they launch the show with
a focused version of the new
instrumental, called "enger" this time. "this last
song is dedicated to the old forum enger" bent says.
the crowd cheers in appreciation. what a nice gesture:
they show the audience they know the local history of
clubs, they know where they are & they do care. this
starts of nicely, i smile to myself. :)
next off "the nerve tattoo". despite the messed up
beginning this is a nice opener followed by a rocking
"neverland". the crowd is into it. just the kind of
crowd i like: no heavy dancing, just slowly shaking
their heads & paying attention.
the "superstooge" jam is clearly directed by snah. i
can see him nodding to bent & baard while he plays
some very abstract riffs. i stand there in awe: it is
NEVER the same, unlike for example many of the 1998
"K9" jams. this time it slows down & we almost get a
real drumsolo. they bring it back home & the crowd
screams. the next jaw-dropping moment isn't far away:
a "song for a bro" with FREAKING VOCALS by baard. he
just goes apeshit. he sings the melody he plays in
easy syllables like 'ba' & 'da' etc. he then proceeds
to stand up, grab a tambourine & play some weird
percussions. i can't help but thinking he looks a
little like thom yorke with his new haircut & shaking
the tambourine. ;)
"she used to be a twin" finds me loosing it. i stand
there, sweat running down my face, mouthing the lyrics
& being totally into it. this is relief. this is
healing. THIS SONG! wow. that's what i needed.
thanks guys, i can go home now. :)
a few more rocking tunes & rarities & it's the encore.
this must be the most consistent thing on any setlist
of the tour: all songs in the encore built up the same
way, starting slow & growing to an incredible
"sws III" was hypnotic with some special drums i
hadn't noticed before, "unreal" finally SHINES with
intensity with a BURNING solo, "stalemate" is gorgeous
& "watersound" pleases the crowd.
a great show & i enjoyed myself very much. unlike in
bremen i was mentally ready for them. the conditions
were much better: my state of mind, my position, the
crowd, the whole day. this is only the beginning i
although the show worked very well i think they have
reached a difficult point: how many styles
can you cram into ONE SINGLE show without confusing
the audience too much? hell, this show had new songs, one
of them being a 10 min long jazzy instrumental, it had
acoustic pop songs, bad-ass heavy-rock monsters, long
improvisations & wonderful MP classics. everything
within 135 min! it doesn't have to work, i am thinking.
luckily it did tonight. but they are really walking
a thin line there.
the night ended with lucky faces at the forum, my
first contact to the wonderful italian crew & some
beers & male talk until 4 am.
i fall a-sleep full of beer, MP & impressions of this
long day. everything is fine by now. :)