MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : KERRANG – 14.7.2001

This week, we go back to the summer of 2001, and Stereophonics are the cover stars of Kerrang, as they get ready to perform at Donnington.

You may see a sticker that says the magazine cost £2.50, I actually got it for £1 on discount.

In news, Blink 182 are embarking on a Kerrang sponsored UK tour, well, gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and London, and Gwen Stefani has gone hip-Hop, promoting a single with Eve.

Meanwhile, the surviving members of Nirvana are in a dispute with Courtney Love over the proposed release of unreleased Nirvana material. This story gets a double page feature with Kerrang even invite Nirvana fans to voice their opinion.

Anyone is predicted for great things. If you’re trying to keep up, that’s a band called Anyone.

It’s all about tours in this edition, as Kerrang goes on one massive tour with Rancid, Pennywise, AFI, New Found Glory, Alien Ant Farm and The Ataris, and joins Medadeth for their first ever concert in Poland.

Cover stars Stereophonics get eight pages, profiling their ten year journey from formation to performing at Donnington, a journey which Kerrang says had several mistakes, countless arguments and one near riot.

In concert reviews, Kerrang went to see Weezer, supported by Jimmy Eat World, whose album gets reviewed.

If books are you thing, a biography of Motley Crue by Neil Strauss get five stars.

Unsurprisingly, cover stars Stereophonics upcoming gigs at Donnington Racetrack and Millennium Stadium in Cardiff are named as gig of the week.

The magazine ends with an advert for the following edition of Kerrang, which has a free CD and meets Rancid.

BASTILLE – LIVE AT THE ODYSSEY 9.11.2016

Regular visitors to Belfast, Bastille dropped by on their biggest tour to date to perform at The Odyssey.

It’s been a gradual climb for the band, as singer Dan Smith reference during the show. Their first Belfast gig was at The Oh Yeah Centre, then Mandela Hall, then Ulster Hall, supporting The Killers at Tennent’s Vital, headlining Belsonic, and then this gig at The Odyssey.

My own Bastille history is varied. I faffed about too much in 2013 and missed out on getting a ticket for their Ulster Hall. The following year, I saw them supporting The Killers at Tennent’s Vital. When they performed at Belsonic last year I was away, so missed out on them.

That Belsonic concert last year, they were still touring their debut album Bad Blood. This time around, they were performing songs from their second album Wild World, a grandiose concept album projecting images of media overlords.

The band get their name because singer Dan Smith was born on Bastille Day. Imagine if he was born two days earlier, it would have been a laugh to see a band called King Billy’s White Horse doing a gig in Belfast.

Support came from Rationale. I’d seen them on Jools Holland a few weeks ago. They were decent. Chilled out songs you can dance to. There was also a band called Keywest (You probably had to do a double take there because you thought I wrote Kanye West) who were also decent, even though their songs were more toetappers than dancers.

Eventually, Bastille appeared on stage, jumping straight into new single Send Them Off, which was not a reference to the events at Mourneview Park the previous Saturday, with it’s distinctive brass riff and groove getting everyone dancing before performing on of the big hits from their debut album, Laura Palmer.

As the world continued to digest Donald Trump’s election victory in America, Dan Smith urged the crowd to “forget about certain people for one night”

Smith was everywhere during the show, walking through the crowd, walking along the seated area, singing from the mixing desk area, even singing from the balcony of a corporate area during the encore.

Naturally, each of these occasions saw eager fans desperate from their idol.

All the big hits were on the setlist, Things We Lost In The Fire, Bad Blod, Of The Night, Good Grief, with the crowd being sent home with Pompeii.

On social media afterwards, the band tweeted visiting the Game Of Thrones throne, a random trend amongst bands who visit Belfast. It appears that nobody can come to Belfast to do a concert without posting a photo on social media with Bastille joining Jimmy Eat World and KT Tunstall in this trend.

There were some new gigs announced this week which tempt me, mostly of a Scottish theme.

Simple Minds are touring, with KT Tunstall supporting them in Mainland Europe. Fingers crossed for a Belfast gig with that line-up.

Meanwhile, Primal Scream are headlining Bundoran Sea Sessions (no date for their gig yet) which might tempt me to do a Innishowen Cycling/Finn Harps/Sligo Rovers/Primal Scream weekend.

Live at the Marquee in Cork announced it’s first headliners this week – Elton John, Cliff Richard and Nathan Carter. I know, underwhelming. Might leave it until 2018 before I visit Cork again.

Photo Album

Bastille live at Boucher Road Playing Fields

Bastille live at Boucher Road Playing Fields Photo Album