Hopefully my flu symptoms subside enough for me to head off to Manchester tonight to catch one of a brace of H2O shows in the UK before they head into Europe to partake on the Persistence Tour with Ignite and Terror amongst others.
Unbelievably it was back in 1995 when I first saw H2O, opening up for CIV and Sick Of It All. Back then frontman Toby Morse was a roadie for Sick Of It All and was often seen participating with the band during their encores.
Besides a single H2O show in Birmingham during 2000, last years appearance as part of the Slam Dunk Festival was my first time seeing them in 15 years. They’ve been to the UK on a pretty regular basis, so I have no idea why I’ve not seen them more often.
Last years brief set on one of the outdoor stages was a definite highlight of the day’s proceedings. It’s just a shame that with these multiple staged events crowds ebb and flow throughout the day where bands inevitably clash. The bands biggest misgiving with the event was the presence of the safety barrier, as they actively encourage stage diving. Apparently tonight there is no barrier in Sound Control, so it could get interesting. I guarantee there will be a handful of stage divers who want to hog the limelight and prance about on stage like some self important diva, rather than getting on and off in double quick time.
What Happened? is the closing track on 2008’s Nothing To Prove album, with guest vocals from Sick Of It All frontman Lou Koller and Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio.
I know the poster below is for their London show, but I think it’s such a cool interpretation of The Clash cover and a clever idea it needs to be shown for prosperity more than anything else. I’m surprise it’s never been done before.