has found a stable bunch of guys who fit the band well. It’s well documented that this band have had a rocky start, but they have so much potential and are possibly the next Deep Purple/Led Zeppelin, either way they are destined for great things. I’m very much looking forward to hearing the bands forthcoming second album to see if they’ve managed to retain the magic of the first self titled one and I will hold them to signing the album, as promised in our interview with bassist Alec Pardon.

Aryn Black and Chris Cowart - Scorpion Child

Helloween we’re on the lips of most in attendance and a band I know most people were looking forward to seeing live. As us press folk are great lovers of music, which is why we do what we do, I know certain people arranged interviews with this band just so they could speak to one of their idols. As I am only a youngster, I never grew up with this band unlike so many others around me, but from what I could gather and from tonight’s set, these guys are like the German version of Iron Maiden! We too got the chance to speak with the band and discuss amongst other topics, the 30th Anniversary book that’s just been released. I sat and watched most of this bands set and I can honestly say, are they metal, hell yeah they are!

Andi Deris - Helloween

Tonight’s headliners we’re non other than British heavy metal/hard rock titans UFO. When I saw these guys last, they were opening up the main stage on a Saturday at Download and I remember thinking then, these guys have still got it! Tonight though, sadly, they seemed off form, although their biggest tracks ‘Doctor Doctor’ and ‘Rock Bottom’ sounded great and I loved hearing them being played live. Even if Michael Schenker isn’t on the guitar, Vinnie Moore is a fantastic guitar player and a great replacement for the man himself – and I also got to meet the guy who took the photo that features on Vinnie’s new solo album!

Phil Mogg - UFO

As Music224 were out in full support of HRH9 this weekend, whilst I was covering Stage 1, Neil and Toni Reed were covering stage 2 and also getting in a few interviewing aswell. So rock horns up to these guys too for all the hard work they put in this weekend and you can find all their interviews and reviews also up on Music224’s website aswell.

Review and photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK) and interviews by Jay Hawkins and Toni Reed.