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Firefest Brings the Glam

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments9 Comments

Firefest takes place in Nottingham, England and is set for October 30 - 31. That's right: the festival is nine months away and promoters are already announcing bands. The fest is shaping up to be pretty cool, too - lots of Glam!

Here's the lineup:

Saturday, October 30:

LYNCH MOB
DARE
BONFIRE
SARAYA
BANGALORE CHOIR
BEGGARS & THIEVES
GRAND ILLUSION

Sunday, October 31:

NELSON
JIMI JAMISON
PRETTY MAIDS
STRANGEWAYS
STAGE DOLLS
NEWMAN
GRAND DESIGN

Seriously? Saraya? This is a reunion show for the band. Lead singer Sandi Saraya's been in retirement for awhile. Even more impressive is that the reunion is really of the original members - fantastic! I'd love to see that show for sure.

I was surprised to learn Nelson has never played the UK before. I guess Nelson is deep into the festival circuit now.

Bangalore Choir will play all of On Target during their set.

If I'm reading the official website correctly, tickets go on sale today and the price includes an early bird discount if you go ahead and purchase now. Maybe when I win the lottery...

 


Reader Comments (9)

I have always wanted to see PRETTY MAIDS! I wish they would come to the USA and play here in Michigan!!
February 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
Sadly original keyboard player of Saraya, Gregg Munier passed away on Feb 3 2006, according to a fans web-page I just looked at.
February 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
I second that! Pretty Maids need to come to MI!!!! I'd love to see Bonfire also.
February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Always loved Sandi's voice. How this song wasn't a much bigger hit back in the day still escapes me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwffvU3U4ME
February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Blimey!

Another festival I want to see!

I'm pretty good on the short runs but transatlantic gets a little dicey, unless I latch onto the wing of a 747 that just happens to be passing by somewhere halfway over the Atlantic.

Better to hit the lottery, charter a G5, grab all my Bring Back Glam friends and frienemies (you know who you are, hahaha!!!) and just fly from festival to festival all summer!

"Rock'n'Roll, people! People, let's Rock'n'Roll!"
February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Oops! Almost forgot!

Saraya!

Discovered them when I picked up the greatest Glam Metal Movie Sountrack ever, the one for "Shocker" (Saraya have a couple of non-album cuts -- pretty sure they are non-album -- on there, too, that are some of her standouts!)...

I'm not worthy!

She coulda been the love interest Garth and Wayne shoulda fought over in "Wayne's World" or somethin'. She coulda tortured them and performed a couple of numbers in the movie.

All tangents aside, what a killer vox on this chick!

And she just seems like the coolest dudette around when you watch this vid (Thanx Gary, and I checked the rest of your collection on YouTube. You got great taste, bro!).

Absolute knockout (in more ways than one!) I missed the first time around!

Hey, it's never too late to fall in love!

Killer Metal Chick. Killer Band!

P.S. I've got a few Pretty Maid CDs. Apart from being mildly amused by the hideous cover art gracing most of their albums, I can't find much to like about 'em. Maybe I'm wrong, so if you boyz are still checkin' here, can you recommend which album you consider to be their magnum opus and I'll check my collection to see if I have it and re-listen to it or I'll get it if I don't have it and take a listen... Thanx!
February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
pretty good lineup i wouold love to see this but obviously flyin to england is out, would love to see many of those bands and metalboy check out savage heart or nightmare in the nieghbourhood or we came to rock some great songs by pretty maids
February 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
I once told the bass player of Saraya that he was the next Eddie Van Halen after a show. Turns out I thought I was talking to Nuno Bettencourt.
February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenternirVrana
Hahahaha!!! Priceless, nirVana, regarding the Bettencourt mistaken identity case. Despite stealing one of my chix back in the glory daze, I always thought he shoulda split from Extreme right after "More Than Words" and started up a cooler, harder and less goofball act than Extreme.

Even more ironically, though Bettencourt probably coulda been the next Eddie Van Halen he wasted it on unrock Cherone and speaking of "it", we all know who wound up, not "the next" Eddie Van Halen, but "next to" Eddie Van Halen. Yep, this nudnick, Cherone.

I know this as I witnessed Bettencourt shred the stage apart with my own two eyes at the Cat Club in NYC back in the day when he was wasting his talent away in the unfortunately convoluted and misguided AOR act, Extreme.

Glamrockerarch! Thanx for the song tips for Pretty Maids. Comin' from you, I'm willing to check 'em out and bet there's a strong chance I'm gonna like 'em.
February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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