Post by Richard & Amanda In Cornwall on Nov 1, 2010 17:31:13 GMT
A life changing day yesterday seeing Jimi Jamison perform for the first time.It was absolutely awesome,he was in top form.Thought Newman were great too. Really good to meet Paul B after....4 and half years(we worked it out last night,benefit gig at the watersports place),the other ARfm guys,with a special hi to Ali.Hope you have a safe trip home you rock. Liz,it's fate that we keep missing each other.Saw Tez oustside and maybe Lee. Must apologise to the guy from Exeter who was having a conversation outside in the q to get in with a mate about whether he should buy the Survivor Rock Candy re-issues,it was rude of me to butt in with shameful sales plug!!! LOL Mr P. a true believer in our scene always good to see him,quite surreal how he was the first person we see after a 4 and half hour car trip. Oh we dont want to go back to work tomorrow,it was a great experience!!
Post by Tez Noriega-Durrant on Nov 1, 2010 18:31:48 GMT
Well was great to spend a bit of time with Liz, Nick, Steve Price, Alison, & Allee ( with & without heels :-) ).
Sorry I missed anyone else ... Richard & Amanda you should of popped over & said hello ... I don't bite :-)
Stuck it out down at the front again this weekend for Sat & Sun ( apart from Lynch Mob )... for me best bands were ( in no particular order ) Beggars & Thieves, Dare, Newman, Jimi Jamison, & Nelson.
Will also give an 'honarable mention' to Bonfire, I don't think I'll ever buy any material, but the band know their way around a stage & how to handle the crowd / photographers etc. Any band wanting to work on their stagecraft should see these guys perform.
Will get some pictures up on Facebook when I get a chance.
well,where do i begin...dean mate tried to find you if i asked once are you from wales i asked a hundred times,i think people thought i was a bit weird,maybe i am.liz and nick where were you hiding,tried the bar more times than i care to remember (too many pints each time) oh well,next year maybe.
really enjoyed grand illusion,great blokes long chat with them on saturday night and sunday morning outside the welbeck hotel. beggars and thieves what a band what a set. newman- can,t wait for the dvd stage dolls - wow jimi jamison - fantastic bangalore choir - you still got it guys and bonfire - did they play anything from fireworks ha ha
all in all bloody fantastic ps where were you lee?
We did venture forth on occasion, think I spotted Lee (?) and waved like a loon from some distant planet..
Sorry Paul. We did notice someone wave in our general direction but, didn't realise you were waving at us
We had a great weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday were superb, with Sunday taking the honours overall.
Thought Bangalore Choir, Bonfire and especially Shotgun Symphony were all outstanding on Saturday. We were all knackered so we left before Dare and LM hit the stage.
Sunday...well, where do I start. I thought collectively, Sunday was by far the best Firefest day I've been too. Newman, Strangeways and Pretty Maids were good. Stage Dolls were fantastic, as were Nelson but, I thought Jimi Jamison stole the show. What a performance!! Great vocals, backing band and a near perfect set-list.
Was great to see Mr Price and Allee in the car park as we were leaving.
Saw Tez in the queue on the Sunday morning...what time did you get there, mate? I thought we were early!
Saw Liz and Nick from afar but missed seeing Alison, Richard & Amanda and Mikey.
Mikey...we were to the left as you walked up the stairs to the main bar. We were standing under the stairs that lead to the balcony. What a great place it was, too. Seating, an elevated view and something to lean on...perfect ;D
ahhhh screw it! i might just go to my next gig in me birthday suit just for the crack! hahaha!
Unfortunatley it's highly unlikely i'll be at FF next year either Mikey, but with how limited this scene is i'm sure we'll cross paths sooner of later......i've met most of the arfm board regulars over the past couple of years at various gigs....so they can point out which darkened corner i'm lurking in to you........
Anyway, I can only echo what my lovely husband said above. Sunday was better than Saturday, although Bonfire were blimmin' brilliant and Shotgun Symphony were a pleasant surprise seeing as I didn't know anything by them.
Sunday was head and shoulders above Saturday by a country mile. We had a great spot and our 'neighbors' were really nice, so that helped.
Musically, I loved Jimi. He was everything I was hoping for and then some, and I'm tickled at the thought of the Rock City staff only recognising the song from Rocky and the song from Baywatch out of the whole weekend ;D
I also enjoyed the Stage Dolls and a few songs by Pretty Maids (I.N.V.U. is one of my songs of the year, and it was epic to hear it live).
Newman's set was enjoyable, and I think that when he matures his stage-craft he'll be able to match his performance to his outstanding vocals. I know from talking with one of his close friends that he doesn't do many gigs, so maybe more live shows will help him.
I thought Nelson were really great and they looked like they were really up for it and enjoying themselves. I'm not sure about the Slaughter song or the body-popping, but overall it was a pretty brilliant set.
On a side note, I bumped into Eric Gronwall in the hotel on Saturday evening and had to quell the urge to ask him if he'd done his homework before he went on stage. I could not believe how young he looked!! He was a very nice young man (boy!?!?) He said they were going to crack on with writing the next album and then start touring again, then he went back to his band mates and drank more beer.
I'll stop rambling now - it was all good and even the smelly, sticky Rock City floor couldn't take the smile off my face
Post by Nick from Cheshire on Nov 2, 2010 15:34:17 GMT
Well, how much fun was that? Really good to catch up with folk again, shame we didn't find you all (where were you, Mikey??).
So, the bands....Reckless Love let down by vocals, but plenty of energy! Crazy Lixx I missed as I was socialising (cough). H.E.A.T., in my opinion, are heading off in a more lightweight, poppy direction, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Saturday started with Grand Illusion, who certainly woke you up..dogs in a 50 mile radius were attracted by the lead singers high notes
Beggars and Thieves followed with one of the best sets of the weekend, IMHO, combining classics and new material from the Stone Alone EP and songs from the new album, due out in very early 2011.
Bangalore Choir next up, and David Reece has got to one of the most charismatic frontmen in the business! Excellent set.
Shotgun Symphony seemed polished, but food beckoned, so.....
We missed Bonfire!
Dare started off well, with 4 tracks from Out Of The Silence, but then forgot the plan to play the entire album, and wandered off in a Celtic direction....but still, a good set.
I was worried we were not going to have much of a set from Lynch Mob with the earlier delays and the approach of the rigid curfew, but common sense prevailed, we got a great gig from George and the boys, and several Nottingham students got a short sharp lesson in proper music ;D
Sunday kicked off with Grand Design, apparently. We missed them due to forseen circumstances (late bar at the Welbeck the night before. And, yes, I know we gained an hour......)
Newman -- belting ;D Shaun and David give Steve exactly the line up he needs - considering this was only their second ever gig together they were as tight as a tight thing tied up in tights. By the end of the set the crowd were completely won over. And the "freeze" trick was brilliant
We missed Stage Dolls due to food, but by all accounts they played a good one.
Terry Brock has one of the greatest voices I have ever heard (and also turns out to be a really nice guy too), but the setlist chosen by Strangeways was a bit, well, strange
Due to Pretty Maids running late due to flight delays and traffic, Jimi Jamison went on earlier than expected. I have to be honest, I'm not a JJ fan at all (sorry Richard!), but was very impressed by the quality of his performance, and the strength of the material. Oh, and Tommy Denander shreds!
Pretty Maids apparently arrived so late that they climbed out of the car, got the guitars out of the cases in the car park, tuned up and walked onstage! Again, a very tight performance, but a bit on the heavy side in places.
I was prepared to be unimpressed by Nelson, but they geniunely seemed to be enjoying themselves, and won me over! Having both Mark Slaughter and Neil Zaza playing guitar helped, mind you They also win the award for the strangest drum solo ever....body popping
So thanks to Kieran and the team for yet another Firefest that we'll never remember exactly all the details of......lets do it all again next year ;D
And just a couple of questions that need answering..... Why is the world full of 23 year old bass players all of a sudden? Why was the Firefest lurgy getting people at the event instead of after it? What exactly is the floor of Rock City made of? And what was that smell in the foyer on Sunday morning?
nick..i spent as much of my time enjoying the bands namely in no particular order-grand illusion,beggars and thieves,stage dolls and dare,as i did looking for yourselves,dean and lee. next year maybe arrange a meeting place or exchange mobile numbers. pm me if you want mine