Lordi + Hollywood Groupies + Dirty Passion
Friday 3rd April 2015
The Live Rooms, Chester
One thing’s for sure: when the Live Rooms say “doors open at 7pm”, make sure you get in there on time. I was having a cheeky pint in Kash up the road, so missed the start of the first set tonight. I arrived about 7.20pm and the first band were already on.
Dirty Passion were that first band, and I’m happy to report that they were pretty damn good. Hailing from Sweden, this gang of greasy deviants sounded somewhere between Motorhead and Sonic Temple-era Cult. A confident start to the night.
Next up on our international smorgasbord of rock was Hollywood Groupies, all the way from Italy. The fact that there were two females in the band (one on vocals, one guitar) is one reason why this band stood out. Female equality is all very good, and not a novelty in this case – the whole band threw out a quality set. Again it’s straight up rock’n’roll, and I sensed a slight Danzig influence with big, sing along choruses in abundance. Nice work.
Finally, our main course tonight is a Finnish dish – the Eurovision slaying Monsters of Rock known as Lordi. I’ll never forget watching the Eurovision song contest in 2006, and the moment when Finland’s entry appeared on stage. Fully kitted out in monster outifts, the band made jaws drop across the world and rightfully stole the event.
Tonight at the Live Rooms isn’t much different – Lordi appear on stage and drag the audience in to their bizarre horror rock world. Complete with lights, foam guns, confetti, additional (monster mask wearing) dancers and more, it’s an unrelenting show that is pure, spectacular fun.
I have a couple of Lordi albums, but know only about a quarter of the songs played tonight. No matter – I was quite surprised even the songs I wasn’t familiar with were listenable, catchy, enjoyable. “Hard Rock Hallelujah” is played third song in, but there’s no indication of Lordi giving away their ace card too soon, there’s plenty of thrills to be served up.
Like seeing Alice Cooper, there’s a sense of theatrics with Lordi’s show. It all adds up to a visual treat as well as a musical one. Highly entertaining, and very hard rocking. Hallelujah!!!
The Live Rooms website is here. Keep an eye open for more great gigs coming soon!
The Lordi website is here.