Sunday at the Ramblin' Man Fair
So the Sunday of this years Fair brought us another scorching hot day and some red hot rock music to enjoy.
The Last Internationale opened the main stage followed by Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. I hadn't come across either of these bands before and really enjoyed their sets in the sunshine, an excellent way to relax into the day.
The Sons Of Apollo were on next. This rock'n'roll supergroup were an absolute treat. Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (Guns'n'Roses) and Billy Sheehan (Mr Big) were both playing double necked guitars and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) was sat behind the biggest and shiniest drum kit of the weekend! These guys played a set that sounded brilliant and that was also a joy to watch and shoot.
The term 'Cool Cats' was made for Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind. Despite the relentless heat the whole band played their set in black rollnecks and leather jackets without showing a drop of sweat. Their lounge lizard voodoo rock'n'roll was enjoyed by a large crowd despite it possibly being more suited to a seedy club than under clear blue skies! I hope I'll catch them again soon.
Back on the mainstage Blackberry Smoke gave the ever increasing crowd a perfect set of southern rock followed by a more boisterous rock set from the excellent Halestorm.
After the preceding lineup it has to be said that The Cult were an unusual choice for headliners, and the gaps in the crowd suggested many thought the same. However, those who stayed were treated to an truly brilliant set. With his slicked back hair and shades Ian Astbury may look very different from the scruffy goth he was in the eighties but that amazing voice still makes classics like Lil Devil and She Sells Sanctuary sound brilliant. The Cult are still a great live band and well worth seeing if they play near you.
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The Last Internationale
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Sons Of Apollo
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind