VIRGIN STEELE live at the "Nit de Reis" fest, Palau
Barcelona, Spain, 4 January 2003
you may know, on the 4th of January took place in Barcelona the
second edition of an emerging festival called "Nit de Reis"
which included national acts like Dark Moor, Rosendo and Saratoga
and international names such as Iron Saviour, Lost Horizon, Saxon,
Blind Guardian and, of course, Virgin Steele.
The name "Nit de Reis" comes from the tradition of the
three kings handing out presents to all the children during the
night of the 5th January. Needless to say that Virgin Steele's show
was the best present that their fans could receive.
The band jumped on stage with A Symphony of Steele, which
already turned crowds mad. They said that about 5.500 people attended
the festival and that a big part of them was already there from
Steele was the third band to play out of seven, so they offered
an almost-an-hour show whilst the sun was setting. Although the
duration wasn't enough for their fans, the setlist the band choose
was a complete success so the show was intense and full of emotion.
Virgin Steele made Palau Sant Jordi -the venue- crumble with the
already mentioned A SYMPHONY OF STEELE,
but also with VOICE AS WEAPON, INVICTUS, I WILL COME FOR YOU, GREAT
SWORD OF FLAME, KINGDOM OF FEARLESS, WE RULE THE NIGHT and NOBLE
SAVAGE. Even there was time for a solo byEdward and one by David,
who also showed the Great Sword in Flames and the head of Lord Priam
(!) in this pocket-size show.
Must be pointed out one of the most touching moments of the night:
it was when the crowds were told that it was David's birthday and
Edward's had been the day before. Immediately, the audience started
singing "Happy Birthday". Maybe this is why David seemed
to be so happy and emotioned on stage, or maybe it was the general
enthusiasm of the people during the whole concert.
Needless to say that the four members did above their best. David
had the audience in his hands, Edward left everybody speechless
with his solos and vital energy, Josh built genially the basis of
all the tunes and Frank's rhythms made fans' hearts beat at a time.
The other bands, specially, Saxon and Blind Guardian, perfectly
completed the night. But we are looking forward to see a three-hour
show, an opera, or whatever may come from Virgin Steele in Barcelona.
The birthday party continues - backstage after the
Monica Hernandez Boza (r.) with friend and David
Backstage at the NIT DE REIS with the spanish Fan
President Monica Hernandez Boza and friends