Once again, Max and Mikey appeared on Stage to welcome a Steelhouse favourite to the stage. Bernie loves the mountain, and one year (2017) made several appearances across the weekend. Most recently, in 2019, he made a surprise visit to play with Living Colour. As he and his musicians appeared, the crowd started to chant ‘Bernie! Bernie!’, and he appeared humbled by the adulation.
The set list was a traditional Whitesnake set, with vocals being provided by another Steelhouse favourite, Nev MacDonald (Skin, Hand of Dimes). Nev has an easy way with the audience, and with a voice that washes over you like honey, we have 90 minutes of classic rock.
If Nev forgot any of the words, there were about a thousand people ready to help him out, as well as two backing vocalists, Alexandra McIlquham-Jones and Caroline Hawkins. Bernie could have his pick of any musicians. His choice for this tour were Mark Maybry (Hand of Dimes) on Bass, David ‘Dino’ Stephenson (Hand of Dimes) - both of whom were on the recent ‘Blues Cruise’ with him, Jim Kirkpatrick (FM) on Guitar, and Huw Weston on keys. This was the final night of a mini-tour, so the band had meshed well. They were absolutely brilliant.
When the time came for the end, Bernie remarked that there was no way he was leaving the stage just to come back again, so they would play on, finally finishing the night with ‘Here I go Again’, where we heard, unsurprisingly. hobo, not drifter. Bernie is well loved in South Wales, and anyone who left before the highlight of the show, missed out.
All in all, it had been a brilliant night of music, socialising and friendship. yes, the venue was hot (with a packed venue, its not surprising), but as you’d expect from Steelhouse, it was perfectly organised, and the bands were a good match. As a first ‘Steelhouse Awayday’, we hope there will be many more that can showcase some of the Steelhouse favourites, or those yet to make that trip to the UKs only rock festival on the top of a mountain.