Venue: The Classic Grand, GlasgowDate: 27 March 2015
year we witnessed what was one of the gigs of 2014 at the
Classic Grand, when Eden’s Curse performed their 'Live
With The Curse' album show. Now we return to that very
same venue for what turned out to be our show of 2015 so
far, as we headed North to see the mighty Lordi put on a
really rock n' roll SHOW.
As the lights went down the crowd waited in anticipation as the dulcet tones of Kiss’s God Of Thunder flooded out through the speakers. As the song drifted into the night, the ground crew complete with light wands, paved the way for the landing Of Scare Force One and for the Rock Monsters, Mr Lordi, Mr Ox, Mr Amen, Mr Mana and Miss Hella to disembark and give us one hell of a rock show, as we entered their hard rock vortex for real.
The set was kicked off in emphatic style with massive single ‘Nailed By The Hammer of Frankenstein’ and instantly these monster rockers hit a chord with the crowd and from here on in, it was rock all the way.
band rolled back the years once more to their fourth studio
album 'Deadache' for what else but the title track. A
darker slab of monstrous rock from the Finns with the
crowd really getting into this one, as a mosh-pit tug formed
as the young metal-heads hyped up on Coke (the pop not the
drugs!) unleashed their inner demons.
was time for the first of the solo intros as keyboardist
Hella brought us ‘Hella’s Kitchen’, which led nicely
into the dark IT inspired ‘Hell Sent In The Clowns’,
which came complete with some scary-ass clowns who flung
buckets of blood out into the audience, much to the delight
of the hoards of adoring fans.
was time to roll back the years again to the band's debut
'The Monsterican Dream' for the excellent ‘Blood Red
Sandman’, upon which yet another energetic and frenzied
Now it was time for a little Shriek Priest magic as Mana made a skull dance in mid air, before the lights went out and we were treat to a storming drum solo, complete with fluorescent drums sticks, which lead the way for the anthemic ‘Give Your Life for Rock n' Roll’, complete with stage lights back on.
it was time for a rare track, as tradition depicts that on
each tour, the band pick one song that is not taken from any
album to perform for their fans. Tonight's set had a
real corker in the shape of ‘Don’t Let My Mother
Know’. The song might not have been on any album,
but that didn’t stop the die-hard fans singing along to
was time for the might Mr Ox to lay down some heavy soloing,
as he thumped the bass with all his might before the band
unleashed one of my favourite songs off 'Scare Force One’,
the excellent sing-a-long ‘How To Slice A Whore’, on
which Mr Lordi took a machete to a not quite dead cadaver,
slicing and dicing it before eating the brains and inners,
while the cadaver refused to die on the table, sitting up to
take in some of the show itself. Obviously it had heard what
a cracking show the band were putting on tonight and wanted
to have a look for itself.
nearest Lordi come to a ballad was the thumping ‘It Snows
In Hell’, with all the camera phones held high around the
gig, you could say there wasn’t a dry I-phone in the house
for this one. Especially when Mr Lordi paraded across
the front of the stage with smoking skulls on the end of a
was to 'To Beast Or Not To Beast' for 'The Riff', which was
opened up by the monster keys of Hella. For the next
song Mr Lordi asked for a little audience participation,
when he asked crowd to raise their middle finger's on mass
for ‘Sincerely With Love’ and raise it they did. In fact there were so many birds flicking in the air, even
the mighty Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud.
The encore continued with the bombastic tones of ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ as Mr Lordi dowsed the crowd in dry ice, before wrapping up a great night with ‘Would You Love a Monsterman’? A fitting end to one of the best rock shows I’ve seen in quite some time. Everyone here tonight loved this Monster Band. If you're looking for a show to add to your bucket-list, then this is the show. If you want a mix of Alice Cooper meets Rob Zombie then Lordi is definitely for you. This band should be made compulsory viewing for all rock fans because rock SHOWS don’t come any better than this!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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