Festivals 2014

April 13th, 2014
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Langsam wird es mal wieder Zeit, die Festivalsaison zu planen! Im Allgemeinen läuft sich das bei mir immer ähnlich ab: Mini Rock und Taubertal sind gesetzt, dazu kommt dann noch das ein oder andere Festival in Norwegen mit einer meiner norwegischen Lieblingsbands und sonst ansprechendem Line-Up, und bei den dann noch freien Wochenende suche ich rum, was es da für Festivals gibt und wer da spielt und ob das interessant sein könnte.

Dieses Jahr wird’s bei mir schwieriger – im Sommer werde ich umziehen, und wenn schon umziehen, dann auch gleich richtig, nämlich von Deutschland nach Norwegen. Geplanter Einzugstermin: 1. August. Damit ist das Mini Rock für mich fast schon gestorben, Taubertal steht auch auf der Kippe – äußerst schade. Aber ich bin ja Stress im Sommer gewöhnt! Also abwarten … vielleicht klappt es ja doch?

Folgende Festivals sind jedenfalls zumindest vorgemerkt – mal sehen, wo es dann auch wirklich klappt:

Bukta (Tromsø, 17.-19. Juli 2014)

www.bukta.no

Das ganz Besondere an diesem Festival: Es findet in Tromsø statt, also über dem Polarkreis, und zwar während der Zeit der Mitternachtssonne. Das wollte ich schon immer mal erleben – und in diesem Jahr ist es wohl endlich so weit. Das Line-Up wurde in den letzten Wochen noch mit ein paar richtigen Highlights ergänzt: Für mich sind natürlich Skambankt der Hauptgrund für einen Besuch, aber mit den Dropkick Murphys, Patti Smith sowie ein paar norwegischen Newcomern wie Billie Van lohnt sich der Besuch im Norden mit Sicherheit.

Das Line-Up findet man auf bukta.no. Tickets sind mit 1400 NOK (ca. 170 Euro) für drei Tage zwar nicht billig, für Norwegen aber im “normalen” Preisrahmen.

Mini Rock (Horb am Neckar, 1.+2. August 2014)

www.mini-rock-festival.de

Überschaubar, sympathisch, bestens organisiert – und dabei immer mit einem tollen Line-Up, das Überraschungen bereithält. In diesem Jahr sind als Headliner Anti-Flag und SDP gebucht; das zeigt schon bestens die Spannbreite des Festivals. Und das Beste daran: Das Publikum macht das mit! Es sind immer interessierte Fans vor der Bühne, keiner meckert über den “falschen” Stil, sondern man lässt halt denen den Vortritt, denen es gefällt. Und ich glaube, das macht zu einem großen Teil das Flair des Festivals aus. Mit Trailerpark, Maxim und den Emil Bulls setzt sich der Stilmix fort … oder anders ausgedrückt: für jeden etwas dabei! Und wer an der großen Bühne gerade nicht interessiert ist, der schaut im Zelt vorbei, wo es erfahrungsgemäß immer tolle neue Bands zu entdecken gibt.

Das komplette Programm gibt es hier, Tickets kosten gerade mal 59 Euro inklusive Camping und Müllpfand.

Taubertal (Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 8.-10. August 2014)

www.taubertal-festival.de

Wenn es bei mir in diesem Jahr klappt, ist das mein 7. Taubertal in Folge. Warum? Weil es immer toll ist. Das Line-Up trifft immer genau meinen Geschmack, die Headliner sind hochwertig, und das Festivalgelände ist – wenn auch oft sehr sehr voll – so angelegt, dass man immer einen Platz mit guter Sicht findet. Außerdem hat man die Wahl zwischen Campingplatz und Hotelzimmer in der Stadt, hat sowieso die Stadt in Lauf- oder Shuttlebusentfernung und kann daher den Tag wahlweise in einem Café in der Altstadt oder mit den Füßen in der Tauber im Festival-Biergarten beginnen. Ach ja, und Musik gibt’s auch, und zwar in diesem Jahr u.a. Seeed, Biffy Clyro, Casper, die Sportfreunde Stiller, Ska-P und die Subways. Außerdem SDP und die Schröders – und natürlich noch viele mehr. Das Programm an sich ist schon vielversprechend; wenn man dann noch die verschiedensten Erinnerungen an vorherige Auftritte dieser Bands beim Taubertal hat – The Subways nach der Sintflut 2011, die Schröders am Sonntagmorgen 2008, Biffy Clyro als große Überraschung im letzten Jahr – kann man’s kaum noch erwarten!

Alle bisher bestätigten Bands gibt es hier, Tickets kosten 105 Euro fürs ganze Festival oder 50 Euro pro Tag. VIP-Tickets für 200 bzw. 80 Euro bieten Vergünstigungen, die sich durchaus lohnen können, wenn man’s etwas bequemer haben will.

Pstereo (Trondheim, 15.+16. August 2014)

www.pstereo.no

DAS Festival in Trondheim – bisher war ich nie da, weil es zwar ein großes Festival ist, das Programm mich aber nie gelockt hat; vermutlich, weil meist amerikanische oder britische Bands als Headliner am Start sind, und die kann ich in Deutschland einfacher und billiger sehen. ;-) Auch in diesem Jahr – Biffy Clyro sind auch beim Taubertal, und Franz Ferdinand waren im letzten Jahr beim Rock’n'Heim. Skambankt sind aber natürlich ein großes Plus und der Grund für mich, das Festival in diesem Jahr nicht zu verpassen – na ja, und natürlich die Kleinigkeit, dass ich ab August eh in Trondheim wohnen werde. ;-)

Die Liste der bisherigen Bands gibt es hier, und Tickets kosten 1300 NOK (ca. 160 Euro).

Verket (Mo i Rana, 29.+30. August 2014)

www.verketfestival.no

Vor fünf Jahren war ich schon einmal beim Verket-Festival in Mo i Rana – auch ganz weit oben im Norden, allerdings knapp unter dem Polarkreis. Damals wurde das Festival zum ersten Mal arrangiert. In den darauffolgenden Jahren war ich immer recht begeistert vom Line-Up – allerdings ist Mo i Rana doch ein wenig ab vom Schuss, und ohne eine “meiner” Bands im Programm fehlte dann doch die Motivation zu dieser Reise. Dieses Jahr sind Skambankt dabei, und von Trondheim aus ist es nur ein Katzensprung (sprich: so um die 6 Stunden *g*) nach Mo i Rana. Yay! Außer Skambankt sind mittlerweile u.a. Seigmen, Morten Harket und Satyricon angekündigt. Sagte ich schon “Yay!”? ;-)

Es fehlen noch einige Bands, aber die bisherigen gibt es auf www.verketfestival.no. Tickets kosten 1100-1500 NOK, je nachdem, wann sie gekauft werden.

11.03.2014 – SDP (LKA, Stuttgart)

April 13th, 2014
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Kurz vor Weihnachten: Mein Bruder schickt seinen Wunschzettel rum. Eine der gewünschten CDs: “SDP – Die bekannteste unbekannte Band der Welt” – cooler Titel, und so passend … nie von der Band gehört. Aber wofür gibt es Amazon und die Preview-Funktion … und so landete die Platte in meinem Warenkorb, kurz danach unter dem Weihnachtsbaum, und dazwischen in meinem Amazon-Player. (Hö hö … nie war es praktischer, Familienmitglieder mit gutem Musikgeschmack zu haben. Über die Heino-CD für meinen Vater breite ich lieber mal den Mantel des Schweigens … OK, es war die “Mit freundlichen Grüßen”, zur Ehrenrettung. *g*)

Kurz darauf wurde SDP als Headliner fürs Mini-Rock-Festival angekündigt. Yay – normalerweise werde ich dort immer von Bands überrascht, die außer mir jeder zu kennen scheint, von denen ich aber noch nie etwas gehört habe. Nicht so diesmal, denn die Platte lief zu dem Zeitpunkt schon rauf und runter bei mir. Und dann kamen sie auch noch ins LKA – na, dann kann ich doch mal bestens vorbereitet zum Festival erscheinen!

Ich hatte mir keine Karte im Vorverkauf besorgt, da die Woche sowieso schon so vollgestopft war und ich mich spontan entscheiden wollte. Und außerdem: “das LKA kriegen die doch nie voll, kennt doch keiner”. Äh … am Tag des Konzertes las ich dann auf Facebook, dass der Abend vorher ausverkauft war. Ups. Nun ja, no risk no fun, trotzdem mal los zum LKA. Parken sollte ja kein Problem sein, sind ja eh nur Kids da … denkste. War zwar – wie immer am LKA – kein echtes Problem, aber doch deutlich voller als erwartet. Und drinnen war’s auch schon richtig gut gefüllt. Und zwar mit deutlich gemischterem Publikum als erwartet!

Der Vorgruppenmensch heizte an – und ich überlegte die ganze Zeit, warum er mir so bekannt vorkam. (Die Auflösung: Romeo feat. Julia auf KIKA, was auch sonst. *lol*) Und dann war es Zeit für SDP!

Ich hatte vorab einige Bedenken, da ich ja nur das eine Album sowie ein paar wenige Lieder von Spotify gehört hatte – aber völlig grundlos. Die Show war super – immer was zu gucken, super Stimmung, Publikum und Musiker in ständiger Bewegung und mit breitem Grinsen im Gesicht. So muss es sein! Und vermutlich war es sogar von Vorteil, die Platten nicht auswendig zu kennen … Als ich mir nach dem Konzert die neu gekaufte aktuelle Platte anhörte, war ich doch ein wenig verwundert, dass die “Zwischenspiele” live genau wörtlich so wiedergegeben wurden. Es kam gut, keine Frage – hätte ich aber die Platte zuerst gehört, hätte es glaub ich sehr auswendig gelernt gewirkt.

Hab ich aber nicht, und so hatte ich einen Heidenspaß – wie auch die anderen Zuschauer. Auf dem Weg zum Auto rief mir ein andere Konzertbesucher einfach so zu: “War das genial, oder was?!”

Ja, war es. Und ich freu mich auf den Sommer und die Festivals!

22.03.2014 Skambankt (Rockefeller, Oslo)

March 23rd, 2014

Well … just one week since the last concert, but time for another (very) short trip up north to see Skambankt at Rockefeller! OK, I could have watched the live stream as well, but a) I didn’t know that when I booked my flight, b) Oslo is always worth a visit, and c) there are sooo many awesome people in Oslo that no live stream will ever be able to replace going there! =:-D

The “problem” with meeting friends before the concert is that you never get to the venue early – I had planned to check out at least Hold Fast, the second support band, but we arrived when they were almost done. Honestly, I didn’t get the impression that I missed much though … not my music.

When I arrived, I was suprised to still get a good spot in the front; it was rather empty. But it did fill up nicely before Skambankt went on, and it was crowded both on the floor and on both galeries. So it seems the live stream didn’t prevent people from showing up.

Now, the concert … I don’t really have a lot to report about that, to be honest. It was awesome and great fun, just like the others. And I couldn’t really choose a favorite show of those I have seen – Skambankt have been really constant. They deliver the same terrific show every night, and the difference is only the reaction of the audience. Which was pretty good in Oslo; maybe not quite as energetic as in Trondheim, but people loved it. And after the Wall of Death in Me sa nei, there was quite some …. uh, let’s call it “movement” as well. “Dancing” would maybe be the wrong word. *g*

The “Hei” part in Dynasti worked well this time – because the audience didn’t care about what the band had planned. =;-p They just sang the first verse instead of shouting back “hei”. He he … good solution, and pretty awesome.

Quite funny when Ted talked about Sort blod being a song from the new album – and who knows the one before? And the one before? And the one before? I was just waiting for him to trick the audience and ask about one too much, but no … *g* And then he announced that the next song would be from that (oldest) album – and someone from the audience shouted “Skambankt!” … “Uh, no, we have already played that one!” *lol*

They had already played Malin in the main set, so I wondered which song they would use as third encore. And I was quite excited when they started the encores with the Nok et offer intro! *yay* But no … we only got the intro, followed by Mantra, then Min Eliksir, and that was it … That was a little disappointing; I had hoped for a second block of encores, but no, that was it. A great concert though, and we all know that Skambankt don’t play three hours, so that didn’t take anything from the show.

Here’s the full setlist:

  • Anonyme hatere
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Vår bør
  • Som en sirene
  • Slukk meg (for eg brenner)
  • Sort blod
  • Me sa nei
  • Dynasti
  • Gamle spøkelser
  • Voodoo
  • Malin
  • Tanker som mareritt
  • Stormkast #1
    —–
  • Mantra
  • Min eliksir

And now I got to wait over a month for the show in Prague! =:-o

15.03.2014 Skambankt (Samfundet, Trondheim)

March 16th, 2014

After my last trip north and two Skambankt concerts that were even more awesome than expected I was really happy I had already booked my flight to the Oslo concert (that’s what happens if KLM unexpectedly puts out some extra cheap flights … *g*) – however, I had the feeling that this would still not suffice and I’d have to take yet another trip to Norway … =;-) Actually, I had set my eyes on Stavanger, but then I ended up going to Trondheim instead, for … reasons. The best part about that: it still leaves the option to go to Stavanger. *uhem*

Anyway. Arriving at Samfundet, I first found out that I was not on the guestlist. Well, nothing new here, that has happened before, and it’s usually not a big deal. This time it was no deal at all, because the answer was: “No, you’re not on the list … but hey, wait, I’ve seen you on TV! I’m sure you should be on the list. Here you go, just go in …” =:-o That felt very weird and very cool at the same time. *g*

I was there in good time for the support band Lydløs. And they sounded pretty good! Punk with Norwegian lyrics. And from what I read, their first concert ever, and for that it was really impressive. Thumbs up!

Also, I was kinda “impressed” with the sound – not that it was particularly good, but it was not particularly BAD. Which is good for Samfundet. =;-) Maybe because I was down on the floor instead of the stands for the first time there?

The Skambankt concert started out theatrically with the intro and the banner rising up. And it was clear from the beginning that this would be an awesome concert – the audience was REALLY into it, and everybody was loud and singing. There were mosh pits, hands and fists in the air, and the audience took over the singing quite a few times. OK, it didn’t always work out perfectly – we messed up the chorus in Mantra, and the “hei”-”hei” part in Dynasti took quite some practicing again (I still think that the audience is NOT to blame for that though; it’s just impossible to understand what Mr. Winters wants the audience to do there *g*). Still, the atmosphere was fantastic. Ted … argh, I think I’ll have to reconsider my style principles, writing “Ted” just feels awkward every time … – where was I? Oh right. Anyway. “Mr. Frontman” summed it up perfectly in the end: “Takk skal dokke faen meg ha!” An amazing concert in front of a fantastic crowd that was really into it. Perfect!

A funny little moment was the ending of Stormkast #1, where the audience was screaming hey, then the band would play, the audience would scream, the band would play … guess some things are just great fun, no matter which band is doing them and who is conducting. =;-)

In Me sa nei, Skambankt did their 2nd ever Wall of Death … Hmm, I know what I think about that. It does look amazing from above, I agree, and it might be great fun for some people to take part … but I guess they’ll soon stop doing it after the first fan hobbles out with a broken ankle. Or tibia. Which is just a matter of time …

Still, it was no problem to stick to the side and enjoy an awesome concert – everybody had a great time, the band went off stage with a “nå blir det fest!”, and everyone went out with big smiles on their faces. Yay, can’t be better! =:-D

The setlist was altered a bit on the spot – the planned list was the usual one they played every time, but they modified it a bit to fit the atmosphere. Here’s what they played:

  • Anonyme hatere
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Vår bør
  • Som en sirene
  • Slukk meg (for eg brenner)
  • Sort blod
  • Me sa nei
  • Min eliksir
  • Gamle spøkelser
  • Voodoo
  • Dynasti
  • Tanker som mareritt
  • Stormkast #1
    —–
  • Mantra
  • Malin
  • Våre folk

Addendum: OK, after seeing the video I take back the broken ankle. Wrong scale. I was thinking more about this. But I still think WoDs are stupid. =;-p

01.03.2014 Skambankt (Vinterrock, Øystese)

March 2nd, 2014

Just one flight, a short bus ride to Bergen, two hours walking around town in bright sunshine, and another two-hour bus ride later, it was time for my second concert of the weekend!

Øystese is a small town in the middle of nowhere – middle of very picturesque nowhere, to be precise -, and it had hosted a gigantic Kaizers concert last year. The plan was to repeat that success this year, but then … Skambankt are not Kaizers, and neither are Grand Island (the headliner of the first night of the festival), so that meant that the concert took place in a huge hall in front of a few people. =:-/ You’d think that such a concert is doomed to be rather … slow? boring? awful? Something like that …

The support bands were okay, but nothing I’ll remember in any way. The audience … well, hadn’t arrived yet, was outside smoking, or didn’t really care. Really bad signs for a good concert … but no reason to despair, because as long as the band delivers, you can still have great fun at a concert even if the audience sucks. Or is not there. =;-) But then it’s of course terribly difficult for a band to deliver without feedback from the audience.

I didn’t check how the crowd looked when Skambankt came on. From the front it seemed that there were a few more people than for the other two bands, but it was still very far from crowded. The first three rows were into the concert, the rest … hmm, not sure. However, I felt like the audience was quite loud, when chanting for encores and screaming hey and so on. Maybe I only heard the first three rows, not sure, but still it was great to hear them joining in! Even though it did seem like the majority of the people in attendance were of the “that’s one of the Kaizers guys’ new band, no idea what they do, but let’s go there” kind who had maybe heard Voodoo and Malin but nothing else. Still, better than not going at all!

And the band? Delivered. Wait, I meant DELIVERED! Honestly: The concert, thus what happened on stage, was just as awesome as the one in Copenhagen. The energy was there, the sound was great, and you couldn’t hear or see the apparent Märkbar disaster. *gg* Of course, all in all the Copenhagen concert was much better than this one, but I didn’t regret at all traveling all the way for this show.

The setlist was exactly the same as in Copenhagen. The only noteworthy details I remember (oh come on, who am I fooling – I don’t remember, but I’m smart enough to take notes during the concert *g*) were that we had to count down from 28 (!!) in Me sa nei this time, which took quite a while … but funnily, that worked out great and seemed to involve the audience. It got so much louder towards the end, and it got people engaged. Also, we got a bit of an explanation this time in Dynasti: “First I say hei and then you say hei – that’s just politeness!” And when it worked and Ted applauded us, the audience started clapping along very fast which didn’t fit at all. *lol* Did I say the audience was a bit weird? =;-) But willing to join in, and that was great.

And I just gotta say how much I love it when I’m going to a concert alone, without having arranged anything before, and find great company all around for the whole night. And morning. *uhem* Thanks guys, it was a pleasure, and … guess I should check the flight prices for Stavanger … =;-)

Addendum: Gosh, how could I forget mentioning the nice birthday wishes from stage? Thank you! And obviously the common way to congratulate someone on their birthday in Øystese is fistbumping. =;-) OK, honestly I prefer that over hugging if the person congratulating is drunk and I’ve never seen them before. *gg*

28.02.2014 Skambankt (Pumpehuset, Copenhagen)

March 1st, 2014

It’s been four long years since my last Skambankt concert – way too long! Still, I didn’t really know what to expect. I really like the new album and didn’t doubt that the songs would work great live – but then, would it still be as much fun as four years ago? I mean … I’m four years older, they are four years older, and young bands like Honningbarna took over the genre … =;-)

Still, I decided for a birthday trip up north. One concert in Copenhagen, one in Øystese. Crazy, I know, but also great fun! So, first stop Copenhagen, meeting up with amazing friends, a quick dinner and then on to the concert. Missed the support band, but arrived just in time for Skambankt!

The concert had been moved to a bigger stage – a very good decision, because that one was a “real” stage and not some pedestal in the corner. And it was crowded enough that it didn’t look empty, though everyone had plenty of room to dance. Perfect!

When Skambankt started with Anonyme hatere, the audience remained rather quiet. Warming up, on both sides, I guess … And also throughout the concert, the new songs were received well, but they didn’t really get the audience excited. It was all the old songs that did that! And there were plenty of them. A really good and varied setlist, even though I missed Alarm …

Not sure if it was true that the album only came out in Denmark last Monday, as Ted claimed. That would explain the “quietness” during the new songs. Still, that wasn’t really a problem, the audience was hot and wild anyway. And they knew the old songs and went crazy for all of them.

The first highlight was of course O dessverre – or actually O desværre, as they brought in Johan Olsen as guest singer. No idea if they did that at the other shows in Denmark as well (probably not), but it was a nice surprise!

And on they went with old and new, the audience got more and more into it, and by the time they played Dynasti, everyone was screaming and shouting. So instead of starting the second verse, Ted just shouted “Hei” – which seemed to me like we were supposed to sing now, but hey … it’s been four years, _I_ certainly don’t remember the lyrics! *gg* But actually, he just wanted us the scream “Hei” back at him, which worked out great after practicing it for only … five minutes or so. =;-) And then it was so awesome that he didn’t want to stop: “Just one last time! … Or, once more! … Just one more time! … Last one now!” *gg*

They went off after Stormkast #1, of course to come back for encores. We got to choose – well, more or less. The audience of course wanted all the songs, but we only got three more, pff. *g* Interrupted by a short “Oh, Bones got problems with his bass drum, we’ll have to pass the time … any questions?” (Wonder where he got that from … *lol*) But then everything worked again and we didn’t even get to ask a single question. =;-)

And that was it! I thought it was awesome; way better than expected, and at least as great as I remember from four years ago. And with almost one and a half hours well worth traveling up north. But now I want more more MORE …! =:-D

The setlist:

  • Anonyme hatere
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Vår bør
  • Som en sirene
  • Slukk meg (for eg brenner)
  • Sort blod
  • Me sa nei
  • Gamle spøkelser
  • Våre folk
  • Voodoo
  • Dynasti
  • Tanker som mareritt
  • Stormkast #1
    ————-
  • Mantra
  • Malin
  • Min eliksir

Addendum: Oh, I just realized I forgot to mention the nipple licking incident. *rofl*
NO, calm down, no slash fiction coming up … =;-) But one couple in the front was really having fun throughout the concert, with quite a few “oh gosh, am I really seeing that” moments, both for us right behind them and probably also for the guys on stage. *g*

Concert summary 2013

December 28th, 2013

2013 is almost over – time for the annual look back at the concerts of the year!

Let’s start with the numbers: 55 concerts in total, seven of these were summer festivals. There weren’t really a lot of bands I saw more than once or twice … only Itchy Poopzkid with two concerts and two festivals, I think, and die Ärzte with one concert and two festivals. Oh, and of course this weird Norwegian band that I saw a couple of times this year. =;-)

29 of these concerts were in Germany, the other 26 abroad. Which is a rather strange ratio, I know, but well, I’m a concert junkie. =;-) In addition to the concerts, I attended three WWE events, one musical, one ballet, and one TV award show.

The smallest concert of all was the Honningbarna concert in Stuttgart: There were ten, maybe fifteen people in the audience. It was great fun, even though I was a bit jetlagged and couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have a week later. The biggest concert … hmm, not quite sure. Probably Rock’n'Heim festival or the Ärzte concert in Bietigheim-Bissingen. I guess both had an audience of about 20.000.

Die Ärzte … well, no, I guess it’s over. I tried to give them another chance in Bietigheim-Bissingen, but it just was no fun. If you’re at a concert and think that you could just as well be back home on your couch with a good book – there’s no need to be there. And I had a very similar feeling when they played at Taubertal festival and Rock’n'Heim a month later.

The festivals: Interestingly, the festivals that I enjoyed most were Trollrock in Norway and Rock’n'Heim. The first one was tiny but awesome – only a few bands every day, so no “overkill”, and great music, nice people, and good weather. The latter … well, I had expected to HATE it there. Big, new (and therefore unorganized), expensive, my last festival of the year. But I wasn’t “working” at the festival, thus not writing any report or taking photos, so I could just do whatever I wanted, and I really enjoyed it. Plus, it was far from sold out, which means the area wasn’t too crowded. So thumbs up!

Biggest band surprise? Hmm, hard to decide. I LOVED the concerts/festivals with Itchy Poopzkid and Madsen. A perfect mixture and two great bands on stage! Also, I greatly enjoyed the Fozzy concerts I got to see, and I’m looking forward to their next European tour. Beware, I’m coming after you! =;-) And my new discovery of the year is clearly Hoffmaestro – I saw them at some festivals and turned into a fan right away. Their album is just as awesome. The sad part is that they canceled their tour in fall, so I hope I can catch them next year!

And finally, there was … Kaizers Orchestra. 28 concerts this year – three at the opera in Oslo, one in London, one in New York, and finally seven in a row in Stavanger. If I want to list the “traditional” geographical statistics, it’s Kaizers only. Northern-most concert: Kaizers in Trondheim. Eastern-most concert: Kaizers in Vienna. Southern-most concert: Kaizers in Zurich. Western-most concert: Kaizers in New York City.

Yes – New York City. And London. Both in one year – within one month, actually. It’s crazy, but it was soooo worth it. The London trip: an awesome week together with great friends, and not only Kaizers, but also WWE and Fozzy. I can’t even pick the highlight of the week – Kaizers were just one of many highlights. New York City had been on my list of cities to visit for a long time. Still, when the concert was announced, I knew I wouldn’t go there. And at the same time I knew I would … and I did. And just like London, it was a great vacation, and the Kaizers concert (and afterparty) were just … surreal. But an experience that I will never forget. And NYC itself would have been worth the trip even without the concert, so it wasn’t fully crazy. =;-)

Not all Kaizers concerts were amazing this year – I’ve seen them soooo often by now that I know them way too well. What might seem like a great concert to most can be a bit disappointing for me, as I notice if they could do more but just don’t care, like for example at my ten-year anniversary at Ravnefesten in Kristiansand. It was still a great concert, just not as good as it could have been. Still, there’s no concert that I would have wanted to miss. So many memories, so much joy, so much fun. Thank you, Kaizers!

The last week of concerts in Stavanger was a rollercoaster ride – both emotionally and concerning the “work load” (not only caused by Kaizers of course, as I was also doing “real” work remotely, but there was quite some work related to Kaizers). It was a terrific finale though – of course! Followed and finalized by meeting Janove at the airport in Amsterdam the day after the final show … time to really say goodbye.

Or so I thought … Just last month, I went to Norway again to hand out the award for the best live band of the year to the best live band of the year! Another surreal experience, and a great honor.

So this concludes the Kaizers era now. There will surely be less concerts for me next year, and fewer trips to Norway. Skambankt will take over a bit – my first trip to Norway is booked and scheduled already – but I doubt I’ll go there as often as for Kaizers. But we’ll see …

Apart from Skambankt, I’m looking forward to a Fozzy tour, some great concerts with Thees Uhlmann, Wirtz, Hoffmaestro, and of course some nice summer festivals. Taubertal, Mini Rock, maybe Trollrock again – it’s gonna be a fun year, but it will not be as much and as rushed as this year. Which is good, even for a concert junkie like me. =;-)

14.09.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (DNB-Arena, Stavanger)

September 14th, 2013

September 14th, the very last “Siste Dans” concert in Stavanger – my 172nd concert and the only one without a real concert report. But a report really isn’t necessary, as the concert is/was streamed live on the internet. And I want to just enjoy the concert without having to take notes and think about what is worth mentioning in the report. However, I’ll append the setlist below after the concert of course – at least if someone writes it down. =;-)

There’s no doubt at all that the last concert will be terrific. Just like we know for sure that in the end, we’ll all be crying our eyes out, arm in arm. And that’s how it must be. You should quit while you’re ahead – even if it hurts.

Thank you so much, dear Kaizers, for ten years filled with fabulous music, awesome concerts and lots of experiences, adventures, and friendships that were all due to you guys. Thanks to everyone who was part of it and who I got to know; no matter if just very briefly here and there at a concert or by mail or again and again for years. Thank you for the amazing friendships that came about – they will persist, for sure!

I wrote down my conclusion and thank you in Stavanger Aftenblad already. I’ll try to translate the article as well within the next weeks. But first, it’s time for the last one.

We knew it right from the beginning: “Some day all of this will be over …” Of course I’d hope that this day was still in the far future. But it’s not. So we’ll cry together tonight and say good bye, before we start looking forward to the new projects that are coming. And – even though it might be years away – to a reunion concert.

We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when – but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day!

Thanks to Greg for the setlist!

1. Aldri Vodka Violeta
2. Siste Dans
3. Bøn Fra Helvete
4. Tusen Dråper Regn
5. En For Orgelet, En For Meg
6. Diamant Til Kull
7. Støv og Sand
8. I ett Med Verden
9. Tokyo Ice Til Clementine
10. Kontroll På Kontinentet
11. Evig Pint
12. KGB
13. Dr. Mowinckel
14. Bris
15. Bak et Hallelujah
16. Salt og Pepper
17. Drøm Videre, Violeta
18. Forloveren
19. Mr. Kaizer (Hans Constanze og Meg)
20. Svarte Katter og Flosshatter
21. Dieter Meyers Inst.
22. Hjerteknuser

23. Begravelsespolka
24. Resistansen
25. 170

26. Maestro
27. Die Polizei
28. Ompa Til Du Dør

13.09.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (DNB-Arena, Stavanger)

September 14th, 2013

I guess I’ll just skip the introductory sentence today – “now it was time for the second-to-last concert” just sounds way too depressing …

But we got another amazing show! I heard differing opinions, but I thought the show was even better than the one on Thursday. The setlist was maybe a tiny little bit weaker, but then I thought the atmosphere was better. And I was in a much better mood. =:-)

It seems like the crew is starting to have their “final concert” fun now – the concert actually started with a (play) fight at the side of the stage while the band played Aldri vodka. The next songs were as usual, no surprises there. In the introduction in Forloveren, Janove got the audience to do “czk czk” again, like he did on the last European tour. Followed up with: “That sounds a bit like jazz! Let’s not do too much of it …” And Omen was actually playing on the “organ, keyboard, piano, and toilet paper” today – ’cause he was busy cleaning his helmet during the introduction.

For some reason that I didn’t catch, Killmaster invited us all backstage after the show – or actually into “his backstage”. And he gave us his number so we could call him to get in. =;-)

In Kontroll på kontinentet, we got a crew jury verdict again – but this time, the White Russian went for the “10″ right away instead for the “OK”. So consequently, “the guy with the 6.2″ was fired …

They get lots of song wished, from fans and friends and family – yes, even aunts and uncles! But the best wish they got was for a demo version, specifically, of an Evig Pint song – yep, we got Salt & Pepper again, yippie! =:-) And in the middle of the song, the Jackal pointed out: “And remember, this is just a demo!”

Kaizers actually discussed on stage whether the concert was better than yesterday’s, and the conclusion was that it was – because Hellraizer had bought some deodorant today …

Next it was time for the song that can only be started by jumping off a barrel. So I had my phone out already to write Hjerte… – but no! Wrong! Whut?! That’s not Hjerteknuser, but De Involverte! Also a song I love, because they played it so much early in their career … awesome. And quite surprising after that misleading introduction. *g*

Then there was some talk about what a nostalgic person the Jackal is – but then, everything that’s happening now will be in the past 10 minutes from now, so that’s nostalgia in the making! And next, only the Jackal and “han med barten” (“he with the beard”) would sing a song for us … well, these two and 5000 others, of course. =;-) Because the song was Kvite russer, and everyone was singing along.

The Jackal wondered if we all knew each other at the concert – well, almost, I would say … it’s the Kaizerfamily after all! And then “han med barten” started playing again. Jackal: “Oh gosh, that sounds sad! The guy with the beard is in a bad mood again …”

After Dieter Meyers, the Jackal thanked the crew and the support bands. And also us in the audience: “Thank you for allowing us to play for you for 15 years. And for becoming more and more! We started with 11 people in the audience at Cementen, and now it’s 5000 here. And we’re still 6 people in the band …”

Then it was actually time for Hjerteknuser – the song that can only start when a crystal glass breaks on the floor. And again, half of the splinters went into the aisle. Well, it might be a nice effect to start the song like that, but it’s definitely a dangerous thing to do …

Lots of activity in the aisle before the encores started (while the audience was singing White Stripes?!). They brought in another barrel (in the aisle), half of the crew was there, and the photographers gathered again – huh?! Turned out that the Jackal sang the whole first part of the song (before the tap dancing part) in the audience! Moving from the stage to the FOH. Okay, of course it was quite hard to see from the floor, but it was a nice little extra – and probably the time of their lives for those people who stood in the center of the action. =:-)

Then during the tap dance part, the Jackal suddenly got out of step – which really surprised me ’cause I hadn’t seen that happen before. A second later I realized though how that came about: parts of the crew were in the aisle, dancing along. *rofl*

Resistansen was as awesome as always; the Jackal maybe dragged it out a bit more than at the last concerts. First, the audience was showing the band how to do it, and then we got the Kaizers vs. floor vs. stands again. But actually slowing down in the end this time, not speeding up.

During Maestro, the Jackal changed the lyrics into “Sving din hammer – Stavanger!” and proclaimed: “Let’s go for the kill, boys!” Guess we were easy prey …

Ompa after Die Polizei worked a bit better for me tonight, because the Jackal had the audience sing all alone until the chorus. That was quite awesome! And after they were done, the Jackal first presented all of the band members to the audience separately before the others had to basically drag him to the front to also get a little bit of attention from the audience. =;-) Which he seemed to like quite good – so then he didn’t want to leave the stage. But Killmaster solved that problem quickly by grabbing him and just carrying him off. *g*

As I wrote in the beginning – I loved the show, and I thought it was even better than the one on Thursday. So let’s see what we’ll get at the final show … =:-/

The setlist:

  • Aldri vodka, Violeta
  • Siste dans
  • Bøn fra helvete
  • Tusen dråper regn
  • En for orgelet, en for meg
  • Forloveren
  • Knekker deg til sist
  • Delikatessen
  • Blitzregn Baby
  • Tokyo Ice til Clementine
  • Kontroll på kontinentet
  • Evig pint
  • KGB
  • Djevelens orkester
  • Salt og pepper
  • Drøm videre, Violeta
  • De involverte
  • Min kvite russer
  • Svarte katter & flosshatter
  • Dieter Meyers Inst.
  • Hjerteknuser
    ————
  • Begravelsespolka
  • Resistansen
  • 170
    ————
  • Maestro
  • Die Polizei
  • Ompa til du dør

12.09.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (DNB-Arena, Stavanger)

September 13th, 2013

First one of the last set of concerts … I was in a slightly weird mood, so this report might sound a bit strange, sorry for that. The concert was splendid, the setlist was amazing, but the ending with first Die Polizei and then Ompa til du dør just doesn’t work for me. It’s way too emotional, I can’t enjoy Ompa, and so I just felt terrible afterwards – which isn’t necessarily the best way to end a concert. =:-(

Still, this was just awesome. We got Salt & Pepper! A song I’ve longed for for years … and now they finally played it again, while I was there, and we were standing in the front and went crazy. So yes, we did have an awesome time at the concert … and it’ll be really hard for Kaizers to top this one!

There wasn’t really a lot of talking. The first that I noted down was that during the introduction in Forloveren, Helge was introduced as “on the piano, organ, accordion, and peanuts”. *gg* And there was a lot of confetti during the song again – seems we really started a trend in London! =;-)

Then the Jackal announced that today, everything goes. Hits, album songs, B sides – so we got Medisin & Psykiatri, Kavaler, and Tokyo Ice. Yay! Just awesome, and it’s been a while since I heard anything from Våre Demoner live. The atmosphere was just awesome – even though it was obvious that some people in the audience had never heard these songs before. =;-)

After Philemon Arthur & the Dung, thus the 15th (!) song, the Jackal asked if we were satisfied with the opening of the concert. *rofl* Oh yes, definitely! Especially since he then continued to explain that the next song had been requested by a whole lot of people, especially someone who sent in a mail some months ago (no, that wasn’t me, by the way *g*) – and then we got Salt & Pepper. And that’s basically where this report could end, because after that, it couldn’t get any better anymore for me … =:-D

I still liked their remark that the next day, they would not play the same songs again (except for Salt & Pepper again, maybe?? *g*). “No, tomorrow we’ll play all cover songs!” *rofl* And then we got a tiny bit Metallica. =;-)

Another nice surprise in the setlist was Den andre er meg – including Ragnhild on vocals. Svarte katter was impressive as always; Omen played a bit with this soap bubbles again, and after it was over, he thanked the crowd. Or actually, he sat at his organ, not moving, while the Jackal translated what he was saying. *gg*

Then the Jackal got his acoustic guitar and started explaining what usually happens when the singer brings out his acoustic guitar – the intro always sounds the same. But then he wouldn’t know how to continue, because it’s just not his style.

Before Hjerteknuser, the Jackal asked for a crystal glass. Someone in the crew, please? Magnus? Fritz? Stein Cato? Of course he got one, thanked Stein Cato =;-), and took a sip of the wine – “Damn, that’s good!” So then he was explaining a bit about … uh, don’t remember. *g* Always interrupted by a sip and “damn, that’s good!” Until Hellraizer walked up to him and wanted to try the wine as well – and obviously it WAS good, because he didn’t give back the glass until he had finished the wine. =;-) Jackal: “Argh, those guitar players! In my next band, I won’t have guitar players!” And then the talking continued, while Hellraizer and Killmaster started a discussion in the background. The Jackal asked what this was about – “oh, nothing really. We just decided that in our next band, we won’t have a singer!”

Then we got some talk about Bryne vs. Viking, even though they had been told by the management to NOT do that, but well … you gotta take some booohs as well once in a while. =;-)

Finally, we got some really intense encores – started by Omen standing at the microphone stand and breathing into the mike, but not saying anything (and the Jackal wasn’t on stage yet to translate *g*), and then Hellraizer actually breaking the crowbar during 170.

And then, as final conclusion, another beautiful version of Die Polizei followed by Ompa til du dør. As mentioned above, it doesn’t work for me because I cannot enjoy Ompa after Die Polizei, but still – and awesome show.

The full setlist:

  • Aldri vodka, Violeta
  • Siste dans
  • Bøn fra helvete
  • Tusen dråper regn
  • En for orgelet, en for meg
  • Forloveren
  • Medisin & psykiatri
  • Kavaler
  • Enden av november
  • Tokyo Ice til Clementine
  • Kontroll på kontinentet
  • Evig pint
  • Støv og sand
  • KGB
  • Philemon Arthur & the Dung
  • Salt og pepper
  • Drøm videre, Violeta
  • Den andre er meg
  • Svarte katter & flosshatter
  • Dieter Meyers Inst.
  • Hjerteknuser
    ————
  • Begravelsespolka
  • Resistansen
  • 170
    ————
  • Maestro
  • Die Polizei
  • Ompa til du dør