Slipknot and this becomes obvious on this day, are not only excellent musicians but deliver a complete masterpiece. Music and stage show belong irrevocably together. In addition, the band has frontman Corey Taylor not only an excellent singer but also an entertainer who knows how to electrify the masses. Slipknot plays for two hours and tears down Wacken with every trick in the book.
Frontman Rob Halford is like fine wine, which gets better and better with age. Judas Priest is a headliner on day two and rightfully so. Wacken experiences many metal bands these days, but none has shaped heavy metal as much as Judas Priest has and still does.
After a two-year Corona-related hiatus, Wacken 2022 is going full throttle, bringing 85,000 people to the village. And Myglobalmind had the chance to finally cover the festival for the first time!!!
With the constant uncertainty and turmoil in the world over the past few years, it’s good to know some things are thankfully predictable. And although the timing of this twice-postponed event is not one of them, the reliability of a top-class live show courtesy of Maryland rockers Clutch surely is. Our return to Dublin’s Academy after well over 2 years is as welcoming as ever, although one might not think this was a sold-out show-up on a timely arrival before the support act. The only surprise is a curious restriction preventing access to the spacious but empty pit between the stage and crowd for accredited photographers meaning they must negotiate with diehard fans for a spot at the rail to get those intimate shots for your viewing pleasure.
Anybody reading this would probably complain about the short setlist, and yes that is a valid assessment. But if you consider the longevity of some of these iconic bands, and the few remaining members left; one can’t help but reminisce about a lot of the bands of yesteryear ending their legacies very soon as many are in the twilight of their careers. I say instead of cherry-picking songs and or setlists, get your kids out to see some of the Rock bands on tour now as they may not be around much longer. Write yourself a bucket list, and take your families to see these shows you won’t regret it. I promise you that.
Rob commands the stage like a rock star and packs the vocal ability that fans expect while embracing that raw grittiness he did since White Zombie. He is the ultimate performer and continuously gives his audience 110% and expects the same from them. Both longtime fans, as well as first-timers, got more than they bargained for this evening with a thrilling show. Rob and his band are musical masters taking pure emotion and angst to turn it into a defiant irreverence celebration. PNC Arena was the epicenter of the carnage as the band took the audience over the musical precipice.
The guys waste no time as their charismatic front man Jonathan Norris comes out firing on all cylinders with “Break Free” and another banger in “Unbreakable”, the guys sound tight as hell and guitar player David Work has some keen guitar riffage.
You can’t keep a good man down! Back in May, when eight of Aerosmith’s twenty-four Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency shows were postponed due to Steve Tyler checking into rehab, Joe called a few good friends, packed up his gear, and reignited The Joe Perry Project.
Copenhell takes place on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen’s harbour. Copenhell is different. It is the only European rock and metal festival placed centrally in a big city. Whilst there are camping options for the die-hard fans out there, it’s as easy to get an apartment, Air BnB, hotel or similar and simply walk to the event each day. And the pièce de resistance? The festival grounds are on an old industrial site. This means the ground is solid, firm and mud free when it rains.