15 December 2002: D-A-D + Tim Christensen – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England, UK

This gig was advertised as a Danish Rock Christmas Special and if you have read some of my reviews you will already know that I have a bit of a soft spot for Scandinavian rock and with this being the first UK date for D-A-D for about ten years it was for me at least not to be missed.

This was the first ever UK date for Tim Christensen but as there was a very large Danish contingent in the crowd so that was not a problem for him and he was given a warm welcome. There is a bit of a disagreement between the two people I went with, Simon (not me another one) thought he was the Danish Jeff Buckley but Tina thought he was more like Phill Collins, I think Simons description is closer to the truth but I must confess to finding him a bit dreary, but the crowd enjoyed him and that is all that matters really.

D-A-D came on to a rapturous welcome and played a set consisting mainly of material off the last two albums Everything Glows and Soft Dogs, the tracks included Evil Twin, Nineteen Hundred and Yesterday, Soft Dogs and Un Frappe Sur La Tete, with a couple of oldies Jihad, Sympatico and reconstrudead thrown in for good measure.

This was my gig of the year, I had a great time, my only complaint is that the D-A-D set was too short. We were finished by 10:30, I suppose this was a venue restriction as I know the band have an extensive back catalogue and can and do play for much longer than this. Oh well I’ll just have to get off my arse and make that trip to Denmark I keep promising myself.

Cheers.

Simon

13 December 2002: The Datsuns + The Hellacopters + The Gazza Strippers – Wulfron Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK

This was a gig that I was really looking forward to, having seen the hellacopters at the Southside festival in 2001 I was expecting great things from them and with the amount of press attention and airplay given to The Datsuns I was expecting great things from them too.

We arrived at the venue a little late and only caught the last couple of tracks from the Gazza Strippers but they sounded OK and I will keep an eye open for them in future.

Next up were the Hellacopters, these guys hail from Stockholm and I am a keen follower of Scandinavian rock music with bands like Backyard Babies, DAD, Hanoi Rocks being a staple in my CD player. These guys are good, if you like good old fashioned rock then I would check out some of their albums. As a live act they are very competent and very talented and they gave us a great show although the Wolverhampton crowd was a little subdued and the band had to really work to get a reaction from them. The set was about an hour long and featured new material as well as some of the more well known back catalogue such as Hopeless Case of A Kid in Denial and Move Right Outta Here. I have to confess I think this band is fantastic and I loved every minute of their set.

When the Datsuns come on I was sure that the crowd who had been a little disappointing during the Hellacopters would liven up and find their voice but no again the band had to work really hard to get even a murmur from them. This aside the guys from NZ did a sterling job really putting a lot of energy into their set. From what I can remember (I don’t write anything down at gigs) they played pretty much the whole of the album, Finishing with Harmonic Generator.

Overall this gig lived up to my expectations even if the crowd were a bit flat, but the quality of the band more than made up for that.

Cheers.

Simon

09 December 2002: Murderdolls + The 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK

Glam Rock is dead, long live Glam Rock. Every generation throws up a bunch of weirdoes who like to get dressed up in sparkly costumes and make-up and this generation is no exception. The murderdoll featuring Joey from Slipknot and Wednesday 13 from The Frankenstein Drag Queens of Planet 13 bring glam metal to the twenty first century.

The first band on were The 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster who have been getting a bit of attention from the rock press and I was quite interested to see them live. I have to confess to being left a little unsure of what I made of them. I couldn’t decide if they were supposed to be all drums and bass or if the guitar should have been a bit higher in the mix, I will have to get some studio stuff and see what I make of that.

The gig was a 14’s and over event, quite unusual for Rock City, but it did mean I got a great view of the stage and could get a beer really easily (something else that is unusual for Rock City). The Murderdolls came on to a good reception from the crowd and treated them to a pretty good show, big riffs and lost of swearing. Having never heard the studio stuff I have no idea what the tracks were that they played apart from the last track which is a Frankenstein Drag Queen track called I love to Say Fuck, which was quite an appropriate one to end on. All in all I have to say I enjoyed these guys, deep and meaningful it ain’t but it is bloody good rock ‘n’ roll.

Cheers.

Simon