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Saturday was a belter with a 4-band show at the Glasgow SECC. We missed Halestorm due to public transport issues, but they were the only band we knew nothing about so it’s not the end of the world. Heard good things about them afterwards though.
Our opening band were therefore Buckcherry, who were allotted a dinky 6 tracks or so. They were fun, the sound was good and I would definitely like to see them do a full set sometime. Of course, they ended with Crazy Bitch.
Next up were Papa Roach who played a blinding set. Again, squished into a small time slot they managed to entertain a very enthusiastic crowd and crammed in pretty much everything you could want to hear from first album Infest right up to current single “Burn”. A simple light show behind the band added some nice touches to the affair and they left, sans encore, with a crowd baying for more.
Headlining were Disturbed, who took Papa Roach’s light show, multiplied it by about 20 and absolutely tore the place apart. I’m not a Disturbed “fan” as such, but I do like them and have to say I really enjoyed the set. There was a decent variety in the tracks, chief of which was their cover of Genesis’ “Land of Confusion“. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone slamming to a Phil Collins number before. First time for everything.
The sound was very good, light show staggering, crowd awesome (except for two dicks who got into a fight in the pit during Disturbed) and the security friendly and helpful. If I had a complaint it was the lack of free drinking water. £1.50 a bottle is ridiculous. If much smaller venues such as the O2 and Garage can manage it, you’d think the SECC could.
Certainly a great “taste” of the bands featured, and excellent value for money for fans of three or four of them.