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   AXXIS - PINK CREAM 69 - CRYSTAL BALL
 Pink Cream 69 © Cora Gonser Matrix - Bochum (D)
March 14th 2004

http://www.axxis.de
http://www.pinkcream69.com
http://www.crystal-ball.ch

Wow, the Matrix was quite packed that night. I must think far back to remember a show with so many people showing up there. I saw quite a few familiar faces in the crowd and then finally everybody entered that bloody tube (that's really the name of the hall) which is probably 10 times longer than it is wide. Which is one of the reasons to hate this place (the other being the generally bad sound). I got a comparably decent place somewhere in the crowd but I was still standing quite far away from the stage nonetheless. And if that wasn't enough, it was damn hot in there too.

 Crystal Ball © Silkie Gerold Perfect conditions for the first band of the night, CRYSTAL BALL. Lights out, alp-intro on. Yes, alp-intro, we got to hear some alphorn sounds. What a funny bunch. People like me who didn't know them at least soon knew where the guys are from: singer Mark wore a red shirt with a white cross on it: yes, Switzerland! When bassist Dany entered the stage wearing a coat of mail I couldn't help but smile amusedly. They started their set with "HELLvetia", the titletrack of their latest album followed by "Forever & Eternally". Their performance was powerful and also well accepted by the majority of the people there. I haven't heard such simple, happy and catchy sing-along hardrock in a long time. I could sing the chorus before I even got to hear it, hehe. Certainly not my musical preferance and Crystal Ball didn't convince me personally but what the heck, it worked perfectly fine here. "Not everything from Switzerland is cheese", said frontman Mark and on they went with "Lay Down The Law". Other tracks included in the setlist were "My Life", "Dance With The Devil" ("we are a little evil tonight") and "Private Visitor".

 Pink Cream 69 © Silkie Gerold After a short break PINK CREAM 69 were ready to enter the stage during the intro of their latest album "Thunderdome". It's been some time since we got to see this band live, mainly due to the health problem of guitarist Koffl who is suffering from Focal Dystonia (Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, which force certain parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements or postures. What would we do without the net as a resource!? ;)) He learned to play guitar with using more or less only two fingers and I think he (and the band that stuck to him all the time) deserves our respect. Maybe this is also encouraging for others in the same situation. Anyway, naturally he cannot play everything as perfectly fine as before and so the band decided to get help in form of their new second guitarist Uwe.
 Pink Cream 69 © Cora Gonser So, "Thunderdome" was also the first song and after that one it was already time for the old classic "Do You Like It Like That?". Surprising. The fans obviously were very happy to have their Pinkies back in the business and already started shouting "hey, hey" for them. And so they continued with "Hell's Gone Crazy" and I began to wonder whether they wanted to take us back in time a little. The following tune ("Lost In Illusion") wasn't as old though and during "Break The Silence" I believe Dennis' backing vocals were even louder and clearer to hear than David's lead vocals, hehe. Speaking of David, the later it got the more talkative he became and while his first few words were still English it was nice to see that over the years he learned his share of German, too. Very nice chit-chat in between :) He also told us the show was being recorded for an upcoming DVD. A little later on drummer Kosta got the chance to do a little and not really impressing drum solo but the next surprise was already on its way. When David announced a "little ballad" and asked for vocal help I certainly did not expect an acoustic version of "One Step Into Paradise". Nice one! The piano on "That Was Yesterday" unfortunately had to be sampled from tape but the lead as well as the backing vocals on this track were simply perfect. "Living My Life For You" marked the end of the regular set.
 Pink Cream 69 © Silkie Gerold But of course they returned for an encore consisting of three tracks in total (see setlist). "Keep Your Eye On The Twisted" didn't turn out as great as I had hoped for but I cannot really put a finger on why. After the Pinkies had left the stage for a second time they returned for their final "song" which was more a medley than anything else: "So Lonely" (The Police), "White Men Do No Reggae" (PC 69) and "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley) were put together into one song which the band really seemed to enjoy playing. And although it was nice, I can't help but think that the majority of the fans (me included) would have preferred a proper Pinkies song instead. Anyway, great live band. Good to see them back!

Setlist Pinkies:
Intro
Thunderdome
Do You Like It Like That
Hell's Gone Crazy
Lost In Illusion
 Pink Cream 69 © Silkie Gerold Break The Silence
Talk To The Moon
Carnaby Road
drumsolo

Seas Of Madness
One Step Into Paradise (acoustic)
That Was Yesterday
Living My Life For You

Keep Your Eye On The Twisted
Welcome The Night
Shame

Medley


Next up and last band of the night were AXXIS. And I'm gonna be honest: I wasn't there to see them. I'm not too fond of their music and I'm even less fond of vocalist Berny's voice, so forgive me. I went somewhere in the back and was hoping to find it less hot there but no such luck. The band started the set with "Angel Of Death" (no, it was not a Slayer cover ;)) and Berny was wearing a woolen hat. I wonder if he was the only cold spot in all the heat. During that song, the band got support of a female singer whose name is Lakonia (or at least that's what I've been told). To me it seemed that the crowd wasn't as enthusiastic as they had been when the Pinkies have played but after the second song "Lost In The Darkness" the fans woke up (again). Then it was time for me to experience Berny's infamous monologues on stage. I really do appreciate some interaction and certainly don't like when a band doesn't talk to their fans at all....but this guy talks a lot and very fast. Holy crap. Two songs later he discovered someone in the audience: a drunken fan. He invited the boy up on stage, made fun of him ("you are already drunk") and the poor guy really became a victim. Berny encouraged him to make the people move by shouting, singing or doing something silly. The crowd laughed their asses off and had a lot of fun, so in this aspect the mission was successful. Although it was partly the guy's own fault to be as drunk as he obviously was I don't think it was fair to show him up like that. Once he was sent back into the crowd Axxis continued with "Stay Don't Leave Me". Unfortunately I had heard enough and my alarm clock was going to wake me up early again the next morning, so I chose to disobey and not to stay but to leave... The setlist below is what I was told it was like.

Setlist Axxis:
Angel Of Death
Lost In The Darkness
Brother Moon
Little Princess
Stay Don’t Leave Me
Battle Of Power
Trash In Tibet

Fire & Ice (acoustic)
Touch The Rainbow (acoustic)
Kings Made Of Steel (acoustic)
Wind In The Night
Little Look Back
Kingdom Of The Night

Shadowman
Living In A World

Nana Kiss Him Goodbye


submitted by Cora 16.03.2004

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