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   RAGE - SEVENTH AVENUE
Rage  Sonja Goeder Zeche - Bochum (D)
December 29th 2002

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After Rage had toured together with Primal Fear and especially the gig in Bochum was way too short the band decided to play again in the Zeche at the end of the year.

First it was time for the German four-piece SEVENTH AVENUE from Wolfsburg though. I didn't know them but they seem to be rather active in the white metal scene (which maybe explains why they were unknown to me) and must be quite successful in Brazil (!). Seventh Avenue play happy melodic metal like so many others do. I didn't really enjoy it, as it was way too boring and stereotypical and it didn't excite most of the crowd, too. Even the sort of kilt the drummer was wearing didn't change that and their vocalist/guitarist reminded me of a not too high pitched Kiske at times while my friend mentioned Rock'n'Rolf as reference. Highlight of their set was Maiden cover "Run To The Hills" which wasn't impressing either but the only song the audience really showed reaction to.

RAGE were introduced by a spoken word intro which is -unfortunately- not as great as the one they had on the "Welcome To The Other Side" tour that had given me goosebumps back then. But back to this gig.
The show started off with an older classic "Don't Fear The Winter" and the crowd immediately started to freak out! As always Peavy tried to interact with the audience by chit-chatting in between and announcing the next songs. It was back in 1984 when he played in the Zeche for the first time with his former band Avenger but obviously no one in the crowd had attended that gig (he had asked us) - we're all too young! ;)
Victor Smolski  Sonja Goeder What you get from Rage is pure playing, at least I cannot remember they ever used pyros or other gimmicks on stage. No exception this time but the band's full of energy anyway and Peavy promised to play a couple of older tracks since on the last tour more of the newer material was played. To make it possible to play as many of the old favourites as possible some of the tracks were shortened and played as a sort of medley.
Though I remember reading the band wanted to use the song "Unity" for presenting the playing abilites of the band members we got yet another drum solo from Mike Terrana that lasted for 18 minutes (a little different though from the ones I've seen before as far as I can tell)! I know this has been discussed before but while some people freak out over it others don't like it. As for me, I think it is far too long - what are Terrana's drum workshops for? I wouldn't mind a drum solo from say 5 minutes because it indeed is somewhat amazing what Mike does to his drums - but IMHO the length of 18 minutes does harm to the flow of the show. Victor also got his guitar solo later on in the show but it was far from being that long.
Speaking of guitars: while Victor without doubt knows how to play I somehow miss a rhythm guitar for the live shows - there's just a "hole" in the sound (at least during the guitar solos).
"Refuge" marked the end of the regular set but of course the band returned for an encore which consisted of "All I want", "From The Cradle To The Grave" and "Higher Than The Sky". What would a Rage show be without that track!? It's just too great when the whole venue sings along and it set a nice ending to a good two hour show.

Setlist:

- Don't fear the winter
- Paint the devil on the wall
- Sent by the devil
- Firestorm
- Days of december
- Down
- Set this world on fire
- Medicine
- Black in mind
- Light into the darkness
Rage  Sonja Goeder - Solitary man
- Unity
- drum solo
- Insanity
- Under control
- guitar solo
- Dies irae
- Straight to hell
- Refuge

- All I want
- From the cradle to the grave
- Higher than the sky

submitted by Cora 09.01.2003

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