Tank at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7th of 1984
The London based Tank was formed in 1980 by Algy Ward, ex member of The Damned, during the NWOBHM-era. Lemmy of Motörhead helped them get their first record deal with Bronze Records and bandmate, "Fast" Eddie Clarke had the honour of producing their debut album, "Filth Hounds of Hades". Their filthy punk-style metal appealed to both punk and metal fans making a very promising start to their career, and creating a dedicated fanbase in both camps, which paid off years later as the opening act for Metallica during their sold-out “Ride the Lightning”-tour. The band started with it’s well-known "Humba Humba" intro to a packed Paradiso, but unfortunately, bassplayer Algy Ward's vocals were completely unintelligible, his shouting and roaring meant nothing. This was too bad, and the problem only being solved towards the end of the performance. Overall the sound was loud, but poorly tuned all night with an abundance of echo. A shortcoming which headliner Metallica, was also suffering from that night.