TREAT / MAVERICK / CHARING CROSS
It was actually a bit surprising to learn that this show was TREAT’s first visit to Denmark, and then, it was very good to see that this drew a very decent crowd as High Voltage was filled up well, even from the start. So, Swiss CHARING CROSS had a good crowd to play for and it did start good. I really enjoyed watching CHARING CROSS play, they had a very good energy and positive attitude which was contagious and boosted the party-mood. Heavy “No Pain No Gain” and also (sort of) title track from the bands’ latest release “Gain & Pain”, started the show and it was an immediate like with this one. It was a heavy track with a very good beat, easy to like and hard to stand still while it was playing. Vocalist Peter Hochuli did all he could to get the crowd moving, to clap along to the rhythm and it worked.
The thing with CHARING CROSS that made it a bit hard to take in was that the variation between the songs was very wide. Their style wasn’t really consistent and it ranged from Party Rock to rather industrial and mechanical Heavy Metal, which is rather confusing. This is very common with German mid-sized bands but I guess the same goes for Swiss ones as well. I mean, it didn’t really matter what style CHARING CROSS took in, it sounded very good all of it but it was a lot of variation to take in and the variation in style made the show lose a bit of its intensity. But definitely good start of the evening!
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MAVERICK were next; this was another band I’ve never heard of before something that gave a mixed impression upon entering the stage, at least before they started playing. Vocalist David Balfour looked like a bad ass Punk-rocker and I expected a much rawer sound from the band because of this. But it was a very good mix of Hard Rock, Sleaze and Heavy Metal they served. Also, who cannot fall in love with an Irish accent like that? It’s just so charming and doesn’t sound intimidating at all. And this made David’s whole appearance contradictive as he sounded very cheerful while talking but it worked. He sounded fantastic singing and so did the band. Nothing to complain about when it came to musical performance. Apparently, the same morning of the show David had lost his voice completely. Since I don’t know the band, I can’t say if it affected his performance or not. But he sounded good now at least, so it wasn’t anything affecting the impression of MAVERICK at all.
MAVERICK did a very good show, it was a lot of fun to watch them and compared to CHARING CROSS this really felt like an entity, all together as a unit and it was fun to watch too. At one point into the set, David introduced bassist Richie Diver as the sexy beast which perhaps became a bit awkward since the frontline mainly consisted of middle-aged men. I sure hope I will get to see MAVERICK play again and be a bit more prepared for it all because this was a very pleasant first encounter (and I picked up their CD’s as well so I have no excuses next time), it was great fun to watch them play.
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One of the first real shows I ever saw was TREAT, at the ‘Swedish Monsters Of Rock’ tour in 1988 and I thought it was the coolest thing that could ever happen. And that impression of TREAT has lasted ever since. I haven’t seen them that many times but even in more recent days they’ve really impressed me with their stage presence and the very good drive in the music. Sure, it’s a little bit of a turn-off that there are things pre-recorded and backtracked nowadays. But taking into consideration how good “Gods Of Graceland”, set-opener and title track of latest release, sounded most can be forgiven. The night continued in the same vibe as it started; good fun and a hard rockin’ show. It actually feels strange that almost 30 years have passed since I saw them for the first time, it doesn’t feel that long ago and it certainly doesn’t feel that amount of time has passed listening to TREAT perform. Robert Ernlund’s voice is still fantastic and the bands energy is awesome. Also, “Better The Devil You Know” sounded a killer. I love the vocal arrangements and harmonies in this one. And it sounded great live too. Third one out was also from “Gods Of Graceland”; “Nonstop Madness” worked very well too but the crowd started to shout for some old songs. “Ready For A Taking” from “Organized Crime” did the trick and got the crowd moving even more.
In a way, I understand why TREAT are playing a lot of new songs; they should promote their most recent releases, and also “Cope de Grâce” is fantastic, I like that one even better than the latest one but I still think it was a bit cheap with oldies - especially since that section of the set was crossed out on the setlist. It was very nice to hear “Love Stroke” and, it brought back memories for sure. Even if this is a simpler Rock song, when compared to the new neatly produced tracks with tons of harmonies, it still sounded incredible good. TREAT teased the audience a bit with “Get You On the Run” and played a variation of the riff, rather mellow and it was super to see more and more catch on to what was happening, what was to come. This was the first song that got stuck on me back in the day and I still think it's super and it works perfect live on stage as well.
Another favourite of mine and actually a rather new one, “Skies Of Mongolia” from “Cope de Grâce” worked fine too and the crowd had really worked up the heat now. Happy Hour beer and free shots on the ticket maybe helped but TREAT definitely did most of the job. Their energy and connection with the crowd were the best, the show gave a lot of energy and it felt it was over in no time. “World Of Promises” closed the set and it was in the last minute before the moniker was changed from Rock to Night Club at High Voltage. This was also one of the first shows of TREAT's European tour and what a beginning then. Fantastic!
01. "Gods Of Graceland"
02. "Better The Devil You Know"
03. "Nonstop Madness"
04. "Ready For The Taking"
05. "Paper Tiger"
06. "Do Your Own Stunts"
07. "Love Stroke"
08. "Gimme One More Night"
10. "Get You On The Run"
12. "Skies Of Mongolia"
13. "We Own The Night"
14. "World Of Promises"
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