Rock & Blues Custom Show, Pentrich, Derbyshire Friday July 29, 2022 Day Two – Metal Planet Music
Review and photography by Lindsay Smith for MPM
As cloudy eyes surfaced in the sunshine, day two of the Rock & Blues Custom Show kicked into high gear with more bikes arriving ready for the following days to judge and the outside stage was hosted by the legendary compadre Mr Bad Axe.
Armed with an array of canned goods and bric-a-brac, families gathered around the stage to join in the fun and games that began before the first group. The Desperados waking up those who were still sleeping with their rock/blues tunes flooding the Derbyshire hills.
The Cheltenham trio nailed their first set to get the day off to a good start.
Glory in tatters kept the crowd in the sun as they trampled the punk attitude throughout the show before the main stage kicked into action with Crooked Revival kicking many out of the bar for a closer look at a band that formed during the pandemic as they smashed the hard beat and powerful, catchy tunes.
Stoner Blues Group Calm the thief from Stoke on Trent were next on the outside stage, proving popular with many, but back on the main stage, the talented boys from Switzerland via London, Daxx & Roxane broke the barrier with their melodic and catchy songs full of riffs and hooks.
The band knows how to put on a show with so much energy emanating from the stage that it had to help feed the national grid.
Stages were spinning at full speed, choosing who to watch was made more difficult with dead blonde stars now on the outdoor stage.
You have to hand it to the Rock & Blues bookers, they know how to mix it with the different genres of rock and this band has a wonderful heavy stoner, grunge feel in complete contrast to the classic melodic sounds that just flooded the tent main. Sheffield have produced some great bands over the years and Dead Blonde Stars help maintain the reputation.
Speaking of different genres – Wrong key describe themselves as ‘Rock’n’Soul’ and you can never argue with that label, always a fabulous band to see and hear, Stevie’s smooth, rich voice and a mountain of soaring guitars with plenty of rhythm ensure they are a welcome addition to any festival.
Unfortunately a power outage meant their set was cut short, so hopefully they’ll be back next year to play a full set.
Idle 75, a five-piece hard rock band from Nottingham drew crowds to the outdoor stage. It was nice to see so many families with young children sprawled out on the grass in the hazy sun enjoying these groups. The future generation of rock fans being perfectly well educated by their wonderful parents.
Power has been restored for the burlesque troupe Reenie’s Rockettes to entertain the crowd as they have done for many years here at Rock & Blues, allowing everyone to catch their breath and recharge their voice while enjoying the performance of the talented troops.
Outdoor Stage Headliners Black Rose brought live music back with a thud and a deluge of riffs and expressive vocals. Viixan is a fabulous vocalist with her hair flowing, using the stage well and delivering a strong, intense voice all the time while Baz on lead guitar delivers soaring solos and raging riffs. A group not to be missed, do not hesitate to discover them on their social networks!
Grand Slam kick off the evening in classic rock mode with a set of songs from their ‘Hit the Ground’ album along with older material and memorabilia as Laurence Archer with his familiar baseball cap down, pumped up the riffs of his V to full and as Mike Dyer added vocals.
Benji Webb on drums is a hard hitter, keeping the tempo with Rocky Newton on bass. A very enjoyable set of great music full of massive riffs, effortless hooks and choruses that had so many members of the Rock & Blues crowd singing throughout the set. A job well done.
Those who sat in the dying embers of the sunset crowded into the main stage arena which was now fully ready for tonight’s headliners HEAT
A well-known group with a long career, the Swedish melodic rockers have recently seen a change of line-up with the wonderful powerhouse, Kenny Leckremo returning to vocal duties after 10 years away and I have to admit I was so looking forward to this group and judging by the crowd, it wasn’t just me.
HEAT t-shirts everywhere, loving the barrier, young and old, the anticipation was visible to see as their in “The Heat Is On” played on PA
Bouncing around the stage with his arms in the air, punching the air as he took complete control of not only the stage but everyone watching and listening, Kenny and the band sang “One by One” in front of a delighted crowd, followed by “Rock Your Body”. ‘ and ‘Dangerous Ground’ are racing through more of their albums and their brand new album ‘Force Majeure’ due out on the 5the August.
Oh Kenny, welcome back! How anyone can sustain that voice while charging around the stage, over the fence, bouncing through the songs, I’ll never know, but it was an absolute delight to see.
It’s a band that looks extremely happy, their musical talents are unquestionable and they’re back – I’ll never get tired of seeing an audience that appreciates a band as much as everyone else tonight in tune with the energy from the scene.
I could ramble on the quality of the band and setlist, but you really have to go buy tickets for their fall tour and see each other. Thank you HEAT! It was just fantastic. Group of the weekend for me totally.