Saturday, November 21, 2009



Tonight I went to my first rock concert since ... Twisted Sister, Dio and Slade in the early 80s and Magnum in the 90s. Although I've since seen Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, and a plethora of others at festivals like Reading, they don't count in the same way.

No, tonight, I went to see Dragonforce and their three-band support (Sabaton / Sylosis / Glamour of the Kill).

I came away with more respect for the support bands than Dragonforce. Sure, technically, Dragonforce were miles away a better band but I just felt they were taking the piss. The first couple of support bands wanted to enthuse the audience - they needed the fans. Sabaton, playing before Dragonforce, showed the confidence gained from 10 years of existence - they looked happy and played like they were having a good time.

Dragonforce, on the other hand, seemed to be made up of two halves - one half being awesome drums (Dave Mackintiosh), guitars (Herman Li) and vocals (ZP Theart) and the other half just dicks (yes, I'm looking at you, Vadim and Frederic.

Would I have reacted differently if I was in my 20s? Probably. The drummer's cage and his playing were awe-inspiring. The speed guitar playing was incredible to watch. But still the band as a whole managed to dilute their impact with minor theatrics.

Despite that, did I well up during the "Through the Fire and Flames" encore? You'll never know.


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