Rankelson's showcase at Bogiez - April 25th 1985 Print E-mail
Written by Eddie Kelly   
Friday, 31 July 2009 14:43


While Rankelson may be a mere footnote in the biography of Kim Hooker to teezed up Tigertailz fanz the world over, to us Celtic cock rockers these Bastards Of Rock 'N' Roll were legendary. Guitarist Eddie Kelly shows that his digits can do more than crank out righteous riffs by putting finger to keyboard to tell the notorious tale of the Bogiez Inferno....

April 25th 1985 - Rankelson's much publicised showcase at Bogiez nightclub, Cardiff. In anticipation of the presence of a full house, and with Motorhead's Lemmy and Phil Campbell in attendance, Rankelson's keyboard and pyrotechnician Rik [The Rotter] Ferrar, purchased some industrial flash bombs to augment the visual experience. Rik had set these arena-sized flash bombs to be detonated via a flick switch on his synth panel, so they could be sequenced with the choreographed intro.

11.56pm - With the lighting dimmed, and the dry ice billowing across the stage, drummer Dave Vincent and Rik Ferrar took their places, obscured from the hushed, expectant audience. With the “The Chains And The Chalice” intro beckoning guitarists Fox and Eddie Kelly, bassist Kim Hooker and vocalist Zakk Sargent to their risers, an eerie presence omitted from the cadaver like figures staring, lifeless from the stage. As the intro faded, the 4 click cue from Dave Vincent's drum sticks sequenced the first mighty chord, bass and cymbal barrage - The Rotter hit the detonator switch!!!

The tsunami of heat, light and saltpetre blew the cadavers into life, Fox and Hooker spewed blood from their haemorrhaged mouths on to the stunned audience. Zakk bellowed like a maimed bison at the mesmerised throng. Fox's vulpine senses were first to feel the inferno leaping from behind Dave Vincent's drum kit. Acrid smoke now replaced the dry ice as the stage began to melt.

The audience, believing it was part of the show, crammed the front of the stage, not allowing exit for the band or access to the flames for house DJ Rob Skrines to combat the now ferocious blaze with his fire extinguisher. Dave Vincent, trapped behind his drum kit was pulled to safety by his drum Tech, Lee.

When it was apparent to the audience that it was not a gimmick they scattered from the stage allowing Rob Skrines to quench the inferno. The electric circuit fused throwing the place into darkness, embellishing the sense of panic and fear.

Lemmy and Phil Campbell, who were standing by the bar, were impressed with the spectacle, adamant that this was a PR stunt, thus throwing the Bogiez Inferno into rock folklore.