A little weary and slightly toxic after two days of non-stop rock n roll it was Swedish funk metallers The Electric Boys who dusted off the cobwebs and put us back on track. It had been many tears since we’d had the pleasure of witnessing this quartet in action but the Boys have lost none of their appeal: Conny Bloom is the perfect antidote to headaches, hangovers and a bad hair day.
Bonafide bring some heavy classic rock to the party and their tight, loud and cocky set proves they’re right at home under the watchful eye of label bosses Off Ya Rocker Recordings – the label owned by Hard Rock Hell itself!
It might not have been Seven O’ Clock but it’s always time for late additions and HRH regulars the Quireboys. Spike was his usual charming and witty self – the romany Gypsy with a voice that’s thick like molasses and whisky was blended to perfection in North Wales. Bringing us the bar room boogie that is the band’s signature sound, Spike even showcased Too Much Of A Good Thing from the Quireboys’ forthcoming album and the massed ranks appeared suitably impressed.
JettBlack rounded off the afternoon session with their fabulous funtime sleaze and glam rock bringing the house down – Cinderella tale Slip It On an obvious highlight on a day of so many.
During a quick break we missed the delightful Dogs D’Amour but our spies reported Tyla and co. at the top of their game. Back for some ear-bleeding metal courtesy of Bay Area thrashers Testament, HRH had hit new heights but even they failed to eclipse surf rock skater-friendly dudes Ugly Kid Joe. Everything About You afforded all those present the opportunity to join in one massive singalong and set the seal on another fantastic day of rock and roll action at the UK’s premier winter festival…