Part two. Scorpions.
As you know, we had a very good view of the stage. I was very surprised seeing the stage set up after the curtain with Sabaton logo was taken off. The drum platform hanging on 4 chains, this scene extension, a technicians put a chair and microphones under the stage and that bear from SPb in a hat and with balalaika in front of James' set... Finally I could see a show of a world level.
The venue was packed full by that time. By the time the lights were switched off again, the crowd was really fed up with warnings that mobile phones should be switched off and that cameras are not allowed to be used. The famous Intro with that deadly mistake in the text "San BrenaRdino valley" where R is missing followed.
The Intro was in English, not in Russian. Then the drum platform started rising... ok, you know each element of the show so I'll tell you only about some highlights. The setlist follows.
1. Sting In The Tail
2. Make It Real
3. Bad Boys Running Wild
4. The Zoo
5. Coast To Coast
6. Loving You Sunday Morning
7. Living For Tomorrow
8. The Best Is Yet To Come
9. Send Me An Angel (acoustic)
10. Holiday (acoustic)
11. Raised on Rock
12. Tease Me Please Me
14. Kottak Attack
16. Six String Sting
17. Big City Nights
18. Still Loving You
19. Wind Of Change
20. Rock You Like A Hurricane
21. When The Smoke Is Going Down
I was rather happy to hear LFT and WTSIGD. And right after the concert when I was able to reach my phone I've texted Hans about it (I hope you don't mind me revealing your reliable source, Hans?
). It was so stuffy that I had to hold my hands raised in the air to chill myself. Pretty exhausting way of chilling. (For those who don't know it - you can cool your body by cooling your hands, wow!
I don't remember which song it was when Matthias came to James' platform. Both of them weren't looking at what their hands were doing, they were looking at each other's eyes. I could see only James and he was so happy, so deep in the music, enjoying it, smiling, nodding... that's one of rare moments of the concert which I remember that good.
That's the advantage of front rows - you can see musicians' faces and understand what they're thinking of.
Somewhere in the beginning of TBIYTC I started yawning thinking when the hell it will be over... Fortunately, soon they've moved to the front stage to play a couple of acoustics. I was looking at nobody but James. He was having fun sitting, smiling, looking around, making faces... well, being a normal human, being James. When Matthias approached our side of stage all the people around stretched their arms and shouting... everybody but me. Then I've noticed that he's looking exactly at me. I bet it's strange to see a girl who's not crazy about you.
It's strange to understand that there are dozens of eyes looking from the crowd and the person on stage is looking exactly in yours.
Kottak Attack was not as entertaining as in 2008. Or was I mostly looking at the screens, not at James? Oh no, I'm wrong - it was just as entertaining as always. I've forgotten that during his usual ritual of making one or another part of the venue scream back, he wasn't happy with people to the left and immediately let us know it.
Well, from the previous reviews I remember that I'm expected to praise all the jumping and running of Rudolf, but as I'm not a fan, I believe I can write the following. He was not enjoying the concert. He was like a machine which knows its duty. So the assumptions I made at the autograph session were confirmed.
Who did I see? A man who rocks his life? I'm not that sure now. Though I have a theory explaining it - one young Russian beauty is sucking his life out of him.
The closer to the end of the concert, the crazier people went. The first encore was a torture for me as one little b*tch behind me was trying to get closer to the stage. Her boyfriend lifted her up a couple of times, then they moved further to disturb other people and I was happy to listen to WTSIGD without an unwanted disturbance.
After the lights were turned on (why do I keep speaking about lights?
), we recorded a message for Klaus and took a couple of photos in front of an empty stage. When moving to the exit we noticed a group of people. There were two guitarists of Sabaton talking with fans and making photos with them. Really nice guys, don't you think?
Well, that's pretty all I can tell you about that day. Yeah, the way home from the venue took about an hour on foot. Luckily we had a bar of chocolate.