Live music starts at 14 with Banditios. Before that they have some music auction and an arm wrestling competition for the macho folks.. Saw later that a Brazilian guy had his arm broken during the competition, ouch!!
Set List: Waitin’, Cry baby Cry, Old Ways, Thick and Thin, Visionland, Goin’ all Night, No Good, Golden Grease, Still Sober (after all these beers), Bruce, I put a Spell on you.
Lonely Kamel from Oslo was next. This is a bluesy stoner rock band that I really like but I had never had a chance to see. This was just want I needed. The did not have that many people watching, less than 100. The bass player had some problem with his bass and was going to switch the E string it looked like from his other bass but then seem to find another solution. While he was doing that the two guitar players broke into a bit of the old Muddy Waters song, Champagne or Reefer. That was cool. The set was a mix of songs but surprisingly not many from the new record. It was a great set but I wished they would jam a bit. All the songs were more or less 4-5mins each.. Christor told me they jam some if they have a longer set.. Great band.
They have released a new album that got good reviews. I met the new Danish singer, Rasmus and Brian Tatler earlier in the day and had a chat. I have to say I was not impressed when I saw them as Sweden Rock in 2005 and hoped they would be better today but sadly that was not the case. I have to say this was the most disappointing band of the whole festival. I love the old Diamond head records and 7” releases but this sounds like a bad cover version of the original band. They are much heavier with the 2nd guitar player but I also think he ruins the original sound. The old songs just don’t sound right. IT is like the band is trying to sound like Metallica playing Diamond Head and it just does not work for me at all. I think the 3rd song of the set was a new song and some guy yelled out that was the worst song I have ever heard and the singer yelled back and you have the worst face I have ever seen…. Play it Loud, Shoot out the Lights (I think) started the show. I heard the whole show but I thought it was awful and sounded nothing like Diamond head. When they played Am I Evil, the new singer sings it just like James Hetfield and not at all like Sean Harris… a paraody.. sadly…