Gig Guide June 2017
Welcome to the RT Rock Show Gig Guide for June.
Mays great gigs was over shadowed with tragic news of 22 deaths in Manchester after the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena on Monday 22nd May. It's times like these that put everything in perspective and if there is one thing to take away from this horrific event, that is we cannot live our lives in fear. #togetherstronger.
Last Month’s Gigs
May was a relatively quiet month for gigs within the RT Rock Show camp, with only 3 gigs under our belt.
On May 6th I visited Cardiff’s St David’s hall to watch Tom Chaplin, aka the singer of the huge indie band Keane. If there was one word to describe the gig it would be polite. It was strange for a number of reasons;
St David’s hall is a theatre and have really comfy seats. I’m not complaining about comfy seats, just that it’s not the setting I’m accustomed to for a live music show. This old time rocker does prefer to stand, but when needed the seats were great
Tom, has a great voice and the acoustics in the theatre were fantastic for showcasing his music. Yet I didn’t find myself reaching for my earplugs as the music was too loud, (no Motorhead and Manowar your world records were not going to be beaten by the bands volume)but for the crowd.
Overall it was a pleasant but strange gig. It was two hours of nice, I like nice, but this was too nice for me.
The main event on everyone’s calendars for May must have been Iron Maiden and Shinedown in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on May 24th. Just two days after the tragic events in Manchester, Cardiff was on high alert and I can only praise the police and authorities for their presence and great work in ensuring Cardiff was safe for the thousands attending the show.
Leading up to the gig I was very apprehensive. Not of the terrorist threats, but the ticketless entry system implemented. We were advised to arrive early, and that is what we did. We arrived at the arena at 5:30pm and got in line. Luckily the sun was shining and with the help of good banter the hour flew by and we were heading into the arena. With one swipe of my credit card, my tickets were printed and we were in. The only logical place to head after queuing in the sun, the bar. Hats off to Maiden they have thought of everything. T-shirts and hoodies in the merchandise stall and Trooper (their own branded beer) in the bar. So with a beer in hand we headed off to watch Shinedown.
This is the second time I’ve seen Shinedown and I was disappointed. Well I wasn’t disappointed with their performance, more the sound engineer. It seems to be every support act I see the sound engineer alters the sound just enough to make you think that the main act is better. It’s sad to say but this was defiantly the case.
If there's one band that I always try and catch on tour and will never get bored of it's the mighty Iron Maiden. When they started announcing tour dates on the back of their 'Book Of Souls' release, their Cardiff show seemed an age away. With their last Cardiff show in 2011 it's been a long time coming. And what a show it was! As soon as the unmistakable Michael Schenker tone comes through the speakers in the form of UFO's 'Doctor Doctor', you know you're about to witness something special.
With an impressive Mayan temple backdrop the band kick off with an energy that shouldn't be present in a bunch of guys on the wrong side of 50. That said, opener 'If Eternity Should Fail' seemed quite laid back compared to previous show openers and after UFO. It was when the typical single of 'Speed Of Light' followed that it seemed to pick up. Back to back classics of 'Wrathchild' and 'Children Of The Damned' (dedicated to those of a certain age) get the blood pumping. A few more off the new album followed.
The set was 6 out of 15 new songs which, when taking into account the length of some of them, seemed quite a lot. With plenty of classics in between though it, there weren't many complaints. The Trooper, Powerslave and Fear Of The Dark always hit the spot, even with the absence of Hallowed Be Thy Name' due to legal reasons. The set closer Iron Maiden had the band firing on all cylinders and after a battle with a large Mayan warrior Eddie previously, we are treated to a massive inflated head over the stage that looked surprisingly realistic.
The 'Woe to you oh Earth and sea' of the opening encore 'Number Of The Beast' reminds us why this band is so special along with following song. The little played 'Blood Brothers' had Bruce take a bit of time to talk about the terrorist atrocity in Manchester and put a shiver up my spine. He hit the nail on the head and had the whole crowd united through the music. The ending track 'Wasted Years' wouldn't have been my guess as closer but it fitted perfectly. Another triumphant show and a sea of happy Maiden fans.
A special mention goes to the staff at the Motorpoint who had the show run smoother than I've ever experienced there in the wake of the needed tighter security. If there was a downer to the night it was the sound which was a bit muddy and you would expect to improve but seemed to stay that way throughout the night. Maybe my ears have had it!
As your probably aware we have been running a competition in May for a pair of tickets go see Twin Atlantic courtesy of the great guys at Sin City Swansea. And if you didn't know, why?
In support was The Pale White & Darlia. Due to my abysmal timing and the fact that I was still in the pub I missed The Pale White, but managed to catch Darlia.
Darlia brought me back to the 90's with a classic Indie Brit pop tune. The melodic tune sanctuary hit all the right buttons, as if they had a master class in song writing from the verve.
The Last but one track had the frantic energy of the libertines, which was just what we needed to get us going for Twin Atlantic.
Onto the main event. With a now packed Sin City Twin Atlantic kicked off with Valhalla,Whispers and Free. The music sounded great, but with a mixture of the lead singer Sam McTrusty's strong Glaswegian accent and the volume of the crowd it was hard to hear the vocals.
This didn't take anything away from the show, the energy the band produced was amazing and I completely understand why the gig sold out as quickly as it did. I just hope they return to Swansea in the future.
First up is an awesome lineup put together by Eradication at The Pit on June 16th. The new venue is located on The Strand in Swansea and run by the guys behind The Scene and it looks like a great one for more intimate gigs.
The one that I'm looking forward to is US death metal heavyweights Necrophagia! The death/horror metallers have been around since the early eighties but having never caught them live before I can't wait and it's certainly a must see for Swansea fans.
In support you have Welsh death metal legends in the making Sodomized Cadaver, Tech Death metallers Cerebral Atrophy from Ebbw Vale, Cwmbran melodeth headbangers Democratus and the live debut of Ablated who feature ex Desecration and Necrocest members!
Secondly, right at the end of the month on the 29th we have Texan 'supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio' Mothership laying waste to Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff. Expect some seriously heavy riffage perfect to bang your head to. Support comes from London doom/sludgers Poseidon.
Lastly just over the bridge on the 24th at the Thelka in Bristol we have classic metal legends Metal Church! The band have been throwing out awesome music since the eighties but have had a bit of a boost with returning vocalist Mike Howe now back at the front. Touring in support of last years excellent 'XI' album, the band remains a force to be reckoned with!
Jun 01, 2017 Tramshed Cardiff Vintage Trouble Jun 01, 2017 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff Vukovi/Press To Meco/Beach Fatigue Jun 01, 2017 The Globe Cardiff While She Sleeps Jun 02, 2017 Ebbw Vale Institute Viking Fest (Raveneye/Bad Touch/Screaming Eagles/Beautiful Strangers/Skam/Everyday Heroes/Crowsaw/Pilgrim/The Johnstown Flood/Black Water Chemistry/Reece/Haxan/Conspiracy Of Kings Jun 02, 2017 Crowleys Swansea Sepulchre/Cranial Seperation/Recluse/Cap'n Meatshield Jun 02, 2017 Fuel Rock Club Cardiff M2TM Semi Finals (Helldown/Incursion/Audioplague/Lacertilia/The Devolved/Malum Sky) Jun 03, 2017 The Duke Neath Annunciation/Craniation/Vomit Coffin/Violated Flesh
Jun 03, 2017
PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT CLUB PONTYPRIDD.
June 04, 2017 The Globe Cardiff Melt Banana/Gindrinker/Disjoy
Jun 09, 2017
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (CIA)
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN sold out
Jun 09, 201
PAGET ROOMS PENARTH
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW
Jun 10, 2017
PARC Y SCARLETS LLANELLI
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue
Jun 10, 2017
THE PIT, STRAND SWANSEA
Jun 10, 2017
NASHER An evening with Franky Goes to Hollywood guitarist
Jun 10, 2017
THE PRINCESS ROYAL THEATRE PORT TALBOT
DEKE LEONARD MEMORIAL
June 12, 2017 Bierkeller Bristol Kings X
June 15, 2017 Louisiana Bristol Blood Ceremony/The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell June 16, 2017 Masons Arms Llanelli Punks 4 Veterans (Fat Wreck/World vs World/Trunkshot/Tamsin Mathias) Jun 16, 2017 The Pit Swansea Necrophagia/Sodomized Cadaver/Cerebral Atrophy/Ablated Jun 16, 2017 Fuel Rock Bar Cardiff The Jokers Jun 22, 2017 Fuel Rock Bar Cardiff Pighead/Visions Of Disfigurement/Vile Inscription/Cerebral Atrophy Jun 24, 2017 Thelka Bristol Metal Church Jun 24, 2017 The Gryphon Bristol BrisTech (Mask Of Judas/NYCOSIA/Core Of IO/Taken By The Tide/Chronos/Alatyr/Altitudes/Akb'al/Within Ascendance Jun 29, 2017 O2 Academy Bristol Cheap Trick Jun 29, 2017 Fuel Rock Club Cardiff Mothership/Poseidon
Jun 29, 2017
THE EARL HAIG CARDIFF
Jun 30, 2017 Chepstow Drill Hall Fused Fest (Tygers Of Pan Tang/L'Anima/Control The Storm)