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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Greenfield

Last Friday: This time I waited till the last lesson was over before taking the train to the next open air, the Greenfield in Interlaken. A lucky decision as it turned out... in Winterthur the weather was good when I left, on the way, around Thun, I noticed that it was wet outside, and I hadn't seen a single raindrop... In Interlaken I barely managed to get on the shuttle bus. Walking alongside the campsite to the entrance I noticed that a lot of people where hanging their things out to dry. When I arrived on the camping, Ronny told me the whole story: at around 7pm Queens of the Stone Age just entered the stage a huge storm broke loose with lots of rain, hard wind and even hail! The wind was so bad that a couple of canvas covers were blown off the main stage and everything on it got dripping wet. The concerts of Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails both had to be cancelled because their equipment was heavily damaged from the storm. At 10.45pm the show continued with Die Toten Hosen. To make up for the other two concerts they played for 2.25 hours! And I have to say, they're a great live band. The best part was when the singer crowd-surfed from the stage to the technicians tower with a bottle of beer in his hand. And then back again. Great concert! Afterwards I wanted to go to sleep, I was exhausted from the long day and week. However, the neighbours were a bit too noisy and I couldn't fall asleep...

In the morning we went back to Interlaken to eat breakfast and do some shopping. We were back on site for the first concert at noon. The first highlight was Donots followed by Fantomas and Clawfinger. During Clawfinger I was at the front in the middle of the moshpit. That was quite exhausting, but extremely satisfying. In the evening I listened to a couple of songs of Feeder before going back to the main stage to see the show of Green Day. They did quite a cool gig, played most of my favourites and played for almost 2 hours, however, towards the end they started to stretch the songs a bit too much to fool around. It was raining on and off the whole day, not much, but just enough that everything stayed wet. The neighbours made even more of a racket than the night before...

Sunday was the best day, it was sunny and hot throughout. Almost too hot. I wasn't feeling too well, probably ate something bad the day before...The day started with Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster a cool band that rocked the crowd. The first real highlight was Flogging Molly, they play "Irish Punk", however it was too hot to jump around a lot... Millencolin played a very cool set, I recognised many songs from Abart's Alternative Nation Parties. After Millencollin I again went way to the front and after waiting for a couple of minutes I could enter the space right in front of the stage. And then came the best band of the whole weekend: System of a Down. Even though I was hearing the same exact set, it was fantastic and I jumped around quite a bit :-) Especially cool was that they changed some of their older songs and that they played many songs back to back with great transitions. It was their last show in Europe and at the end they started to goof around a bit. The bassist wore a blonde wig and they chased one of the roadies around the stage.

It was definitely worth going.And our neighbours had left throughout the day, so I even got a “quiet” night.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Another concert

There's just no time to relax. In the Grabenhalle in St. Gallen was another great concert. Mostly Harmless opened the evening. They played a really cool set. I was headbanging so hard, that my neck started to hurt really bad. After a short break Labia came on stage. They played almost the same set as yesterday, but today they inserted a cover of "50 cent". There was a lot going on in front of the stage, it took me a while till I found myself in the front row... Labia played mostly their newer songs including my current favorites "Number 1" and "Take it". After an hour the show was over and I desperately needed something to drink and a place to relax. The last band to play this evening was Mephisto System. However, their show didn't quite convince me, everything sounded kinda similar... Anyway it was a fantastic evening... And my neck is slowly starting to recover ;-).

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Openair Grienen

A small open air festival near Winterthur on an old farm. Labia was headlining. The concert was very cool, unfortunately only 60 people were around. But those who were there seemed to enjoy it.

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Open Air Grienen

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Southside

What a weekend! I left school 1 hour early to get to the Soutside open-air in time for Team Sleep. The highlight of the day was System of a Down. Their concert was great, however, I was a bit disappointed because, compared to the first time I saw them, they weren't that active on stage. The crowd made more than up for this and went berserk!
Saturday was mostly dedicated to Punk. We saw Dioramic, a young German metal band who played very good, La Vela Puerca, a ska group from South America, Ska-P, Queens of the Stone Age who didn't quite convince me, and finally Die Ärzte, a legendary German punkband.
Sunday started with Flogging Molly, a group from Boston playing Irish Folk / Punk. Fantômas, one of Mike Patton's many groups was next, followed by And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, who mainly made a lot of noise and not that much music. Turbonegro from Norway and Nine Inch Nails both were well received, though I wouldn't buy their CD's. And to round things up, Rammstein played last at 10pm. Their setlist was almost identical to the gig I attended in Basel, but it was nevertheless a great concert. They used a lot of pyrotechnics and had an impressive stage setting.
The weather was very considerate, even though it was cloudy all weekend and frigging cold in the night, it only started to rain 2 hours after the very last concert was finished.

 
 
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