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  KREATOR IS REAL AT BLOODSTOCK WHILE ENDEAVOUR DISPENSE WITH THE GIMMICKS
12th August 2017
Pictures: John Inglis and Will Tudor




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German thrash originators Kreator looked so at home on Bloodstock's main stage on Saturday early evening that they could have moved in had they found space by rearranging their most impressive stage set to date.

The Gods of violence smiled down at Mille Petrozza and his colleagues as they carried on where he had left off last Saturday at Wacken with a throughly supercharged set that held the masses captive.

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The setlist was almost the same as last Saturday but the setting was remarkably different, yet Kreator made the Bloodstock stage seem larger than the sum of its parts as they poured every ounce of their experience and expertise into their biggest UK show to date.

It turned out to be their best as well, a fact backed up by a confetti-covered audience who gave the Teutonic veterans the massive ovation they totally deserved.

Whether confetti fits in with Kreator's steely image and brutal songs is a matter for debate but the delighted crowd cared not as the full Metal confetti cannon reigned blood the length and breadth of the arena.

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Endeavour - with Full Metal Injury. Photo by Fede Valls

This weekend, there have been many bands who have brought theatrical elements to their sets in make-up, costumes and production, but Endeavour decided to dispense with the gimmicks and provide a real life Metal drama, instigated by guitarist Iain 'GT' Davies.

After a scorching Friday lunchtime set on the Sophie stage where new EP, 'Bring On The Rising Day', was ecstatically received by the large crowd, events took an unexpected turn.

Tour Manager Fede Valls told us all about it over a lunchtime beer:

"It was the end of the set, and I was ready at the back of the stage to take the usual crowd shot. Iain took off his guitar a bit too enthusiastically, and ended up ripping the headstock across his face and splitting his head open above the eye.

"No-one noticed at the time, not even him, and it was only when the band came off stage that I saw that Iain had blood pouring down his face and pooling in his beard. I took him straight over to the medical emergency tent where he received excellent assistance and got patched back up.

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A make-up free Iain 'GT' Davies. Photo by Fede Valls

"While I was sitting there with him I realised that it was time for a scheduled band interview so I ended running between the tent, the backstage and the press area for the next hour or two trying to juggle everything and be on standby in case Iain had to go to hospital. Fortunately super glue and steri strips did the job and Iain lives to fight another day"

Endeavour will return, as will Iain who will be back at his day job with Onslaught with an additional battle scar to add to his collection.

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MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.












 


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