First up were Sweden’s Fatal Smile. Part glam part sleaze with a melodic hard rock edge and strong vocals. Shortly into their set they were stopped short by some power problem, but when they were back running it was is if they had never stopped their forward motion of rock. Good stuff.
The sound of God Of Thunder by Kiss indicated that it was time for some monsters.
Kita- Drums - an alien manbeast who looks a little bit like The Predator
Ox - Bass - HellBull
Awa - Keyboards/backing vocals - The ghost countess
Amen - Guitar - the decomposing mummy.
and last of all the mighty Lordi - Vocals - Big ol' demon beast and unholy overlord of tremors complete with red eyes and little horns.
When last I saw them they were riding high from their Eurovision song contest win
and since then have brought out their new album Deadache.
Half the set came from the new album starting with Girls Go Chopping which proved that the band were back and in good form both on CD and live. Other good new tunes included Raise Hell in Heaven, Bite It Like a Bulldog, Deadache and Dr. Sin Is In which had Mr Lordi dressed in scrubs cutting the guts out of a little humanoid thingy only for it to sit upright and be forced back down a few times. There were other slight costume changes and props depending on the song and some more theatrics like Ox ripping the arm off a hunchback and also bashing a roadie with a guitar, Kita beheading someone and placing the head on a spike on top of his drum kit, Awa shoving a spike though 2 dead dancers, and Mr Lordi spraying the audience with fake blood.
The other song selections fulfilled my wishlist including Blood Red Sandman which got me into the band in the first place. The final trio were
They played for a decent 1hour 40 this time and it was a funny and enjoyable experience. Monster! Monster! Monster!
Girls Go Chopping
They Only Come Out at Night
Raise Hell in Heaven
Bite It Like a Bulldog
Who's Your Daddy?
Blood Red Sandman
Man Skin Boots
The Night of the Loving Dead
Bringing Back the Balls to Rock
Wake the Snake
Dr. Sin Is In
Missing Miss Charlene
Would You Love a Monsterman?
Devil Is a Loser
Hard Rock Hallelujah
Because of some random waking up in slight hip discomfort the night before I decided to take some pills last night. I slept better and even had a dream that my hip was fixed then woke up and it was, not fully but definitely better *dances a very little jig* :)