from the Atarfe VegaRock Festival, Granada, Spain March 2006
VIRGIN STEELE in Spain
by Carlos Lorca
Virgin Steele performed an amazing concert Friday evening at the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival in Spain! They wailed like the TRUE METAL KINGS they are, and all without their drummer! Drummer Frank Gilchriest had some confusion with flight arrangements, and was unable to arrive on time for their set, but the band played on. The audience more than made up for the percussion, by clapping rhythmically and chanting throughout the gig! Singer David DeFeis also did some mighty pounding on the wooden stage, with some serious boots! It was a wild, aggressive performance that only a top notch, highly seasoned group could pull out of themselves. I had a chance to ask David a few questions after the concert. Please read on:
Carlos Lorca: David what happened with your drummer?
David: I don't know all the details as I have not yet spoken to Frank, but I was told that there was some kind of confusion with his plane, and that he would not arrive by the time we were to perform this evening. I am sure that he is very, very upset that he could not be here with us tonight! He was really looking forward to this show.
Carlos Lorca: What did you do when you heard this news?
David: At first I thought it was some kind of joke, but when I found out that it actually was true, I went into action. I received the information that he would not make the concert at 3:00 this afternoon, just as we were planning to leave the hotel to come here. We were scheduled to perform at 6:20, so we had to decide very quickly what to do. I called the rest of the group and told them to meet me in my room, so that we could plan an alternate set to perform. We met, discussed and threw ideas around for about 30 minutes, and then drove off to do the gig.
Carlos Lorca: How do you think the concert went? I mean from my point of view it was incredible. You even managed to get an encore, which is a rare thing on a festival, with the time factor, and all the pressure to keep the bands moving along. And I have to say, the band sounded so confident, and your voice sounded so strong and high!
David: Thank you Carlos. I think it went quite well. The crowd seemed to really enjoy it, and they were really very supportive, which gave us confidence to continue and to deliver the goods.
Carlos Lorca: I spoke to many fans who said they were very happy that you played. They thought you would cancel under such circumstances.
David: Some bands might have cancelled, but not us. We go on regardless. We did not want to disappoint anyone. We came to perform, and that is what we did. It was a magic, by the seat of your pants kind of show. I really enjoyed it.
Carlos Lorca: Any last words for the Spanish fans?
David: Yes. We thank you all for your tremendous show of faith, heart, honor and incredibly loud support! Thanks for the really great welcome, and thanks so very much for making this such a special concert. We will see you all again soon, with our drummer.
The SET LIST was as follows:
1. THE WINE OF VIOLENCE
2. BLACK MASS BLUES
3. SNAKESKIN VOODOO MAN
4. DON'T SAY GOODBYE (Tonight)
5. GATE OF KINGS
6. WINGS OF VENGEANCE
7. TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
8. Guitar Solo
9. VOW OF HONOUR
12. THE BURNING OF ROME
1.GREAT SWORD OF FLAME
Photos by: Mariano Baciagaluppe