Midnight Force / Night Demon / Angel Witch / Oberhausen, Helvete 21.04.2017
Heavy Metal Heat. Or in other words, basic sweaty armpits are just too mainstream.
in exactly eight weeks you´re on a festival. The much-anticipated Rock Hard Festival. By this time you are probably dressing up for Behemoth, drinking beer in the D-A-D crowd, buying Exodus merch or standing in line for a piece of pulled pork awesomeness.
Or you still discuss with other unsatisfied people which bands should be headliners instead of the actual headliners…but that´s none of my business…
Talking about headliner shows, here we have the official running order:
THE DEAD DAISIES
ROBERT PEHRSSON‘S HUMBUCKER
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA
DIRKSCHNEIDER /Farewell To Accept
ROSS THE BOSS /Manowar-Classics
SECRETS OF THE MOON
Dust Bolt will thrash the stage first on Friday. If you´re more into the darker side of sounds you might join the crowd of Behemoth, Candlemass or Secrets Of The Moon. Classic metal devotees will possibly headbang for Dirkschneider, Ross The Boss, Demon and Night Demon…Apart from you can also join nostalgical moments surrounded by the music of Blues Pills, Blood Ceremony or Robert Pehrsson´s Humbucker.
Rain or shine…
The Rock Hard Festival billing is not complete yet, but the bands for the Warm Up Show in Lünen got released:
Teutonic Slaughter / Germany
Lizzies / Spain
Screamer / Sweden
If you follow my facebook entries, you already know that I went to Sweden for the Screamer release show of „Hell Machine“. To put it in a nutshell, it´s awesome, buy it! Or at least bring your arses to Lünen/Lükaz soon – Friday, 05.05.17.
This is the Swedish menu card, guess you will hear some new songs in Lünen for sure…
Today is the 5th anniversary of my official appearance as a photographer, yaaaay! I always photographed at concerts, but five years ago I was on my first official mission. If you were also there, you will remember that brilliant billing: Vanderbuyst -Steelwing – Skull Fist- Bullet – Grand Magus. So far I haven´t seen any other SO sold out club show again! Still hear the crowd singing the end of Bullets „Bang Your Head“ on and on and on…
As an admirer of visual rock images for a long time the eternal images of Mick Rock always deeply impress me. Of course the huge influence of David Bowie is not less important.
„There are times in sessions when I´m a live wire. There´s a moment when my subject will become completeley glued to the end of my lens and I can literally feel them twitching. It´s a sharp, clear sensation. I don´t have to see them anymore because I´m totally identified with them. I smell pictures more than I see them. And I hear pictures more than I smell them. It´s very habit forming.“ Mick Rock 1979 / Blood&Glitter
A big thanks to all the inspiring bands, their labels/management/promoters/crew people!
I warmed up and look foward to the next years,
Happy New Year dear readers! 2016-shaming is so yesterday, let´s focus on the festival season 2017.
This personal „Best of“ does not contain pictures of every year, I only publish those with acceptable quality. A blurry photo of Dio from 2006 will not do justice to the show, at least that´s my opinion. All those photos were taken with an ordinary compact camera, 2016 was the first time I captured the festival with my professional eqiupment…So if you´re not into „straight from the crowd“ photos, switch to category 2016 😉
My very first Rock Hard Festival experience was in 2005, also it was my very first festival at all. Since then it is a permanent part of my festival season. Accept was the highlight in 2005 for me. Dio was the main thing in the next year. The best surprise was the appearance of some Bullet guys in 2012. I did not know that they perform with Rokken together. More surprises like this, please! Also a main highlight in 2012 was my first crowd surfing experience during the W.A.S.P show!
Crucified Barbara 2006/ Bullet 2011/ Thunderstom that cancelled Bullet autograph session 2011/ Tankard 2012 / Kvelertak 2012/ Rokken-Bullet 2012/ W.A.S.P 2012 / Queensryche 2012 / Shoe selfie before crowd surfing 2012/ King Diamond 2013 /Sacred Reich 2013 / Insomnium 2014/ Air Raid 2015 / Black Star Riders 2015 / With my partner in crime Psychorizon 2016 ( https://psychorizon.wordpress.com/ )
The billing for 2017 is not complete yet, but there are some great announcements already: Asphyx, Behemoth,Blues Pills, Candlemass, D-A-D,Exodus,Fates Warning, Mantar, Night Demon, Ross The Boss, Secrets Of The Moon & Skyclad. See you soon!