I met Nik and Chris of Nations Afire earlier this week.
(by the way, the concert was amazing!)
I met Nik and Chris of Nations Afire earlier this week.
Is anyone of you guys going to the Itchy Poopzkid show in Graz (A) on 23rd March 2013?
I really would like to go but I have nobody to go with and I don’t want to go alone :\
So would anyone like to go with me?
Meet Andy: Vienna’s Show Correspondent
Finally, we were standing in the front of the stage, surrounded by thousands of other Billy Talent/Anti Flag/Arkells fans, who felt like a second family to us, and were waiting to rock off to the best goddamn band on this planet. At this moment I knew that I didn’t want to be anywhere else in the world, this was where I was supposed to be.
The background music faded out, the lights grew dark and Anti Flag stepped on stage. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard a crowd cheering that loud to welcome an opening act. I hadn’t never really listened much to Anti Flag’s music yet, all the more I was amazed by how freakingly awesome they were. Their songs were bursting with energy, their performance was thrilling and powerful and their music rocked the crowd so hard, many of us were already sweating and totally exhausted already after the first song. Speaking personally, the highlight of their show for me was the song “Die for your government”, which gave me goose bumps all over, also because it has been introduced by a shortcut of Charlie Chaplin’s last speech of his film “The Great Dictator”. Also, their two last songs “1 Trillion Dollars” and “This is the end (For you my friend)” have already advanced to one of my favourite songs. So if you’re still not familiar with Anti Flag make sure to check them out, you won’t regret it! I promise.
However, when Anti Flag left the stage, the crowd was warmed up as good as it could have been and everybody was looking forward to this one moment: Billy Talent entering the stage.
All tiredness, exhaustion and aches were washed away by a wave of energy as the band played the first few notes of “Lonely Road to Absolution”, for every single person in the hall knew that this song will be followed by one of their greatest songs so far. “Viking Death March”.
As the song started the whole crowd was jumping up and down, screaming or chanting and bursting with energy. I’ve never felt so much power in one crowd in any other concert.
I was in a trance-like mood for the next one-and-a-half hour repeatedly jumping, headbanging and enjoying the music. It was breath taking how incredibly great some of their new songs like “Love was still around” or “Surprise, Surprise” sounded live. Of course, I’ve expected a lot of their new songs, but my expectations were surpassed by far. However, the concert passed so fast, that nobody was expecting the band to leave the stage now, even though they came back just after a few minutes with the crowd chanting “Billy Talent” to play their last three songs. At this time my voice already got hoarse, my shirt was wet and the exhaustion has already started to creep back into my bones and though I was still impatiently waiting for my very favourite song “Red Flag” to be played I felt really sad, that the concert was coming to its end.
The last three songs were my favourite part of the concert, as everybody around me knew as well as me, that this was going to be the last few moments with our favourite band. That was why we gathered all of our energy left to scream as loud as possible, bang our heads back and forward or just jump right into the middle of the probably biggest mosh pit I’ve seen in my life. As the giant red flag was revealed behind the band it gave me one last boost of energy and with the voices of Ben and Justin, the front man of Anti Flag, combined the concert eventually came to its end. Ben held his last thank-you-speech, Aaron threw his sticks into the crowd and the band left the stage, leaving all of the people with memories of one of their greatest nights in their life.
I believe that I’m speaking for all of the other fans in the crowd when I say “Thank you Billy Talent for the last night!”
Again you’ve given us two hours of pure pleasure and a time that we’ll remember until we are old and grey. I hope you’ll keep your promise and come back as soon as possible. We love you!
Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days - Tumblr was down - gasp! Here is a recap about the past few days.
First, we had a lovely show in Vienna - Austria has always been good to BT so it was really fun. Here are a few shots from that day.
Thanks front row!
After a relaxing day off in Zurich, we had am awesome day in Winterthur. The venue staff were nice enough to let us use the outdoor rink so we had a Billy Talent/Anti-Flag/Arkells band & crew hockey game! It was so much fun.
The show was also really great, thanks to you Switzerland, what a crazy crowd!
Then we headed to Hohenems for our last Austrian show for awhile. Jon joined Anti-Flag for a song which was pretty cool.
As always, there are a bunch more photos on the band’s Facebook page so check them out! It’s been really fun talking to some of the fans and my new friends!
The Swellers Aiming To Tour Europe This Fall/Winter
The Swellers are hoping to tour Europe this fall or winter to support their new EP, which is being released in Europe via several labels. Check out a tweet from the band below by clicking “Read More.”
YES. YES. AND YES
in other news: I’ll rather save some money to make sure l’ll be able to attend at least to shows instead of buying a few other concert tickets
If they come to Vienna
and I have nobody to go with
I will never ever leave my room again.