Category Archives: Music

Fall Out Boy brings Mania to Düsseldorf (quick thoughts concert review)

So it’s been a while and the reason for that is that it’s kind of a concert empty time at the moment. Sure been to a few shows, but didn’t feel the need to review them.

But. Since I am now 25 and I’ve been really loving Fall Out Boy ever since I was a teen and fell in love with “Dance Dance” I feel like its really nice to review their show from last night.
You know the drill, my opinions tend to be a from the eyes of a fan, so ya.

Here we go.

To sum the support up. Max hells kitchen and against the current were good picks! Really warmed up the crowd and killed the time that had to pass until Fall Out Boy would take the stage. And oh boy they did take the stage. Started right off with my favorite “Phoenix” and they wrapped the crowd around their fingers in no time.

Visual pleasing backgrounds and ALL the extras on stage like pyrotechnics, confetti, goodies. It was all there. And it was really fun to watch.

Highlight: Pete Went taking the B-Stage, soaring above the crowd while the rest of the band was on the main stage. For 3 or 4 songs. Amazing. Also. It definitely is punk rock to wear safety vests.

The crowd was in a great mood too and had some fan actions for “Champion”, one of the most meaningful new songs off the album “Mania”.

Fall Out Boy really brought some energy with them as their set had up to 23,24 songs on the list and they were a complete mixture of all the records.
Thnks fr th mmrs, dance, dance (YES.), Uma Thurman, Saturday, Hold On Tight. It was a very colorful (yeah) and versatile set list and if you’re not liking the new tunes, you definitely could have  a lot of fun with the older ones and obviously vice versa.

I am still thrilled about the show, it was a show as expected. A lot of dancing, a lot of singing, a lot of fun a lot of pop punk. OH. And I shall not forget the songs where Patrick played the piano and with my crappy eyesight but good hearing looked a bit like Sir Elton John. Amazing.

Overall, it was an amazing show and the tickets weren’t even that expensive and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t believe I’ver never taken the chance to see them live before. From now on, I will.

Still buzzing from the show.

Cheers,

K

Advertisements

What’s up Brixton, how you’re doing? – A Good Charlotte Concert Review

Happy 15th Brixton Anniversary… Good Charlotte headed back to Brixton Acadamy on their little UK tour and guess who bought a plane ticket and decided to attend the show? Meeeee! So, it was my 13th show and I‘m really glad I did Brixton because… well, let me start from the beginning.

Obviously I’m going to skip the whole travelling part and go straight to the concert.

I‘m also going to skip talking about the support acts (Against The Current was super nice) and jump right to GC!

Because it was an anniversary show they wanted to do something special and put up a screen. Not only did they showed a countdown but also a video cut from old Brixton footage and it got the crowd super pumped, we sang along to the screen and it was so loud and magical I got chills!

Right before the show they did a tribute to Chester Benningtonwho sadly left us this year… and that was emotional, everyone seemed to sing as loud as they could so that Chester would hear it…

Back to GC, I’ve been to several shows and I think Brixton was one of my favorites. Their set was really well chosen and long and they played songs like „emotionless“ which they’ve not played over here for a couple of tours. They also had a great mixture of songs, except for Cardiology I think every record was on the set list in form of their songs.

The guys have had so much energy the second they walked up on stage and gave it their all the whole set long. Between songs they talked to the crowd, had speeches about empowering women and spreading love and positivity and also dealt perfectly with a rowdy in the crowd.

Besides those couple of guys the crowd was very happy and excited to be at that particular show, old ones that have seen the guys a couple of times already and those that haven’t seen them live before.

It made me happy to see that even though it’s been 15 years  the people are still following Good Charlotte. Being part of that community is what made that show so special, there’s just something about singing the instruments pre the jump in „lifestyles of the rich and the famous“ with the other people around you and in my opinion there’s nothing better thanliving in the moment during a GC show. 

I personally really enjoy their shows so much I could do that every second day…

So to sum it up, it’s been much more than worth it flying to London only to see Good Charlotte do their things and I would do it again and again.

You should not miss them the next time they’re close to your city!

Always bring a cake to a party – Hoodie Allen concert review 

And that’s what Hoodie Allen did in Cologne on the 14th of this December on his hype tour show. But let’s go back to the start, right?

So first of all, I am in no way a big fan of the venue, have some bad memories from that place but this time it was quite nice because the people were incredibly sweet and respectful. 

So that being said, guess who’s also super nice? Right, the Hoodie Guy 🙂 

He’s got extremely much stamina and so much love for his fans that he usually stands in the merch booth an hour pre show to sell his merch and meet fans. Also, the first few fans in line usually get a M&G, plus there’s also the concert so yeah, he’s got a lot of love and energy for his fans. However, as there were no parking lots available anymore by the time we’ve arrived we missed out on the two support acts and I also can’t say whether Hoodie stood in the merch booth. BUT, I definitely wasn’t too late for his show and I tell you what, it is amazing that he has a full band, every song sounds so energetic and rocky and that’s how I like it.

He’s done a mixture of all of his records, all the fans’ favorites songs like “champagne and pools” and “small town” as well as a cover of “stand by me”. Slightly gutted they didn’t completely cover “American idiot” because I am pop punk at heart.

The show was incredible anyway, it was so much fun to watch the guys on stage and it was also so much fun to see the fans around me be all happy and smiley. There were 12 year olds, 24 year olds and 50+ ones all singing and jumping along and in my opinion if an artist manages to please all age groups he has to do something right and Hoodie does. His stage personality is so lovely and he’s very appreciative and the good mood definitely was contagious throughout the whole show.

For „”cake boy” he threw cake into the crowd and he also had some bits and bobs for some of the other songs and I personally loved that because the venue is quite boring and he’s brought his toys to make it much more fun and that was very nice!

Hoodie also jumped into the crowd and finished his song with the pit which is probably a highlight for most of the fans. One fan however has probably a much different highlight she got to sing a part of his song and completely nailed it.

It wasn‘t my first Hoodie Allen gig but compared to the one last year it was just so much better and I don’t think that it’s going to be my last show of him.

If you get the chance to see Hoodie in concert do it! 

going VIP for your favorite band? 

I think the header alone could spark heated discussions and I admit, I’m one of those that is not really a big fan of VIP upgrades but… I’ve sat down and thought about why it might be a good thing, though.

I personally am a big fan of meeting my bands, always have been always will and to make something clear from the beginning: it’s not stalking or being a groupie, it’s just being a fan of music who is happy to get to say hi and maybe thank you to the artists that create that music. And we all know music is a huge part of life and I’m sure there’s one or two songs in your life also that mean a bit more to you than other songs. So getting to say what those songs mean to you, maybe just say thank you for an amazing show or telling them you’ve met other great people through them… that’s why -at least I- want to meet my artists. The happiness afterwards is just a bonus.

So there are a couple of ways now to actually meet them. 

Go to their shows (obviously you do not want to stalk them in their private life just chilling by the pool at a hotel or worse: at home), be lucky enough to cross paths with them while they’re unloading their stuff or walk around actually with the purpose of hanging out with the fans. Yes that also happens, happened to me a couple of times, it was awesome. 

Another option is to wait for them after the show. Sometimes when you’re lucky and it’s technically possible for the artists to show up, they’ll hang out for a little while to thank you for attending the show. 

But what if…. what if you’re actually not that lucky, they’re not hanging out pre or apres shows but you want to meet them so badly? 

Then there’s option 2, which I admit isn’t always the case: Meet and Greets.

Some artists like to hang out with fans, they’ll show up at their own merch booth or tell you to meet them at the bar after the show or they add a little meet and greet right when you purchase a ticket for example online. Other artists have a fanclub that allows members to attend a m&g. 

So, meet and greets that are chilled are great, I’ve experienced a couple of those, just hanging out with the artists, talking, bantering and of course taking some nice pictures as a memory. Sounds good, right? But what if your artist doesn’t offer meet and greets this way? Or you’re not lucky enough to get into the m&g because the number of people is limited? That obviously sucks. So what’s the next option?

That would be a paid VIP -experience. And here we are back to the original question, does it even make sense to go VIP for your favorite band/artist?

Well… that’s where the discussion starts. Artists that haven’t charged before are now charging fans to meet them? Is that still acceptable? Should you even consider it? Are they worth that amount of money? 

Those are questions you as you should ask yourself because in the end it’s actually up to you this time. You can decide to pay and to meet them or you can decide to not pay and maybe not meet them. 

Yes it sucks that artists that haven’t charged before, now want money in order for you to meet them. But here comes the thinking:

If you really, really want to meet your favorites wouldn’t it be a great offer to offer people to meet them? I mean there are a lot of people out there that never got lucky waiting for them, the more famous the artist the harder it actually is, but offering them a way to meet them ‘easily’ in my opinion is nice. Also it causes less anxiety to have control over it. It gives people that aren’t as lucky as others the chance to hang out with them, too. Okay, paying money for that still sucks but who knows, maybe for some people it’s worth that amount of money. I know I would pay to meet some people, I know I’ve already did and I can say that I didn’t regret that choice.

 Yes it is a lot of money sometimes but as long as you’re okay with spending it, I don’t see a reason why artists shouldn’t offer the upgrades, after all… it’s up to you. Yes of course they could offer free meet and greets but that would just quickly end up in chaos, the more famous…. you get my point, right? Free M&Gs is the dream but in real life it would be impossible to please everyone then as well because time and space and energy is limited and if you think about it, there are expenses that need to be covered, there might need to be security, maybe a professional photographer etc.

However, I’ve scrolled through Instagram and realized that there are a lot of people that purchased a VIP package for a recent concert who have never met their favorite artists before and are happy to finally had been given the chance and as long as they’re happy I don’t see any harm done. 

So… don’t judge people that do pay to ensure to meet their favorites, maybe that’s the only way to say hi and hug them. 

So yeah, going VIP is totally up to you and how much it’s worth to you but I personally  would do it again.
Cheers,

Kessy 

good charlotte- do they still have it – a concert review 

Hello everyone! I’ve just risen from the death and am ready to talk about last night’s concert which was the Good Charlotte Show in Stuttgart, Germany.

Now before I start, I should mention that this was the 13th time I’ve seen the guys in concert. So I’ve decided to split this review into three parts:

-How was the show for someone who’s never seen them live?

-How was the show for someone who’s seen them live before?

-How was the show for me personally

So! Let’s get right into it.

The show was sold out and they’ve already been to that venue before so had I and so coming back brought back a lot of good memories. Time to live up to those, right?

The support act was a band from Massachusetts called “Four Year Strong” and I advice to being ear plugs because those guys were loud. They were a great opening act – if you’re into that kind of music- but they did their job and warmed up the crowd; there’s been plenty of crowd surfers and mosh pits.

They’ve played for a good 40 minutes as they were the only opening act and after half an hour of prepping the stage for Good Charlotte, they’ve came on stage.

They started the show with their “loser anthem” “the anthem” and as someone in the audience you could immediately feel the energy both on stage and in the crowd. So much energy. The people around me were crazily dedicated – so was I- and sang and shouted every single word of the lyrics back to GC. And that made for a pretty good start and to be honest, that’s actually how the whole show went. The Fans knew every single word to every single song, the “not so fans” at least knew the lyrics to GC’s singles like “I just wanna live” or “lifestyles of the rich and famous”. So of course for someone who’s seen GC live, the set list wasn’t really a big surprise, all the well known songs had to be in there so everyone could feel included in the show- and I think they did.

I personally did miss my favorite song “movin on” but I was happy they’ve mixed their list up with very old songs like “little things” and topped it all with the first ever live play of “war” off of their newest record “youth authority”.

Considering it was the “youth authority tour” they’ve done a great job in playing a couple of songs off of that record such as “the outfield”, the crowds’ favorite, “life changes” or “makeshift love”. And it didn’t matter if new or old, every song was cherished and celebrated in the same way: by singing along, clapping, dancing and shouting the best parts back to the band. So much fun!

The crowd was pretty mental, there were fans dressed as food from the “I just wanna live” music video and a lot of other people that did crowd surfing but everyone in the crowd was dealing great with that, pointed to the person next to themselves whenever someone was about to climb over their head and everyone was just very caring and looked out for one another, that’s definitely something I want to point out here. Handing out water and passing it to a complete stranger, looking out for other people, that’s peace and the right attitude right there. Of course there had been some squeezing and ellbow action but all in all it was a very committed and caring crowd.

Good Charlotte also were very committed to the show, they’ve played so many songs  but in between they’ve talked to the crowd a lot and wrapped them around their fingers with their american charme and way of speaking german. What I think was really important to the crowd and well done by the guys was to tell them that they’ve had great memories and well just to make them feel appreciated and loved and not forgotten because: it’s been 6 years since they’ve been on that exact same stage.

They’ve played for a bit more than 1,5 hours but because the crowd was so intense, the band was so energetic and gave it 101% everyone was sweating it felt like more than that. And to be honest, I loved it, I loved that they kept going and going and I think I wasn’t the only one.

All in all the show was a complete success, as for me who has seen them before many of times, I would even go as far as to put this show into my top 3, it was just so extremely energetic and literally a happy place for me.

And I think for someone who has never seen Good Charlotte live, well they were in for a huge treat, it was a freaking rock show and I think they’ve enjoyed themselves and got the right impression of the band: that they are born to be on stage, have the perfect chemistry within the band and that they are an amazing rock band that still has it. And I agree to all of that.

The set list was well chosen, even though we had to accept some loses like “the chronicles of life and death” or as mentioned before “movin on”. They made up for that by playing “war” and some of my other favorite songs, though.

The interaction with the crowd was amazing, there’s been real eye contact during sing alongs, there’s been chatting to the crowd and also gratefulness in form of little speeches between songs, there’s nothing more that one could have asked for.

The crowd was super strong, I think there was only one person that had to be dragged out of the crowd due to the extreme situation that are crowd surfers and mosh pits but other than that I think everyone somehow managed to live in that hot, sweaty cloud of people. And just to mention it once, the security was very caring as well, they’ve tried to catch every crowd surfer to prevent injuries, they’ve gave out water and collected the front rows’ purses to that there was more space to dance and rock, cheers to that, it’s not always that way and made this experience even a bit extra amazing.

As you can probably tell, I am super happy with how the show turned out to be, very, very proud of Good Charlotte for still being the same amazing band and I would definitely and definitely recommend checking them out once they’re near you!

Cheers,

Kessy

james arthur is back from the edge

This week I was lucky enough to go to the James Arthur concert in Cologne. The show has been sold out for a while so it was no surprise that the venue was super crowded. What pleased me was the variety of the audience. It ranged from young to old, male and female and what pleased me even more was that the crowd was super energetic, right from the very beginning, when australian Support Matt Gresham warmed them up.

Around 9PM Mister Arthur himself came on stage and opened the show with his banger “back from The edge”, which in my opinion was the perfect song to open with as it’s not only fitting with its intro but also with the beats and the energy the song carries. James’ voice was immediately on point and as the audience you knew then that you were in for good time.

The set list was well picked, there were a lot of powerful songs like “you’re nobody till somebody loves you” or “prisoner” but Arthur also got very personal and showed his emotional side with tracks like “train wreck”, which he introduced after admitting that he’s had a shit year and was in a bad place but is now back and happy.

“Safe inside” was personally one of my highlights, he dedicated the song to his sister and played it acoustically, which he didn’t do for a lot of his songs, so it definitely was one of the calmer performances but nonetheless lovely and sweet.

You get to learn a lot about James Arthur during the 2 hour show and that’s worth a lot. He’s interacted with his fans a lot as well, as he walked into the crowd and sang to them directly. He also played with the rest of the audience, mocked them and had some good old banter. All in all, he did everything right.

What’s there left to say is, that I do recommend a James Arthur concert when you want to have a good time, it’s super rock’n roll (although that’s not exactly what you’d expect from knowing songs like “impossible”) I mean they even did a very rockish cover of “rockabye” by Clean Bandit and he introduced that cover very charmingly and I loved it!
So yeah, it was a great concert, James Arthur is an amazingly talented artist and definitely not to pin down as only a pop-singer at all!

“you’re the loudest crowd ever!”

You might already know what this blog post is about after reading the oh so famous phrase, I’ve chosen as my title.
If not, let me help you: It’s a little essay about why or why not you should bother about artists saying stuff like “you’re the loudest crowd ever” or “this has been one of my favorite concerts ever”.

In fact, I used to get annoyed when artists say things like that, like not angry but just eye-rolling-annoyed. Because let’s be honest, they do say it at every show. But last night at the James Arthur concert a thought hit me and changed my view and I wanted to write it down to maybe change your view, too.
Obviously it’s not going to be the loudest crowd ever, especially when the artist is playing in a little local club but already has filled arenas before, so why on earth are they still saying that it is? And is it okay for them to say it? So here’s my take on that.

Of course they’re going to tell the crowd what the crowd wants to hear, after all they paid for the ticket, they want to get sugar coated the whole time. And there’s nothing wrong with that. For many, shows are a special occasion, some may take a holiday to be able to attend, some may even skip school or classes to be there and some actually for once leave the house. Big ups to that.

So there’s nothing wrong with artists praising their fans and their show; who knows, maybe the location is really amazing this time and definitely one for their books, maybe there’s one person in the crowd who managed to get the artist to laugh mid song like no one ever before, maybe there were fan projects – like paper hearts during an important song- that the artist has moved so much, maybe, maybe, maybe.

The reasons for the show and the crowd to be actually worth being called “best, loudest, most amazing” are endless. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the show has to be literally the “best, loudest, most amazing” show ever, but because of these little things I mentioned earlier, they get pretty close to it and that’s already worth a lot. But for an artist, it would just sound super crappy to tell the crowd “You’ve definitely managed to get into my top 100 of concerts.” That’s not what the audience wants to hear, so obviously that’s not what’s being said.

Furthermore, it really lifts some peoples’ spirits to hear praises like that. It may be the first concert ever for some people in the crowd, they don’t even think that the artist is saying stuff like that at every show and since they most probably won’t attend the same show again on that tour, they’re totally fine with being praised in just that moment, so why take that away from them? It’s much lovelier to see sparkles in their eyes and hear them cheer and be happy that they’ve been a great crowd than to see people roll their eyes or hear them say annoying things like “they say that at every show, yeah right.” #Partypooper
So what, let them say that at every show, they don’t particularly speak to you, they speak to those that want to live in that moment, those that want that moment to be the best moment ever for that very moment. See a parallel here?

So, to conclude: Yes it is alright for artists to tell the audience that they’ve been the loudest, best, most amazing crowd ever” but yes it it also okay to be annoyed about it. However, it is not okay to rain on other people’s parades by saying that it’s unnecessary to say stuff like that, to say that for the artist that show is just like every other show. It’s never okay to rain on people’s parades during concerts. They choose to be there, they choose to be carefree and to have a good time for the time being, so let them have a good time. After all, that’s what we all want, right? And if you still want to be annoyed about it, you choose to btw, do that in silent. 🙂

Cheers,

Kessy