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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.