Archive for December 2010
I’m not quite sure how I ended up hearing this album. It was either through Kelz or Daniel. It doesn’t matter, I owe one of them a great debt of gratitude for this one. Satan were a NWOBHM outfit featuring Brian Ross on vocals (for this LP) who also spent time with Blitzkrieg. Steve Ramsey ended up in Blind Fury, Pariah (UK) and Skyclad.
I don’t know what more to say about this album other than it absolutely rules and is definitely one of the best albums from that genre. It’s one that I have been listening to since about 1986 and still can never grow tired of it. Ross’ smooth vocal delivery and all of the backing music work perfectly together. I’ve recommended this album to many people and those who have heard it always seem to fall in love with it. If you’re into the the NWOBHM sound and like stuff like Blitzkrieg, Persian Risk and Tokyo Blade, you need to hear this album. You shall not be disappointed, trust me. Would I ever steer you wrong? No. Never.
It was a huge disappointment when I bought their follow-up albums Suspended Sentence and Into the Future. The replacement singer was just awful and the music took a turn for the worse as well.
I got there around 6 and the doors were open at 7.
The opening band was metal cover band from San Antonio called Incoming. It was one of the worst things I have ever witnessed. The singer was awful and so was the drummer. I couldn’t wait for them to leave. For their final song, the singer says, “Anyone want to hear some Metallica?” Of course a lot of people cheered. He said, “Sweet. We’re gonna play Am I Evil.” In the brief part of silence after he said that, I shouted, “That’s a Diamondhead song, not Metallica!” I was 3 feet from the stage. He turned around and shot an evil glare at the crowd. Funny. I was just glad that they were leaving.
Rik comes on about 45 minutes later. He walks on stage to cheers, grabs a Yamaha Pacifica guitar, walks to the mic and sings, “It’s the same old story, all over again.” The crowd went crazy, including me. I adore that song. He played almost all Triumph songs which was a bit of a let down for
me as he has some great solo work to choose from. I was a bit surprised that they played Allied Forces as it was a song that Gil Moore sang. The bass player took the vocals duties on this one and sounded great. I was really surprised to see that there were that many Triumph fans still around. I was very close to the stage for the first 5 songs of the show and then decided that I wanted to go and find a seat for a little while. My legs were killing me from standing all night the night before and from the wait that evening.
After the show, we were allowed backstage with our handy-dandy passes. I saw Rik’s drummer when I was walking back and said, “Great set, Randy.” The dude hugged me. “Thanks, man!” hahahaha. I let the crowd attack Rik for a while then went up to get him to sign my book and some CD covers. I asked him to sign the book first and if he felt like it, sign some CD covers. Of course I brought 21 CD covers with me. He signed 4 of them and we chatted a bit about seeing him in 86 with Malmsteen opening up. I thanked him, hugged him and got a photo with him.
Triumph is one of my all-time favorite bands and to be able to see Rik up close and personal like that was awesome.
When I walked away, his drummer, Randy Cooke, caught me again. “You have Rik’s solo CDs with you? I want to sign them.” Of course I obliged
and we talked for a long time. He is an incredible drummer and a really nice guy. One of my best friends wanted to come to the show but his job sent him to India for 2 weeks and had to miss it. I had Randy leave a message on my friend’s cellphone voicemail so that he’ll have a nice surprise when he gets back. It was a pretty funny message.
It was a great night but the drive home was getting harder as it was getting late and I was still worn out from the night before.
Setlist, in order:
Lay It On The Line
Somebody’s Out There
Saved By Love
Fight The Good Fight
Acoustic jam with his guitar player
Blinding Light Show
Clouds Across The Moon (from Swing Shift)
Extended electric guitar jam between Rik and his guitar player
Encore: 10 minute version of Magic Power