Location: Appelpop 2007
By: Elvira Visser
You have bands that do good in venues but do even better at festivals. “Peter
Pan Speed rock” is one of those bands. Maybe it has to do with the typical
audience at a festival. They played round the clock of 5 I think, and the festival
was going for quite some time. The atmosphere of this free big festival was
great and I think many beers had been drunk as well as some joints been smoked.
Which created a crowd that looked quite chill in the beginning while waiting
for Peter Pan Speed Rock but when the lights turned out and the spots on, the
people started to clap their hands and requested the band on stage with their
screaming. The audience was ready.
Peter Pan Speed rock play that kind of old hard Rock ‘n Roll and as their
name already tells you, with great speed. Their songs can be deep and meaningful
but their favourite topic is beer and party. Something that the audience at this festival can relate to. From start till end these guys played their songs with great speed. Not much talking was done in between songs.
The gig started with something that is quite known for Peter Pan Speed rock, they invite Dikke Dennis (Fat Dennis) on stage to do some growling. He looks typical with a very big belly, presumably a beer belly and many tattoos. He does not only start and end their performance, he is also their guest singer on “Schoppenaas” a Dutch cover of the Motörhead song “The Ace Of Spades”. For me this was the first time I heard the song but the audience seemed to have heard it before because I heard many people were singing along and cheering.
Somewhere in the middle they played “Ring of Fire” from Johnny Cash
which also made the audience sing along. But this band does not really need
other bands to get the crowd going. With their raging guitars they know how
to build a good rock ‘n roll song.
In the middle Peter (the singer) said something about the few crowd-surfing
people. He wanted to see more and of course he got them acting like he wanted
to. There were many people crowd-surfing during the next song, many feet and
hands in the air. It looked quite spectacular in the tent, seeing all silhouettes
of those up in the air.
Apart from Dikke Dennis on stage and playing a cover, to me, the music sounds
much alike. Rocking songs at a great speed, but this is what the audience wanted.
Peter Pan Speed Rock played many songs in a short time. From the very first
note on to the last one people were bumping into each other in the pit. Usually
a guy thing to do, but it did not withhold some female fans to join in this
aggressive modern dancing style.
When looking at the reactions of the crowd when the band finished their set
I think the audience was content with this performance.