The next on stage was GUS G. with his band, which featured Henning Basse (ex Brainstorm / Metalium, Sons of Seasons) on lead vocals. GUS G, who also plays with Firewind and OZZY is now on tour with his solo album -”I am the fire”. “My will be done” opened the set, turning the heat and the level of testosterone up. “Eyes Wide Open”, “Blame it on me” and “Summer Days” followed, all from the new album. It was a classic hard rock on its best, with great guitar solos and strong vocal. GUS also played World on Fire and Fire & Fury from Firewind material. The set was broken in half by a long guitars solo, where Guy had an opportunity to showcase his guitar skills. Instrumental and heavier “Terrified” followed. For the next song “Long Way Down”, which has more gothic and progressive sound, GUS was joined on stage by Chloe from Scarlett Riot. It was her moment of transformation from more of a teenage idol to mature singer that can appeal to wider audience. The set finished with “Children of the Night” (Dream Evil) and “I am the fire“.
After a short break it was the time for eagerly awaited headliner Kamelot. The show has started with dramatic intro, followed by an explosion of sound in the first song of the set “Sacrimony”. The crowd went mad and the party has begun. It was loud; it was electronic, progressive and alive. Despite over 20 years on stage, Kamelot sounded surprisingly modern and relevant. The energy was running high throughout the show. With lots of interactions between the band and the fans, helped by the size of the venue, it was very moving and emotional experience. Kamelot played the biggest hits from their long career and the fans were singing along. Lights, Pandemonium, Veritas, and Centre of the Universe kept the pace fast. “Hunters” was next performed with Gus G. During “Jolee”, the only ballad of the night, o2 lighted up with ….mobile phones flash lights. The power was back with “Rule the World, “Ghost”, “Thorn”, “Forever” and some impressive drums, bass and keyboard solos between them. The show has finished with “Elysium”, premiere song from the new album “Haven” and the old epic hit “March of Mephisto”.
What was prominent is how well, relatively new member of the Kamelot, singer Tommy Karevik fits in with the band. Fans tend to be emotional about departure of the lead singer and take tame to warm up to the replacement. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Tommy. His great voice gels perfectly with Kamelot repertoire. He is very energizing and charismatic. He interacts with fans with ease and they seem to love him. Fans also love the founder of the band Thomas Youngblood and didn’t miss the chance to tell him that by shouting “We love you Thomas” at one point. The rest of the band received equally warm reception and they deserved so. It was great to watch so many personalities on one stage. I have to admit it was my first Kamelot gig and it was definitely memorable show. They’ve got me converted.