Hardcore Superstar

Ahh, I missed this! It’s only a few weeks since my last concert, sure, but still, this is kinda where I belong you know. You get there, get in, visit the bathroom repack alotta shit to limit what you bring into the arena, and then just go inside and hit front row, and for this occasion, right infront of Jocke. Were there together with the very best Maria, later companied by Hanna and Nikke and one more friend I don’t remember the name of. Was a pretty fun night… Or… I’ll get back to that later. Keep in mind though dear readers, that actual reviews of the gigs are put up on hårdrock.com, so this isn’t really a full review more… look-at-our-night-kind-of-thing.

Ammotrack was the first band to hit the stage, and you, it’s that sad moment when it’s only… seven people in the audience. Must say though, together with a blackhaired guy, Maria and I were the ones getting it going, and they well noticed it! Pretty good band though, but I can’t say I fell for it, so to speak.

After Ammotrack it actually started to get some kind of audience when Avatar was entering… I need to widen my own views, I was going in for it as “I don’t like this band.” Like, big time.  Sad part is, once a band facinates me, I’m hooked. No matter genre, and so was also the case with Avatar. At first I was like, wait what, this doesn’t fit with Hardcore Superstar at all, I mean, NOT AT ALL. And the singer was kind of insane, he marched on the spot and kept hitting a stick in the speaker, again, again, again… Scared me a bit, I was just waiting for him to swing it to the audience like Lordi’s granny does. But he never did, and despite the lack of song, he, and the band, facinated me, and now I’m hooked.  Lovely stuff, and I think most of my friends never thought I’d like a band as them.

The light on Nöjes doesn’t cooperate with my camera really… oh well. Really, the pressure started to get really heavy now before Hardcore Superstar, and thats what I wanted to talk about.

I’ve been to many shows. I’ve been in front row on gigs with 20,000 people behind me, I’ve also stood behind those 20,000, been one of four in an audience and so on. And I know, when in front row, there are pressure from behind, I know that. I also know you can never leave a concert without bruises.  But there are fucking limits on how much pressure there can be. Last night… was extremly extraordinary, and this is why I completly hate to go to concerts in Karlstad. It feels like it’s 100 fans there, and the rest is just people happening to end up there, and then ruining it for us. Because, I can honestly say, I only experience those kinds of things on Nöjesfabriken, it was the same when we saw Crashdiet there. We went from there extremly molested, and it wasn’t even funny yesterday. Today, I could barely get out of bed, because I have injuried both knees, both elbows and also my ribs, so I can’t stand steady on my knees, I can’t lift myself on the elbows, and I can’t bend.
These kinds of injuries, I ONLY get at Nöjesfabriken, and once on Sigurdsgatan. What the hell is wrong with people in this town? Take it easy, PLEASE.

Okay, moving on to Hardcore Superstar.

It was a fine gig. I mean… eh.. the setlist kind of disappointed me, or maybe, possibly, did I have way too much expectations on them, being the three weeks of madness and all, but I was still a bit disappointed. I really missed “We Don’t Need A Cure”… But as a liveband, they were great, as usual really. The only major thing that happened was when Jocke ran out during “Moonshine”, leaving the audience sing the whole song with the band alone. We later learned that Jocke had been out to throw up, haha nice one.  But yes, in general, a good gig. I love how, at the end, Vic [Zino] kept throwing a bunch of picks to me, but I’m lousy at catching them and didn’t get a single one of the ones he threw. But thanks to Maria, who poked the guard, she managed to get me one. Haha, I love her!

Talking about ‘Moonshine’, or wait.. don’t talk about moonshine… No but seriously, there was this extremly annoying guy who were first all over me and I pushed him away, then he started to be all over Maria and I pushed him away, and even threatened him with my camera (I may love it, but I won’t hesitate to use it as a weapon). Even the guards asked him to back off. And then, when ‘Moonshine’ started, he poked me again and said “Oh? Is it really this one?”

I mean. The audience (and Jocke) sang “Don’t talk about MOONSHINE…”. Of course it ain’t ‘Moonshine’! This is obviously ‘Bag On Your Head’! If you can’t even recognize ‘Moonshine’ who is one of the more odd songs of HCSS, and actually have to ask someone, you shouldn’t be there. No, not at all. And you shouldn’t talk to me about it either.

But yes. Over all, I must say I had a really good evening. After the show we got ourselves something to drink, I mean, the dehydration you get during a concert is not to play with! We hit the merchstand too and I can now officially say I got my very first Hardcore Superstar shirt! And being so proud.  We also took a way by the guys in Avatar, having Maria taking a real hot picture with the REAL hot singer! Hoho!

// Sara
Best tonite: Avatar! That awkward moment when the supportband is better than the headliner you know…
Worst: The nomadic audience. Give me a break. There ARE some limits.

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