Summer 2014 - Sonisphere
After a two year fallow period Knebworth Sonisphere was back in July 2014.
After the initial headline acts of The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica were announced, earlier in the year, I really fancied another three day weekend pass. My family circumstances had changed since my last visit in 2011, with the arrival of two new additions, and so there was more planning to be done to ensure family harmony.
At this year’s festival of rock, I was now recognizing more of the bands and so it was not so much of the random, let’s go and see who’s on in this tent scenario; although there was some.
A slight change in travel arrangements for this year, because I decided not to drive home from Stevenage station this year. I was dropped off in the afternoon by the lovely lady of the house and then walked home out of the back gate, torch in hand. It took me about an hour to get from stage to home.
I was on my own again, but I rather preferred it that way, cos then you can go and see who you want and don’t have to wait for somebody to get back from wherever they've lost themselves.
I read an article recently asking if the album was dead. I think not. The album, for me, is a timestamp of where a band are at in their journey through the music industry. Indeed many bands are playing whole albums now in their gigs and are actively promoting them as such. Last summer Bruce Springsteen was at it on his tour of the UK and I was lucky enough to see him go through "Born In The USA" at the Olympic Park.
At Sonisphere we saw this trend again. Anthrax were playing "Among The Living", Hundred Reasons were playing "Ideas Above Our Station" and Therapy? were treating us with "Infernal Love". I also played along with the game and took in Metallica on vinyl "Ride The Lightening" as part of Classic Album Sunday.
Long live the album!
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