Saxon @ KB, Malmö (SE)

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SAXON / DIRTY PASSION

Date: 02nd December, 2015
Venue: KB
Tickets: 380SEK (€39/$42)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


There was no doubt if I was going to see SAXON as headliners at KB in Malmö, the day after the MOTÖRHEAD show in Gothenburg. Logistically this was nightmare of course since I work in the Gothenburg area and had to travel the 600-something km back and forth to get to the office the day after the KB show, but it was surely worth it.

DIRTY PASSION opened for SAXON this time as well as they did last time SAXON visited KB but I can't say I remember very much of that show though. I actually realized this looking back. I do remember seeing them as opening act for DORO at Klubben in Stockholm in 2012. And for sure, lots of things had happened since then. The puppyish attitude and search for their own identity is gone these days and they feel like a unity and sound good. So yes, they felt like a unity, taking turns in the spotlight moving the show forward. This though seemed to be DIRTY PASSION's last show for a while if the rumor was right. That's quite a shame really, since I enjoyed this show very much. It's always cool with word games so “Los Angeloser” went down fine with. I like the punky tone in Kriss's voice as well as the backing music, also on the edge of Punk but with a Hard Rock attitude. It's not my favorite style of music, quite far from it, but on occasion it works, and utterly rare very well. This track is such a moment. “Bitch” got a rather long introduction by bass player Nasty before Kriss took over the microphone again.

The venue had filled up very good when DIRTY PASSION played; these local boys had their own following in the front through, a few who knew the songs and sang along like crazy. It's always fun to see that kind of support for smaller bands, that it's possible to get devoted fans these days as well. It was the same with BONAFIDE a few weeks prior to this show. Set closer, “Daughter Of The Reaper” got the most response but not because it was the last song. Yes, the crowd can be harsh on occasion and give the openers a really hard time. But here, for that particular song, more people started to sing a long and the atmosphere was set very high which of course boosted me as well for what's to come after DIRTY PASSION.

And I don't know if it's a case as Don't know what you got 'til it's gone or if DIRTY PASSION has improved as much over the years, but it felt rather sad to see them go now, so let's hope this is just the last show in a while and not forever.

DIRTY PASSION setlist:

01. Bad Karma”
02. “Halleluja”
03. “Los Angelosers”
04. “The Mess”
05. “Bitch”
06. “Shame”
07. “Daughter Of The Reaper”

DIRTY PASSION

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Dirty Passion @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Dirty Passion @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Dirty Passion @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Dirty Passion @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Dirty Passion @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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It says something about a band when my anticipation for this show is set to extremely high levels. Keep in mind that I had actually seen SAXON with MOTÖRHEAD just the previous night before. Perhaps that is the reason for this eagerness to see SAXON play again as they had kicked serious ass at Scandinavium. What would change in the set? Any additional new songs compared to the arena set? It all started off the same with title track from amazing “Battering Ram” followed by “Motorcycle Man” and fantastic “Sacrifice”. So far so good and to get the opportunity to spend time in the photo-pit during these songs, sure, was a joy. Ok, musically, especially at a small place as KB, the music doesn't come through all that well but the pure pressure from the crowd and the heat from the lights boost everything. And it's amazing to get to see everything so close, even if it's just for three songs. To see Nibbs' pedal board and have the possibility to study the drum-kit a bit closer that from the back. Also, to almost get hit in the head by Paul Quinn's guitar as he went bananas during a guitar-solo (in a very good way) and showed off like crazy, can't happen any place but inside the photo-pit.

The concert season from mid November and a month forward had been really crazy, many big tour-packages (and SAXON being on one of them, of course) have been booked in Sweden. The crowd didn't let SAXON down though; it was a well filled KB even if it wasn't as packed as last time SAXON visited. Which actually is rather good since it was impossible to move at that time and that's not all that much fun either. It's good to at least get to the bar for another beer or two.

I really enjoy the way new songs are mixed into the set, “Destroyer” followed by “Power And The Glory”, “20.000 Ft” preceded “Devil's Footprint”. I mean, no matter how good your current records are, there are always these fans who stopped listen after 85-86 something and only want to hear what they're familiar with. Sure, people were leaving but there was no reason for which song and they always came back, happier when leaving with a new beer in hand. The set continued with a good mix of new and old stuff and one addition compared to the night before was the addition of “Eye Of The Storm”, another fantastic track from amazing “Battering Ram” (my favorite album of 2015, by the way) but the best was yet to come.

In good SAXON fashion the crowd got to chose a part of the set, normally it is fast or slow or a bunch of fast ones to select from. This night it was “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Broken Heroes”, normally Biff manages to get the most cheer out of one of the songs but not this time. It was a draw so (again) in true SAXON fashion they played what the crowd wanted; both of them. Biff though made sure no one was to leave during those songs, not the venue, not for the bar, not even for the toilet and a guy right in front of me started to look a bit nervous. Even if the songs are slow and mellow, it didn't take the show down for a second. They rather built up the intensity of what's to come. Perhaps the show should have had one a bit faster tracks after this section but if that would have meant removing “Queen Of Hearts” from the set, forget what I just said. I love that track and it worked really well live also.

Before the classic hit-parade started, SAXON also played “Battalions Of Steel” which has been kind of a modern classic together with “Sacrifice” nowadays. The only downside with these amazing classics is that the show started to move towards its end. But it sure doesn't matter how many times I've heard these songs or seen SAXON play them, they're still as exciting as the first time I saw SAXON some 20+ years ago. A little odd though was that “747 (Strangers In The Night)” was removed from the set. Ok, “Never Surrender” and “Denim & Leather” was added instead, so I'm not really complaining. But I love that song and it felt a bit strange it wasn't played in Sweden as it was announced as Your Song the night before.

I think it's amazing that SAXON squeeze in their own headline shows while on tour with a bigger package. It's damn cool for sure and I wish I could have attended a few more of them. Also add the fact that they don't play the same set as for the tour. For sure, they could have done an hour or so show and people would show up anyway. But when they stay on stage for almost two full hours, it feels really special and true. And with that being said, it's just to wait until next time SAXON is on tour and try to fit in the 3-shows-a-year average again, less that that wouldn't do it.

SAXON setlist:

01. “Battering Ram”
02. “Motorcycle Man”
03. “Sacrifice”
04. “Destroyer”
05. “Power And The Glory”
06. “20.000 Ft”
07. “Devil's Footprint”
08. “Heavy Metal Thunder”
09. “Eye Of The Storm”
10. “The Eagle Has Landed”
11. “Broken Heroes”
12. “Queen Of Hearts”
13. “Battalions Of Steel”
14. “Crusader”
15. “Princess Of The Night”
16. “Wheels Of Steel”
17. “Never Surrender”
18. “Strong Arm Of The Law”
19. “Denim & Leather”

SAXON

Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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