Download 2012 – Saturday – 09/06/2012 – Review

Rain, Mud and Rock n Roll – Part Two

The rain continued through Friday night and continued on and off throughout the Saturday but it was nothing that a burrito, a poncho, wellies and welly socks couldn’t fight.

I went into the arena early afternoon on the Saturday afternoon since we had Guest Area passes with good food, running water and clean toilets but I did not see any bands until The Treatment at half four.  Usually I would walk about and check out various bands but the mud made this near on impossible.  No amount of alcohol was going to give me the gusto to trudge through the mud more than I already needed to.

The Treatment

Luckily The Treatment were playing The Pepsi Max stage which was next to the guest area.  I fell in love with this band after seeing them support Steel Panther who they were stupidly clashing with at Download but I caught most of the set before I continued my muddy mission to see the mighty panther.  As I expected the band were excellent and brought the same energy they did the last time I saw them.  Like I said in my last review of this band they are set to blow up this year after the Motley Crue and Kiss tour and it will not surprise me if next time they play Download they are on the second stage. Well, I hope they are.

Steel Panther

As you figured from above Steel Panther are another one of my favourite bands and one that I have seen a couple of times before and like before they were shocking and talented as ever and of course they were a sea of tits before them.  They played new hits like Just Like Tiger Woods and the old crowd pleaser’s like Community property but the best bit of the performance in my opinion was when they got Corey Taylor on stage to sing his part in Death To All But Metal.  Possibly a once in a lifetime thing and it was simply magic.  I was disappointed at having to miss Corey later on the in the day due to a clash with Biffy Clyro so it was great to see him for that short period of time.  One of the worst things about festivals is having two band’s you love clash and having to make the choice between the two.  Some years it is possible to run between the two stages and see a bit of both but with the mud slowing everything down this year it just was not plausible.

Tenacious D

The only band on the Saturday that I had never seen before and there’s a good chance I never will again since they are not a band that tour very often to the UK.  Seeing Jack Black the actor was awesome enough without mentioning the music.  I still have my ticket stub from School of Rock because the film had such an impact on me.  I sold my soul to rock n roll that day.  The crowd seemed a bit disinterested during the songs from the new album Rise of the Fenix but I was glad to hear them play new songs like Low Hanging Fruit and Roadie.  However we were all there and waiting for the classics of Fuck Her Gently and of course Tribute.  Definitely a song to hear live at least once in your lifetime. Another thing that made the performance so enjoyable was Jack Black’s smile – he looked so damn happy to be there.  I might have been missing Howard Jones’ (ex Killswitch Engage singers) smile but Jack Black’s made up for it.


Biffy Clyro 

Being Scottish it was almost mandatory to go see Biffy Clyro who hail from Kilmarnock – ‘Mon the Biffy’. As expected they were on top form but what was unusual was Simon Neil keeping his shirt on through the whole performance – maybe he was feeling the cold? I was fearful that the set would be exactly the same as the last time but they had a treat of new tracks up their sleeves – well Simon did – from their upcoming two disk album The Land at The End of Our Toes and The Sand at The Core of Our Bones.

New Tracks
1. The Joke’s On Me.
2.Victory Over The Sun
3.Modern Magic Formula

 Being honest I cannot remember much about the new tracks except that they were good. As anyone who has seen Biffy live knows the music sounds a little harsher live than it does finely tuned in the studio and it is not a bad thing it just makes taking note on unreleased tracks a little harder.

All the classic songs including Glitter and Trauma (a favourite song of mine live) and Mountains were as epic as always.  For anyone whose first time time it was seeing Biffy they got an ace performance out the boys.


Having seen Metallica once before and not being a massive fan I can honestly say I was not too fussed about seeing them again but I was with people who were fans so I stuck around to hear The Black Album in its entirety.  Although I am not a big fan of the band it is hard to say that they were not good live for they are.  It is just that they bore me a little, after a while the songs all sound the same to me.  There are songs I enjoy like Master of Puppets and Enter Sandman but unless its a song that has been a commercial success for the band I am pretty clueless.  Metallica fans lapped it up with talks of the Metallica family and  the fireworks but for me it was mundane.

To Be Continued:  Download 2012 – Sunday – 10/06/2012 – God Likes Rock n Roll After all featuring Heavens Basement, Sebastian Bach, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Black Sabbath. 


Bands to Keep an Eye On – The Treatment

The Treatment have over the last month become one of my favourite bands.  After seeing them support Steel Panther,on their Ball’s Out tour,I was instantly hooked. 

Despite the band’s baby faces they play like have been on the rock scene for decades. 

Prior to the gig I was told that they were like a ‘heavier’ version of The Darkness and I couldn’t agree more.  Well without the spandex.  The band resemble your typical rock band who focus more on the music than the aesthetics but all in all they are not a bad looking band.

A lot different from Motley Crue and Kiss who they will be supporting on their joint tour this summer.   British folk like myself can look forward to seeing The Treatment at Download Festival though and some tours dates in May.

Due to the bands stage confidence and the fact they are supporting two of the biggest names in rock come the summer I made the assumption that the band were American but they are not.  They are British! All I can say in my Scottish accent is ‘Mon the British rock n roll’!

The band are the epitome of ‘rock music’ and it is refreshing to hear a band so comfortable in this simple yet great genre. 

The band’s current album ‘This Might Hurt’ is hands down once of the best albums I have heard in a long time. 

Track’s to play particular attention to are ‘The Doctor’, ‘Shake the Mountain’, ‘Just Tell me Why’ and ‘Drink, Fuck Fight’

The band’s sound reminds me of AC/DC meets Guns ‘n’ Roses.  Musically very similar to ACDC but vocally  a bit more like Guns ‘n’ Roses.

The band’s lead guitarist actually reminds me a bit of Angus Young with his mannerisms on stage.  Something that is unusual about the band though is that even though I have only seen the band live once – all members of the band stood out to me.  The band have stage presence, attitude, music and lyrics all down to perfection.

They have the combination of swagger and elegance in their music.  It is not all fantastical riffs and guitar solo’s with no substantial lyrics or talent in some cases – like a lot of amateur bands in this genre.  This is the real deal.  If The Treatment are not a global phenomenon in the next couple of years I will be very surprised.

I think this band are the next big thing and with the fan base they will collect over this summer I expect their coverage in the press to boom!

Steel Panther – Live Review – Glasgow 28/03/12

Any excuse to back-comb my hair and wear an excessive amount of glitter and leopard print (also known as being extremely tacky) and I’m there but a Steel Panther gig gave me a valid reason to rock the tackiness up a notch.

On questioning my flatmate on whether my outfit was tacky enough the response was ‘just wait on until you do your makeup’ – oh burn.  True though.  It is all part of the fun of being a part-time glam rocker – just like the band that I was going to see.

Anyone who believes that Steel Panther are all they proclaim to be in their songs – womanising, drug taking, party animal – are extremely deluded – what Steel Panther do is perfect the act of satire. I have no doubt that the band have enjoyed all the above at some point in their lives but what they are famous for is their cheeky lyrics that poke fun at the glam metal scene itself. 

‘I get high, that ain’t no lie. But I can’t afford another friggin DUI’.

This was not my first time seeing the funny foursome but this was the first time seeing them headline their own show – at the Glasgow O2 Academy.  This band needs no special effects nothing flashy – the whole band has stage presence and charisma.  Even Zadinia the drummer.
Michael Starr
Stix Zadinia

The costumes and the crude jokes aside the band is extremely talented – in all that they do – from the stage persona they take on to the lyrics and music.  Every member of the band possesses great musical talent and excel musically.  I feel the humour of the band sometimes overshadows the bands sheer talent.

Andy Copping the book for Download Festival recently said – Anyone who hasn’t bought into STEEL PANTHER yet, I think it’s time you went shopping…they are the future…love ’em”! The band is due to play Download Festival this summer.

The band played new tracks from Balls out the latest album and old classics like Community Property from Feel the Steel- that one had the whole crowd singing along.  They also played the highly anticipated hit Death to All But Metal which resulted in the crowd heavy rocking out.

As expected there were boobs on show – with the band inviting girls on to stage and then asking them to get…well their boobs out.  Everyone loves a nice set of boobs, don’t they?

After the gig I waited out the back of the venue to see the band and got my ticket signed – each member was so lovely.  Starr and Foxxx are rather beautiful up close as expected but Satchel and Zadinia are also both strikingly good looking – although I am not sure how good looking they would be without the wigs. You can tell they enjoy meeting their fans and appreciate the support.
Michael Starr
Me, Suzee & Lexxi Foxxx

If you want to have both a good time, see a talented band, see some boobs and have a laugh then Steel Panther are the band for you to go see. If you are easily shocked then it is not for you.