Steelhouse Festival |
Saturday 19th July 2014 |
Headliners: Black Star Riders

 
Having flown from Germany to the UK with the promise of storms and floods for the weekend, Sexy Hubby and I arrived equipped with our wellies and rain ponchos. The gods of rock had however decided to be benevolent to the thousands who made their way to the top of a Welsh mountain to attend the fourth edition of Steelhouse Festival. The only rain we had was one short shower each on Saturday and Sunday. Out came my cowgirl boots instead…

The predicted storms did happen though, during the night before the opening of the festival on Saturday 19th July. In the morning the weather was not very promising and we took it easy, therefore arriving late at the festival and missing the first three bands: Black Wolf, Skarlett Riot and Buffalo Summer. Sorry, guys, we hope to catch up with you another time.

We did however very much enjoy Tax the Heat, a Bristol-based band, in their own words “born from a pure love of straight-ahead rhythm and blues music.” The Graveltones followed them, composed of two Australians now based in London, delivering a great blues/rock performance.

In between sets we caught up with Whitney, who Sexy Hubby had met at a Black Star Riders concert last year, and her friend Jen. It was great to see you, girls, until next time! We also started chatting to a very nice gentleman, who turned out to be Howell Jukes, the owner of Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm where Steelhouse takes place. It was a pleasure meeting you, Howell, and we will see you next year.

Electric Boys were next on the programme, unfortunately their flight got delayed and they had to be re-scheduled for the Sunday. The planned opening act for the Sunday, The Amorettes, having just arrived, they found themselves propelled onto the stage instead. This energetic, Scottish trio completely took this change of plan in their stride and totally rocked it. Well done, girls!

I have never seen Skid Row playing live and therefore cannot compare. What I can say though, is that ex-front man Sebastian Bach is a fantastic showman who knows how to get his audience going, mixing Skid Row’s songs with his own. And as you can see on one of the photos below, one lady that night must have been ecstatic that Sebastian did attend her hen weekend…

The evening ended in fireworks due to an electrifying performance from Black Star Riders. Founded in late 2012 by ex-Thin Lizzy’s members, the band released its first album All Hell Breaks Loose in May 2013. Mostly alternating between songs from this album and Thin Lizzy’s material, they kept an incredible rhythm during the whole concert. Brilliant.

Both Europe and Black Star Riders will have new albums released in spring 2015 and a joint tour has been announced. I cannot wait.
 
 

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LINE-UP – SATURDAY 19TH JULY 2014

• Black Wolf
• Skarlett Riot
• Buffalo Summer
• Tax The Heat
• The Graveltones
• The Amorettes (replacing Electric Boys)
• Sebastian Bach
• Black Star Riders

 
 
BLACK STAR RIDERS SET LIST

• All Hell Breaks Loose
• Are You Ready
• Bloodshot
• Bad Reputation
• Before the War
• Jailbreak
• Hoodoo Voodoo
• Suicide
• Kingdom of the Lost
• Hey Judas
• Southbound
• Kissin’ the Ground
• Valley of the Stones
• Emerald
• Bound for Glory
• Cowboy Song
• The Boys Are Back in Town

Encore:

• Damon Johnson Guitar Solo
• Whiskey in the Jar
• Rosalie

 
 
 
 

Meet & Greet With Europe |
Steelhouse Festival |
Hafod-y-Dafal Farm – Ebbw Vale – Wales

 
When I bought The Final Countdown, my very first Europe single that I still have today, I never imagined that I would meet the band… and certainly not on top of a mountain in Wales!

My Europe collection has since grown quite a bit and Sexy Hubby and I saw the band in concert in Germany two years ago. We had such a brilliant time that we knew we would want to see them live again. Our first idea was to go to London in April this year during their joint tour with Foreigner, but in the end this plan did not work out. Then we heard about Steelhouse Festival in the Ebbw Vale in Wales. New bands to discover, one of Sexy Hubby’s idol, Bernie Marsden, on the programm and Black Star Riders and Europe as headliners! We immediately bought our tickets and organised our trip.

I had been in touch with Europe’s management by email for a possible meet and greet but sometimes you just have to seize the moment. And that is what I did when I spotted the band manager on Sunday afternoon. We got to meet almost all of the band members – guitarist John Norum was getting ready for the show – about an hour before they were expected on stage. They were lovely, relaxed and friendly. We had a little chat and told them that New Love in Town was our wedding song, therefore rendering this meeting even more special to us. They all signed our tickets and graciously posed for photos, not even getting impatient when I asked for pictures to be taken with my phone as well as with my camera… I had to laugh when I saw the photos, I think it is pretty obvious who is used to pose and who is not! ;)

I would like to once more reiterate our thanks to Joey, John, Mic and Ian for taking the time to see us and to Adam for making it happen. It was very much appreciated. In fact, I was still on my little cloud when the show started. As you can see below, the chosen set was just perfect to close a fantastic festival. And not only did Europe sing New Love in Town, but also Sign of the Times, another one of our favourites.

More to come about Steelhouse Festival tomorrow and Europe, see you next year on your joint tour with Black Star Riders!
 
 

Meet And Greet with Europe - Steelhouse FestivalStage Europe Concert - Steelhouse FestivalKatia Funkywellies, Whitney Alison Ribbins and Jen Shields - Europe Concert - Steelhouse FestivalWith Whitney, who Sexy Hubby met at the Black Star Riders concert last year, and Jen

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SET LIST

  • Riches to Rags
  • Firebox
  • Superstitious
  • Scream of Anger
  • No Stone Unturned
  • New Love in Town
  • Wasted Time
  • Guitar Solo
  • Girl from Lebanon
  • Drum Solo
  • Sign of the Times
  • Demon Head
  • Carrie
  • Love Is Not the Enemy
  • Let the Good Times Rock
  • The Beast
  • Rock The Night

Encore:

  • Last Look at Eden
  • The Final Countdown