So, the mighty Mastodon are playing Rock City's main hall in December in what can only be described as an early Christmas present to the masses! Tickets are flying out but there are still some available, head on over to our Gig Guide for more information!
We are rocking out to this massive number in the office today, though lets be honest, the whole Once More 'Round The Sun album is exceptionally good. And we can't wait for the arrival of this massive band in our awesome venue!
Devin Townsend tore our main hall a new one last Thursday night, with his unique brand of industrial, proggy, metally, dreamlike... ok, there is actually no way of really describing his music. 'Different' may just about cut it!
But, in one of two warm up shows for Sonisphere, Devin played one of the gigs of 2014 at Rock City.
Simon Dunkerley, from Get Ready To Rock, was there:
Rock City tonight hosts the first of two warm up gigs for the Devin Townsend Project before his appearance at Sonisphere this Sunday on the main stage, as he stated on stage ‘to go from months of mixing in the studio to live performance is a big jump’ hence the gigs and also I suppose to give the fans a chance to get to see him without paying festival prices.
The venue although a bit sparse for the support bands Empire and Thine steadily fills up as we approach the 8.30pm kickoff for DTP and there is a great buzz of anticipation around room which is matched by the many merch-clad fans.
The lights dim and the video screens flicker into life, now personally never having witnessed a Devin show I could have been led to thinking someone had spiked my drink as the weird and wacky videos of Ziltoid and various others rolled out but when it came to the dancing cows! I was gone, udder udder madness.
Devin wanders onto the stage and is greeted by a hugely enthusiastic crowd and he actually seems overwhelmed by the reaction and lauds it up, after a quick bit of banter and some guitar glitches we are thrown into his musical mind with a setlist that spans his solo and DTP work back to 1997 and Seventh Wave through to 2012 with Liberation.
Like his mind, the music bounces around styles proggy, industrial but overall heavy and precise. He is joined onstage by Dave Young (guitar), Brian Waddell (bass) and Ryan Van Poederooyen on drums who provide the tight backline.
It all kicks off with a ‘Seventh Wave’, ‘War’ and ‘By Your Command’. ‘War’ is more of a pop sounding song than most of his work but gives the crowd a chance to join in. Devin is on form with his banter and pops in snippets of info as he seems to be really enjoying the show and he makes a jaunt into the photopit to be up close and personal with the fans.
As the set winds through the albums and gets extremely proggy, which was a surprise to me as I always had him as a more heavy/mental outfit. ‘Liberation’ gets the tempo going again and the crowd that has been very emotive and responsive all night gives their all to the anthemic ‘Grace’ as they all hail the mighty Devin.
After an ‘Old Man Break’ of 2 minutes the band who haven’t even left the stage break into the last track of the night ‘Bad Devil’. For my first experience of Devin I have to say it was an awesome, involving, experience both visually and audibly. Sonisphere… you are going to enjoy!
Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley, with thanks. Visit their website at http://getreadytorock.me.uk for more awesomeness like this!
The mighty Devin Townsend is in the building! Here's a sneaky shot from his soundcheck! Tonight's gig is going to be MASSIVE!!!
There are still VERY LIMITED tickets left to purchase on the door... get to Rock City early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 18:30!
Only 20 more sleeps until Splendour Festival 2014 at Wollaton Park... and incase you haven't heard the news:
Further additions to Splendour Festival 2014!
We are delighted to welcome Saint Raymond, The Beat and Amber Run to the line-up!
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Just one week to go until Devin Townsend hits Rock City's Main Hall!
We have had this album on repeat at Rock City Towers for about a month now. Are we sick of it yet?! Hell no! If you haven't heard his awesome sound before, check out this album. You won't be disappointed.
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