When a band calls it a day it’s always a time for reflection, what could have been, what should have been, but it’s also a time to celebrate what was! That’s where we found ourselves at 3pm on Saturday in front of the Jägermeister Stage at Sonisphere. It was then that Panic Cell took to the stage for the very last time…

Panic Cell were a band that have never really broken through into the top echelons of the metal elite, and were quick to point out that they were never truly a signed band, been shunned by most of the mainstream music press and never had the backing they felt they deserved…

Despite the rain the stage floor was packed, with more and more arriving by the minute. Whether it was the emotion of the occasion but the show never really got started, continually being stopped for eulogies from bassist Bobby Town and vocalist Luke Bell, as well as the customary downing of Jägermeister! Front-man Luke Bell seemed to be overcome by emotion a little more than the others and as such his performance was below par but you can excuse him that, but he was at pains to thank the fans and Jägermeister for their support over the years.

During one of his eulogies, Town informed the crowd that there were a couple of new projects in the pipeline for the members of Panic Cell and that this was more of a ‘so long’ than a ‘goodbye’. One band gone, two more to replace them, such is the cycle of music life!

Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal

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