A few months ago I went to see Lordi for the first time since I first became a fan (Eurovision 2006 obviously) and as promised I thought I would write a little review. I don’t know a great deal about music, I just know what I like and I feel like that’s all you need to know to enjoy yourself at a small concert like this.
I’ll talk about the opening band first though. A pleasant surprise as it was because there were no supporting bands advertised from what I had seen. I had never heard of either Silver Dust or Shiraz Lane but both put on excellent shows considering they didn’t have much to work with in terms of a crowd. There were probably about 200 people or so in there by the time they started but that actually made for a more interactive experience. Like me, most people seemed not to know who they were or what to think of them but after a song or 2 people got into it and “Lord Campbell”, the lead singer, was talking to everyone, getting everyone clapping, basically doing what a good front man should do. I’m still not exactly sure how to describe the genre Silver Dust fit in to but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I’m not sure it’s something I would listen to at home, but they’re a very good band to watch live. At the same time though I’m not sure I’d travel to go and see them, just if it’s local and convenient. I did like them but I didn’t love them.
Shiraz Lane are a different story. I haven’t done a great deal of research for this because well It’s all free and I don’t care that much but whatever that lead singer’s name is, he is phenomenal. I’m not just saying this because he’s Scandanavian and has long, curly hair (well maybe a little bit actually), but he really reminds me of Joey Tempest from Europe. Currently Shiraz Lane are an underrated band on the way up and I always felt the same about Europe. So many people knew them for ‘The Final Countdown’ and nothing else and they were always so much more than that. That guy has an insane range and knows how to perform on a stage. In a way he’s a throwback to that era and that type of glam metal but at the same time they have a very current, relevant sound and I think they’ll become something a lot bigger in the years to come. They didn’t do as much talking as Silver Dust and didn’t have the experience to maybe control the intimate crowd but they’re fantastic musicians with a special vocalist and I would love to see them come back to the UK soon, headlining their own show.
Finally Lordi, possibly the most entertaining band anybody could hope to see. I don’t know how I’ve managed to avoid them for so long but the 10 year wait to watch and listen to them live was very much worth the wait. I feel like they could play in front of a dozen people or in a festival in front of hundreds of thousands and bring the same energy because they love what they do. They love every aspect of performing and it shows when they’re on stage. I won’t go through the set list but they did a good mix of their most famous songs and their newer maybe lesser known tracks. It was unfortunate that you could tell that a lot of people were solely there for one song but it didn’t take away from the atmosphere that they created. There were a lot of people still singing along or who clearly knew most of the songs they played so that was good, but as I said they provide such an entertaining experience they could probably play to a room full of people who have no idea who they are and put on a good show. I genuinely cannot say a bad thing about any of these bands or the night in general. For me it’s not the same as going to see a band I adore from a musical standpoint, for example Alter Bridge who I went to see the following week, but it’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had a gig.
I’m glad the venue was changed last minute because this intimate style of venue suits this type of show perfectly. It wasn’t exactly easy to find but once you saw the tour buses and grouped up with other people who looked lost it was all good. I’ve got to say the staff were excellent. A strange layout of bar and only 2 bar staff on from what I could tell but they worked tirelessly all night. The security staff were excellent from start to finish and it’s all those little things that make a small gig like that work. All round amazing night and if I were to do it again I wouldn’t change a thing. Hard Rock Hallelujah!