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Lytham Competition 2023: Sunday

Lytham Competition 2023: Sunday


Mötley Crüe - photographer Melanie Smith Mötley Crüe| Def Leppard
Lytham Competition
2nd July 2023

Louder Than Battle writer Claire Glover headed again to Lytham Competition with photographer Melanie Smith, to take a look at the line-up on day 5. The competition has seen round 100,000 individuals collect on Lytham Inexperienced for headliner units from Jamiroquai, George Ezra, Sting and Lionel Richie. Tonight in a double headliner Worldwide rock legends Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, rammed with steel heads and moshers, shook Lytham Inexperienced for the ultimate time.

Opening the present indie/rock band the Viva’s. Though they solely fashioned in 2022 they’re already promoting out exhibits, wowing audiences and constructing a robust fanbase. They actually warmed the gang up for rock legends Def Leppard.

Frontman and vocalist Joe Elliott from Sheffield quipped that it was freezing for July, and did anybody want a blanket, as he did. That may wait till later, he stated as they’d numerous nice music to share, together with songs resembling This Guitar and Kick from the brand new twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos, which they wrote through the pandemic. Once more, referring to the terrible climate Elliott shared how troublesome it was to play the guitar. The massive vibrant backdrop is effective for these unfortunate sufficient to be on the again and once more the sign-language interpreters did an incredible job, with what should’ve been some actually difficult phrases for them to interpret.

Def Leppard - photographer Melanie Smith
Def Leppard © Melanie Smith

Then got here Let’s Get Rocked and the all-time basic Animal. The group cherished listening to the haunting Foolin’ from the studio album Pyromania launched in 1983. Then Armageddon It, Love Bites, Guarantees, When Love and Hate Collide, Rocket and Bringin’ On the Heartbreak all proved to be hits.

The superb Rick Allen makes drumming with one arm and barefooted look a breeze. He fantastically carried out a panoramic drum solo throughout Swap 625. Elliott emotionally shared that he and Allen return a good distance and are like brothers, earlier than going into Hysteria and Pour Some Sugar On Me. Phill Collen and Vivian Campbell from Northern Eire on guitars, with Rick Savage on bass are all a power to be reckoned with and Elliott repeatedly asks the gang to indicate their appreciation and “make some noise for them”. Elliott shouts to the gang that “We’ll see you subsequent time” after which provides in for good measure the well-known final phrases from considered one of their current dwell albums: “…and there will probably be a subsequent time. Don’t overlook us and we gained’t overlook about you.

Def Leppard - photographer Melanie Smith
Def Leppard © Melanie Smith

Opening the present with a spoof newsreel from their MC information community, was the superior Mötley Crüe which alarmingly said that individuals are gathering in giant crowds from everywhere in the world and chanting to the steel sounds of the Crüe. The LA-based steel legends blasted on stage, opening with their savage track Wild Facet and segued into a number of Shouting At The Satan. They encompass the infamous Tommy Lee on drums, Nikki Sixx on bass guitar and changing Mick Mars on guitar is the good and charismatic John 5. What an awesome addition he’s too, bringing a recent vitality and taking part in the songs extremely effectively. Together with blasting out an awesome guitar solo, and incorporating a poignant Eddie Van Halen tribute.

Vince Neil requested “Who likes the previous shit?” to a roar of ‘sure’ then “We’ve acquired some for ya. C’mon Sixx’ – Too Quick for Love actually wasn’t too quick for this crowd. Neil realised that the gang actually needed to sing tonight, so the band started teasing with the Bee Gees Night time Fever intro, earlier than going into Don’t Go Away Mad (Simply Go Away).

The band have proudly bought over 100 million albums worldwide and thrilled to be within the UK as a part of their present tour. Sixx at one level waved a British flag and jumped into the pit to greet ecstatic followers on the barrier. To Steph Sowdens delight, he grabbed her up onto the stage, for a hug and a selfie with the humongous crowd because the background, grinning from ear to ear I don’t assume she’s come all the way down to earth but.

Songs that actually stood out on this gig have been – Stay Wire, Seems to be That Kill, Shout At The Satan and The Grime (Est. 1981) which included a pre-recorded video duet with Machine Gun Kelly. Additionally they included a stunning medley consisting of Rock and Roll, Half 2 / Smokin’ within the Boys Room /Helter Skelter / Anarchy within the U.Okay. / Blitzkrieg Bop / (You Gotta) Combat for Your Proper (To Celebration!).

Mötley Crüe - photographer Melanie Smith
Mötley Crüe © Melanie Smith

Following this, Lee ran to the entrance of the stage shouting to the gang and carried out his typical banter “The place are all of the titty’s at?” which prompted just a few flashes from some courageous ladies. He then inspired them to “elevate their beers” earlier than going into House Candy House on piano. Vocalist Vince Neil launched the Nasty Habits dancers, as ever scantily clad however with nice strikes that enhanced the present and the band vibe. Actually, brings the fabulous track Women Women Women to life. Then they rocked out with Dr. Feelgood, Similar Ol’ Scenario (S.O.S.) Women, Women, Women and Primal Scream, with Sixx taking part in his guitar at one level with a violin bow. The LA crew placed on a dynamic present, with incredible lighting, dry ice aplenty, lasers and a large inflatable girl.

Mötley Crüe - photographer Melanie Smith
Mötley Crüe © Melanie Smith

Ending with actually a bang straight into Kickstart My Coronary heart, because the pyrotechnics got here into play, enhanced by a vibrant array of fish that jumped out of the ocean in fright at this second,  this might effectively have occurred for a few of the crowd that evening. Lee ran to the entrance of the stage and screamed goodbye with a rap, “I say Mötley Crüe, you say Crüe”
“I say fuck, you say you” Then a slightly nice “Goodnight fuckers, we love you”.

These steel dudes have been rockin’ sold-out exhibits to the core for over 4 a long time and so they little doubt brought on a stir within the light seaside city of Lytham that evening. With a raucous crowd displaying their appreciation, headbanging, moshing and singing their hearts out earlier than happening their method ‘to House Candy House’.

“Goodnight Lytham, you’ve been superb” – MÖTLEY CRÜE

Lancashire’s largest music competition embraced a crowd of twenty-two,500 for the hard-rock expertise. We’re eagerly trying ahead to seeing what nice acts they’re going tp current subsequent yr.

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Plans at the moment are firmly underway for Lytham Competition 2024 which can return for 5 nights from Wednesday, July 03 to Sunday, July 07. The complete lineup for 2024 will probably be introduced later this yr.

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