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Rock City Stockholm 2018 – Day 1: Friday

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 27, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Wohoo! So the day was here. My calendar has been completely empty since 70.000 Tons and I can’t really say that I’ve approved of it! But what can I do about it? Nothing but filling it up.

I arrived already on Thursday for the sake of the festival, because why not? I could so why shouldn’t I . I spent Thursday mostly checking out stores I haven’t been to in ages and a dinner date with Robert. And then I spent the evening sleeping. Was meant to be a spa evening but I guess not everything goes as planned, right?

Anyway. Friday is fun day. I started the day out with some small shopping (boring I know) and then finally I got back to my room and got myself ready for the show. I had planned to be there a little after doors opened, but as the time optimist I am, I came around half an hour before they opened. Which is just as good, in this case – at least I didn’t do the race against the clock like I did with Art Nation on Sweden Rock.

It wasn’t a whole lot of people there – which isn’t too surprising. It’s quite early, 18, on a Friday and I can imagine a lot of people got stuck in traffic. The conferencier, Anders Tengner, got stuck to the point he had to ditch the car and take the metro to even make it in time.

Art Nation

The band was in time, though. And just at 18 they walked on stage opening with “One Nation” and quickly followed up with “The Real Me”. I’ve never been too fond of “One Nation” as the opener, as I feel it lacking energy – but at least that gets picked up in “The Real Me”.

Upbeat “I Want Out” was next on the list, and I felt the band had a pretty good energy. As good I guess, as you can when you are playing a gig in front of what, 20-30 people? Something along those lines. Sure, it shouldn’t affect too much – but it certainly isn’t helping. “Start a Fire” was next on the list.

“Paralyzed” off the most recent album followed suit, before the sweet “Don’t Wait For Salvation” which is a song I don’t give enough credit. Like ever.

“Wage War Against the World” was next on the list, and then one of my personal favorites – “Need You to Understand”. I guess this was among the first songs I ever ended up hearing by them, which gives it very special place in my heart.

“Infected”, the newest single and probably among my favorites of them, followed up and then “All In” before wrapping up with “Ghost Town”.

Over all, it was a good show. The energy picked up as the show went on, and it was so great to see them again. I really can’t wait for it, again and again!

After the show, I headed off to the bathrooms, checked out the merch and then positioned myself before the stage for the next band – the festival was running smoothly so no delays.

One Desire

One Desire is a band I discovered recently, mainly thanks to the festival. I have seen some people on my channels talk about it, but it wasn’t until now I really looked them up. And it was instant love.

So, here we are and found ourselves. They opened the show as expected with “Hurt”, and it was sooo good! My god. New love, I’m sensing. “Turn back Time” was the next to follow, and then one of the singles from the album – “Apologize”.

“Love Injection”, well, I should be saying it’s one of my personal favorites but I can’t say that now can I when they have an album that is already so perfect?

Single “This is where the Heartbreak Beings” was next on the list, before it was being followed up by “Do You Believe”. “Falling Apart” was next on the list. And I can assure you, I will one day dedicate an entire blog only to that song alone.

“Whenever I’m Dreaming” was next on the list, before singer André decided to speak a little about his past with the Swedish finest music culture Eddie Meduza, and even gave us a little piece of his song “Runke Ball” because, why the hell not?

After this, they wrapped up the set with “Buried Alive” before the band thanked for the evening and left the stage. It was a great show, and this band is just beyond promising. At least in my eyes. Thank you!

The crowd started to fill out a little bit now, which wasn’t too hard to imagine – firstly, people I had gotten out of traffic. And secondly, H.E.A.T was about to go on stage very soon.

TO BE CONTINUED

// Sara

 

 

 

Rock City Stockholm 2018 – Day 1: Friday part 2

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 27, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Due to it becoming so long, I had to chop this up in two entries. Here comes part two!

H.E.A.T

And like clockwork, “Feel the Heat” started echoing in the speakers and the band walked on the stage. Once they were all on the stage, they hit the show off with “Bastard of Society”. And the energy was on top – isn’t it always with the band fronted by Erik Grönwall?

“Late Night Lady” was next on the list and the vibe in the audience was just soo good. But it’s not that weird if you think about it – this is H.E.A.T’s playground you know. So I’m not even surprised. 

“Mannequin Show”, one of like, their best songs ever, appeared and seriously – H.E.A.T is just one fucking big happy pill, aren’t they? They make me so fucking happy. And clearly I am not alone.

“Redefined” off the most recent album followed suite, and you know – I wasn’t too keen on the new album. Not that it was bad, but after hearing the singles I didn’t in fact dare to listen to the album, so only now, a week or so before, is when I actually listen to it.

But these songs, they work more than well live. So why the hell I even had any doubt on this band from the start, I have no idea.

“Into the Great Unknown” followed suite right away, before heading into a song I haven’t heard live in a long time – “1000 Miles”. Very nice surprise, and a lot of energy. “Beg Beg Beg”, a big personal favorite was next and that one completely tore down the walls. Like, completely. And in the midst of it, Erik said he wanted to get to the bar, and that we had to get him there, no matter how we solve it. Is there anyone even remotely close to him as far as frontmanship goes?

After this, it was time for Crash to have his moment in the spotlight for a solo. How awesome huh? It always entertains.

“We Rule”, put together with “Time is on our Side” was next on the list, and it was truly a beautiful moment, I honestly think this album grew a couple of inches on me after this.

“Breaking The Silence” from their “Adress The Nation” album was next, followed by most recent video single “Best of the Broken” which made itself very well live if you ask me! “Livin’ on the Run” featuring Erik Grönwall running around in the crowd. Because that is totally normal.

Dave Dalone, our returning guitarhero was set off to have his little moment in the spotlight. Many years ago, he was my favorite in H.E.A.T, and here he is back again. It’s good to see him back! And he slayed that solo, by the way.

“Eye of the Storm” off the new album was next, before the show was completely wrapped up with “Emergency” and “Inferno”. What a fantastic ending song “Inferno” is, by the way. Incredible.

They walked off stage, and of course, only to return and fire off two fantastic encored – “Point of no Return” and “A Shot at Redemption”. And with that, H.E.A.T paid their thanks, and left the stage.

And the adreanline rush from watching this was no joke. Seriously, this band makes me so extremly happy every fucking time I see them.

But now, shit is about to get real. Art Nation, One Desire and H.E.A.T in all glory and honor, but what was about to walk on stage is something I have only witnessed once before, and I was not sure when I’d ever get to witness again. It felt like my knees were getting weaker, and my heart rate picking up. Slaughter was about to go on stage.

Slaughter

They ran the intros “Still of the Night” and “Highway to Hell” before finally entering the stage. My heroes. Those people who just feel so unreachable, because they just never fucking play here.

Seeing them all come on stage – Zoltan, Blando, Dana and latly Mark… It it an out of this world kind of experience. This is indeed the second time I see them, but it weakens my knees still.

They opened the show with “The Wild Life”, and quickly followed up with “Burnin’ Bridges”. Seriously, I was standing in front of Dana Strum, but yet my mind couldn’t really comprehend what I was watching. Who was in front of me. What band was on stage. It is such an unreal experience – is this even happening?

“Spend My Life” (how much don’t I love this song?) was next on the list, and then “Mad About You”. Surprsingly, or, I guess I aren’t too surprised – the crowd for Slaughter was only half than it had been for H.E.A.T. So it was quite intimate, in fact.

“Take Me Away” followed up, and then came probably one of the most beautiful moments of the night – “Days Gone By” acoustic, with only Mark on stage. I have loved this song for so many years, and it never stops to give me the chills – especially when performed like this.

“Eye To Eye” was next on the list, which was done by Mark following Erik’s moves and moved around the audience singing the song. Amazing.

One of my own other personal favorites, “Real Love” came next.. And this song. Like.. I don’t even really know how to put words to it, and I’m usually very good with words – but this song… And hearing it live.. I can’t even describe it.

“Fly to the Angels” were next, and then wrapping the entire thing up with “Up All Night”.

The band thanked for their time and walked off stage. And I was floored. I mean, it’s hard to follow H.E.A.T as far as performance and stage presence goes, it’s still out of this world to see this band.

But! It is not over yet folks! One more band was set to take the stage – as an after party, if you like.

The Cruel Intentions

So last but not least, The Cruel Intentions took the stage. And by this time it was a mere 10-15 people left in the crowd, but I don’t really mind. Nice and intimate. They delieverd a good show, and the audience seemed to enjoy it well enough as well!

After they were done, I headed back to my hotel and crashed out. Long day, and tomorrow is the final day.

// Sara