Day four at Hard Rock Hell and the RUSHONROCK rock chicks woke up feeling surprisingly fresh – we’re unable to be killed by conventional weapons. At 12.55pm Stage One was calling and the immense wall of noise that is Trucker Diablo.

Trucker took us on a typically thrilling rock n roll ride with classics from their debut album The Devil Rhythm as well as a handful of tunes from forthcoming album number two – due out in 2013. Watch out for that one! 

Breed 77 are next up and their original hard rock mixed with cover versions of Alice Cooper’s Poison and Zombie – by Irish rockers the Cranberries – caught everyone by surprise. Cracking stuff. Changing direction with some heavier, classic rock grooves, Savage delivered clean, sharp riffs – biker rock at its gritty best.

Dr Feelgood’s medicinal blues – all guitar groove and delicious harmonia – got the evening’s party started before Fozzy stepped up to the plate. Chris Jericho’s emergence as a true metal god is justified – here the WWE star showcased tracks from new album Sin And Bones and committed to a dynamic stage show befitting an individual acutely aware of what’s really required to ‘entertain’ a crowd.

Soil’s heavy, lewd, loud and grinding metal culminated in a thrilling climax that saw the crowd screaming Halo in unison and warming up nicely for headliners Buckcherry.

To clouds of smoke and blue light Josh Todd writhed into view, centre stage, immediately commanding the attention and demanding 100% focus. For the next hour the HRH masses were wrapt – Todd taking them on a journey of rock n roll sleaze featuring All Night Long, Next To You, Sorry, It’s A Party, Lit Up and Crazy Bitch. Cramming in no fewer than 12 of their most famous tracks the US heavyweights were high octane from start to finish and the perfect band to set the seal on a monster weekend.

Yet again HRH delivered: providing a veritable feast of talent – old and new, glam, sleaze, thrash, metal, blues, pop rock and more. Everyone and every genre is welcome. The last independent rock festival in the UK, the HRH family is on a mission to make rock accessible to those with a desire to rock and bring together a year of action under one roof in the space of four days.

Signing off for now we’ll see you at Hard Rock Hell AOR live from Rotherham in 2013. Rock on!

Viki Ridley