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On stage: Hail!

- Hail! & Swölk - Sept. 2009 - Copenhagen (DK) -
- Hail! - Jan. 2010 - New York City, NY (USA) -

- Hail! - Jan. 26th 2010 - New York City (NY, USA), B.B. King Blues Club & Grill -

If Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Beyond Fear, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest), David Ellefson (F5, ex-Megadeth), Sepultura's Andreas Kisser and Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy are at B.B. Kings Club & Grill in New York City, then it's time for Hail!
And tonight it should be a special show, as Savatage / Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Chris Caffery should join them for U.F.O.'s Lights Out and Metal Church's Metal Church - brilliant guitar solo duel between Chris Caffery and Andreas Kisser! And Caffery stayed for Judas Priest's Green Manalishi while Overkill mainman Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth joined the all-star project for AC/DC's Highway To Hell and TNT! No way to cover Motörhead's Overkill without the Overkill shouter! But for this one they welcomed another guest - Anthrax's Frank Bello. The bassist stayed for Anthrax's Got The Time and for the final track all guests entered the stage! Time for Iron Maiden's Run To The Hills! Everybody enjoyed the show and the fans wanted more! Hail! returned for some more incl. Metallica's The Four Horsemen, Whiplash and Slayer's South Of Heaven.
What a blast! Everybody attending had a great time and I guess everybody will be back next time around! More Hail! please!

Hail!'s setlist:

Ace of Spades (Motörhead)
Territory (Sepultura)
Grinder (Judas Priest)
Stand Up And Shout (Dio)
Balls To The Wall (Accept)
Mouth For War/Domination (Pantera)
Walk (Pantera)
Neon Knights (Black Sabbath)
Wrathchild (Iron Maiden)
Lights Out (UFO)
(w/ Chris Caffery on guitar)
Metal Church (Metal Church)
(w/ Chris Caffery on guitar)
Green Manalishi (Judas Priest)
(w/ Chris Caffery on guitar)
Highway To Hell (AC/DC)
(w/ Bobby Blitz on vocals)
TNT (AC/DC) (w/ Bobby Blitz on vocals)
Overkill (Motörhead)
(w/ Bobby Blitz on vocals and Frank Bello on bass)
Got The Time (Anthrax)
(w/ Frank Bello on bass)
Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
(w/ Chris Caffery, Frank Bello & Bobby Blitz on guest vocals)

The Four Horsemen (Metallica)
Symptom Of The Universe (Black Sabbath)
South Of Heaven (Slayer)
Whiplash (Metallica)

(guest writer)


- Hail! & Swölk - September 7th 2009 - Copenhagen (DK), The Rock -

Hail: Andreas Kisser

Hail: Tim Owens

Hank Sherman on stage with Hail

Norwegian band Swölk had the pleasure to open this concert evening. The band is not that well-known, but they tried their best to create a good atmosphere. Lots of energy, the band members are individually skilled enough, but they didn't really impress on stage as a band, didn't really catch the audience. A shame, but when they have practiced more, I hope I can get a chance to hear them again. They have just released their self-titled debut album Swölk.
Hail! is a band who are centered on guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and bass player David Ellefson (F5, Avian, ex-Megadeth) and singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens (ex-Judas Priest). They are touring under the name Hail, and with Owens as frontman the success is secured. They opened with The Ace Of Spades and after that came a thunderstorm of mainly Sepultura, Megadeth, Maiden and Priest songs that rocked the world of the approximately 250 people present. What a shame that only so few people were here.
Tim Owens have a voice that leaves no doubt why he was chosen to take the vacant place in Judas Priest. He sings and performs on stage as a man who has worked his way upwards to the top. That voice can make everything else seem not important. As they were in Copenhagen, they brought on a very welcome guest: Mr. Hank Sherman of Mercyful Fate. Hank played with them for 4 or 5 songs, and especially when he played the rhythm guitar on the Priest song Grinder I enjoyed it.
But generally the songs that appealed most to the audience were: Grinder, Balls To The Wall, Wratchchild, Run To The Hills, Breaking The Law, Refuse / Resist and especially a medley of the two songs Peace Sells and Paranoid. The show was not very long, but very intense. In my view Owens did his best on Run To The Hills and Breaking The Law. It is not the last time I have been to a Hail! concert! Great job done by the guys at The Rock, Copenhagen.

Lars Björn


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