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Camp HRH Hafan y Mor 8TH-11TH March 2018.


Camp HRH Hafan y Mor 8TH-11TH March 2018.

HRH AOR. or Adult Oriented Rock.

Welcome to north Wales and the sixth outing of HRH AOR: a mix of rock, sleaze, glam and even a bit of blues

Thursday DAY ONE: all acts to be on the main stage. It kicks off with Dante Fox formed in 1989 by female lead vocalist Sue Willets. They are a melodic rock band and I always say that there must be a few nerves on stage when you’re the first band of a three day festival, and I’m afraid it showed tonight; not helping them by having numerous sound problems she looked very nervous on stage and her voice at times was very pitchy. I read that Sue was once voted by Classic Rock magazine no 19 out of the top fifty female vocalists alongside Cher, Annie Wilson and Stevie Nicks. Well tonight was a bad day at the office as she showed very little emotion or crowd interaction, the band themselves were tight enough but for someone with such an accolade I was disappointed.

Band no 2 London five piece Newman celebrating twenty years together this year they have produced up to now eleven studio albums and their very first self titled album became so rare to get hold of that in 2014 they re-recorded it as a limited edition and this followed on from a succesful UK tour with Vega and many European venues. Fronted by powerful vocalist Steve Newman, they play aor melodic rock with strong chorus’s and great guitar work. Showcasing many songs off their recently released Ariel album, they entertained the medium sized crowd and you could see the band enjoyed the reaction.

Band no 3 Eclipse a four piece glam/hard rock band from Stockholm Sweden consisting of charismatic lead vocalist guitar, bass, Eric Mårtensson, Magnus Henrikson guitar, Magnus Ulfstedt bass, and drummer Philip Crusner. The moment they ran on stage, they oozed personality, full of excitement and hard and heavy playing and with Mårtensson bouncing and jumping and never letting up, he was like a rock n roll jedi thrusting and waving his bright red mike stand around the huge crowd like a light sabre. I loved their energy and their emotion and I look forward to seeing them again .

Final act of the night, Joe Lynn Turner, the legend known for his work with Rainbow and later Deep Purple. After his first band Fandango, he joined Rainbow to replace Graham Bonnet’s short stay with them, where Bonnet’s voice was powerful and always remembered for their hits All Night Long and Since You Been Gone, Ritchie Blackmore noticed they were sounding more commercial and pop-oriented so needed someone with more of a rock image and feel, Joe ticked all boxes. He later pursued a solo career and even sang background vocals for Cher, Billy Joel and Michael Bolton and also had a short association with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and then Deep Purple. In the early nineties through to 2008 he released nine studio albums and two live, not forgetting his 1985 album Rescue You. I was quite excited about seeing him as I had witnessed both Dio and Bonnet sing with Rainbow and this was the holy trinity. It was worth waiting to see him: he came out to a rapturous applause and screams and sang his heart out, with songs from his early albums and some Rainbow songs including a great performance of Straight Between the Eyes.The packed crowd sang along to the whole set and he proved that he is still as good now as he was in the early days. Thanks Joe, another one off my bucket list.

Review by Dave Martin, Photos by Carol Henson (aka Lady Gigger)


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