OXFORD ZODIAC – MONDAY, 20th MARCH 2006
By: Anne Marie Groves
First to take the stage that night was "The Seventh Cross" a five-piece band from Worcester, Uk.
The opening act has to rise to the often difficult challenge of warming up a cold expectant audience. These guys took it on with gusto and in a short space of time their performance pulled in the crowd.
The lead singer [Sheep] leapt from the stage into the centre of the slightly bemused crowd, jumping about singing dead into the faces of those standing around. He was certainly not to be ignored. His bandaged hand [as a result of a broken knuckle] did nothing to deter the enthusiasm of this guy. And I have to say that Jon, on bass, has to have one of the most pliable faces I have ever seen.
Unfortunately at some point during the tour their drummer left the band high and dry, but thanks to metal musician camaraderie, Tauri from Kingsize Blues, Kyle from Will Haven and Tommy from Crowbar stepped in and after little more than two hours had learned the Seventh Cross songs. The drummers stood in for Cross' AWOL percussionist for the duration of the tour thereby making it possible for Seventh Cross to continue the as part of the line up.