Sister/Hanoi Rocks Live @ Carling Academy, Glasgow (UK) - 5th June 2006
This is one show I had been watching draw nearer for a long time, in fact it
seemed like an eternity since I had bought my ticket. Admitedly I only bought
the ticket when I heard that Hanoi were the support act for Twisted Sister.
Although I am a Sister fan, Ive liked Hanoi Rocks since I can remember
and only ever seen them once previously so this was one of the few times I was
going to a gig mainly to see the support act.
Hanoi Rocks did not disappoint, Mike Monroe pranced around the stage like he
owned every square inch of it and left it on many occasions for a jaunt into
the crowd, along the front row or to climb the PA stack at the side of the stage
and sing a few bars from on high.
There was a mixture of new songs such as A Day Late, A Dollar Short and the
classic Hanoi anthems such as Tragedy, Malibu Beach, High School, I Cant
Get It and Dont You Ever Leave Me. I thought Andy McCoy was having a bit
of an off day, his neatness during solos was not to his usual standard whereas
ex Electric Boys/SilverGinger 5 guitarist Connie Bloom gave him a few guitar
lessons and proved he still knows his way up and down the fretboard.
By the end of their set, the crowd had really risen to the melody of songs that
Hanoi pumped out leaving a very satisfied sea of applause with the finale song
Up Around the Bend.
Twisted Sister certainly kept the crowd waiting but once the smoke filled the
stage and the lights went down, there was no doubt about who was the star attraction
on the night.
The unmistakable outline of Dee Snider emerged from the smoke during the pounding
intro to You Cant Stop Rock N Roll and from there on in it was metal mayhem
for the next hour during which time Twisted Sister churned out all of their
classic head banging classics such as Were Not Gonna Take It, I Wanna
Rock and the Price.
I came to see Hanoi Rocks but I was taught a lesson, Twisted Sister were the
real pros on the night. Sure they had the full PA, stage and light show
but they had that extra cutting edge and I can honestly say that really are
head and shoulders above a lot of the reformed 80s and 90s bands that I have
seen perform recently. In fact Dee was keen to point out to the Glasgow audience,
this was the original Twisted Sister line-up so that made them quite unique
compared to some of the other bands touring under well known names, take note
The band finished with I Am (Im Me) and the audience were suitable happy
and impressed. Dee Snider is a real frontman, he commands the audience, he tells
a good rock story and he still has the vocal range that others have lost. Just
one question, can anyone tell me what he kept nipping behind the amps for? And
no Hud, it wasnt for ice cream!!
This is one of only three dates that Twisted Sister are playing having cut short
their UK tour in order that they can return to the States to record a new album.
I left feeling that I had added a missing one of my must see bands
to my repertoire all in all, a great night, and two great bands that
took me back to nostalgia central 9/10.
by Grant W.
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