Rock The Night & Shout It Out Loud 09-10/03 Germany
Glam & glitter is alive and well in Germany!
When the lewd, crude and tattooed posse of The Verlichte Geest in Roeselare, Belgium (a move to JOC in Roeselare is at hand, check the dates!) told yours truly that a vacant spot in one of the cars to go to 2 glam-festivals in Germany was available I had to think things thoroughly through. 2 minutes and a suitcase later this here boy was behind the driving wheel of one of said cars and off we went. First stop: Angerturnhalle, Michelau (Lichtenfels) for the Rock The Night 2012-event, organized and supervised by The Paunchy Cats Club (http://www.paunchycats.de). The line-up for that night: Hardcore Superstar, Crazy Lixx, Sister, Aesthesia, The Fright, Hollywood Burnouts, Ritual Killing, Keen. In reversed order, of course. So the 700 km trip we had to make to get there was well worth it. Being on time to see all the bands was not an option. Trying to get the Tuff/Shameless-boys (who played The Verlichte Geest the night before) out of your house is not an easy task when not a lot of sleep was involved.
Anyway, we really wanted to see Hollywood Burnouts so we arrived on the scene just in time to see the last song of… The Fright. Way too late but just in time to order our first drinks of many and get ready for the new French glam-sensation Aesthesia. The young Parisians have one thing in common; an obvious love for GnR’s Appetite For Destruction and it shows, musically and on stage. As this is still a young band there’s still room for improvement but songs as ‘Greed Machine’ and especially the single ‘Under 16’ show a quite obvious talent to make something of their collective career. Next up, the incomparable Swedes of Sister. The punky glamsters did what they do best: kicking, rocking, screaming & grinding. It was a rather short set so the gig was hopping from one highlight to another. If songs like ‘Hatred’ & ‘Too Bad For You’ are familiar then you know how the boys ripped through their set. The only letdown was the sound, which was plain horrible as there were almost no guitars in the mix and it stayed like that for the whole concert. One could see that the band was giving it all they got but the soundman was sleeping, unfortunately.
A hard to catch band is Crazy Lixx as they like to keep themselves rather exclusive. One can ask the question if it’s ok to let fans travel half across the world to spot a glimpse of their favorite band. It was worth it, though. The soundman was by now half-awake so the sound improved a bit which is a good thing for the kind of music (heavy on the backing-vocals & guitar-antics) Crazy Lixx brings to the table. The Swedes were obviously promoting their latest release on Frontiers, ‘New Religion’, so it was no surprise that the setlist was build up around that particular album. No problem for us, we like it a lot and the band was on fire. An ideal runner-up for the Gods of Swedish glam, Hardcore Superstar! I’ve been following this band from practically day one and I have to say, they seem to improve every time I’m lucky enough to see them perform. By now the band has 8 albums under the belt so the choice in songs must be a particularly hard task at the beginning of every tour. The band blasted off with ‘Sadistic Girls’ and fired on all sixes from the get go. The sound was miraculously crystal clear by now and with ‘Kick On The Upper Class’, ‘Split Your Lip’, ‘Last Call For Alcohol’, ‘We Don’t Celebrate Sundays’, ‘Celebration’ & ‘Dreamin’ In A Casket’ passing the revue the party was full on. The band had a whale of a time and the crowd was enjoying every second of it. Germany sure knows how to rock ‘n’ roll, I can tell you that. But as we had to travel some 500 km the next day we held the partying to an absolute minimum so when we got to our respective chambers most of us were only half wasted.
The Shout It Out Loud-festival in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with the glam & sleaze loving-part of Europe. Last year they managed to bring Cinderella over for a headlining show and this year’s line-up was a sure-hit as well with The Blackes White, Stala & So., Hollywood Burnouts, Sister, Vanderbuyst, Tuff/Shameless, Vain, Dangerous Toys & Hardcore Superstar appearing on stage for you glitter-hungry lot. Crashdïet was supposed to play as well but cancelled at the last minute. The organization of the festival tried to fill the vacant spot with, amongst others, Crazy Lixx. To no avail, tickets to go back to Sweden were booked and off they went. I really think a couple of them have a very difficult girlfriend. Anyway…
You won’t believe it: we travelled at neck-breaking speed through Germany to be on time for our friends of Hollywood Burnouts and guess which band we saw first? Right! Sister. Of course. Well, we heard a lot of good buzzing, HB-boys, and we promise to be on time next gig. Sister did a great show. Again. But now the sound was a whole lot better. Day and night-better, actually, and the reaction of the crowd was accordingly. A lot of shouting, cussing, spitting and screaming was going on. Unfortunately, during Vanderbuyst my attention was elsewhere to be found but from what I heard in the background the band played a decent set with the emphasis mainly on vintage (heavy) metal. What do you do when you want to tour with band and favorite songs but your companions won’t come along for the ride? Well, you do what Stevie Rachelle does, confiscate another band and start touring. And so the unholy alliance Tuff/Shameless was born. It has to be said, it works. The German glamsters from Shameless are a perfect match for Mister Rachelle’s antics. Highlights: ‘The All New Generation’ & ‘Good Guys Wear Black’ and that should come as no surprise. Tuff’s debut ‘What Comes Around Goes Around’ is still halfway to classic and is due for re-release, or so I’ve heard…
By then it was time for the big boys. First up, Vain. What can be said about Vain that has not been said before? Davy Vain still sounds uncannily like his 25-year younger self and the new album ‘Enough Rope’ was one of the top releases of last year. Combine that with the best songs of the Vain-discography (of course, most of ‘No Respect’) and we have a sure winner. A winner that proofed to be difficult to follow as Dangerous Toys would have to overcome a crowd still in the aftermath of a ruthless Davy Vain and of course already waiting for the almighty Hardcore Superstar. But the Texans gave it their best as this was their only show on the mainland. The band was flown over for this gig and for this gig only. It was all in all an enjoyable affair but I couldn’t overcome the feeling that Jason McMaster and the boys were a little high on the bill for their own good. Because when Hardcore Superstar took the stage it was quite clear that a lot of the crowd had been hiding outside and on the chairs and near the eating stands or bar. People came rushing in while band justly did what they did the night before: being awesome. Never change a winning team, the Swedes must have thought, as we heard exactly the same as in Michelau. Which is fine by us and a good time was had by all!
We all strolled back to the hotel and were thinking ahead of some more nice glam-related festivals in the neighborhood. Any suggestions…?