Bearstock wrote:It's all subjective though.
Megadeth were great at this years and a greatest hits set for lack of a better term was the right way to go. When there's question mars over how they'd perform, why air a tracks from an album that many consider sub standard and many more would be unfamiliar with?
I agree there shouldn't bee too many commercial bands but would suggest it's good for the festival to have 2 or 3 depending what slots the are in.
Whether it's popular with metal hammer readers etc or not is one thing but metal is still metal and Bloodstock needs to cater for all genres of it.
Also the coverage they get from Metal Hammer and Scuzz has seemed to increase year on year, which as well as additional punters likely brings in decent sponsorship opportunities for the festival. These would likely only continue if there's a few MH bands in the line ups.
They only played 3 songs (1 a Thin Lizzy cover which would appeal to a wider audience than just Megadeth's) from their last 2 widely considered sub-par albums/ But I think Megadeth found the right balance between promoting the newer stuff and playing older songs. If they did abandon the new songs then
A) They then pretty much bury any hopes of further sales
B) Show they have no faith in their new material (which has knock on effects)
C) Risk having to trot out a greatest hits set everytime a new album bombs making their setlists stale after awhile.
King Penda wrote:Maybe i`m too old School but this is the UK,
Not only did we give Zep, Purple, Priest, Sabs, UFO, Queen, Maiden, Heep etc etc to the world
and every other argument from Dio`s `holy diver` being recorded here to Manowar forming at Newcastle City hall
This is a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal country ! Theres enough bands in the above list for artists to really give a crap
Megadeth came on this year with a sound weaker than Coldplay, all around me was apathy ("why dont they play this" etc), the connection with the crowd was minimal as was the effort maybe they just had problems following artists like Saxon and Amon Amarth who could be arsed to connect with the crowd and felt very privileged to be part of a very special festival.
Had Dave mentioned thanks to everyone for waiting to see us through all that crap weather and here`s one weve not played since 1988 were bringing it back just for BOA-its called class.
Yes Maybe your right about catering to all genres though, Bloodstock can next year have its own `False metal tent` for all the Kerrang stuff
Quite a few points here
1) Not every band is the same live, some bands like to keep talking to a minimum and let the music do the talking; it obviously works because Megadeth are big and have managed to last 30+ years but yeah, it kind of makes them pale when you put them next to an act that does interact. He did attempt some banter so you can't knock him for lack of trying.
2) I'd imagine every artist would try to give a crap every show regardless of where because well, people paid to see them and live shows are the cash cow now; so purposefully not giving a crap isn't a viable business model (unless your Marylin Manson or Axl Rose)
3) People are going to complain about setlists anyway (even Metallica's by request which let you have a choice in the matter) Megadeth weren't alone in that, best a band can do is try to please everyone but won't succeed.