With no surprise the photo pit tonight is filled with photographers, and we are looking to snap these incredible artists.
To warm up the crowd we have, English veteran powerhouse rock singer Graham Bonnet alongside his regular bandmates Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, Conrado Persinato on guitar and Shane Gaalaas on drums.
Graham has recorded and performed as a solo artist and as a member of several hard rock and heavy metal bands such as Rainbow, Alcatrazz and Impellitteri. He is also known for his strong singing voice, but some might not know that he is also capable of singing soft melodies, as he claimed to be a self-taught singer. He is definitely one of the finest rock vocalists and songwriters of his generation.
As soon as he takes the stage the crowd looks very excited and even if the room is not full yet, there are quite a few fans amongst them. Kicking off with “Eyes of the World”, the start of the set is filled by the great energy that both Graham and the band are putting out and despite a very short set they are able to show everyone the talent that the band is!
A few moments later, we have British rock band FM and what an intro they have, a recording voice announcing the mighty FM! The band has been around for what seems like forever, in fact, the band formed in 1984, but they are not showing signs of retiring yet. The band was formed by singer Steve Overland and his brother, guitarist Chris then teamed up with drummer Pete Jupp and bassist Merv Goldsworthy and has released thirteen studio albums to date.
The band has found new popularity since the 2007 reunion, growing into a band that is at the top of its game.
Punching start to the setlist from these guys with “Synchronized”, that keeps the now audience on their toes. FM gift us with a blend of old and new songs that starts with “Bad Luck” and keeps going on for their whole set which is a delight for their fans as there is no one left disappointed by the choice of songs.
Steve’s vocals are sublime, a powerful voice singing melodic rock songs that makes the songs played live even better than on record mixed together with bluesy guitar riffs.
Unfortunately, the set it’s short and sweet and leaves us waiting for more from FM!
Last quick break and all us photographers are cramped in the photo pit waiting for Australian-
American rock supergroup The Dead Daisies. The band was formed in 2012 by guitarist David Lowy and has gone from strength to strength since the release of their self-titled album in 2013 growing an army of fans worldwide. They are a musical collective created by a rotating line-up that has featured some of the best Rock musicians on the planet. The Daisies started their next chapter in 2019 welcoming Glenn Hughes on lead vocals and bass, supercharging their front line through his rock-solid bass grooves and unmatched vocal intensity.
The sound of The Dead Daisies is entrenched in the hard rock that we all love, but they are also constantly evolving and bringing new dynamics to a classical style. Influenced by 70s and early 80’s rock their music includes bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks and all of this and more comes out on their live shows. Those guys are stage animals! After the crazy 18 months of Covid that the world had, the band has been hitting the road non-stop since recording the new album “Radiance”, playing to tens of thousands of Festivals all over.
Tonight, they are smooth and very professional, Glenn “the Voice of Rock” that is a talented bass player and still has an incredible voice at the age of 71 and he is able to hit all the notes with powerful screams.
With a spectacular light show, their performance is missing nothing. Lowry is keeping a low profile for the whole performance but on the other hand has fellow guitarist, Dough Aldrich, who with a bare torso and blond long hair is an exceptional musician.
The set includes 17 songs, a mix of old and new ones that are the product of a brilliant show. The energy of the entire band is electric, and they definitely look like they are having plenty of fun while doing it.
All in all, a great evening and make sure to check all these bands out!
Graham Bonnet Band Setlist:
- Eyes of the World (Rainbow song)
- All Night Long (Rainbow song)
- Night Games
- Desert Song (Michael Schenker Group song)
- Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover)
- Assault Attack (Michael Schenker Group song)
- Lost in Hollywood (Rainbow Song)
- Bad Luck
- Killed by Love
- Tough It Out
- I Belong to the Night
- Turn This Car Around
The Dead Daisies Setlist:
- Long Way to Go
- Rise Up
- Dead and Gone
- Face Your Fear
- Bustle and Flow
- Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
- Drum Solo
- Mistreated (Deep Purple Cover)
- Born to Fly
- Burn It Down
- Hypnotize Yourself
- My Fate
- Shine On
- Midnight Moses (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band cover)
- Burn (Deep Purple cover)