metalicbear wrote:In the last 2 years the UKs Premier metal festival has missed out on -
Manowar's last UK show
Slayer's last UK show
Saxon's 40th anniversary
Helloween Pumpkins United
Demons & Wizards
Krokus' last ever tour
Most of which wont be around in another 10 years or so. It should come as no surprise that a lot of fans are in fact sick of 40 years of Saxon (personally thats forty years too long but thats just me) King Diamond just cant hack it anymore and his most recent live album is pretty sad. Helloween and Manowar sound like rip off merchants judging by the amount of 'bloodstock cant afford them' comments. I don't think anyone is saying you have to like it but the bands that have been booked WILL be around in 10 years whether you are a fan or not.
Another megadeth or slayer booking would have made me think twice before buying a ticket but as I am seeing something different I am greatly looking forward to it. I should add as a disclaimer that I am no Parkway fan, hadn't heard of thy art before they were announced and have always approached bands like CoF with the appropriate pinch of salt but you know what? I haven't seen any of them before and vs the 4 times I have seen slayer and the 5 times I have seen megadeth that is pretty refreshing. I love checking out new music (or music thats new to me) and that is one of the greatest things about a festival. Discovering hidden gems amongst a genre or style you would normally go for.
It may be worth pointing out why the festival existed in the first place.
It was started because Saxon wanted to play a UK date and no promoter would put them on. So their friend put his money where his mouth was and booked a venue and filled it with some of his favourite and local bands. Then he decided to make it a regular festival as an antidote to Download.
Unfortunately his children are now turning it into the very thing which it was against.
As for comments that Manowar and Helloween are rip off merchants. Do people think that Parkway Drive are playing for free? I would expect them to be charging as much as, if not more than Manowar would be charging. Do you really think they would be playing a small venue in Birmingham if they were just in it for the money? I doubt they are even covering their costs.
I know how much Judas Priest got paid and it was well into seven figures. I would assume the Scorpions are getting a similar figure. Yet people expect other bands to play for a pittance...
“He likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. But I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud.” - Jürgen Klopp