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Live: Black Sabbath @ BST

Live: Black Sabbath @ BST
Black Sabbath at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Black Sabbath at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

“This is a rock and roll song,’ croaks Motorhead’s frontman Lemmy. ‘You like rock and roll, don’t you?” It’s one question that hardly needs asking, with today’s British Summer Time day festival themed entirely to appeal to a heavy rock audience. Still, always good to check the crowd are on the same page – though, frankly, who’s going to argue with Lemmy? Motorhead steam through their set in the baking mid-afternoon sun, bringing in the always anticipated Ace Of Spades as the penultimate song.

Motorhead at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Motorhead at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Faith No More take a characteristically untypical approach to rock stage design by flooding the place with flowers and appearing dressed as priests. It’s the maverick nature of the band and their flawlessly powerful delivery that makes their ongoing reunion shows both enthralling and surprising. Epic, Caffeine and Midlife Crisis are just some of the highlights. Extremes of whispering, screaming and crooning highlight both singer Mike Patton’s impressive vocal range and the band’s striking diversity and daring.

Faith No More at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Faith No More at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Soundgarden’s frontman Chris Cornell strides on stage ahead of the band to explain that they’ll be playing their pivotal 1994 album Superunknown in full. A tangible wave of delight ripples through the crowd. The group deliver the goods and bring on Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready for even more guitar power on one track. With their backdrop simultaneously showing black and white multiple, split screen footage from the show, we watch as if the band inhabit a corridor of dark mirrors – much like a trip through their music. By the time they, rather appropriately, play 4th Of July, a chill wind has whipped up and the sky has begun to darken.

Soundgarden at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Soundgarden at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

The elements seem to be preparing the audience for the legends that are Black Sabbath. The headliners take to the stage and open with War Pigs and Into The Void. Ozzy Osbourne’s rock legend status and their influence on the bands that preceded them on tonight’s bill bring this heavy rock marathon to a fitting and celebratory conclusion.

Black Sabbath at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

Black Sabbath at BST in Hyde Park, London, on 4 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)

 

British Summer Time – Motorhead, Faith No More, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath.
Hyde Park, 4 July 2014
Words and photos by Imelda Michalczyk

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Imelda

I'm a photographer and writer with a passion for live music. I've been dancing wildly at gigs for as long as I can remember and since the beginning of 2008 I've been taking photographs and writing about gigs, too. My photographs have been featured in a diverse range of places – I started out shooting for punk fanzines and local newspapers and then had my work featured in CD/promotional artwork for bands and in music magazines and national newspapers. I also shoot for top London music agency Retna/Photoshot. Outside of music photography/writing, I'm learning to perform tribal fusion belly dance and to speak French. Not usually at the same time. I'm also still looking for the meaning of life (but I hear that's a slow burn). I've lived in London for quite a few years, mainly because of the wonderful range of live music here and because there are lots of artists I still wish to see through my camera lens...

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