Ah, it was like the nineties never happened, as I queue up, surrounded by cut off denim jackets, Manowar T-shirts and (for no obvious reason), a knight of the realm circa the 3rd Crusades. But that's obviously what happens when you get a proper rock show on the road.
First up were The Poodles, whose debut album I am rather fond of. Granted, on record, they sometimes veer over from retro cheer to full on cheese, but live, their big time 80's rock party anthems go over an absolute treat. With a frontman rocking the Motley Crue "Theatre Of Pain" look and some killer songs, they easily won over an up for it crowd with some cracking songs off their "Metal Will Stand Tall", with the title track and "Number One" set highlights. The one new song they unveiled fits right into the mould of the debut, and they'll always be welcome round my way.
I'm probably the wrong person to review a Krokus gig, what with my irrefutable stance on "One Vice At A Time" being one of THE greatest rock albums ever, but I was there, so hard lines. Kicking off with aged "Metal rendezvous" single 'Heatstrokes' set the tone for a greatest hits set, with the two tracks off the recent "Hellraiser" album arriving early on. The title track and new single 'Angel Of My Dreams' out of the way, it was heads down classics from then on with 'Screaming In The Night', 'Rock City' and 'Bad Boys Rag Dolls' firmly imprinted in my memory. Returning guitarist Mandy Meyer ripped out some great solos (and must have a picture in his attic to look that youthful) and Marc Storace was in fine voice. Sadly, no 'Long Stick Goes Boom', but a cracking night of rock and roll entertainment. And props to Marc who was happy to hang about afterwards to sign various faded denim jackets and even the odd arm or two!
The Poodles album, “Metal Will Stand Tall” is out now - Buy From Amazon
as is the latest Krokus album, “Hellraiser” - Buy From Amazon
:twisted :twisted :twisted :twisted / 4 out of 5
Thanks to Mike.