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This year’s event was aptly named Rock Legends Festival. There were three parts, two days in July and two in August. Three bands bordering on rock and pop performed on 12 July. The first band, Glitter, is mostly known for their unforgettable hit Rock&Roll. The concert was an amazing experience for me said the frontman of the group, John Rosell, after the performance. The second performance, by the Scottish group Middle of the Road, with the singer Sally Car was amazing to the audience who remembers the beginning of the 1970s and hits such as: Sacramento, Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep and Soley, soley. Dancing couples filled the space beneath the stage. The Rubettes with Bill Hurd provided even greater joy to the audience. They sang along to the great hits, e.g. Sugar baby love, Tonight, I can do it, and Juke box jive. The concert and the wonderful and the fun lasted until 1am.

An even greater audience came to Dolina Charlotty on 26 July. First it was time for Maggie Reilly, who used to play with Mike Oldfield and is rememberd for such great hits as: Everytime We Touch or Moonlight Shadow. Then it was time for the lead singer of Smokie, Chris Norman. Madness began. When the first tunes of Living next door to Alice were heard, there wasn’t a single person who remained in their seat. People, young and old, danced beneath the stage and accompanied the singer - Magdalena Olechnowicz wrote in Głos Pomorza. At the request of the organisers and the audience, Chris mostly sang the hits of Smokie: Needles and pins, Mexican girl, Oh Carol, Don’t play your rock&roll to me. With the encores, the concert lasted until midnight. The third part of the festival took place on 15-17 August. It was opened by The Animals and friends - this is how John Steel named his band. Apart from him, there were Peter Barton (vocals), John Weider (guitar) and Zoot Money (keyboard instruments). The freezing audience was heated up with hits such as See see rider, Don’t bring me down, It’s my life, I’m crying, Don’t let me be misunderstood, Bring it on home to me, We’ve gotta get out of this place and at the end of an hour long performance the famous House Of The Rising Sun, which the audience sang together with the lead singer of The Animals. The next performer of the evening was T.Rex. It could be seen and heard that they have a lot of fans in Poland already from the first chords of such hits as Hot Love, I love to boogie, Get it on, Ride a white swan, Jeepster, Telegram Sam, Metal guru, 21st century boy and mostly Children of the revolution. Although Marc Bolan, the leader and frontman of the legendary glam rock band of the 1970s, has been dead for more than 30 years, Rob Benson did a very good job imitating him with his looks, voice and behaviour on stage. According to the fans, the copycat was very accurate - Lucyna Talaśka-Klich wrote in Gazeta Pomorska.

Ray Wilson performed on 16 of August, the second day of the third part of the festival in Dolina Charlotty. He sang a couple of his own songs and some hits of Genesis (Follow you, follow me), Phil Collins (In the air tonight) and David Bowie (Space oddity). Seeing how much fun the audience has, Bonnie Tyler, the pop-rock singer with a distinctive hoarse voice couldn’t wait for her own performance. Then the audience admired her performance with the hits from the 1970s and 1980s, Have you ever seen the rain, It’s a heartache, Lost in France, Total eclipse of the heart and Holding out of the hero, not being able to wait for the next day and the final concerts of that edition of the festival on 17 August. That day the festival began with rain and the band famous for their performance at the legendary Woodstock in 1969, Ten Years After. Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer of the quartet is replaced by a younger artist - Joe Gooch, who accompanied by the older team (Ric Lee drums, Chic Churchill keyboard and Leo Lyons bass) sang the older hits TYA, Love like a man, I’m going home and Good morning little schoolgirl and a beautiful ballad I can’t keep from cryin’ sometimes. The festival finished with the performance of the Electric Light Band, who refer to the famous Electric Light Orchestram because it includes Phil Bates, one of the musicians from the original famous band. They sang such hits as: Calling America, Roll over Beethoven, Telephone line, Shine a little love, Rockaria, Don’t bring me down, Hold on tight or Evil woman which were strikingly similar to the original versions. The performances of the western stars were preceded by the Słupsk-based band Magmen.

Zdzisław Pająk

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