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Stampede @ Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn (3/12/11)

posted 18 Dec 2011, 12:00 by Paul Woodward

Review By Woody

I was feeling a little worse for wear and very tired as I headed over to the Pontins for day two of Hard Rock Hell. The first band I planned to catch were Stampede who was kicking off the festival today at midday on the third and smallest stage within the complex. I was unsure what to expect, but was pleased to see a pro stage and equipment set up as I enter the smallish hall! It was also nice to see such a good sized crowd waiting in anticipation for the band to hit the stage, given the early start and obvious hangovers which were sweeping the event like wild fire!

Stampede soon shook some life into those assembled as the band tore through a short but highly energetic set, better than a caffeine fix! The sound was better than I expected and the bands rambunctious brand of rock n roll came through loud and clear and it was clearly obvious the band went down extremely well with the crowd. The guys made the most of the small stage space as well, with front man Reuben Archer taking charge of the audience’s attention from the moment he hit the stage.

Those big infectious rocking riff’s guitarist Laurence Archer has become known for had heads bobbing in the crowd, whilst the rhythm section of Steve Greystone and Colin Bond’s beat’s got the crowd well and truly in the mood for the rest of the day! I thought a band like Stampede would go down well at an event like this and they did despite the early kick off!

I always enjoy catching these guys live, as a live act they are always entertaining and they never fail to deliver the goods and I wasn’t the only one today enjoying this very English brand of bluesy rock. For me today’s highlight was “Send Me Down An Angel”, which the band performed so well and the anthemic vibe of the song did sweep over us all.

Amongst the set we got, ‘Hurricane Town’ , ‘Jessie’ , ‘Having Fun’, ‘Shadows Of The Night’, ‘Missing You’, ‘Days Of Wine and Roses’, ‘Humble Pie’, ‘Movin on’.

A great dose of rock n roll to kick-start the day and yet another enjoyable set from the Stampede guys! And if you’re still yet to witness the band (where ya been?!) go and catch them, you won’t be disappointed!