Anvil @ Beta2300 (DK), Sticky Fingers (SE), Katalin (SE)

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ANVIL / TRANCE / NEONFLY

Date: 21st March (Copenhagen), 22nd March (Gothenburg), 24th March (Uppsala)
Venue: Beta2300 (DK) / Sticky Fingers (SE) / Katalin (SE)
Tickets: n/a
Promoter: Triffid and Danger Concerts (SE)
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I was a bit surprised reading that Nick Holleman (POWERIZED, ex-VICIOUS RUMORS) was to take on the vocal duties for TRANCE on this tour. I was equally thrilled though since he's a great vocalist and it's always a pleasure to see him perform. And, I got super-happy that this last date for Denmark was added to the tour as well since I didn't have any plans to travel further south this time.

But no, it wasn't like people were running crazy to see TRANCE at Beta2300. People were mainly luring in the darker corners of the venue, initially at least. What really impressed me was the consistency and determination TRANCE had and in their performance. They worked hard and it paid off. Nick's energy and ability to engage people helped too and proclaiming he bit his tongue in opening “Heavy Metal Queen” brought on some giggles in the audience. He later also misjudged the edge of the stage and fell off. No big deal since the stage at Beta2300 is just about 50cm tall but some people in the front got a real close encounter with the vocalist. He saved the situation in a very good way but his massive smile gave away that it wasn't planned. But again, it boosted the show and got people to move further to the front.

So yes, TRANCE got some really good response due to their hard work and both “We Are The Revolution” and “Break Out” worked fine. There were actually quite a few in the crowd that really knew TRANCE's music and sang along to it all. And if not a fan before the show, “Confessions” really turned the last doubter around. Damn he's good Nick, the way he sang through this one, crazy high-pitched and extensive notes. After one particular scream in the middle of the song the whole crowd started cheering and that's quite rare at a Heavy Metal show.

“Break The Chains” is a favorite and it sure sounded good this night. There were this vibe around TRANCE which made the whole thing just a joyful experience. Good music does that of course but it was more to it than that. “Shock Power” ended the set and by now it started to get really crowded in the front which was good to see. Hard work and a fantastic show paid off and it was a well deserved response TRANCE got in the end.

TRANCE setlist:

01.  Intro - “Mercurial”
02.  “Heavy Metal Queen”
03.  “Sensation”
04.  “We Are the Revolution”
05.  “Break Out”
06.  “Confessions”
07.  “Burn the Ice”
08.  “Break the Chains”
09.  “Loser”
10.  “Shock Power”

TRANCE (Copenhagen)

Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Trance @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Then TRANCE went home and on the other side of the bridge NEONFLY joined the tour instead. The name was so familiar when it showed up on the posters but I couldn't for my life remember where and when it had crossed my path before. Some research later I realized they opened for MAGNUM a few years back and when they hit the stage at Sticky Fingers it all got clear. The band I recognized at least. But both for MAGNUM and here with ANVIL they felt a little misplaced. They're definitely too tough for the MAGNUM crowd and not really sturdy enough for the ANVIL crowd.

But by all means, NEONFLY are true professionals and sound really good. But, as with so many new bands, it bugs me with all the prerecorded stuff. I think it kills the live-feel and this NEONFLY had against them for these shows. But they do have some really good music still. I liked the medley consisting of “The Revenant”, “The Ornament” and “Spitting Blood”. Also “Highways To Nowhere” is great and here, towards the end of the set I'd gotten used to the sound and could appreciate the music. It wasn't really bad but as mentioned, quite dead and it felt, at least in Gothenburg that it didn't get out off stage. It got better for the Uppsala show but still left more to wish for.

From a show perspective I enjoyed watching NEONFLY very much, they're a hardworking band and did really good heating the places up. But, no, not a perfect match for the ANVIL audience.

NEONFLY setlist:

01. “Whispered Dreams”
02. “The Enemy”
03. “A Gift to Remember”
04. “The Revenant” / “The Ornament” / “Spitting Blood”
05. “Highways to Nowhere”
06. “Heart Of The Sun”
07. “Morning Star”

NEONFLY (Gothenburg)

Neonfly @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

NEONFLY (Uppsala)

Neonfly @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Neonfly @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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But how ANVIL can deliver a show with the energy they do night after night is just amazing. Lips' huge smile is contagious and gets people going. That he, both in Copenhagen and Uppsala jumped off stage playing “March Of The Crabs” from the floor is very cool. It felt like a suicide mission for the packed out Katalin in Uppsala though. Saturday night and beer-boosted crowd it could have gone either way. But he pulled it off and was back on stage to introduce “666” in his traditional fashion. Fun thing is that people still are bothered and get offended by the last six being a high-five and, on the other hand, his middle finger.

ANVIL have found their comfort-zone with the last couple of albums now. I mean, they're steadily delivering the goods without being stagnant or repeating themselves. But it's still within the ANVIL concept. And it pays off “Badass Rock 'n' Roll” from “Hope In Hell” got great response on all gigs. And brand new “Doing What I Want” worked really well too. “Winged Assassins” topped both of them when it came to response from the crowd though. And it's a fantastic song and I really like the intro where Chris Robertson get his time in the spotlight and becomes the flying squi... ehm, bass player while doing a very cool solo.

Notable this time around was in how good shape Lips voice was. He has much more power now and doesn't feel as strained as for the last couple of tours. It was especially outstanding in the longer notes which made “Free As The Wind” a total killer this time around. Two more of the newer ones that really is favorite songs of mine is up-tempo “On Fire” and super-heavy “This Is Thirteen”, they're each other's contrast but both works great as live-songs. Then I find it quite funny that people get upset for petty things, first in “Mothra”; some people around me started mutter and mumbling about Lips usage of his dildo for the solo not being correct these days. That's something he's been doing since the 80's and shouldn't be news to anyone now. Then also “Bitch In The Box” from new “Pounding The Pavement” which has been called tasteless and I don't know what. I think it's a witty lyric and it's fun when music can stir up feelings and offend people even if there's no reason for it with either of these songs.

I think I bring up “Swingthing” every time I write about ANVIL but it really doesn't matter how many times I hear it, I'm still always blown away by it. The song, including the drum solo is very impressive. The way Robb Reiner plays is really crazy. The tempo and the punch he has is amazing and it's rare that I enjoy drum-solos but I sure do with ANVIL.

Two more current songs, “Ego” and “Die For a Lie” came before the classic “Metal on Metal” wrapped up the main set. For sure, the classics get more response than the newer ones but it's clear that ANVIL have gained a lot of new, real fans now after the dust from the movie has settled. People know their songs, new and old ones which is really good to see.

Then I rather would have had another original song instead of “Born To Be Wild” but I get why ANVIL have added it to the set. It worked particularly well in Uppsala, again beer-boosted Saturday night crowd took it on. But I'm glad also “Running” showed up as the first encore. All in all these were three absolutely fantastic shows. To pick a favorite I have to say Beta2300 in Copenhagen, the intimacy and great atmosphere in that venue did the trick. Looking at ANVIL's performances all three were close to perfect.

ANVIL setlist:

01. “March Of The Crabs”
02. “666”
03. “Ooh Baby”
04. “Badass Rock 'N' Roll”
05. “Doing What I Want”
06. “Winged Assassins”
07. “Free As The Wind”
08. “On Fire”
09. “This Is Thirteen”
10. “Mothra”
11. “Bitch In The Box”
12. “Daggers And Rum”
13. “Swing Thing”
14. “Ego”
15. “Die For A Lie”
16. “Metal On Metal”
17. “Running”
18. “Born To Be Wild” (Mars Bonfire cover)

ANVIL (Beta2300)

Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Beta2300, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

 

ANVIL (Sticky Fingers)

Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

 

ANVIL (Katalin)

Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Anvil @ Katalin, Uppsala (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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