First off I want to thank those of you who showed up for the gig. The indoor festival venue was kind of tricky to find, (being, as it was, an outdoor festival) resulting in a frustrated flow of text messages and missed calls on the cell during and after the show. In any case, we had a real blast and felt that we really managed to represent ourselves well on the biggest festival in Sweden.
Besides yours truly, a bunch of other bands played too of course. I had the pleasure of attending some good gigs, especially The Wildhearts and Faith No More. I first saw Faith back in 1998 on their very last tour when they visited the Lollipop Festival in Stockholm. That gig was not very good, the band looking painfully tired of touring, lacking the energy in the performance and output. This time was a lot different. It was one of the best live shows I’ve seen. I was amazed at how good a frontman Mike Patton really is, with his mezmerizing gaze and wild bursts of energy, frantically waving a white cane in the air whilst switching back and forth between opera-like vocals and growling. If you get a chance to see them on their reunion tour, regardless of whether you’ve heard them before or not, take it!
The big disappointment at this festival was, sadly, Chris Cornell. Oh, how far the mighty have fallen… I still don’t get why the f*** he decided to throw his career away and start experimenting with Timbaland. Something is really very wrong. The band backing him isn’t the best either, despite the fact that they’re all skilled musicians. There’s just very little chemistry on stage. The magical moments are sparse, but at least they’re there during “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun”, and Chris is definitely lucky he’s got that voice of his, otherwise I’m sure I would have left during the middle part of the show where he only served new crap and some boring Audioslave songs.
Anyhow, all in all this was one of the best festivals I’ve had the pleasure of attending. The last night after the last show most of the bands and artists gathered in the backstage area for a few beers and socializing. So Morty and I didn’t get to bed until about 5.30 in the morning – some nights you just don’t want to end! It was a good thing we had to drive back to Stockholm in the morning, thus preventing me to devour excessive amounts of alcohol and managing to avoid hangover altogether.
So, what’s next? Some well deserved time off, maybe some rehearsing and perhaps I will get into the mood of songwriting again. Now I’m off for an afternoon beer in the sun. Cheerio!