Third Gaslight Anthem show for me this year took place yesterday in Neu-Isenburg (or Eisenburg .. as the Sharks said) and so far it was the best Gaslight Anthem show I ever attended.
It already started with Chuck entering the stage together with the two Alex's during the set of the Sharks to join them in a cover song.
Chuck's set together with John Gaunt was great as always. I must admit I can't get enough of him playing live, it's always a pleasure to hear his voice.
The Gaslight Anthem started with "The Spirit of Jazz" & "The Boxer" and were in a very good mood. Brian was talking...
Yesterday Gaslight Anthem had their first show in Germany for this tour and we drove to Cologne. Pretty easy decision as Chuck Ragan was one of the supporters and he alone would have been worth the trip.
Due to traffic jam we were too late for the Sharks (I only heard one or two songs of them) but right in time for Chuck who was accompanied by his violin player. It was a little bit strange when he entered the stage without his beard but I got used to it throughout his set.
Finally Gaslight Anthem entered the stage and they proved again that they're an awesome live band. The seemed to enjoy...
Wednesday evening I was in London for a warm-up show of Alkaline Trio. They played in a little venue called The Garage. This was my first UK concert and additionally I was pretty stoked meeting some of the members of the Alkaline Trio fanclub "Blood Pact".
The opening bands have been "The Exposed" & "Off With Their Heads". I hadn't heard of any of those before and "The Exposed" had a pretty hard job as starters but had some good tunes. "Off With Their Heads" were great and when they left the stage and the roadies built up the set for Alkaline Trio we we're really warmed-up.
There seemed to be some...
To my great pleasure I had won a ticket for a festival called Rocco del Schlacko which took place near Saarbrücken. I had never heard of that festival before and the only reason for travelling there was originally the fact that The Gaslight Anthem were going to perform there.
Rocco del Schlacko is one of the smaller festivals with about 25.000 people. The line up for Friday included Bad Religion and The Hives after The Gaslight Anthem and so this promised to be a great evening.
Indeed it was. The sound was extremely good (never had such a good sound at a festival) and the bands seemed to have...
3oth of June was so far the highlight concert date for this year. Pearl Jam in the Wuhlheide in Berlin. A very emotional concert as it was 10 years Roskilde. Therefore Eddie made a very emotional speech after the beginning of the 2nd encore break. As always a very good concert, great show and long set...fanastic evening. Personal highlight: BLACK
Given To Fly
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Push Me, Pull Me
Gonna See My Friend
World Wide Suicide
I was quite sick when I flew of to Dublin for the first European show of Pearl Jam in 2010. But with lot's of medication I somehow survived that day. I can not remember much (due to the medication) but I still know how stocked I was when they started the show with Long Road...so here's the setlist:
Amongst The Waves
Not For You
Do The Evolution
Given To Fly
Of The Earth
My first concert in Trier and I was quite happy that it was an Open Air concert that day. First opening act was Tim Van Tol and after him followed The Ghost of a Thousand. Whatever the singer of the later had consumed before the show..I can not recommend that stuff. He was totally freakin' out.
After we survived the spooky singer of The Ghost of a Thousand finally Hot Water Music entered the stage. They are an incredible good live band and no matter who is singing both have an extraordinary voice.
Chuck Ragan took the singer of Jupiter Jones on stage for two songs and during the concert he announced...
The last European show (festivals excluded) took place on 4th of June in Antwerp. No question we were going to drive up to it as at this point I was thinking that this would probably be the last show for the whole year in Europe.
The TRIX is a quite tiny venue with no security and no control at the entrance. A pity I didn't know that before, otherwise I had brought my camera with me and not only that terrible little mobile phone. But that can't be helped afterwards.
The show was good, but finally it could not be overseen that they seemed to be happy that the tour would be over soon.
And again a show of Alkaline Trio. This time in Berlin in the legendary SO36.
Opening act was Three Chord Society and I ended up in buying their CD and getting it signed by the whole band. Alkaline Trio seemed to be in a good mood when they entered the stage. Strange was the fact that Matt Skiba had a black eye. I didn't realise that until after the show when the whole band took some time to chat with the fans, take pictures and sign stuff. No questions that I didn't ask .....
1. This Addiction
4. Dine, Dine
5. This Could Be Love
7. Mr. Chainsaw
Stuttgart was the first tour date of Alkaline Trio in Germany 2010. They've never played there before and I hadn't been in that venue before. The location is an old train station at the borders of Stuttgart and has quite it's own charm.
We arrived there quite soon as we had departed from work early (knowing the traffic in that direction). It finally turned out that the supporting act Three Chord Society was stuck in traffic and therefor the whole concert started half an hour later. At the entrance I was quite anxious because of the few people standing there but it seemed to fill up after the supporting...