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Lyadrive Live - British Steel III

On April 26th 2008 Lyadrive played the Bristish Steel III London. They played a 40 minute set:

White Dress
Another Time Another Place
Black Waters Rising
One Of These Days
Steal Away The Night
We've Got The Rock


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The following is an extract of the total festival review by

“Lyadrive” were next on and were quite simply a revelation. As feet landed on the monitors onstage, a crowd assembled in front of the stage and an atmosphere started to build. Did anybody expect them to grasp the nettle to this extent and play such a blinder? A glimpse at Malc MacMillan’s essential “NWOBHM Encyclopaedia” will tell you how highly regarded this band were, and perhaps how unjust it was that their début album didn’t actually surface until 1996. It’s also possible that they may share the same tour manager as Halley’s Comet - their last live appearance being 1999. Importantly though they recognised that the festival was a celebration of a time in British music and through singer Nick John’s well placed comments they certainly endeared themselves to an appreciative audience. He noted Maiden’s worldwide success, Mantis’s Japanese legacy and their own trip for a gig in Great Yarmouth. They paid homage to America’s “honorary nwobhm-sters” “Riot” with a storming version of “Warrior“, nodded once again to fellow early 80s band Trespass with a blast through their own version of the classic “One Of These Days“, unleashed their own should-have-been classics like “Steal Away The Night” and “Lazerwind“, whilst showing that the engine’s till running by including new track “Black Waters Rising“.

A nice touch was original guitarist Steve Jones travelling thousands of miles from Alaska to join the band for one song, whilst the bass players swapped mid-set too ensuring seven of the band’s membership played some part in the proceedings.

Kudos too must go to Lyadrive for being the only act to have vinyl product on sale on the day, and new vinyl product at that! Through German label “High Roller Records“, the band have just released “The Sands Of Time : Sessions 1980-82“. An archive collection, it features some of the tracks that were re-recorded for the eventual début release “Another Time Another Place“, along with a few other rarities including the tracks that made the much sought after 1984 7″ single that ensures interest in the band has continued into the new millennium. Extensive sleeve notes courtesy of Nick John and drummer Lee Burrows make for interesting reading and once again the band’s pleasure to have simply been part of the scene comes through. A fine release for any nwobhm collector but beware though… it’s a very limited edition!

It’s worth noting too that Lyadrive don’t seem content to rest on their laurels as a CD wrapping up their recordings since the début album “Post Millenium Blues” also premièred at the festival, details of which can be found on and on the band’s myspace page. And just in case anyone thinks I’m biased in any way toward a band I think are well worth checking out, the post gig discussion on the Planet Rock forums were the first to mark them down as the band who stole the show… and far be it from me to disagree!

The following is an extract of the total festival review by

LYADRIVE only managed one single – ‘Anytime’ – back in 1984, but have been more prolific since getting back together later in the Nineties. Things get a bit confusing in terms of the line-up, so as drummer Lee Burrows explains, “There was me at the back, Paul ‘Rhino’ Ryan on guitars, Nick John front and centre, Steve Christiansen – bass one, Guy Wilson – bass two, Graham Stuart on guitar and Steve Jones on guest guitar! Basically, we had a dilemma: Steve was our original bassist (he left the band in ’82), but over the last five or six years we have forgiven him and he was always a top bloke! But Guy is the man who recorded the ‘Another Time Another Place’ CD. Seeing as this was seen initially as a oneoff gig, we didn’t see any reason why they couldn’t do half a set each. And along with Nick and I, Steve Jones was ever-present in the ’81 to ’85 line up. He moved to Alaska many moons ago and lost the mojo. Luckily, he recently found it again and came over in 2007 to record ‘Black Waters Rising’. He fancied doing the gig but obviously couldn’t make rehearsals, so a compromise was reached: come back to Blighty for a week, visit family and friends, do a four-minute number at the Underworld and return to the ice and snow! Simple!” Lyadrive are a solid band with a diverse range of songs and an imposing frontman, although given the amount of material they’ve amassed, covers of Riot’s ‘Warrior’ and Trespass’s ‘One Of These Days’ occupied set time which I would rather have spent listening to more of the band’s own compositions. Still, they made great use of their forty minutes, and I for one am looking forwards to hearing more from them.

The following is an extract of the total festival review by

Before Lyadrive performance I go back to the merchandise stands to buy some of the stuff, like the LP version of “Another Time, Another Place” and the new release from Lyadrive and, of course, the festival t-shirt, than we come back under the stage to wait for the band to come. Lyadrive have recently re-united after twenty years from thei split-up and released a new album called “Post Millennium Blues” and some old songs collected togheter in a limited LP called “The Sands of Time: sessions 1980-82”. When I see those bands reuniting after many years some doubts always rise up to my mind thinking about how the performance would be, but when their performance starts, all those worries disappear! We are in front of a super-band! They start with “Whitedress” followed by their cult song “Another time, another place”. Nick John has lot of energy on the stage, he shakes the microphone like David Coverdale usually does (although he has a bit more space to do that!!). At the end of the song he thanks the audience for being here and introduces the next song this way: “Now we are going to execute a song from an American band that can be considered ad honorem as a band memeber of the NWOBHM movement”! The band is called Riot, and the song is “Warrior”, the audience is enthusiastic! After “Black Waters”, is time for another cover song, this time of an English band called Trespass: this song is considered one of the best of the whole NWOBHM movement, and is called “One of these Days”. Lyadrive already covered that song and put it in their “Another time, another place” release (produced by Vinyl Tap in 1997, including all songs that have never been published). Immediately after the band starts with their two final songs. The first one is “Lazerwind” (taken from their 1998 release “Legends of Progressive”), great songs that shows how the band is skilled and can play both HR and HM songs, and even some progressive ones. Their music skills (like many other English bands) cannot be brought into question, their solos are well played and they rimain as pressed in your mind! The last track is “Steel away the night”. As I said in other place or discussion, this song reminds me “Fear of the Dark” from Iron Maiden (although it has been written ten years before) not for the music but in the song structure, and tempo changings (fast beginning and guitar accelerations). Even the intro and John’s voice that starts slowly and than rises up to reach high levels (like “Fear...” actually does)! You have to listen to it, than you’ll make me know what you think about. The performance is over, but the audience is still enthusiastic for what they have been listening to (it couldn’t have been different, the performance has been superb), even people who didn’t know anything about the band. At this point, I start thinking Lyadrive did the performance of the festival! I give you the complete line-up: Nick John voice, Gary Wilson bass guitar, Keith Thompson guitar, Graham Suart guitar, Steve Jones guitar, Lee Burrows drums, Paul Ryan guitar, Steve Christiansen bass guitar.

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