Massive Wagons @ Rebellion, Manchester
Thirteen Stars, Screaming Eagles and Massive Wagons at Rebellion.
Words: Daniel Clifford, Archive Photos: Anthony Firmin
The seasonally unpredictable weather subsidised on Saturday the 30th and the sun shone brightly on Rebellion for the final date on the Off Yer Rocka country wide tour. Bands from the Rocka stable interchanged headline slots over the course of the tour which sounds a great way to tour to me, for Manchester we got the massively (pun intended) popular Massive Wagons, more on them later.
Unfortunately running late meant I only caught the tail end of the first band up's set. Thirteen Stars were donning cowboy hats and playing a southern rock style which to be honest is one of my favourites, they got the mingling crowd nicely warmed up.
Next up was Screaming Eagles from Northern Ireland showing from the very start that they are worthy tour headliners. For me a really good band grabs your attention from the get go and their excellent front man Chris Fry certainly did that. With great enthusiasm and an easy on stage presence they blasted through an enjoyable set in no time at all. Being one of those bands who I have heard of but not noticed properly I did miss most song titles but did catch Rock'n'Roll Soul and I am now on a mission to listen to their release Stand Up And Be Counted. They also included a very enjoyable version of AC/DC's Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be which left me musing that lead singer Fry may well have been a better replacement than Axl.
On to the very popular headliner Massive Wagons. Their popularity was confirmed by the shear number of band t-shirts along with virtually everybody connected by mutual friends inside the perfect venue - Rebellion. And if you've not been to Manchester's top rock and metal venue, it is a no nonsense rock'n'roll establishment, no frills or gimmicks and that also sums up Massive Wagons.
The Wagons third release Welcome To The World hit doorsteps on pre-release last week so folks hurriedly tried to learn songs for this gig. They did play a fair few from this new release starting with Shit Sweat Death featuring our Lauren on backing vocals, then on to the instantly catch single release Tokyo. Mixed in with the new were fan favourites including SWT, Fight The System and Red Dress. A few more new album tracks made it on to the end of the set which was rounded off with a superb rendition of For Those About To Rock, a lovely duet from 'Wagons singer Barry Mills and Screaming Eagles Chris Fry.
A highly enjoyable night with three good solid rock n roll bands. My only complaint was the set times were quite short and I was left wanting more as sets breezed by in next to no time. Maybe that's a testament to all the bands excellence.
Thirteen stars https://m.facebook.com/
Screaming eagles http://www.
Massive wagons http://www.massivewagons.com/
Video from the night https://youtu.be/QaNLUL3WAqU