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  HELLFEST 2012 DAY THREE
CLISSON, FRANCE
CRÜE-LLY ENDED TOO SOON


Tina Saul


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And so comes the third and final day of Hellfest. There's always something quite sad about waking up and watching people packing up their tents on the Sunday morning of any festival, but thankfully the sun's out to brighten the mood.

It's a much more relaxed day on site, as people have either taken off early or are still in their pits sleeping off the party from the night before, but as we wander into the press area, the Jäger girls are out early, so we neck a couple of ice cold shots and wander out to watch the first band of the day, Girlschool.

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Opening with 'Demolition' they prove that they can still deliver their youthful take on female Heavy Metal, even though their 30th anniversary was a few years ago. I always love it when bands honour legends of the Metal world, and as they dedicated 'I Spy' to Ronnie James Dio, you can't help wonder if this is a dig at Ozzy And Friends who are due to take the stage later that night.

Actually, it's because this is the song that he lent his vocals too on their 30th anniversary album 'Legacy' and more trivia for you, Tony Iommi played lead guitar on it. A fine performance from these London girls that proves that Sunday is for preaching to one thing only for us - Heavy Metal.

D-A-D were up next and I took the opportunity to bask in the sun on the grass with these guys as the perfect background music and it wasn't until Black Label Society that I ventured back to the main stage. And as I stood watching people in various 'colours' swoop towards the front, I noticed a very quiet and sedate presence take over the audience. This was soon rectified once Zakk took to the stage with his feather headdress, which seemed to have a life of its own today, more than I've ever noticed before.

The set was nothing special for me. It was solid, but it was the same old, same old and nothing new at all. Opening with 'Crazy Horse', ditching the headdress for 'Funeral Bell', the Zakk Wylde solo (really do we really want solos in the middle of such short sets at festivals? Well I guess it is Zakk...) and closing with crowd pleaser 'Stillborn'. After the amount of shows I've seen over the last couple of years, it just felt too samey and one I hope they freshen up soon.

Whoever books the bands at Hellfest really does like to throw the occasional curveball and these could definitely be described as one. Although they've been touring for 40 years, I've never seen Blue Ouster Cult and their psychedelic style was an interesting break from the rest of the bands over the weekend. Highlights of course were 'Godzilla' and 'Don't Fear The Reaper' which even saw the sceptics join in. A good fun band that provided a brief respite from Metal, which wasn't needed but was certainly enjoyed.

When I say Motley, you say... Yes, after a few tipples to get me in the mood, it was time for one of my highlights of the weekend, and as I headed towards the front for Mötley Crüe I started making lots of new friends, and especially enjoyed the Jäger bombs supplied by my new Finnish friends who were in fine singing form. I was thankful to find as not many French were singing along.

I found out from a helpful local that the French don't singalong to bands generally at gigs, so explained some of the weird looks I'd been getting all weekend. That aside, Crüe couldn't have started the set better for me as they opened with 'Wildside', and then 'Livewire'.

The stage was not as spectacular as the last time I saw them, but I'm guessing it's not feasible to bring a rollercoaster drum riser for a festival tour. The sparkly piano did make it though for Tommy, Nikki bought his meat hook mic along, Vince had two female playthings for the duration and Mick, well Mick was just Mick. It was a typical Crüe festival set, with hit after hit and the crowd lapped it up. As they closed the set with 'Kickstart My Heart' all the band members approached the front of stage, picked up buckets and covered the front row with fake blood. A classic show, which no matter what the cynics say entertained each and every one of us.

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Up next was Slash, keeping the Sunset Strip vibe going, featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. For the first time I have to admit to being bitterly disappointed by the show, which was a real shame as they did nothing wrong and normally I sit firmly in Slash's camp when it comes to the Axl feud. A bunch of great musicians, tight and on the ball, with one of the best guitarists in the world and a beautiful vocalist to boot, so what went wrong?

Well quite frankly, the four G n R songs from the set were done a little too seriously, and after seeing Axl and friends perform them the night before with a bigger stage show and a lot more fun, meant that they got lost in the ether. Gone were the Slash's Snakepit songs, in favour of tracks from the new album, and the Velvet Revolver tracks did little to make up for it. Trust me, I am still as disappointed to be writing this now as I was watching the show, which was a big blow for me.

And it's almost time for the festival to come to a close and one week on from seeing Black Sabbath play an unforgettable show at Download Festival, I wondered what Ozzy And Friends would bring to cheer me up.

'Bark At The Moon' kicked off the show, followed by 'Mr Crowley' and Ozzy appeared to be in moderately good spirits considering all that he's been through of late. Instead of the usual buckets of water to throw over the crowd he opted for a giant hose, and very soon he didn't need his own water effects as the heavens thought they'd help by unleashing enough water to sink the ark for the remainder of the night.

Running for cover, I could still hear the show, which featured a whole host of guests and legends join him. From Slash and Geezer Butler getting in on the action for 'Iron Man' to Zakk lending guitars for 'Crazy Train' and then all of them coming on stage for 'Paranoid', it was a show of who's who, but you couldn't help but miss two people on stage.



And so came the end to my Hellfest. Lamb of God were up next, but with an early start to get the mammoth road trip back to London, I couldn't face a night of standing in pouring rain whilst each and every one of my bones ached from the effects of two festivals over two consecutive weekends.

Download the weekend before had been an amazing time, and there are things that Hellfest could learn from their event, but equally (and perhaps more so) Download could take quite a few pages out of Hellfest's book. One thing's for sure though, I'll stay true to Donington, but I sure as hell have added an annual pilgrimage to this place.

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And here's the French version, with thanks to Flo Cherry...

le dernier et le troisième jour du HELLFEST arriva.

Il y a toujours des choses tristes au réveil, le dimanche matin sur chaque festival, c est de voir les gens plier leur campement. mais quelle gratitude de voir que le soleil était là, pour rester de bonne humeur.

c 'est de loin le jour le plus détendu sur le site, les gens se levant tôt ou restant à dormir dans leur tente, en se remettant des fêtes de la nuit précédente.

mais comme nous nous le demandions, dans l espace presse, "Jäeger girls", étaient aussi sortis de bonne heure, nous attaquions avec quelques petits verres bien frais et nous sommes partis se promener, pour voir paris voir le premier groupe de la journée : GIRLSCHOOL.

Ouvrant avec "démolition day", elles prouvèrent qu' elles pouvaient toujours envoyer leur HEAVY METAL féminin et juvénile, même si le trentième anniversaire du groupe avait eu lieu quelques jours auparavant.

J ai toujours aimés que les groupes rendant hommage aux légendes du monde du métal, et elles le firent en dédicaçant "I Spy" à Ronnie James DIO.

On ne peut que se demander, si c est un clin d oeil à "OZZY and Friends", qui doivent monter monter sur scène plus tard dans la soirée.

c est la chanson où il posa sa voix, pour "Legacy", l album du 30ème anniversaire, et pour plus de bagatelle, Tony Iomy y jouent également de la guitare...

Une bonne performance, pro ces Londoniennes, qui nous ont prouvées qu' elles prêchaient une seule chose pour nous : le HEAVY METAL.

D_A_D furent les suivants, suivants, saisissant l opportunité de m allonger dans l herbe pro bronzer, avec ces gars en parfait fond sonore, jusqu'à ce que je m aventure vers la main Stage principale pour Black Label Society.

je restais à regarder les gens, de différentes "couleurs" échangeant devant, je remarquais une présence silencieuse et posée dans le public.

Bientôt, modifiée quand Zakk monta sur scène avec sa coiffure de plume, montrant sa vie d'aujourd' hui plus que je ne l avais remarqué auparavant.

Le reste n avait rien de spécial pour moi. Il était solide, c était toujours le même ancien, et même ancien et rien de plus neuf.

Ouvrant avec" Crazy Horse", abandonnant sa coiffe de plumes, pour, "Funeral Bell", le solo de Zakk Wilde (sincérement a-t-on vraiment envie envie d'entendre des solos au milieu de courtes prestations durant les festivals mais c est Zakk Wylde), terminant en faisant plaisir à la foule avec "Still Born", avec tous les shows que j'ai vu ces dernières années, tous se ressemblent et j'espère quelque chose de rafraichissant bientôt.

Peu importe, qui planifie les groupes au Hellfest, il aime vraiment lancer un curveball occasionnel, qui pourrait être décrit comme tel.

Bien qu' ils tournent depuis plus de 40 ans, je n 'ai jamais vu Blue OIster Cult et leur style psychédélique, ce fût un bon break avec le reste des groupes du weekend.

En résumé, pour tous ceux qui auraient été encore sceptiques, le joint se fît avec des morceaux tels que "Godzilla" et "Don't fear the ripper"

Un bon et sympathique groupe, qui fourni un bref répit dans ce monde "Métal", qui n'était pas nécessaire, mais que nous avons certainement apprécié.

Si je vous dis MOTLEY CRUE, vous dites ..........

Effectivement, après en avoir siroté quelques unes, arriva le moment, d un de mes résumé du week end, je montais au front pour Motley Crüe, j'avais commencé à me faire quelques nouveaux amis, appréciant tout particulièrement, les bombes de Jäger fournies par mes nouveaux amis suédois, qui étaient en pleine forme, chantant parfaitement et à qui j en étais reconnaissant, de leurs trouvé, comme peu de français qui chantèrent tous au longs.

J ai constaté avec l 'aide d in habitant local que le "français" ne chante pas tous le long des concerts, ce qui explique, certains regards surnaturels, qui m étaient arrivés tous le weekend.

D'un autre côté Motley Crûe ne pouvait pas mieux commencer leur set, qu avec "Wildside" et "Livewire".

La scène n était pas aussi spectaculaire que la dernière fois que je les ai vu.

mais je me dis qu'il n 'est pas réalisable d'amener, la batterie "Rollercoaster" sur un festival.

Le piano pailleté l'a aussi bien fait avec Tommy, Nikki avec son micro-crochet, tous le long, Vince, ses 2 choristes pour toute la durée du show, et Mick, bah c'était Mick.

ce fût un bon concert, pour un festival pour le groupe, avec leurs succès s'enchainant et la foule les reprenant.

Alors qu' ils terminaient le show avec" Kickstart my heart", tous les membres du groupes s'approchèrent sur le devant de la scène, attrapèrent des seau et aspégerent copieusement de faux sangs les premiers rangs.

Un concert classique, peu importe ce qu en disent les cyniques, qui a diverti chacun d entres nous.

Le suivant était Slash, amenant les ondes du Sunset Strip, avec Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators....pour la première fois j'ai du admettre, que je fût un peu déçu du concert, ce qui fût vraiment dommage,car habituellement ils n 'étaient pas maillais et normalement je penchais plus du côté du camp de Slash, que vers les querelles d'Axl.

Un florilége de bons musiciens soudés et au top, avec un des meilleurs guitaristes du monde, et un bon chanteur à la botte, qu est qui a mal tourné?

tout à fait franchement les 4 morceaux de GNR, ont été joué un peu trop sérieusement pendant ce concert, et après avoir vu axl et ses potes les jouaient le soir d'avant sur une pus grande scène, avec plus de fun, révéla qu ils se sont évaporé dans l 'éther.

disparues les chansons de Slash and Snakepit, en faveur des morceaux du nouvel album, et de ceux de Velvet revolver ont un peu compensés.

Croyez moi je suis un peu dégouté d'écrire ça, en ce moment, mais j'ai vu le show, et ce fût un sale coup pour moi.

Et en arrivant presque à la fin du festival, une semaine après avoir vu Black Sabbath jouer un spectacle inoubliable au Download, je me demandais ce que "Ozzy and friends", m'apporteraient pour m 'encourager.

"Barck at the moon", démarra le show, "Mister Crowley", Ozzy avait l'air en place aver un bon esprit modéré, considérant que c'était un des derniers.

Plûtot que les éternels seau d eaux, balancés à travers la foule, ils optèrent pour un tuyau géant, et rapidement, ils n'eurent plus besoin de leurs jeux d'eau, car le paradis pensa les aider en lâchant suffisamment d'eau pour le restant de la nuit.

En tirant, la couverture, je pouvais toujours entendre le spectacle, qui présenta une foule d invités et de légendes qui le rejoignirent sur scène.

de Slash à Geezer Butler, entrants en action pour "Iron Man", de Zakk pretant sa guitare pour "Crazy Train", et tous rejoignirent la scène pour "Paranoïd", ce fût un show digne du Who's who, mais on ne pouvais pas, empêcher qu' il manquait 2 personnes sur scène. Et ainsi, vint la fin de mon hellfest.

Lamb of God étaient les suivants, mais avec un départ précoce, pour obtenir le voyage sur la route des mammouths pour le retour à Londres.

Je sentais que je ne pourrais pas faire face à une nuit supplémentaire debout, avec toute cette pluie se déversant sur chacun de mes os, qui commençaient à me faire mal, les effets de deux festivals en deux semaines consécutives.

La semaine précédente au Download, fût un moment génial, et le Hellfest devra en prendre quelques leçons, mais le Download pourra apprendre, aussi quelques pages du livre du Hellfest.

Une chose set sure, je vais rester fidèle à Donington, mais je suis sur que l enfer à ajouter un pèlerinage annuel à cet endroit.

28.6.12


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