HRH Mag’s flying visit to HRH Ibiza Road Trip VIII might be over but Editor Simon Rushworth has delivered his Day Three wrap.
It was like watching the rock and roll version of Mr Universe as those members of the HRH community in the prime of their lives lined up poolside at the Hotel Tropical to compete in an event unlike any other. Led by ringmaster Jonni D – sporting nothing more than a helmet and shorts – and featuring two blokes dressed up as penguins, those peering down from their balconies just after lunchtime probably pinched themselves as they tried to understand what the f**k was going on. The term Adonis is bandied about far too cheaply but it’s little wonder the ladies of Ibiza were transfixed as a succession of long-haired, tattooed dreamboats dived into the pool wearing the latest line in beer goggles and poised for a cheeky breaststroke. What happened next remains off the record…
Taylor Made For Rock
Due to an appointment in the hills with a former member of Duran Duran, the HRH Mag team was forced to cut short its visit to the pool party and head north. Hidden away amongst fruit trees and prickly bushes, a new era in rock is dawning as Andy Taylor prepares to revive The Power Station from the depths of a small but perfectly formed Ibizan recording studio. HRH Mag was granted exclusive access and we heard two belting new tunes. Taylor has just wrapped up a burst of songwriting with Black Star Riders’ frontman Ricky Warwick (he produced The Almighty’s debut album after doing the same for Thunder) and talked about collaborating with a host of rock’s biggest names ahead of a 2018 release. Watch this space!
Bonfire Turn Up The Heat
A double dose of Deutschland’s finest is never a bad thing and before today’s stripped down acoustic session, the new-look Bonfire exploded onto the Zoo stage to bring down the curtain on Friday’s fatastic four band salvo. The permanent appointment of feisty frontman Alexx Stahl has given Hans Ziller and co. an extra spark and despite a rapidly dwindling crowd, the quintet delivered one of the classiest sets of the weekend. Whether the decision to head into San Antonio at 3.30am for a post-gig tipple was the wisest move who knows – but on the Byte The Bullet tour, Bonfire did exactly that. And made it to breakfast. The epitome of German efficiency and still a brilliant live band.
Degreed Shakedown HRH Ibiza Road Trip
They’re one of the hottest prospects in melodic rock and with new single Shakedown bagging plenty of support, Friday’s Degreed show was a must-see. Frontman Robin Ericsson boasts a powerful stage presence and led the super Swedes through a triumphant Ibiza set before fulfilling a previous engagement with the free bar. Already booked for HRH AOR VI in 2018, the larger-than-life quartet – heavily reliant on the retro keys of Micke Jansson – are on the cusp of a major breakthrough in the next 12 months. If only they could ditch the dodgy band name: does anyone understand what Degreed means?