Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sabaton @ Empire- 5/21/2012

Went to see Sabaton @ Empire (Jaxx) with Milla n John. Got some cheap tickets from local favourites A Sound of Thunder, so that was even better. About one hundred people were there (kind of a poor turnout, but it was a Monday and it was raining earlier). The good part about that was that there was plenty of personal space then! I think attendance may have also been affected by the show in Baltimore the previous night. I don't know how that show was how many people went to that one, but a couple people who did go then were here too!

As we got there, we heard some sort of string music, sounding like masterpiece theatre. Very surreal. I think it was the...interesting... choice of opening band 'Amphibious Apes' some sort of avant /indie band. We stayed in the hallway and chatted with Josh from ASOT instead.

Eventually we made our way in to see what merch there was and um drinks of course. Sabaton had some CDs, including their double live (all $15@), so I made a note to get that one later. They had 3 patches for $10@, and some t shirts that I didn't think were particularly interesting. ASOT had their usual stuff and some new wristband. I think I was expecting more shirts for Sabaton.

ASOT came on a little after 8:30 and played until about 9:20 or so. They played mostly newer stuff (which was mostly fine cause their new album is very good). Milla was trying to start a pit, but I didn't think there were any really great moshing times. At one point, Nina demanded to see the best windmill. I had no chance, but Milla, with hair down to her waist was a sure winner. A girl who looks like she doesn't go to metal shows was pretty active and they threw her a shirt. I think that was fine cause  hey, lets make a new fan. We already come to all the shows :3  ASOT sounded good as usual, but their set seemed shorter than usual.

Sabaton when played their opening intro (Europe's "The Final Countdown", I'm sure other people were singing along we me... I think). They stormed out to the stage with energy equal to if not more than last year's performance (at Jaxx). With that much anticipation and energy flowing i don't see how anyone would not have a great time!  They sounded good from the right side of the floor, but then I went to my usual back/middle spot and the sound was a lot more even. I was headbanging constantly.

Setlist wise, it was good to have some different songs from last time, but I really wanted to hear "Screamin' Eagles" :(  Regardless, it was a pretty well rounded set. Some of their songs work very well with the crowd participation ("Swedish Pagans"). I mean there was so much positive energy that they got me jumping up an down ("Primo Victoria" I think) and *very* briefly in the pit ("Attero Dominatus" I think).

Sabaton had a bunch of new people (google for the band drama), but I detected no weak links. On oddities-
  • There was what looked to be a faux vagina (part of a fleshlight?) on one of their mic stands
  • There was a huge stuffed orange animal that the singer was holding up at one point on stage near the end
  • a roadie w/ a sombrero stumbled on the stage during "Metal Crue"
  • the singer put on some shirt that  someone threw up at the stage (a um Saw IV shirt I think), soaked it with his sweat and threw it back
  • Getting a shout out during "Metal Crue"
My favourite part- during "Metal Crue," near the end, the singer got up on the monitor and is looking out on the crowd, and points at me and My Rainbow- "Long Live Rock N Roll" shirt and motions back and forth across his chest (indicating he's seeing /reading my shirt)- and "the RAINBOW takes you Home!" Since "Metal Crue" is one of their tribute songs to other bands they like/were influenced from and RAINBOW is one of those bands, it was a nice touch. I was totally marking out after that \m/

Picture/drawing
A Sound of Thunder photos
Sabaton photos

I think all had a great time. I mean at least John and I were totally still pumped the next day from this \m/


Setlists

A Sound of Thunder
  • Tubular Bells intro
  • ? (older song..Walls?)
  •  Fight til the end
  • Night Witch
  • Calat Alhambra
  • Murderous Horde
  • Out of the Dark
  • A Sound of Thunder

Sabaton
  • The Final Countdown (intro tape \m/)
  • Intro: The March to War
  • Ghost Division
  • Uprising
  • 40:1
  • Cliffs of Gallipoli
  • Midway
  • The Art of War
  • Into the Fire
  • Carolus Rex
  • Swedish Pagans 
  • Attero Dominatus
  • The Price of a Mile
  • Coat of Arms
  • Primo Victoria
  • Metal Crue
alt version: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?p=468190#post468190

Steel Panther @ Rams Head Live- 5/17/2012

Went to see Steel Panther at Ram's Head Live With John n Kate. It was a pretty packed show (Balcony opened). I think Buckcherry (LAME) had a free live show outside, at Power Plant Live, so that may have affected attendance. First time for me seeing them. 
Saw Nick M. at the show, apparently he loves Steel Panther, too.

James Durbin (that guy from American Idol I think) opened. He had a good voice, but I think he shoulda played more covers IMO. We got there and then he started playing a Dio song \m/. He sang well, but I only like 2/4 songs we heard. And one of those was a DIO song. He could sing for Warrant or Dokken or something, man.


The crowd was pretty receptive (I didn't know they were this popular- why couldn't Warrant draw this crowd?) and there was a lot of singing along. Steel Panther looked and played the part, with their homage/parody perfectly executed. Their interactive banter was prevalent, filthy, offensive, and hilarious. I think this is the show I've laughed the most at. Ever. Not PC at all, and that was fantastic.
 No real complaints except the late start time (10:45pm EST). Was a PITA getting up for work today.

At one point near the last few songs before the encore they brought on a bunch of chicks on the stage. There was def some flashing involved. It was also Micheal Starr's birthday, too.

The duet/cover at the end ...I was hoping for a Motley Crue song, especially because I'm kind of sick of Sweet Child/saw Slash a couple weeks ago and they played that then. That guy has some pipes, despite not having many good songs...IMO.



Setlists

James Durbin
  • Rainbow in the Dark (DIO cover)
  • ? (Crawling something)
  • Higher than Heaven
  • Love in Ruins


Steel Panther
  • Intro
  • Supersonic Sex Machine
  • Tomorrow Night
  • Band Intros/Banter
  • Fat Girl
  • Asian Hooker
  • Just Like Tiger Woods
  • Gold Digging Whore
  • Guitar Solo
  • Turn Out The Lights
  • Community Property
  • Eyes Of A Panther
  • Weenie Ride
  • Party All Day
  • It Won’t Suck Itself
  • Death To All But Metal
  • -------------------------
  • Sweet Child o' Mine (GNR Cover w/ James Durbin)
  • 17 Girls In A Row
Original Post here:
Went to see Steel Panther at Ram's Head Live. It was a pretty packed show (Balcony opened). I think Buckcherry had a free live show outside, at Power Plant Live, so that may have affected attendance. First time for me seeing them.

James Durbin (that guy from American Idol I think) opened. He had a good voice, but shoulda played more covers IMO. We got there and then he started playing a Dio song \m/. He sang well, but I only like 2/4 songs we heard. And one of those was a DIO song. He could sing for Warrant or Dokken or something, man. I only recall him from him bringing Judas Priest on American Idol...but singing "You've got another thing comin'" instead of.. ANY OTHER Priest song.

The crowd was pretty receptive (I didn't know they were this popular- why couldn't Warrant draw this crowd?) and there was a lot of singing along. Steel Panther looked and played the part, with their homage/parody perfectly executed. Their interactive banter was prevalent, filthy, offensive, and hilarious. I think this is the show I've laughed the most at. Ever. No real complaints except the late start time (10:45pm EST). Was a PITA getting up for work today.

At one point near the last few songs before the encore they brought on a bunch of chicks on the stage. There was def some flashing involved- some flat girl flashed and another girl w/ skrillex hair showed her arse in a thong.. It was also Micheal Starr's birthday, too.

The duet/cover at the end ...I was hoping for a Motley Crue song, especially because I'm kind of sick of Sweet Child/saw Slash a couple weeks ago and they played that then. That guy has some pipes, despite not having many good songs...IMO.

Photos

Setlists

James Durbin
  • Rainbow in the Dark (DIO cover)
  • ? (Crawling something)
  • Higher than Heaven
  • Love in Ruins


Steel Panther
  • Intro
  • Supersonic Sex Machine
  • Tomorrow Night
  • Band Intros/Banter
  • Fat Girl
  • Asian Hooker
  • Just Like Tiger Woods
  • Gold Digging Whore
  • Guitar Solo
  • Turn Out The Lights
  • Community Property
  • Eyes Of A Panther
  • Weenie Ride
  • Party All Day
  • It Won’t Suck Itself
  • Death To All But Metal
  • -------------------------
  • Sweet Child o' Mine (GNR Cover w/ James Durbin)
  • 17 Girls In A Row
Original Post: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=20436

Sunday, May 13, 2012

M3 Fest Day 2 @ Merriweather- 5/12/2012

Went to 2nd day of M3 Festival with Tony and Milla came along for a bit too. It was quite hot outside and I was a bit regretting long pants. We saw NO scalpers (way different from last year), and had to get tickets at the counter ($40@- which is not a bad price at all considering the number of bands).

We got there a bit before LA Guns was slated to go on (2:15PM, but we were waiting for Milla and just relaxing. Tony wasn't too pressed about missing a couple LA Guns songs. We heard the last couple of XYZ songs while walking in, so we figured things were running about 15 minutes behind. I think we heard "Sex Action" as we were walking to the WC/beer area.

We headed over to hear Bang Tango, whom Tony and I were pumped for. HOWEVER they had a pretty horrible setlist. I don't know WHY they picked so many new songs (that didn't sound good..). At least Joe was trying, which is more than I can say for Don Dokken, later.

Dokken came on the main stage, and sounded great...until Don started 'singing.' He lacked any emotion, motivation, conviction, or energy. I was very disappointed because last year he totally sounded great and wanted to be there. He made a remark about being off of drugs... he shoulda got back on em to sing better. The band sounded good, but Don just was disrespectful phoning in the performance like that.

Loudness started partway on Dokken's last song, and started with the killer "Crazy Nights." They sounded great, and were in similar shape as when we saw them last year. They played several songs that I didn't know, but they all sounded very good. Professional, energetic, and worlds different from Don.

Warrant (sans the deceased Jani Lane) were on next, and I knew they would be good. They delivered for the most part. Except, they too were victim to the  'hey lets play a bunch of new songs' syndrome. Apart from that, they were solid.


Lynch Mob was up next- we were hoping they'd play some Dokken songs (or even the same Dokken set) and blow Don off the stage. They played nearly all Lynch Mob songs (a couple Lynch-Pilson ones tho I think). I dunno why George opted to play Mr. Scary during his short set, and as early as they did... regardless they kept up the Warrant-high. Milla left during the last song.

The "All Star" Jam (not really full of All-Stars except the Appices) consisted of the Appice drummer brothers, the bassist and guitar player from Stryper, Warrant's singer, and a couple other guys. They played a very short set of covers. I dunno why only 3 songs. Sounded good tho.

Quiet Riot (sans the deceased Kevin DuBrow) had a new singer and I was amazed as to how close to Kevin he sounded. They sounded pretty good, but they shoulda been earlier on the bill I thought. Pleasantly surprised, but Warrant shoula played this slot probably.

Next up was the oddly chosen Queensryche. They started off on the wrong foot by playing 2 songs that sucked. Geoff sounded great, but he was singing songs that didn't sound good. Also, their whole vibe was the serious/progressive as opposed to fun/party/lighthearted. While putting on a good performance, they just killed the 'good times' vibe that was going on. I think they woulda been a better choice for the Rob Zombie/Megadave show the next day. Oh well.

Skid Row capitalized on Queensryche's buzzkill and totally kicked ass. I thought their singer was going to be crap compared to Bach, but he actually was really good- a fitting replacement. They only had one new song, and otherwise were hit after hit- their one new song was short. I think we sang/yelled along for the last half of their set. I was feeling horse at that point- and Ratt wasn't even on yet! They put on my favourite performance of the day.

Ratt rolled out to a very enthusiastic crowd after an Eddie Trunk introduction. I have no complaints- they sounded great, nice n loud, and they played the silly "Way Cool Jr." along with like all of their hits. I think they had reunited with their original bass player, Juan. Their set was over at around 11, which was a bit earlier than I thought (Kix played until around 11:30 the night before). I think they were the best band of the day, but not my favourite.

Overall a great concert, despite being hella tired, man. Looking forward to next year and what their lineup will be!

LA Guns
  • Sex Action
  • Never enough
  • You better not love me (New song)
  • Revolution
  • Sleazy come easy go 
  • Electric. Gypsy
  • Ballad of Jane
  • Rip n tear
  
Bang Tango
  • Hey Hey Hey find your way (new)
  • Ready to go
  • Attack of life
  • ? (new song)
  • Soul 2 soul
  • Someone like like you
  
Dokken
  • Kiss of death
  • The Hunter
  • You just got lucky
  • Into the fire
  • Drums mini solo
  • Breaking the chains
  • Alone again
  • Its not love
  • Tooth and nail
  • In my dreams

Loudness
  • Rock n roll crazy nights
  • Crazy doctor
  • Let it go
  • Drums
  • ? (New song)
  • ? (New song)
  • Rock this Way
Warrant
  • Down boys
  • Innocence Gone
  • Sometimes she cries
  • Life's a Song (new)
  • Drfsr
  • I saw red
  •  ? (new song)
  • Home (new song)
  • Sex Ain't Love (?)
  • Heaven
  • Uncle tom cabin 
  • Cherry pie
  
Lynch Mob
  • She's so evil but she's mine
  • River of love
  • Mr scary
  • Where do you Sleep at Night?
  • Sweet sister mercy
  • Wicked sensation
"All Star" Jam ( warrant singer , Carmine, Vinnie ,bassist and guitarist from Stryper)
  • Rainbow in the dark (DIO cover)
  • All right now (Free cover)
  • Heaven and hell (Black Sabbath cover)
 Quiet Riot
  • Run for cover
  • Slick black Cadillac 
  • Mama Weer all crazy now
  • Sign of the times
  • Loves a bitch
  • Cum on feel the the noize 
  • Metal health 
 Queensryche
  • Get Started
  • Damaged
  • I don't believe in love
  • Hit the Black
  • I'm  American 
  • NM 156
  • Screaming in Digital 
  • Lady wore Black
  • Walk in the shadows 
  • Silent lucidity 
  • Jet city woman
  • Empire
  • Eyes of a stranger

Skid Row
  • Star spangled banner
  • Big guns
  • Piece of me
  • New Generation
  • Slave to Grind
  • I remember you
  • Monkey business
  • 18 n life
  • Youth gone wild 
Ratt
  • Drums
  • Dangerous but worth the risk
  • Scene of the crime (Mic went out )
  •  In your direction
  • Wanted man
  • I'm insane
  • Lay it down
  • Lack of communication
  • Way cool junior 
  • You think you're tough
  • Nobody rides for Free
  • Body talk
  • Back for more
  • You're in love
  • Round n round

M3 Fest Day 1 @ Merriweather 5/11/2012

My Buddy Tony and I were pumped for M3 coming back to Merriweather Post Pavillion. We vowed to go both days this year. First up, the Kix-off party with the Kix band, Night Ranger, and Enuff Z'Nuff. Tony's a big Enuff Z'nuff fan. I'm a bit lukewarm on them. I've seen them open a couple of times. Kix I love. Night Ranger I'd never seen live before. Tony's cousins joined us later, I think in time for KIX. Scalped tickets for $20@. Didn't get a chance to check out any of the merch

We got there around 6:30, hang around a bit and roll in around 6:50, when Enuff Z'Nuff was supposed to be playing (6:45). Things seemed to be running a little late- Tony theorized because of the mic/drum kit set up for Night Ranger- not many other bands have a singer/drummer.

Enuff Z'Nuff came out and was very Beatles-esque. A few of their songs would totally be hits on the radio if it was another band who did them and Chip or whomever wrote it for them. The singer looked like he was channeling John Lennon. They were alright, but I really could have done without the Beatles cover. I really dislike that song. A fun fact was that Tony was more enthusiastic than the band about their set. jeez.

Night Ranger came on and played a couple songs that I didn't expect them to (ex: Eddie..). They sounds very good. My favourites of the set: "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "HIGH ENOUGH." Mr Nugent and Mr Shaw and Mr Blades need to talk about a tour.

The Kix band finally came on and like always, did NOT disappoint. Something was wrong with the mix for the first couple of songs, but then it got straightened out. Pretty standard setlist from Kix. no complaints, but it would be nice to hear a deep cut :3 Steve had the bucket, the umbrella, and then the balloons all at the right times/songs. Totally worth going to see Kix and night Ranger was a nice bonus. Enuff Znuff...well we could have just napped in the car a bit.


Enuff Znuff
  • Heaven or Hell
  • Kitty 
  • Baby loves you
  • We're all alright
  • ?
  • ?
  • There goes my heart
  • Fly high Michelle
  • Come together (Beatles cover)
  • New Thing

Night Ranger
  • Lay it on me
  • Send me away
  • Rumors in the air
  • Growing up in California
  • The Secret of my success
  • Midnight madness
  • Keyboard interlude
  • Sentimental street
  • Eddie's comin out tonight
  • HIGH ENOUGH  (Damn Yankees)
  • 4 in the morning
  • When you Close Your Eyes
  • Don't Tell Me You Love Me
  • Sister Christian
  • You can still rock in America

Kix
  • Hot wire
  • Heartache
  • The Itch 
  • Same Jane  
  • Cold shower  
  • Girl money 
  • Don't close your eyes 
  • No ring around Rosie  
  • Lie like a rug
  • Midnight Dynamite
  • Cold blood
  • Drum soloish
  • Blow my fuse
  • Solo
  • Yeah yeah yeah

Monday, May 7, 2012

Behemoth @ Ram's Head Live - 5/5/2012

Behemoth and Watain (and some other bands too but we got there after they got off stage) came to Ram's Head Live in Baltimore. I would have liked to hear the retro Devil's Blood, but it was fine- better not to rush rush.

We were putting on corpsepaint, which was fun. However, I noticed that NO ONE else was sporting any paint. Which, after see Turisas where a good number of people had facepaint. The actual bands were the only ones with paint besides us LOLZ.  I opted for a variation on Immortal (with some Zartan looking eye makeup), Milla went for a Behemoth look, and Kate  had some crazy stuff.

After we finished applying corpsepaint, we went to the venue, got patted down, and entered. Watain's roadies brought in a bunch of candles/candlesticks/etc. and we knew they would start soon. A pretty good crowd for Behemoth- the floor was pretty crowded. Balcony was not open tho. Chicken suit guy was there too. Some people around us remarked that he should have something more metal than a chicken suit.

Watain came on (I was not very familiar with any of their songs, apart from a bunch of yubtub listens in the background) to some mood setting strings. They were pretty energetic and definitely entertaining, but ultimately unintelligible. The crowd seemed pretty pumped for them. The bass player in particular was very animated and GRIM.The vocalist seemed to have some sort of what looked like a dead bird strapped to the back of his vest. Not sure tho.

Behemoth came on a bit after- to a very enthusiastic crowd. Their sound was like as it should be- Heavy Metal Thunder \m/ Nergal vox were, as expected, a bit muddy- but the power of everything together made that perfectly fine. The lights were pretty well done- except for the strobe lights (see below). The band was pretty tight and no one screwed anything  up as far as I could tell

Crowd was a bit rowdy at times, until the wheelchair guy entered the pit. He was also hoisted up at a couple points. Wow. I did not like the combination of a wheelchair that can run people over, a couple shorter people in the pit, and strobe lights blinding me combination. I did not get run over, so that was good. There were a couple parts that I thought would be played live, but they were piped in. Odd. Behemoth only played about an hour. That was a bit disappointing, but I think Nergal's  still not feeling fully 100%, so that makes sense.



Note:  Pretty much all songs I got from selist reports from other places- I had no idea any of Watain's songs names, but why would they play anything different?

Watain
  1. Malfeitor
  2. Reaping Death
  3. The Serpent's Chalice
  4. Total Funeral
  5. Waters of Ain

Behemoth
  1. Ov Fire and the Void
  2. Demigod
  3. Moonspell Rites
  4. Conquer All
  5. The Thousand Plagues I Witness
  6. Alas, the Lord is Upon Me
  7. The Seed ov I
  8. Decade of Therion
  9. At the Left Hand ov God
  10. Slaves Shall Serve
  11. Chant for Eschaton 2000
    ---
  12. 23 (The Youth Manifesto)
  13. Lucifer

Slash @ Ram's Head Live 5/3/2012

Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators *whew*) came to RAM's Head Live for the first stop on his Apocalyptic Love tour to a sold out show. I had to stand near the back. Slash had a bunch of merch - Bandana (15), LIVE CD/DVD (30), shirts for the new album (35), a few other things I don't recall.

Brand New Sin opened. They had a different singer than the last time I saw them (back opening for Black Label Society in like...2001 or something). They played their one song I recognized (My World), and some other songs that sounded more like Black Stone Cherry. Their old singer was way better than this guy. They just seemed a bit generic. They are at about the same level as they were about 10 years ago. Maybe lower. Not bad, but not great. An OK opener.
(may update later w/ a setlist for them as I'm waiting for my car to be serviced)

Slash came on around 9:45 and played until about 11:30. They had a bunch of dynamic lighting, but not much of a theatric show beyond that. But they didn't really need one, I thought. Slash was jumping around a bit near the beginning, and the bass player and Myles were pretty energetic. Soundwise, they were great- at least from where I was standing. Solid, the sound was very similar to that 'Made in Stoke' release that Slash put out recently - very close if not spot on to what their live sound was. Myles may suffer a little from 'everything in the same tone/drone syndrome' and sometimes lyrics were a bit hard to distinguish, but that's how he sounded on that live album too. Regardless, I thought he did a very good job.

People were NOT very responsive during most songs. They were cheering and hootin' and hollering after each song, tho- so they must have been enjoying it. The biggest reactions were for the GNR songs and (I thought surprisingly) a couple of the Velvet Revolver songs that I was pretty unfamiliar with. I just thought it was odd that most people were mostly motionless except for a few people jumping up and down and a small group of people near the front pumping fists and the like. I noticed a couple other headbangers, but I felt like I was the only one really moving. This whole feeling was similar to the Within Temptation show I went to last year... Well to each his own.

There were a couple of songs that I thought I had taken better notes on- but apparently I just have question marks.

Highly recommended. A bit pricey (~$40 US dollars), but if you like Slash's solo stuff, GNR, Velvet Revolver, or some combination then I have to say you will enjoy this show. I thought the Velvet Revolver stuff sounded better here than on the albums, but still overrated. We got a couple new songs- they sounded pretty good. Not great, but not horrible. Pretty cool. I left as Paradise City (when suddenly... confetti... shot out from the stage) was winding down...to have to jump start my car. Buzzkill.

No Pits were seen.

Setlist:
  • Mean bone
  • Dirty Little Thing (Velvet Revolver)
  • Ghost
  • Night train (lively crowd)
  • Rocket queen w solo (GNR)
  • Short guitar jam
  • Back From Cali ( restarted due to ? some reason that I missed, Myles was trying not to laugh. I think someone missed their cue)
  • Sucker Train Blues (Velvet Revolver)
  • Standing in the Sun (New Song)
  • Fall to Pieces (Velvet revolver) (a lot of applause. Apparently )
  • Dr Alibi (bass player sang on this song)
  • Speed Parade (Slash's SnakePit)
  • Watch This-(3 guitar jam w/ Myles on guitar)
  • Starlight
  • You're a Lie ? (New Song- video out soon)
  • My Michelle (2 guys jumping.)
  • Just Like Anything (Slash's Snakepit)
  • Sweet child O' Mine (GNR)
  • band intros
  • guitar wankery to -
  • Slither (Velvet Revolver)
  • -----------------11:15
  • By the Sword
  • Paradise City (GNR)
(originally posted http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=20292 , some revisions here)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rammstein @ First Mariner Arena 4/25/2012

After about 11 years (my first concert), Rammstein came back to the DC area. They played at Nation last time (now defunct, similar in size to 9:30 club), and this time the First Mariner Arena.My brother and Milla and I met up (briefly, as we apparently were running late later) with John, Kate, and a couple of their friends. Merch was OK, didn't really see anything I loved. Shirts were like 35, they had a bunch of posters, and I think a bag.

Some member of Combichrist (Joe Letz) DJ'd some Rammstein remixes (dubsteppin'), which seemed like kind of a faux pas - playing songs that Rammstein would be playing later. They sounded decent tho. He had a stuffed Unicorn, apparently. Similar to Straftanz's Unicorn obsession? Not sure.

My brother and I got to Baltimore early (I took a whirlwind day off) and parked across from the venue ($20! bastards) and watched a crowd of the unwashed queue up and slowly get frisked and let in. There were def a few cuties including this one girl with a very short skirt (cheek was seen). A lot of Rammstein shirts, a smattering of other metal and heavy music shirts too. A lot of black too of course. We rolled out to eat then walked back with Milla from her superlong boating trip.

The seats were SMALL. I don't know how you could sit in that seat with no legroom for an extended period of time. John had an aisle seat, otherwise I think he would have gone mad. I was next to a ...big boned... gentleman. So I was a little crushed. We had a decent view from the left side of the stage.

Rammstein came on around 9 to start a very elaborate show. They marched in from the floor, with a torch, Rammstein flag, and a Maryland flag (cheap pop). The whole band marched to the middle, where a giant catwalk was lowered and then they walked across that, over the crowd to the stage. Ominous music played to the cheers of the crowd throughout this time to further set the mood.

They started off with a bang and didn't really let up until Haifisch (a song I could have done w/out zzz). The pyro  was so hot that we could feel it from our far away seats. Imagine what it was like on stage or on the floor!! See below for the full show report. Some ...enthusiastic...fan jumped and tried to climb on the catwalk during the intro to Bück Dich. Security freaked out and got him down quickly- he was dropped into the crowd.  And it looked like he was escorted from the venue. There were about 3 different pits at a couple times during the show also.


Sonically, I had no complaints- they sounded loud, crisp, and great. Performance was as professional and a bit more elaborate than the last time. They sounded great, put one of is not the best show. I coulda done w/out Haifisch and Ohne Dich, but I suppose one needs a break too. Def worth the money- I think probably show of the year for me, despite the distance from the stage and crammed space.



Rammstein
Sonne (fire)
Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen Sehen
Keine Lust
Sensucht
Asche zu Asche
Feuer Frei!
Mutter
Mein Teil Du Riechst So Gut
Links 2-3-4
Du Hast
Haifisch (raft over crowd, mini inflatable shark was thrown in too)

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Bück Dich (some nut tried to climb the catwalk and was tackled by security)
Mann Gegen Man
Ohne Dich

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Mein Herz Brent
Amerika
Ich Will
Engel
Pussy


(since someone else already wrote this, why write it again?-

Show Details:(from: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=20242&highlight=rammstein )
Sonne - fire during the chorus
Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen - the sleeves of Till's jacket shoot out firework sparks
Keine Lust
Sehnsucht
Asche zu Asche
Feuer Frei!
- flamethrowers on Paul, Richard, and Till's faces at the end of the song
Mutter - Till stands under a shower of firework sparks
Mein Teil - the song starts with Till (dressed like a chef, covered in blood, with a butcher knife for a microphone) pushing out a giant cauldron with Flake inside (like Volkerball). After the middle section of the song, Till comes out with the flamethrower, and then brings another much larger torche and torches the pot. Flake jumps out with the fog machine on his back shooting smoke and such, he runds around the stage and is chased by falling fireworks.
Links 2-3-4 - Till comes out with the big crossbow which shoots fireworks around him. Later in the song, they shoot off 2 red fireworks that circle around and explode on the stage.
Du Riechst So Gut - flamethrowers on Richard and Paul's arms; band freezes on stage after the tapping section
Du Hast - so much fire. At one point, the stage just looked like it was actually on fire. But no... it wasn't.....
Haifisch - Flake rafts over the crowd
(bridge comes down, and they all crawl across to the other stage on all-fours in leashes with Cristoph holding them, and whipping them as they crawl. Richard is already on the other stage doing the intro to Buck Dich from the infamous live video.)

Buck Dich - Till wears this odd contraption on his face (kind of like a muzzle) that shoots out liquids like the dildo in the aforementioned video
Mann Gegen Man - Flake hits one of them (couldn't really tell which one) with a large fluorescent light bulb
Ohne Dich
(bridge drops down, they all go back across, and bow. Till says "thank you very much," and they all walk off stage.)

Mein Herz Brennt
Amerika
- AND SUDDENLY... confetti... EVERYWHERE
Ich Will
Engel
- Till comes out with the metal wings with the torches
Pussy - foam-shooting penis cannon