Booking Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine for Sonisphere was a master stroke. He turned out to be the ultimate mood lifter. Adding a healthy does of “what the fuck?”, humour and swing based lounge music, it had all the ingredients to be a complete catastrophe, but succeeded in bring huge cheesy grins to the Sonisphere masses at the Saturn Stage.
Cheese sings lounge music, but his “thing” is they are lounge covers of metal and rock songs. In all honesty some work better than others, and seeing some guy, dressed in a tiger print tuxedo singing Slipknot’s ‘People = Shit’ in a Harry Connick Junior style at Sonisphere is something we wont forget. Cheese has all the moves, and more importantly the banter, even trying to convince the security guards to do chorus line dancing… hats off to the one that did, not quite Download 836 territory, but a worthy attempt.
A great addition to the festival, and a true novelty act. Sonisphere was the right place, and the right time, but entertaining as Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine is, the novelty wears off. You wouldn’t go out of your way to follow him round the country on tour.
Richard Cheese setlist:
Closer (Nine Inch Nails)
Nookie (Limp Bizkit)
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd)
Boom Boom Pow (The Black Eyed Peas)
You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
Gin and Juice (Snoop Dogg)
People = Shit (Slipknot)
Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Enter Sandman (Metallica)
Down with the Sickness (Disturbed)
Buddy Holly (Weezer)
Creep (Radiohead )
My Neck, My Back (Lick It) (Khia)
Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal