Black Label Society: The Grimmest Show On Earth

Last Friday, 30th March 2018, my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I went to see Black Label Society’s Grimmest Show On Earth Tour. This was my second time seeing the master shredder Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society in concert and again I was totally blown away by their awesome performance.

The Black Label Society played a sold out show in The Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, along with their opener Monolord. The gig is part of their latest album “Grimmest Hits”, which was released on 19th January last.

For those who have never heard of Black Label Society, Black Label Society (or short ‘BLS’) is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde. Wylde has a long history in heavy metal. He is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars. Members of the band are Zakk Wylde on vocals, lead guitar, and piano, John DeServio on bass, Jeff Fabb on drums and Dario Lorina plays guitar and piano. During the show, Wylde introduced each of the members of the band with a long introduction riff.

The venue was packed to the rafters with enthusiastic fans, providing a non-stop energy that enhanced BLS’s brilliant showmanship. Zakk stood on his trademark platform playing blistering guitar, while the rest of the band were completely entertaining pros.

The band played a good mix of old and new material, including one of my favorite songs “In This River” (played by Zakk Wylde on the piano). Lorina was able to step in and also play piano. Wylde changed his guitars several times during the show and he wowed the crowd with with his bullseye guitar.

Near the end of the show, fans were treated to a super Zakk Wylde solo, where he came down from the stage and walked among the audience, giving those nearby an up-close demonstration of his shredding chops. Very cool!

Of course I couldn’t leave without buying some cool “memories” at the merch stand. So, I got myself a signed edition of Black Label Society’s killer new album “Grimmest Hits”. And my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD bought me this awesome new girly BLS shirt. How sweet is that! It’s matches the album cover perfectly. So cool! 

 

Evanescence’s Synthesis Live 2018: A Fenomenal Musical Experience

I visited Evanescence’s concert Synthesis Live 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Monday 26th March last. And it was abso-freaking-lutely amazing! I literally enjoyed every second of it.

Synthesis Live is a concert tour by American rock band Evanescence, one of my all-time-favorite bands, in support of their fourth album Synthesis, which was released on 10th November 2017. The album includes reworked versions of the band’s previous material, like their mega-hit singles “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal”, with an orchestral arrangement and electronica music elements. 

This will be the first tour where the band includes an orchestra. The tour includes 29 concerts in different cities across North America in 2017, 4 concerts in Oceania and 18 concerts in Europe in 2018.

During the show the group played a total of nineteen of their original songs, accompanied by a local symphony orchestra (under the direction of conductor Susie Seiter). The orchestra started the night with six classical songs from Mozart, Beethoven, and others.

I was really impressed by Amy Lee’s magnificent performance. Her powerful voice’s pairing with the orchestra turned each song turned into masterpiece. I’m just beyond ecstatic to have been so lucky to be part of this once in a lifetime magical event. 

Synthesis Live is different then their past concerts, but it’s absolutely amazing. As dynamic and compelling as Synthesis is on record, it’s even more so live. Especially with Amy Lee’s charismatic performance. Synthesis Live is definitely one of those concerts you cherish your entire life. I would see it again in a heartbeat. 

 

 

Setlist:

Orchestra Opening:
   1. La Chasse (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
   2. Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven cover)
   3. Lacrimosa (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
   4. Sally’s Song (Danny Elfman cover)
   5. Zelda’s Lullaby (Koji Kondo & Asuka Ohta cover)
   6. Together Again (instrumental)

Evanescence with orchestra: Synthesis Live 
   7. Overture
   8. Never Go Back
   9. Lacrymosa
10. End Of The Dream
11. My Hearth Is Broken
12. Lithium
13. Bring Me To Life
14. Unraveling
15. Imaginary
16. Secret Door
17. Hi-Lo
18. Lost In Paradise
19. Your Star
20. My Immortal
21. The In-Between
22. Imperfection

Encore:
23. Speak To Me (Amy Lee Song)
24. Good Enough
25. Sweet Home

 

5FDP @Tilburg: The Make-up Gig

Exactly one week after their chaotic show in the city of Tilburg, the guys of Five Finger Death Punch returned to play a free show for any ticket holders of the now-infamous 013 performance. And, of course, I was there… again! Like last time, I was accompanied by my two favorite bearded friends and crazy 5FDP-fanatics (just like me).

In announcing the fee (make-up) show of 19th June, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said: “Last Monday’s (12th June) show was an avalanche of events largely out of our control. We could sit here all day and apologize but our fans in the Netherlands deserve better than that. They’ve stuck with us all these years and helped get us to where we are today. So, we managed to re-route our tour and come back to Tilburg and play a free show on our day off — because actions speak louder than words.

With lead singer Ivan Moody taking time off the band, due to his battles with alcohol, former Divine Heresy and current Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext was filling in for Moody. During last week’s meltdown performance Vext already took Moody’s place for two songs, because of the band went on without their lead singer.

Enough now about the show of 12th June! Let’s talk about 19th June’s performance. It was an insane and absolutely amazing show. There was an overall party atmosphere, complete with mosh / circle pit and people crowd surfing. Tommy was exploding and doing a great job filling in for Ivan. He kept the energy onstage as well as in the crowd high and it really looks like he was accepted by (most of) the fans.

Although we already saw the guys of Fiver Finger Death Punch with Tommy Vext on Graspop Metal Meeting 2017 two days earlier, I am still glad we took the time visiting this unique show. And I sure hope I’ll have the opportunity to visit another concert someday.

To conclude: With their show of 19th June, Five Finger Death Punch really made things right again for lots of fans. So, let’s just wash it all away and start over with a clean slate.

 

Setlist:
1.   Lift Me Up
2.   Never Enough
3.   Wash It All Away
4.   Got Your Six
5.   Bad Company
6.   Jekyll And Hyde
7.   Burn MF
8.   The Agony Of Regret
9.   Wrong Side Of Heaven
10. Coming Down
11. Burn It Down
12. Hard To See
13. No One Gets Left Behind
14. Under And Over It
15. The BleedingSave

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5FDP @Tilburg: A Brief Review Of An Abbreviated Concert

Last Monday, 12th June 2017, American metallers Five Finger Death Punch (often shortened to ‘Death Punch’, ‘5FDP’ or ‘FFDP’) returned to the stage in the Netherlands at 013 in Tilburg. And things were far from normal. For starters, the band went on without lead singer Ivan Moody and had former Divine Heresy vocalist Tommy Vext fill in for two songs. 

Shortly after Moody came on stage, it continued to be a unusual performance consisting of the band not playing in sync with each other and the numerous extended breaks band members took between songs. To cap it all, onstage arguments between band members ensured that their set lasted no longer than forty minutes. This is further backed by footage of guitarist Jason Hook throwing his guitar onstage and leaving during “Burn MF.”

During “The Bleeding”, which would unfortunately be the last song the guys played this evening, Ivan was constantly holding his ear and looked as if he was hurt. After the song finished he immediately went offstage. The rest of the band dropped their instruments, threw some picks and sticks in the audience, said ‘Thank you’ and they were gone too, leaving everyone, including light and sound crew, confused. According to the time schedule this was about an hour and a half to early.

I guess, like almost all other 2.999 metalheads who visited this strange concert, I am kind of disappointed in their show too. I’ve seen them do such a better performance last year at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. That show was just absofuckinglutely amazing!

Nevertheless, I still had a great evening with good bearded company. And, despite the abbreviated concert, I got to rock on some my favorite Five Finger Death Punch songs, like “Wash It All Away”, “Bad Company”, “Jekyll And Hyde” and “Under And Over It”… hell yeah!

It seems the guys of Five Finger Death Punch really had a bad case of the Mondays. Just hoping Saturday’s show on Graspop Metal Meeting will be great again.

 

Setlist:
1.   Lift Me Up
2.   Never Enough
3.   Wash It All Away
4.   Got Your Six
5.   Bad Company
6.   Jekyll And Hyde
7.   Burn MF
8.   The Agony Of Regret
9.   Wrong Side Of Heaven
10. Remember Everything
11. Coming Down
12. Under And Over It
13. The Bleeding

Pictures (excluding selfie): Dorien Goetschalckx – FrontView Magazine

 

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