KISS You wanted the best you got the best… the hottest band in the world… KIISSSSSSSSSS! For forty something years the American quartet KISS have jetted around the world unleashing their own brand of fire laden glam rock to the masses and tonight the ‘End of the Road’ farewell tour exploded its way into Birmingham Arena.


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Marilyn Manson The black curtain is raised in the O2 Apollo in readiness for the unveiling of Marilyn Manson. The crowd is chanting in anticipation as 'This is the End' by the Doors echoes out into the arena.


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Alice Cooper When the announcement came through that Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend was coming to the Birmingham Arena it was a moment similar to the classic scene in 'Wayne's World' falling on the floor and shouting "We're not worthy" so you could tell this was an electrifying moment.


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Black Veil Brides As the sun is setting and the cold night sets in the O2 Academy is lined with fans queuing around the block to see Black Veil Brides. Ripped tights, head to toe in black attire and heavy black make up can be seen all the way down the line.


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Lordi Oh Lordi, Oh Lordi! What the føøk did we let ourselves in for this evëning? A phantasmagorical riot of Heavy-Mental, über-latex, preposterous prosthetic excess enough to make the bastard child of a Butlins’ weekend Trekkie/Kiss-Convention bad-idea-shag weep in despair - that’s what! As if the Scandinavians hadn’t already done enough already to stretch horror-fantasy fiction to it’s very limits with tales of Grendel, The Night Stalker and his fiendish Werehag mother - Finland sends us Lordi - 2006 Eurovision Song Contest representatives no less. The horror, the horror. (And, did you see what they’ve done with the Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’s existential crisis pun motif with the tour title, eh?). Escaping Rivita & water punishing diets slaving in the Lego mines must surely be Rock n’Roll Scan salvation. And, so it was for all concerned on this memorable evening.


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Arthur Brown Arthur Brown and his band take the stage with masks and facepaint, as their organist plays a whimsical rendition of ‘Tea for Two’. This morphs into the more sinister ‘Nightmare’, a track from his famous psychedelic debut album ‘The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’. Like many of Brown’s tracks it has a heavy Hammond organ sound backing his wailing vocals from the fires of hell. Not surprisingly, Arthur’s set tonight features a number of songs from this album including, of course, ‘Fire’.


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Alice Cooper It’s All Hallows Eve (well nearly), the festival of the dead, and the rock god of shock horror macabre theatrics, Alice Cooper is in Wolves with his annual Hallowe’en Night of Fear tour. Promo says to dress up - so the audience should feature a few outrageous costumes, as there will be cash prizes for the winners!


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Alice Cooper It’s All Hallows Eve (well nearly), the festival of the dead, and the rock god of shock horror macabre theatrics, Alice Cooper is in Wolves with his annual Hallowe’en Night of Fear tour. Promo says to dress up - so the audience should feature a few outrageous costumes, as there will be cash prizes for the winners!


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