Wednesday 9th March 2016
The Live Rooms, Chester
It’s my first gig of the year, and another visit to the ever reliable Live Rooms in Chester for some rock’n’roll. I’ve had a few rockin’ parties at this venue, but this night was destined for greatness. The exquisite Disco Metal of the one and only Tragedy was scheduled to set the sky on fire with dazzling party anthems.
Finding common ground between the opposing world of heavy metal and disco was never going to be an easy task. They’re two genres of music that repel like the same sides of a magnet. But with Tragedy, the water and oil can, and do, mix. It’s a hard rockin’ combination of guitar and high pitched disco vocals in a totally crazy metal tribute to the Bee Gees (and beyond).
A heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees is only the beginning, you see. As well as Brothers Gibb classics like “Staying Alive” and “Night Fever”, their set is expanded to take in other disco and pop classics. The mutated songs feature glimpses of riffs from Van Halen, Pantera and more. One of my highlights was the ridiculously fun idea of warping the intro from Slayer’s “Raining Blood” into “It’s Raining Men”!
Part of the fun of this Tragedy gig was spotting chunks of recognisable metal riffs, and then being dumbfounded by how the band weave them into a late 70’s disco style. The mash up is suitably gory too – these gruesome Frankensteins have no qualms when it comes to hacking limbs from one sweet pop track and stitching them maniacally to a heavy metal corpse.
With a light show and numerous skits introducing the songs (not to mention Lance the towel boy bumbling across the stage) it’s all very entertaining. And professional, without being soulless.
For any metal fan with a sense of humour, Tragedy are well worth seeing. You’ll have a hard time finding a more bonkers night out anywhere. Great fun!
The Tragedy website is here.
The Live Rooms website is here.