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   EDGUY - BRAINSTORM - NOCTURNAL RITES
Amarillo! © Nico Wobben Cologne - Live Music Hall (D)
May 2nd 2004

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http://www.truemetal.org/brainstorm/
http://www.nocturnalrites.com

On this nice sunny sunday afternoon, Nico and I drove to Cologne early, to meet up with friends at Burger King for some food and to be at the venue on time to be in the front of the line to get in. Cora and her friend Sonja were early too, so we had some time to chat. We already saw Andy and Todde of our beloved Brainstorm and we let the guys know that Cora and I demanded to hear "Amarillo" (bonus track on their latest CD "Soul Temptation") as an encore! And that even though that, according to Todde, there would be no time for an encore today, we would still shout for it :) We've been wanting to hear that song live ever since we first heard the track: a year ago in Cora's car, after a Symphorce gig where Andy has slipped a CD-R in my hands, with a couple of songs of the (at that moment) not yet released album. We totally freaked out right then and there (the streets where empty so we didn't cause any accidents hehe). We knew that "Amarillo" was on their planned setlist, but they hadn't played many encores on the tour (usually there wasn't time for it) and we also knew that not everybody in the band thought it was a good song for an encore. Well, since it's a cover of the old, well-known Tony Christie song, we knew from day one it was THE perfect encore song - PARTY!! So, a banner with the word "Amarillo" was made to convince them, and we would make sure they knew what their Amarillo Girls wanted ;)

But first on the stage were the Swedes of NOCTURNAL RITES. Like Edguy not really my kind of music (some songs I like, some are too happy for me), but I have to say I was impressed with their gig! The sound was good where we were (pretty much in the front, but on the left) and the performance was really good. A lot of fun on stage (esp. bassist Nils hehe), good musicians, good singer (good backing vocals too!) - I wasn't bored one bit. I could've done without the make-up the guitarist Fredrik and drummer Owe were wearing, but to each his own. Very important this night was the participation of the audience, which was nothing short of amazing from the very first note!!! This crowd was LOUD!! We enjoyed it a lot and knew that this would be great for all the bands. Singer Jonny Nocturnal Rites © Nico Wobbenknew some German and after the oh-oh/yeah-yeah sing-a-long part he also let them sing "scheisse" hehe. I remember they did "Against The World", "Shadowland", "Iron Force" and "Afterlife". Also the song "Destiny Calls" found its way on the setlist in Cologne - it seems Nocturnal Rites got different playing times during this tour which allowed them to add a song or two here and there.

Setlist Nocturnal Rites:
New World Messiah
Eternity Holds
Against The World
Shadowland
Destiny Calls
Awakening
Iron Force
Afterlife

Finally it was our moment - BRAINSTORM's gig! Sonja, Cora and I managed to work our way to the front a bit more and we were ready for our "Amarillo" attack ;) They started with a funny intro ("What A Beautiful Noise" of Neil Diamond :O ) and only one on stage was drummer Dieter wiggling his hips to this oldie ;) Then the rest joined him and the first song of the "Trinity Of Lust" trilogy set in: "Shiva's Tears". Great song! Later on in the set they also played the 2nd song of it, "Fornever". Personally I wished they had done the trilogy as a whole, all three songs after each other, that would've rocked! With the oriental touch to it, I think the whole trilogy is the highlight of "Soul Temptation". In a 45-minute set they can't play everybody's favorites, so they stuck to songs of the last two albums. The fairly melodic "The Leading" wasn't one of my favorites on CD, but I had to admit it came really heavy live! And during "Highs Without Lows" I was even able to propellor my hair in the little bit of space I had - some things just have to be! Andy was clearly very happy with the enthusiastic crowd and even though his voice seemed a bit tired after almost 5 weeks of touring (although the high parts in "The Leading" are probably never easy), he was as energetic as ever. He also made two major announcements. He started explaining that the band could not throw shirts in the crowd like they had done with the old shirts at the summer festivals last year but that they brought something else.....and before he even got the chance to continue people began to scream "water!!" ;D (yeah, it was quite hot in there). Well, for those who haven't been to one of the gigs: everybody who bought a Brainstorm shirt got a free live CD. The second announcement was that this was the last 45 minutes-Brainstorm-show in Cologne....people didn't really seem to know what the hell that should mean but we already started jumping up and down when he finally said that from now on Brainstorm would tour as headliner with 2 hour shows! About time! The sound wasn't so good in Brainstorm © Nico Wobbenthe front, it seemed to be too loud and too distorted. It didn't influence the good time we had, esp. since we had our "Amarillo" fun! We showed our banner after each song, shouted too, but after chilling with "Under Lights" we didn't get rewarded... no time for an encore, no "Amarillo" :( I think the Amarillo Girls will have to try again at Wacken!!!

Setlist Brainstorm:
Intro
Shiva's Tears
Blind Suffering
Doorway To Survive
Hollow Hideaway
Fornever
The Leading
Highs Without Lows
Under Lights

Since I was recovering of a migraine attack I didn't really want to watch all of EDGUY's gig. We stayed for a while, watching a nice looking show with a cool backdrop: the demon's face from the latest CD "Hellfire Club" in the middle, being the corner of two walls with pillars. It had a cool 3D effect, although I'd been told it looked a lot better in Oberhausen where the stage was bigger. They had some traditional German song as an intro, but luckily the gig itself wasn't as horrible ;) Or at least the part we saw of it. I think I've heard Tobias' voice in better shape, I believe he had the flu. Funny... Todde said he has had some fever too, but alcohol took care of it - how come then that bands even get sick on tour haha! Anyways, back to Edguy...the show again kicked off with "Under The Moon" and we also heard "Navigator" and "Land Of The Miracle" - I really liked that one. It was a ballad type of thing that triggered people to show their lighters (so many people still smoke these days?! ;)), with some cool vocal harmonies - a kind of Savatage Lite (Chaaaaaance!). With a bit of self-mockery Edguy © Nico Wobben (I hope!)Tobi was so "innovative" to sing some "shit" that we had to repeat, he also let the very loud audience sing in two halves. Cool enough, but then he got snobby by stating that the people in the back (like us) knew Edguy only by seeing them on TV, and the people in the front knew what was normal at a heavy metal show. Ha! That was damn insulting! He also kept saying things like "How are you Düsseldorf?!" of which people from Cologne were probably not all too happy about (there's a "rivalry" here between the two cities Cologne and Düsseldorf). That's Tobi - you either like it or you don't. Well, it was time to go sit in the "biergarten" outside, even my pregnant friend joined us, she said the baby didn't like Edguy hehe! OK, I don't mean to cut the band down, really, they are a very cool and very popular live band - just (naturally) not everybody's cup of tea.

While sitting outside we chatted with friends and were bit by bit joined by the Brainstormers and also Dirk Barron - who remembers him from helping out Brainstorm by being their singer at Wacken 1999?! Very cool to see him again after all this time, he's now Gavin Godgray in a more modern band, Godgray (www.godgray.com - think Pantera going prog hehe, very cool). We had great fun, also took pictures of most of the band with our banner ;) When we got thrown out, we continued to chat on the street and later on in the bus. At 1 am we ended up in the Burger King again for some late night snacks - only Todde wasn't satisfied with what was left (it was around closing time) and he went to the closeby McDonalds and came back with a menu to eat with us at Burger King again, haha! I think we left for home around 2 am, it was a great evening with luckily (for a change) a lot of "quality time" with our Swabes - and THANKS FOR EVERYTHING guys (everything but "Amarillo" that is ;)) !!!

submitted by Marlies 28.05.2004

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