Dirkschneider @ Club Ron, Ronneby (SE)

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

DIRKSCHNEIDER / RAVEN

Date: 17th November, 2017
Venue: Club Ron
Ticket: 375SEK (€36/$42)
Promoter: Triffid and Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


The words around the Club Ron venue before RAVEN hit the stage mainly were; have you listened to RAVEN? Me neither... or I did, back in the '80s! The thing though, people definitely didn't know what was about to hit them when RAVEN entered the stage. I love the band’s energy and frantic performances, it always makes me happy. And that was the case here too. “Destroy All Monsters” from latest “ExtermiNation” opened the show and trying to catch the Gallagher brothers in frame made me just as dizzy as a rollercoaster ride. How can you not love that?

It was fascinating to watch John lure the crowd in, slowly but surely one by one came around. Or, slowly is the wrong word. It took about 2-3 songs to get the first row going and then it just snowballed towards the back. That the guys can keep up the pace is admirable. The velocity they're going with no youngster band would manage. And it pays off as the sing-along to “All For One” really came through and more people joined in for each chorus.

Introducing “Hung, Drawn & Quartered”, John mentioned all craziness going on in the world nowadays which felt suitable as everything seems to be upside down. And if you're good, someone will definitely try to take advantage of you. But at least, good things happened for RAVEN during this show. The skeptics in the front were easily flirted and supported the band fully. More towards the back jaws dropped and when the initial impression had settled it was turned into smiles.

I like it that DIRKSCHNEIDER is picking classic, hardworking bands to support him on these tours. And it has been bands most people who were in to ACCEPT during the '80s should know. First Canadian ANVIL, then US power titans VICIOUS RUMORS which both have stood the test of time and kept going and deserve way more recognition than they've gotten over the years. The same definitely goes for RAVEN.

And it's a fun show, feel good moment. During the classic response chant with the crowd, John squeezes his groin for the last note and sends it off in falsetto. The timing was impeccable and again the jaws dropped on the crowd. He didn't, did he? Of course he did and it worked out perfectly! Also, the arrangement with water-breaks, tuning and so was smooth all the way through the show. It really never stopped, when John needed a break, Mark took over and entertained the crowd instead which made the concert a flow from start to end.

After some teasers of UFO's “Rock Bottom” and BLACK SABBATH's “Symptom Of The Universe” RAVEN wrapped up their show with speedy “Crash Bang Wallop” from second full length album “Wiped Out”. What a delivery! This would definitely give DIRKSCHNEIDER a good match for attention.

RAVEN setlist:

01. “Destroy All Monsters”
02. “Hell Patrol”
03. “All For One”
04. “Hung, Drawn & Quartered”
05. “Rock Until You Drop”
06. Guitar Solo
07. “Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)”
08. “Faster Than The Speed Of Light”
09. “On And On”
10. “Break The Chain”
11. “Rock Bottom” / “Symptom Of The Universe”
12. “Crash Bang Wallop

RAVEN

Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Raven @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

(click to enlarge)


It was said that DIRKSCHNEIDER was to change the set for this round of the tour. It's not uncommon for bands to state this and it normally means that 2-3-4-5 songs are swapped out. I had managed to not look at the setlist at all prior to the show so what was to come came as a real surprise. And what a pleasant surprise it was. I love the '80s ACCEPT classics and it's been fantastic seeing Udo doing these songs under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner. But, seeing it 4-5-6 times made it very predictable in the end, which this set of course too will be in a while. And even if the band always sounded fantastic it is the variation that makes the shows interesting.

Mark my (and the rest of the crowds as well) surprise when the first song out was “The Beast Inside” from the mid '90s “Death Row” album. I'm not sure this was what the Ronneby crowd really wanted and expected as it took until second song, “Aiming High” from “Russian Roulette” before they gave any real response to the music. If you'd ask me, it was going to get even better moving forward in the set. A big part of the songs played came from fabulous “Objection Overruled”. “Bulletproof” followed by “Slaves Of Metal”... What the hell! And a little later in the set, when hitting the “Balls To The Wall” record it was with “Fight It Back”. And “Can't Stand The Night” from “Breaker”, how cool is that?

No one can accuse Udo for being lazy here and not dare going all the way. It was the whole main set that was exchanged from last round, 15 songs. I never expected that and this IS what I love about Udo, regardless if he's doing the ACCEPT stuff or touring with the UDO band. There will always be surprises and I'm extremely glad I didn't check the list of songs prior to the show. It wouldn't have been the same blow-away then. One of the best moments of the show came with mellow “Amamos La Vida”, again from “Objection Overruled”. This song shows that there's more to Mr. Dirkschneider's voice than just bleating. He really has a very nice tone when he turns that way and the song sounded fantastic.

Notable from the last round was the hierarchy between the guitarists. When Kasperi Heikkinen left the band earlier this year and Bill Hudson joined, Bill ended up in the shade of Andrey Smirnov. This time it was the other way around, Bill dominated the number of solos. They both got their own spots but Bill was the first one out. Both are fantastic guitarists so it really didn't affect anything and it's a pleasure to see such skilled musicians perform.

After the title track from “Objection Overruled” came the next real surprise in “X-T-C” from “Eat The Heat”. As Udo isn't the vocalist on that album I never expected the set to feature any songs from that record. But if this was a tribute to the years from 1985 and forward... Then “Russian Roulette” closed the main set and left the crowd on half and half, some ecstatic and some rather confused, all screaming for encores though.

And of course, this is a trip down memory lane and I guess some came along to this to get a nostalgic moment. Then it wasn't the '90s stuff they wanted to hear. The response to the encores confirmed that as “Princess Of The Dawn” got such a big cheer. It got even more intense for “Metal Heart”. After this one Udo tried to get the crowd to sing with him making up some parts. It worked for a while on which he claimed it was too hard for the crowd and wanted to try something else instead. All it took was one simple “Hey” and the classic intro to “Fast As A Shark” took off.

For me, it couldn't have been a cooler set. The surprise of the whole thing being changed made it and I was super-thrilled to get to hear these extraordinary songs from “Objection Overruled”. And the DIRKSCHNEIDER band delivered as always. They're always very stable without being boring. I regret a bit I only planned to see the band once this time around though.

DIRKSCHNEIDER setlist:

01. Intro - “Fire” (THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN song)
02. “The Beast Inside”
03. “Aiming High”
04. “Bulletproof”
05. “Slaves To Metal”
06. “Another Second To Be”
07. “Protectors Of Terror”
08. “Fight It Back”
09. “Can't Stand The Night”
10. “Amamos La Vida”
11. “Stone Evil”
12. “Hard Attack”
13. “Love Child”
14. “Objection Overruled”
15. “X-T-C”
16. “Russian Roulette”
17. “Princess Of The Dawn”
18. “Metal Heart”
19. “Fast As A Shark”
20. “Balls To The Wall”

DIRKSCHNEIDER

Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dirkschneider @ Club, Ronneby (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

(click to enlarge)