As I approached the Prog stage about 15 minutes before Ian Anderson was scheduled to perform, an eager audience had already started to assemble creating the biggest crowd the stage had seen so far that day. Following hours of rain, it had dried up at last and we dared to hope it would stay that way.
For over 4 decades sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have been the foundation of Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart. Forming the band in the mid 1970’s the siblings smashed the stereotype that women couldn’t lead a successful rock band and created a signature blend of folk and hard rock driven by Ann’s powerhouse vocals and Nancy’s rhythm guitar. Throughout the decade Heart released a string of platinum selling and chart topping LP’s and singles, that to this day are still in heavy rotation on classic rock radio.
Having personally never experienced an EyeHateGod show before, there was an element of the unexpected about tonight’s show in Dublin. From a studio recording perspective, it’s clear they have been a heavy influence on a lot of contemporary acts doing the rounds at the moment, with a chaotic, almost groove/hardcore feel to their music.
The stage was jam packed with utter talent, Steve Lukather led his guitar into a wild dance while David Paich, donning his circus ring master top hat, commanded the piano keys telling of his love for Ireland, so much so that he married an Irish girl 30 years ago
Halestorm are a band that certainly polarise opinions amongst rock fans.Since they started in 2009 they have chosen a path of commercial easy on the ears music.
This was my third time seeing The Answer live. The first two times was when they were occupying the support slot on AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour. Those gigs took place in a 14,000 capacity arena in Dublin, and then in front of 70,000 people on a County Kildare racecourse. Both fine performances, but in truth not really the fairest of concert situations to truly appreciate this bands live skill. But tonight is a lot different, tonight is Whelan’s in Dublin, a legendary music venue on the South side of the city, an establishment that would scarcely host 500 people.
After appearing in the Academy on their last visit to Dublin in late 2012, it was surprising to see the intimate Fibber Magees announced as the venue for tonight’s performance by Fozzy. A heaving crowd have congregated and crammed into compact coves and corridors to catch the American heavy metal group fronted by part-time rocker, part-time wrestler, Chris Jericho.
It didn’t long for this freezing and snow pelted crowd to get warmed up, Scottish rockers The Amorettes doused the Dublin audience with their high octane brand of rock n roll. The all girl trio made up of Gill Montgomery(guitars/vocals), Hannah McKay(drums), Heather McKay(bass) used their 30 minute set to maximum effect, belting out tracks from their debut album Haulin Ass and latest offering Game On including a ear splitting Hot n Heavy.
Formed almost thirty years ago, New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All have drawn a formidable fanbase to the Voodoo Lounge in Dublin for their first Irish gig since 2006, and anybody with more than a fleeting interest in crossover hardcore, punk and metal is sure to enjoy tonight’s show.