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Whitesnake and Judas Priest closed Rock the City in style

A memorable Whitesnake concert and a top-notch Judas Priest performance, in which the band, on its last world tour, recounted its contribution to heavy metal history, closed, in style, the 2011 edition of the Rock the City festival, on Sunday, in front of about 10,000 people. Without any special visual effects, having nothing but a black curtain, bearing the band’s name and logo, behind, Whitesnake simply came on stage to perform and it was more than enough. They opened their concert with “Best Years”, followed by “Give Me All Your Love”, “Love Ain’t No Stranger”, the hit “Is This Love”, and “Steal Your Heart Away”, from the band’s latest album, “Forevermore” (2011).

Then it was Judas Priest’s turn to enthral their fans – amid chains and two burning “furnaces”, whence tridents, the band’s symbol, emerged, being brightly lit during some of their songs – and hold them in sway throughout the concert, which lasted over two hours. Flames and smoke were coming out from the stage, as well as laser lights, reflected on the House of the People, and the master of ceremonies – the vocalist Rob Halford – changed nearly ten outfits, coming out in a long, studded, leather jacket, a cape with a shiny hood or a simple black shirt. The show wouldn’t have been complete without Hartford’s appearance on motorcycle, for “Hell Bent for Leather”, followed by the closing song, as announced in the set-list for the tour, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”.

Remaining the highlight of Saturday evening, after the Papa Roach concert was cancelled, Mike and the Mechanics offered, on the last but one night of Rock the City, a concert which lasted nearly a hour and a half and included songs like “Beggar on a Beach of Gold”, “Another Cup of Coffee”, “Try to Save Me” (from their new album), as well as the band’s best-known hits: “The Living Years”, “All I Need Is a Miracle” and “Over My Shoulder”.

Last adrenaline shot with Hadouken! and Pendulum at B’estfest

Hadouken! and Pendulum performed, on Sunday, closing B’estfest. “We are the future!”, Hadouken! announced, a couple of hours before the closing of a three-day festival which brought, in the vicinity of Bucharest, to a sort of local Woodstock, bands like Skunk Anansie, Mika and Asian Dub Foundation.

]Pendulum is among the favourites of international festivals thanks to their amazing live shows, which rely on a complex mixture of instruments, electronic effects and spectacular visual projections. Difficult to label, their style is a kind of fusion, which ranges from dubstep and drum to alternative rock, heavy metal and even electro/house.

Saturday was Mika’s day and the artist offered the B’estfest public an unforgettable show, which included the hits “Relax, Take It Easy” and “We Are Golden”. The concert started at midnight with one of his best-known songs, “Relax, Take It Easy”. From the moment he appeared on stage until the concert ended, the public was enthusiastic, dancing and singing along to the artist.

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