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   EVERGREY
Storan - Gothenburg (S)
October 9th 2004

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the venue 'Storan' from outside © Cora Gonser For the third time this year I found my way to Sweden :) Perhaps people start to think that I'm a little soft in the head but I don't care! This time it was (apart from a couple of extra days for hiking of course) to witness EVERGREY's recording of a show in their hometown Gothenburg for a DVD. From the outside, the venue "Storan" reminded me a little of "Södra Teatern" in Stockholm where I had seen Opeth performing last year - and as I should see later on the same can be said about the interior. But before the show I first met up with Henk, a fellow Evergrey fan from the Netherlands and Mattias, Evergrey's cover artist for the last couple of albums (check out ProgArt Media) who I both had not seen in a year. We went to a pub nearby and were joined by a few more fans from around the world too. Evergrey had invited people from abroad to this show, so there were quite a few people from everywhere (the guestlist was huge!). Anyway, just in time for the doors to open we returned to "Storan". Apart from a selected number of fans everybody had his or her own seat. Yes, seat. the venue 'Storan' inside © Cora Gonser"Storan" is a venue in the classical vein, with seats and balconies on several floors. Henk and I ended up on the uppermost one, more or less right underneath the roof; too bad Mattias got his somewhere else. We were really a little far away from all the action (you can usually find me somewhere in the front rows) - on the other hand we had a pretty perfect overview and could watch down onto the stage. Still, generally not the best location for a metal gig but as Micke told me after the show, they just needed the space the rather big stage there offered. Read on and you'll learn why. It took a while before the venue was filled with people and the stage was still hidden behind a curtain. Evergrey wouldn't be Evergrey if they started their show in time (Everlate ;)) but at around 9.15 pm finally the well-known intro started and the stage was revealed.

Evergrey © Cora Gonser The stage was pretty huge and still pretty dark. Only where someone was standing it was illuminated in a dark blue. It looked great! In the back there was of course drummer Jonas, on the left there was a small choir of three people that we have had heard rumours of before the show (Tom's wife Carina, ex-member of Lion's Share Andy and another female I didn't know) and Micke, on the right side there was Rikard and Henrik and in front Tom of course. The show kicked off with "Blinded" and that was just the beginning of a two-hours-best-of-Evergrey-set. The first time I really felt sorry about not being somewhere in the crowd up front was during "More Than Ever" which again simply kicked butt! The small choir I mentioned earlier cannot be praised enough by the way. It added so much to the music! After "Rulers Of The Mind" Rikard played a little mellow interlude derived from "Faith Restored" which lead into the old classic "Blackened Dawn". And if all that had not been good enough the next song was really an emotional highlight: Tom just beautifully sang "Waking Up Blind".
Evergrey © Cora Gonser I don't know how much I have to tell about the general performance of Evergrey - I hope everybody had the chance to see them once already (wishful thinking, I know!). It's never chaotic on stage, still there's always enough movement. Evergrey simply have become a very experienced live band and thus such a live recording definitely makes sense. And they were damn tight too! The sound wasn't totally great as I had expected for the recording but maybe this was also due to the position I had in the venue. Anyway, I'm sure they have the possibilites to have a great sound on the DVD afterwards ;) After "Mark Of The Triangle" the curtains were drawn again and the rather big size of the stage lead to speculations of what the next surprise might be!?

Evergrey © Cora Gonser And yes! We've been hoping and it came true: The next part of the show was done in support of a string quartet from the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra, starting off with "When The Walls Go Down"! Awesome (and a great sight too)!! And surprising in a way. I had not necessarily expected this track. Apart from this another highlight for me was "Solitude Within" as this is one of my favourite Evergrey songs. According to Tom it's one of the band's favourites as well, so do I have a good taste or what!? ;)
Tom lead through the whole show in English, not only due to the small international part in the audience but mainly because that's the only acceptable language for the DVD of an internationally successful band. He wasn't babbling all too much though - Evergrey rather let the music do the talking. With "Recreation Day" the second part of the show found its end.

Evergrey © Cora Gonser So yes, there was a third part. The string quartet was gone again and now only Carina, Tom and Rikard were on stage to perform the ultimate live version of "For Every Tear That Falls". Some of you will know that you can count the female singers I like with the fingers of one hand - Carina is one of them. Time for goosebumps again and when both Tom and Carina where singing together I just sat there paralyzed watching them. Wonderful. After "A Touch Of Blessing" "Masterplan" was announced as the final song for which Tom asked the crowd to participate for the last time by dividing us into three parts, each of which had to try the hardest to sing along louder than the other.
After many thanks to everyone involved the show was over. I couldn't believe two hours had passed - it felt like nothing. Now I can't wait for live album and DVD!!

Setlist:
Intro
Blinded
The End Of Your Days
Evergrey © Cora Gonser More Than Ever
She Speaks To The Dead
Rulers Of The Mind
Blackened Dawn
Waking up Blind
As I Lie Here Bleeding
Misled
Mark Of The Triangle
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When The Walls Go Down
Harmless Wish
Essence Of Conviction
Solitude Within
Nosferatu
Recreation Day
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For Every Tear That Falls
A Touch Of Blessing
Masterplan


submitted by Cora 16.10.2004

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