Fireworks

Concert Reviews

Steelhouse Festival 2018 http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/aa/ec/89/Steelhouse-Festival-2018-Live-Thumb-27-1535134952.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 24, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4344   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Ebbw Vale, South Wales (UK) - 27-29 July 2018

Friday 27 July

Dealing with only sporadic showers, Friday night's bands suffer comparatively lightly over the weekend. Openers Fragile Things perform despite singer Richie Hevanz having been injured by a savage dog bite and sporting a bandaged hand. Nevertheless, he is a commanding presence on stage having won the right to be there in a battle of the bands contest and kick off the festival well. Departed are also determined to make an impact, and if anything, have a more mature and bigger sound. Great vocals and a massive widdly solo at the end keep the energy up for an appreciative crowd.

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons roll out the quality Heavy Blues from their new album, a sound that's surprisingly close to Black Stone Cherry at times, as well as playing a few Motörhead classics, notably 'Born To Raise Hell'. The band are happy to be playing to a home crowd in Wales, the festival just being a short commute away, with Phil Campbell getting out his Welsh Dragon guitar for the occasion.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Phil Campbell Bastard Sons

He looks relaxed and happy playing the kingpin with humour and panache. His sons provide energy and, in particular, a passion for the Motörhead classics. After a rollicking 'R.A.M.O.N.E.S.', there's a fine version of Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine' that they dedicate to departed members of Motörhead and the crowd sing-along in good voice before the inevitable (and rightly so) 'Ace Of Spades'. The legacy of Motörhead is strong, but this band has other things to offer and their original material is well deserving of time and attention in its own right.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Stone Broken

Friday's headliner, Stone Broken, continue to provide staggeringly great Arena Rock and get more professional every time I see them; they are surely ripe now to crack The States. They are confident enough to insert an entertaining drum solo from Robin who looks like she is having the time of her life, enjoying the joke of a burst of old Hair Metal tracks 'Cherry Pie' and 'Girls, Girls, Girls'.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Stone Broken 2

They push their own boundaries with Rich playing keyboards for the first time live and give heartfelt thanks to the crowd, dedicating songs to those that mean the most and to the departed. It comes across as authentic, real and meant to be.

Saturday 28 July

Saturday is dogged by rain for part of the day, but the weather did clear up for the headliner, while the crowds are ideal for The Trooper stage in that they don't let the weather get them down.

Bad Flowers kick off in great humour despite the rain. Many people are watching from the shelter of the bar, so they have a bigger audience than it appears. It is somewhat of a coincidence that there is then a storm, given their tracks are called 'Hurricane' and 'Thunderchild'. Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics take the brunt of the weather with Buchanan literally dripping and losing his shirt half way through. Having to cut their set short due to lightning, they still make the most of the weather and the show, not letting it dim their spirit in the slightest and choosing to truly Rock in the rain.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Myke Gray

The weather begins to calm down for Myke Gray, thank goodness, as it is somewhat distracting to see lightning down to the ground with a metal stage full of electronics in the mix. He provides a set of good time Rock 'n' Roll à la Jimmy Barnes, with plenty of Skin classics like 'House Of Love' and 'Money' which he presents with a big smiley face.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Myke Gray 2

He's a master shredder capable of astonishing speed, but that is certainly not at the expense of the feel of the music – it's quality stuff! King King keep the good times rolling. There is a lovely clear guitar tone with masterful interludes as long as the solo from Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' and it is a joy to hear.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Unfortunately, the bad weather returns for Dan Reed Network, but again they don't let that spoil the set and deliver with boundless energy. Myles Kennedy is also affected with many people enjoying both shows from the shelter some way away from the stage. Ironically commenting on the "beautiful day", he doesn't let the weather stop him belting out stuff from his solo album or involving the crowd with an acoustic version of Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper'.

Glenn Hughes always seems to have the luck of the devil, and sure enough, the weather clears up completely for him. Looking about thirty with his new longer hair, he is still singing like he always used to and to see him deliver the Deep Purple classics with such skill and his trade mark Falsetto is a real treat. Complimenting David Coverdale on his song-writing skills, he proves the rule that the greatest legends are also the most gracious. Concentrating on quality not quantity, there are fewer songs than a typical Rock set with each lasting longer often due to the solos.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Glenn Hughes

He concentrates on Purple Mk.III songs like 'Stormbringer', 'Might Just Take Your Life', 'You Keep On Moving' and 'Mistreated, the latter being the quintessential song to show off that Hughes' still has one of the greatest voices in Rock. We do get a stomp-along version of 'Smoke On The Water', however, it's a great version with Hughes not afraid to make it his own. Myles Kennedy joins in for an encore 'Highway Star' before the show closes out with, what else, but 'Burn'. Only Coverdale's presence could make the show more complete.

Sunday 29 July

Unfortunately, the weather is also bad for most of Sunday and the festival goes remarkably well considering neither The Quireboys nor The Dead Daisies make it due to transport difficulties. Adding to this, I have transport difficulties of my own with local taxis refusing to take people staying at hotels up the mountain. Imagine my surprise when Scott Gorham arrives at the hotel and grants me a space in his mini bus back up to the festival. This more than makes up for me not being able to get to the stage until Mason Hill and Massive Wagons.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Mason Hill

Both bands attack the stage with gusto, however, the festival only really got going for me with The Wildhearts. Despite the rain, the crowd stay with it and enter into the Dunkirk spirit of "the show must go on". Typically outspoken, Ginger Wildheart is not shy to mock The Daisies for not managing to land their helicopter in the storm and not getting a bus like everyone else. That said, he did not forget to concentrate on delivering Pop Punk hits one after the other; 'Baby Is A Headfuck', 'Vanilla Radio' and 'Nothing Ever Changes', it was party time and he wisely chose his better-known material.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - The Wildhearts

He also didn't forget to entertain the crowd and at one point invites each and every one to sing any chorus except for the one from the song the band were playing at the time, which has people rolling in metaphoric aisles. His praise for that being "I want to take all of you home and fuck you". The missing bands did mean he got to play a longer set, but the energy didn't dip despite the weather and I guess that alone speaks volumes about the force of nature on stage as well as off. After 'Geordie In Wonderland' and 'Greetings From Shitsville', the weather starts to clear up. This leads Ginger Wildheart to comment that, "the collective Rock 'n' Roll hearts brought the sun out".


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Black Star Riders

Luckily for Black Star Riders, once again it did not rain for the main headliner. Mixing Thin Lizzy with their own originals, starting with 'Jailbreak' which they follow with 'Finest Hour', there's no doubt their own material stands up to the Lizzy classics. Indeed, the fact that the majority of the songs they play are their own tracks shows the strength of the new material. Ricky Warwick really understands crowds, but in an instinctual non-manipulative way, and they entertain so well there is no sign that the crowd is pissed off by a third of the bill being a no show. Scott Gorham is still delivering the goods with the energy of a twenty year old and he looks happy and relaxed. Despite logistical difficulties, Damon Johnson delivers a lovely bluesy solo and nothing affects the band's one hundred percent performance for the crowd. We do, of course, get 'The Boys Are Back In Town', but finishing with 'Bound For Glory', the "take no prisoners attitude" of this band takes the day through to a successful conclusion, transcending all the difficulties of the day.


Steelhouse Festival 2018 - Black Star Riders 2

The festival organizers should also be praised for efforts to make the festival run as smoothly as possible with a big enough bar tent for those that wanted to shelter from the weather, the provision of mud boards very much needed by the third day and reduction of beer prices to compensate for the missing bands on Sunday. Personally, I had a great time despite the weather and the intimate, friendly feel of this festival makes it very likely I will return, despite the incredibly optimistic leap of faith involved in staging a festival up a mountain in Wales.

Review and photos by Dawn Osborne

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (1)add comment

MICHELLE LANNON said:

...
Awesome information!~
 
August 25, 2018
Votes: +0

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site