The first show we attended on day 3 was by MaYaN, a band which features members of EPICA, After Forever and Sons of Seasons.
Grunter Mark Jansen, keyboardist Jack Driessen and guitarist Frank Schiphorst have gathered a couple of very talented musicians around them.
First and foremost I was once again impressed by the amazing talent of Sons of Season’s vocalist Henning Basse. The female vocal parts were taken over by the well-known and beloved Floor Jansen and the Italian opera singer Laura Macrì. The band is completed by Ariën van Weesenbeek, Isaac Delahaye and Rob van der Loo, all from EPICA.
After the show we went outside to see Sebastian Bach, but the rain was so heavy that only few people held out in front of the main stage. The unlucky singer said that he was afraid to walk up to the edge of the stage, because he feared he might be electrocuted.
So the next band we saw for real was the freshly reunited Ugly Kid Joe. They mostly played their old hits like ‘Cats in the Cradle’, ‘Neighbor’ and ‘Everything About You’, but also songs from their new EP, which sounded quite promising!
Singer Whitfield Crane’s voice has obviously gotten a bit deeper over the years, but the singing in itself was flaw- and apparently effortless. He was wearing a Motörhead shirt, which had me confused at first, but it turned out that Phil Campbell would make a guest appearance later on!
Crane tried to climb one of the tent’s pillars, as you can see above. Two security guards however were determined to prevent this and held on to his legs so that he eventually had to give up. He was really mad, obviously, and flipped the security off about 200 times during the next song, which is partly captured in my video below. A while later he had calmed down and apologized to the security guys. He said they had “a little misunderstanding before” and shook hands with one of them.
Phil Campbell, who we later saw on the main stage with his band Motörhead!
Killswitch Engage and Machine Head were luckier than Sebastian Bach, as we could see them without getting soaked!
Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz wins the GMM sexy legs award, lol! What was he thinking?!
Behemoth put on an amazing stage show at Graspop! Singer/guitarist Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski was in extremely good shape considering that he has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant! As he sang, blood dripped from his mouth – which was hopefully artificial, or I’d have to withdraw my previous statement. His guitar carries the name “flying” V in full right, if you know what I mean.
Behemoth’s show included an insane amount of pyro and some burning inverted crossed, as you can see in my video.
But for me, the highlight of the day were Children of Bodom with the incredible talent of their frontman and guitarist Alexi Laiho, who partly played his solos standing on the hood of a car that was a stage prop!
The headliner of the day was Guns n’ Roses, who were scheduled to play for over two hours. They could have packed this entire time with mega hits, but sadly what they did was play mostly songs from their new album and give every musician an eternity and a half for solos. This made it easy for us to leave at about halftime. We could hardly make it to the car as it was, because our feet hurt so much after three days of basically only standing and walking.