Date: 20th November, 2017
Ticket: 1200SEK (€114/135)
Promoter: Triffid and Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg
They say all publicity is good publicity when it comes to show business and man, were there posts and feelings regarding this tour when it was announced. MANOWAR as a band divide the Metal-fans to either pro or against the band completely like no other. Everybody really has an opinion about MANOWAR and regardless what you think, the feelings are very strong. And of course the ticket-price became a hot potato. I must admit I was a bit surprised. Ticket prices have risen lately but this is rather crazy even for these days. And, the shows are not in the brand new fancy venues that still need to be paid off. But it was a no-miss and just to pay up. For half the price though I would have gone to both performances in Gothenburg but now I had settled with the 7pm show. Yes, that's right... It wasn't two nights in a row, it was two shows in a row the same night!
After a slight delay, which caused worry since it might be a chance the show got cut short due to lack of time, it was off. And it wasn't like other concerts that it takes 2-3 songs for the sound to settle, it was perfect from start. Perhaps it isn't just words around it, that MANOWAR put extra effort into the sound after all. So, “Manowar” sounded perfect and with “Blood Of My Enemies” I'd forgotten about the bore of waiting some extra minutes and the concern about time. Damn this is good. The songs are immortal and since there's no chance someone just routine-like buy tickets for this the support was 100% on from start. When MANOWAR is good not much can compete with their standards. Eric Adams voice still holds strong. Yes, he has adjusted some of the vocal lines but that just adds to the live-feeling. The majority is there and it's spot on. “Heart Of Steel” was one of those spine-chilling moments where Eric's crisp and clear voice cut through the dense air in the venue like a laser. His power is outstanding, so is the conviction in his performance. Another real top moment came with “Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee”. First I didn't expect it in the set, second - the song is fantastic. And last but not least, Eric (again)...
There was not much to complain about with the songs MANOWAR had selected this round. A few were missing of course, that I really wanted to hear. “Guyana (Cult Of The Damned)” would have been awesome, as would “Violence And Bloodshed” or “Holy War”. So “Kill With Power” and “Sign Of The Hammer” went down really well. But it was “Warriors Of The World United” that got the biggest response and most massive sing-along. There were a few things odd with the show though, some things I'm not used to visiting Trägår'n on other occasions. First of course the total ban of cameras in the venue, not even a stupid cellphone photo was allowed. Threats that the band would leave the stage which in turn would make a lynch mob of the rest of the crowd towards the shooter were substantial. On the other hand, it was very nice to not have to watch the show through someone else's phone. The security was very strict with the crowds behavior too, which sometimes caused more issues than before the confrontation that people were rocking too hard (no mosh-pit allowed, apparently not raise your glass in a cheer either). I mean, people are not getting smarter after a few beers and being approached by security for a cheer and holler sent a few guys packing before the show even started.
Also, the shutdown of the balcony. Of course, the ticket-sales weren't filling the place up completely but I've never seen them covered before. During the traditional Joey speech he said MANOWAR didn't want people on the balcony since the sound and the feel were better on the floor. I had to ask the promoter about this after the show. And absolutely, it was a request to NOT sell any tickets on the balcony, regardless the demand for them. That deserves respect in this money thirsty world.
The ending of the show came with “Hail And Kill” followed by “Black Wind, Fire And Steel”, two amazing songs and it felt it was over in no time even if the show clocked in on close to 2 hours. Time was saved between the main set and encores as the band just went off stage and came back a few seconds later and played these last few tracks. And perhaps some of Joey's speech was cut short too. After this treat I really wanted to stay for a second round even if that was the same set. If this was the farewell tour, MANOWAR sure goes out with fists held high. Hail and Kill!!!
01. Intro - “The Miracle and Finale” (Miklós Rózsa song)
03. “Blood Of My Enemies”
04. “Metal Warriors”
05. “Brothers Of Metal Pt. 1”
07. “Fallen Brothers” - Karl's solo
08. “Heart Of Steel”
09. “Secret Of Steel”
10. “Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee”
11. “Call To Arms”
12. “Sons Of Odin”
13. “Kings Of Metal”
14. “Sting Of The Bumblebee”
15. Joey's speech
16. “Fighting The World”
17. “Kill With Power”
18. “Sign of The Hammer”
19. “The Power”
20. “Battle Hymn”
21. “Warriors Of The World United”
22. “Hail And Kill”
23. “Black Wind, Fire And Steel”
24. Taped - “The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)”