November 6, 2010 | Filed Under: Music, Reviews, Rock Zone magazine | Submit Comment
6 gigs. 7 days. 2 countries. I didn’t think I’d make it, but I did. Here’s a short recap:
Monday 18th October: ANTI-FLAG at Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona
Got back from Portugal just in time to catch Pittsburgh’s favorite punks at ‘Vans Off The Wall Music Night’, which included The Swellers and Pulled Apart By Horses. Right before the show, Anti-Flag went beyond the traditional ‘Meet & Greet’ and invited Rock Zone magazine and a few lucky fans to join them for lunch at a vegan restaurant. Anyone who’s seen them live can testify that their shows are a tour de force, but unfortunately they weren’t able to fill the venue this time around.
Wednesday 20th October: AVENGED SEVENFOLD at Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona
On the other hand, Avenged Sevenfold sold out in less than a week and had to upgrade the venue. Their first and only concert on Spanish soil made it one of the most highly anticipated gigs of the year (I heard people camped out for three days). Great show. Moving tribute to ‘The Rev’. But honestly, for a band that’s reinventing metal and with five albums under their belts, they should have given us more than 1hr and 15min.
Thursday 21st October: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM at the Hammersmith Apollo, London
If you’ve never seen these guys live, shame on you! Make damn sure to catch them, next time they come to a town near you. You’ll thank me No bullshit egos, just four guys from New Jersey, playing honest music, filled with heart and soul. I’ve never seen anyone so genuinely happy and grateful to be on stage every night. It was their biggest U.K show to date. Here’s their AMAZING set list:
Bring It On
The Diamond Church Street Choir
Old White Lincoln
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Wherefore Art Thou
I Coul’da Been A Contender
Miles Davis And The Cool
Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts
Ida Called You Woody, Joe
Angry Johnny And The radio
The Queen Of Lower Chelsea
The Spirit Of Jazz
Señor And The Queen
The ’59 Sound
We Did It When We Were Young
She Loves You
The Patient Ferris Wheel
Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid
Friday 22nd October: ALTER BRIDGE at the Hammersmith Apollo, London
How can anyone not love Alter Bridge? This is a band that has all the great qualities of an 80s hard rock band (remember Bon Jovi? Scorpions? Guns’n'Roses?), those catchy choruses, those power ballads, those heart stopping guitar solos, with the added touch of 90s alternative rock. They’ve got that EPIC arena rock sound. And so what if they’re ‘radio friendly’ or ‘commercial’, so is Incubus, Metallica, hell, even Rammstein! You can’t deny that Myles Kennedy is one of the greatest rock’n'roll singers of all time. His dynamic vocal range is unmatched! London appreciates good music, they practically sold out the Hammersmith Apollo’s 5000 capacity. STELLAR show!
Oh and lets not forget London’s SLAVES TO GRAVITY who supported them on their U.K dates. They rocked that stage like they owned it!
Saturday 23rd October: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE at the Hammersmith Apollo, London
One of the biggest bands of the last decade are ready to contaminate the world with their new record ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’. This was the very first show of their first tour in three years and it sold out in less than 5min. You can imagine what it was like, complete insanity. Read my full review in next months Rock Zone. Here’s a pretty good recording of the first three songs:
No sleep in 42hrs, but it had to be done if I wanted to make it back down to Barcelona for the ‘New York United’ tour with Sick Of It All and Madball. Hardcore at it’s best!
PHOTOS WILL BE UPLOADED SOON!