The Über Rockin' Guide to... Hair Metal Heaven Print
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 30 July 2017 04:30

Slap bang in the middle of Hull's City Of Culture 2017 celebrations, Rocket Ride Entertainment CEO Ian Wright is bringing the sleaze to North Yorkshire for just one weekend only.


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Embracing Hull’s musical history, with a very rare chance to witness performances from some of the biggest names in ‘80s hair metal and beyond, there will be no chance of a T-shirt suntan, or the rain dampening the teased hair or the rock ‘n’ roll spirits, as this weekend festival is spread over two indoor venues: The Welly Club and Hull City Hall.


Some of these bands have not played on UK soil for 20 years, some not at all. From the old guard established acts that are still treading the boards in their native lands such as Vain, D-A-D and Junkyard, to artists that have been M.I.A. for decades, onto new blood such as Diemonds and Shiraz Lane, ‘Hair Metal Heaven’ embraces the old and the new, as well as a very special one off Sunday night headliner. With the like of Loudness, Hardline, Reckless Love and Leatherwolf also on the bill, it promises to cater for all fans of 80's rock music.


So who should you be checking out? Well, don the eyeliner, tease the hair and get those cowboy boots on the Highway to Hull as Über Rock has the only guide you need to be following...


Junkyard (Hull City Hall - Saturday) 


Riding on a fantastic new album ('High Water') southern rock's sleaziest sons Junkyard, ironically, were always unfairly tagged as a glam band. Consistently touring in their homeland, expect the denim clad 5 piece to bring their sleazy, country-tinged, punk rock to the masses and give every band on the bill a run for their money. This will be the band’s first visit to the UK since touring with The Almighty in 1991… let's hope it’s not as long until the next time.


Diemonds (Hull City Hall - Sunday)


This hot young Canadian band are as thrilled at the line up as we are, especially as they get to play the same stage as their heroes Vain. Led by the irresistible Priya Panda, this band have delivered two Über Rock approved albums in 'The Bad Pack' and 'Never Wanna Die'. This is their first visit to the UK and if you want to see a young, hungry band deliver a powerful set of killer rock 'n' roll anthems, then this is the place to be.


D-A-D (Hull City Hall - Sunday)


Since their breakthrough album, 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims', released in 1989, this Danish mob led by Jesper Binzer have continued to wow festival audiences across Europe. With a hefty back catalogue of 11 albums under their belt, you can expect anthems old and new - and Stig Pederson's silly two-string bass collection of course.


Vain (Hull City Hall - Saturday)


Like Junkyard, Davy Vain and the boys have returned to form in 2017 and released a stunning new album entitled 'Rolling With The Punches' that recalls their 80's heydays. The album features 4/5ths of the original line up that have also reunited live recently. Will Davy bring the boys to the UK for this special performance we wonder? Expect killer tracks from the timeless debut album 'No Respect' to floor the competition today.





Princess Pang (Hull City Hall - Sunday)


This should be an interesting one. Little has been heard of the Swedish/American band since their self-titled debut in 1989. They toured with Ace Frehley and Mr Big but vocalist Jeni Foster left and the band soon folded. Their brand of sleazy rock 'n' roll mixed up Faster Pussycat and Hanoi Rocks with strong female vocals. Apparently back with the original line-up (sadly, minus deceased drummer Brian Keats) they should be worth a watch.



Spread Eagle (Hull City Hall - Saturday)


Straight from the gutter, Spread Eagle were full on, street-ready, sleaze and sex merchants, mixing up heavy guitars and dirty lyrics. Did they ever play in the UK? I don't believe they did. With original members Ray West on vocals and Rob De Luca on bass, they will surely do their two albums justice. Expect the likes of 'Switchblade Serenade' and 'Scratch Like A Cat' to do the business.


Shiraz Lane (Hull City Hall - Saturday)


Top of the new breed are Finnish band Shiraz Lane. Coming on like the bastard sons of Skid Row and Danger Danger, they are a throwback to melodic, sleazy metal at its very best and about as fashionable as leg warmers, and twice as nice, but they don't care and neither do we… Expect crunchy guitars, soaring vocals and more flailing blond hair than an Every Mothers Nightmare video.


Michael Monroe (Special VIP performance - Saturday)


An acoustic VIP performance by the former Hanoi Rocks frontman at a secret location for special ticket holders only. This promises to be the treat of the day, even maybe the whole festival... 'nuff said.


Rock ‘n’ Hull All-Stars (Hull City Hall - Sunday)


The Sunday night closing all-star band need no introduction and will surely be a big draw, as Sebastian Bach teams up with George Lynch (Dokken), Vinnie Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath), Michael Devin (Whitesnake) and Brent Woods (Seb Bach/Vince Neil). What the hell will this supergroup play? Your guess is as good as mine, but I would put a few quid on a Skid Row song or two at least, right?



Hair Metal Heaven runs from Thursday 25 –Sunday 27 August. Tickets and further details are available HERE.


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