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Disturbed in Tilburg

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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As some of you may be aware of, only two days after mutilating my finger I went on a 1.5 handed drive to foreign places1.

Thanks to my navigation system I took the scenic route through the city Kik is living in. It told me to take the first exit off a huge roundabout but showed me to take the second, which seemed just as wrong as the first one to me.
So I took the third.
That was almost the right decision under the circumstances2, as the navigation system then made me turn around and suddenly knew where I was.

After I had arrived we just had time to fix and eat some dinner, then we had to leave to pick up Kenny, er, Jeroen and Rifca and head out to Tilburg.

The club was insanely hot, humid and stifling, so we fled to the gallery, which was the place with the least “pollution”. Unfortunately the best places were already taken, but we managed to find a spot on the second tier up from the railing.

The opening act wasn’t very exciting, but at least they weren’t utterly horrible either like those…. people… who opened for System of a Down a few years ago.

I had been told that Disturbed were a very good live band, and a special edition CD with a few live bonus tracks that I own seemed to prove that, so I went there with high expectations.
And they didn’t let me down.

The performance was really great both from the musical point of view and concerning interaction with the audience.
At some point the singer even complimented the Dutch audience on their being able to understand what he was saying, and went on to lament the fact that in most other countries the audience had no clue whatsoever what he was going on about.
So, ok, maybe he says that to every audience, but if he doesn’t then I am afraid he has a point. The average Dutch person certainly knows way more English than the average German, and that’s a fact.

But enough of the words, let’s see some pictures - still and moving:

Hannibal
Here they release Hannibal Lecter onto the stage…

Disturbed 2
romantic moments

Disturbed 3
more light and action

Disturbed 4
“Listen to me” ;)

Here’s a little something the audience sang for Disturbed between songs:

Unfortunately I only started filming this rather late, here’s the version of someone who was faster.
Unfortunately, the sound quality of the following song that he or she captured as well leaves a lot to be desired. Digital photo cams just aren’t made for capturing loud audio like that.

My first reaction to the chanting was the same as David Draiman’s by the way: “What?!

I’ll leave you with something that I found by following the related videos that I got to my upload:
Excuse me, but is this the right concert? I am confused. ;)

(If your computer and/or your internet connection allows that I’d advise you to watch the high quality version of this video; it is sure worth it.)

We are…”
“… Disturbed!”
We are…”
“… Disturbed!”
“We all are…”
“… disturbed!”

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  1. the Netherlands [back]
  2. actually, I should have taken the fourth exit [back]

Graspop 2006

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

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Wow, it seems people have been missing me, so let me bore you to tears with the story of my weekend! :D

Due to the late decision/opportunity to go to Graspop this year the most sensible way to still obtain a ticket was to ask M. in Arnhem to get one for me.
A long story about free train rides and late arrivals follows, so let’s skip that and just say that this lead to me getting up at fucking 3:00 in the morning on Friday, picking up my ticket in Arnhem before the Dutchies boarded their train and heroically arriving earlyish and reserving a nice spot for our tents and the gazebo on the camping ground in Dessel.

When the others finally arrived I felt like kissing the ground, as after hours of me defending my piece of pasture against the enemy all by myself the neighbours became pushy and asked about putting one of their tents a bit into my reserved space and then merrily - but thankfully slowly - went about setting up two tents. Buuuut the others arrived just in time. :)

For us, Friday was a slow day, meaning we had a lot of time to check out the toilets, food and drink before it was time for the others to “see” Lacuna Coil. Well, there isn’t much to see if you’re sitting on the ground. ;)

Then it was Moonspell time, but what with the distance and lighting I unfortunately cannot provide any pictures. The video clip I made is equally blurry, but I’ll just “watch” “Opium” with closed eyes then, lol.

It was dark; it was cold, but we bravely waited till 1:20 in the morning, passing the time by meeting Kenny, putting Kenny into a straitjacket and J. and R. hallucinating that they were in World of Warcraft, and not the real world. Well, I suppose sitting in the dusty cold does that to you. When the cold freezes your brain, and the dirt starts eating away at your bronchi….


Kenny, er, J.!

And then, the highlight of the evening - for me probably of the weekend: Die Krupps.


Die Krupps…

I had thought that after Lee Altus had left and Engler founded DKay.Com, Die Krupps had become the past, over and done with.
And then they were announced for Graspop! At some point Engler mentioned that it was their 25th anniversary, and the backdrop suggested the same. But…. that was a very ominous backdrop.


… or not Die Krupps?

Why are the Die Krupps rings crossed out? Is this just an anniversary tour, or will we be hearing more of Die Krupps again in the future? I’d appreciate the latter, as I don’t really like DKay.Com. Yeah, sue me, Mr Engler! ;)
A few songs (e.g. “Alive”) sounded a lot more electronical than I remembered them, but still very Die Krupps. That concert was great. And Jürgen Engler was great. He may not have very many moves, but he performs them with grace and he does have stage presence.

Saturday was my busiest day. But first I had a very photogenic guest lounging on my tent:

Then it was time for some Florida noise, i.e….


…Obituary

Check out their equally bad pic of the crowd on their homepage!

It was very, very stifling in that tent, but it was to become worse:

Stone Sour, main stage, out in the blazing sun. Yes, Caesar, that’s when I was whining at you about heat strokes… or rather after their gig.
What can I say? Liked their show, got my brain fried through….


“This song is dedicated to the great American traitor, Mr. George Bush. This song is about real freedom.”

Close to the end of their set Corey saw himself in one of the big screens on the side of the stage, which led to the following little conversation with the audience:

“Do I look like that? I look like shit.
Do I look like shit?”
“YEAH!”
“Fuck you too.”

As I was well done by then I used the break to trudge back to the camping, where I rested a bit and washed my arms and wet my hair in the tent with the wash basins. That cooled me down a treat and kept me refreshed for… like…. 10 minutes?

Talking about the camping, this sign did confuse me a bit.


No hunting?!

But I had brought my bow and arrows and my gutting knife! Dang!!!

I barely made it back in time to see Alice in Chains (main stage, out in the sun of course…), but I was very disappointed. Not that their new singer was bad, but if the voice of a band dies, they’re in a spot of trouble. The show totally sucked for me; sorry, dude.


My Dying Bride…

… made me forget that right away. Aaaaaah, sweet whiny melancholy… :)

Was too far away from the stage and Soulfly then for any postable pics, but I took a nice picture of a young lady who - like her boyfriend - was trying to avoid inhaling the flying dust that just crept everywhere:


terrorist ;)

Lol, I just saw that I also captured a “nice” belly in a men’s skirt in that pic. Enjoy!

After Soulfly I peeked into the tent Opeth were playing at, but that was too odd for me after that long and hectic day, so I wandered back to the camping.

Things got even odder on the way there. The security people sitting in front of the comfy crew camping area were listening to….. Celine Dion! Mildly traumatized I stumbled on and fell into nightmare-ridden sleep in my tent. I think I was at sea. ;)

Good thing that Sunday was such a slow and relaxing day for me then. ;)

As a Coal Chamber fan I had to go and see Devil Driver of course. What can I say? Dez needs a diet :P ; and I wish he’d still sing and not just scream. Nothing against screaming, but he has such a wonderful singing voice, at least in my opinion, so I miss that of course.
The show was great, and Dez is too nice too be metal, lol.


“There are some little motherfuckers in the pit - 11 or so - so be careful.
Man, I love this shit!”

He didn’t just seem to care for the safety of the little motherfuckers, but also about the safety of all motherfuckers.

Is a circle pit the in thing these days? I have no idea.

Anyway, on the first day some old school band on the main stage (Y&T? I think it was them; who cares…) wanted a circle pit as well. Their only concern seemed to be that people should only form it in the exact moment the band wanted and not at any other time.

Dez wanted one as well, for the duration of a whole song. So what did he do? He told people to open up a huge space in front of the stage (5×5 or 6×6 m, I’m not good at estimating measurements) to have room for the circle pit. Didn’t see anyone get hurt in there, not even the little motherfuckers - who really looked like being 11 or so. :)

As my festival food source had run out of rice and I don’t like his noodles, I sadly trudged back to camping and had some icky Belgian French fries and coffee. While I was sitting there the Flood happened, er, I mean, it rained. Mightily. When things had calmed down a bit I hurried back to the tents, as they had been giving out (thunder) storm warnings all day long. Luckily T., Kenny, er, J. and S. were back as well, so I had some help in taking down the gazebo. For that I was very thankful not so much later when the storm hit while I was whiling away the time reading in my tent (I said Sunday was a slow day for me…). We had another Flood, thunder and lightning and wind enough for my one tent wall to occasionally duck into the tent and say hello to me. Was a tad scary weathering out the weather there….
Little did I know what the day would still bring…

S. put it so accurately: “It’s amazing how the little guy can produce all those vocals.” (Don’t hit me if that wasn’t a 100% true quote; I’m senile.)


Cradle of Filth

Caught the little Brit out on something during “From the cradle to enslave” though. Sometimes it does pay off to try and pay attention to screamed lyrics. At some point he sang “I don’t know the fucking words to this song… *mumble, mumble*” Hilarious.

After that we split up. S., T., Kenny, er J. and me got some drinks and returned to the tents.

We went to sleep, or in some cases tried to.

I don’t know if you are familiar with this odd spreading habit of people at festivals. They take either old tents or are fucking rich farts.
Because on the morning after the festival there always are people who set their tent on fire instead of taking it home again. It must’ve become such a widespread habit that the Graspop people are even mentioning on their website that it is forbidden to burn your tent there.

So. I was just undressing/changing when I heard a mixed group of men discussing in English that they felt like setting a tent on fire right now. The notice on the website was mentioned, and that they had to exactly time this because of the fire brigade patrols. Someone asked if it was illegal, and someone else said “No, of course it’s not!” One of them started wandering around and hollered at a tent that the people inside had to leave it now, no joking, and if they had a lighter, please.
In the end they rather settled for lighting up the downed tent beside mine.

From the inside of my tent it sounded as if they had dragged it up right against mine, which frightened me some. (I had ceased undressing and started to sit listening with wide eyes some time ago…) From the sound of it they were all drunk; and who’d light their tent with one night still ahead anyway?! So when it became obvious that they were seriously going to set it on fire there and now, I crawled half out, but they had dragged it away to the “sensible” distance of maybe 3m off.

The fire brigade was there within one or two minutes and put out what was left of it… Two men had quit the scene the moment the fire truck appeared on the horizon.

I was still spooked, so I read for about an hour or so by the light of my flashlight.

Sometime then people started arriving back from the festival. I didn’t get much of what was said, but one thing I did get: one of the new arrivals was the owner of the tent. He stayed calm and alerted security. I think it was a security guy whom I heard on the phone right behind my tent some time later talking about the young man wanting to involve the police, and that several tents had been burned on the camping area. (He obligingly spoke very slowly and well-modulated which helps a German understand Dutch… or Flemish, if you’re in Belgium. Whatever.)

T. told me in the morning that he heard at some point that someone fell over a tent. So that was the reason it was down, not that people had already been taking it down…

Actually, the poor sod’s belongings had been in as well of course.

Fat chance they’ll catch ‘em (the two leaving were the main driving force…) but a gal can wish. They should be punished for that. Burning other people’s property is not metal, that’s the behaviour of scum. And being drunk is no excuse.

I wish I hadn’t mistaken them for some idiots lighting their own old tent…

But to something more enjoyable. After breaking camp on Monday morning we hauled our belongings into the breakfast tent and had breakfast, coffee, or nothing, depending on taste and mood.

A couple of benches on some guy suddenly raised a sorry breadroll or something, speared with wooden forks, into the air and started singing “Happy birthday”, motioning for people to join in. (Was it really someone’s birthday by the way? Do tell!) I went over when they were done with the singing and set to lighting the “candles”.

Pictures published with permission: :D

P.S.: Especially for you, Davie:


the Dutch - German border at Venlo

Wish us good weather! :s

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

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Sorry, guys (and gals), you will have to do without my comments and chats this weekend, as I will be in Belgium.

I hope the weather will get better than what’s been predicted. *sighs*

Oh, well, we’ll see.

I suppose I will spam you with pictures of sweaty musicians upon my return. :D

Hey, where are you going? Come baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!

GRASPOP!!!!!

Brussels

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

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First of all… Hi, Annika! *waves* I can see you poking your nose in here, you know. :D Kann dann ja doch nich’ so kompliziert sein….? ;)

Anyway, damn Frenzie for being faster than me in posting about our trip to Brussels last Friday!

While Frenzie was taking pictures of submarines I hastily packed my last few things, then headed out to his place.
After a - barely - vegan meal, a not very good movie (”AI”) and a way too short night we started to Brussels at around 9:00 am. Rather surprisingly - after the coldish Thursday - the temperature was around the 20°C mark when we arrived 3.5 hours later at our host’s place. What was at least equally surprising was that we did not have to pull over a dozen times to find out where we were, nor drive around the block ten times before resigning ourselves to park illegally anyway, as happened on both of my previous trips to Brussels. Brussels is a nightmare to navigate through, but fortunately our host had moved to a different area (and a wayyyyy bigger flat) that was easier to find, and allowed parking all along the streets. Actually we managed to park almost right across from the house.

Also, Brussels has recently introduced guards for parked cars, as we found out when heading out to the venue a while later:


cat security

And this is me taking the pic of the little bugger:


© Frenzie 2006

The actual venue was the oddest one I’ve seen so far. Le Botanique is a small club situated in a more or less airy (in some places stifling) complex mostly covered by glass, beside a very small park.
The other thing I found most odd was the total lack of security. No-one asked us if we had a right to enter the venue hours before the show. Yes, we arrived with a member of the local opening act, but no-one was there to take note of that and remember our faces or anything. Even later at the gig… apart from two people at the door checking the tickets there was no security at all. Weird Belgians. ;)


Le Botanique

After having handed two drugged vegan sausages to the main act’s singer - under the pretext of once having talked about those sausages on the chat - Frenzie and I decided to take a stroll through Brussels, which eventually led us to the Parc de Bruxelles. Sadly, the only interesting thing about that “park” was a fountain. But the rainbow inside tried to add a bit of glamour to it all.


Parc de Bruxelles

The fountain also occasionally contained a mad dog, who kept running half circles around the fountain and stopping for the odd drink.


“Fetch!”

Well, you can only look at five trees for so long, so eventually we headed back to Le Botanique. Halfway there we spotted a strange Dutch-Scandinavian tourist group, being led by two confused Belgians, heading in the opposite direction on the other side of the road. Their directionless ambling seemed to promise some modest entertainment, so we decided to join them.
Some tourists wished to see the famed Manneken Pis (if you don’t know what that is, dear readers, just don’t ask, ok, you don’t want to know), so the would-be guides finally started asking directions to Grand Place.
At some other square the Scandinavian faction admired the merchandise of a souvenir shop, showing particular interest in the hats and sunglasses.


super-cool head gear


…..


*almost finding the perfect sunglasses*

This and buying a toothbrush severely exhausted the whole group, so we all sat down for a beer (and a coffee) at that same square.
Yeah, you guessed right, we never actually made it to Grand Place or the Manneken Pis.
The odd Scandinavians soon headed back to the venue with one of the guides, and - luckily - arrived as safely as the rest of us did with the second guide a while later.

Back at the venue a very nice person put us on a very nice list, and not long after that the local opening act started to play.


Shogun

Look, it’s one of the guides, drinking a beer and enjoying Shogun!!


Smommy

After that Frenzman and me rather enjoyed the cooler air outside of the actual club and missed the second opener, Superbutt. Yeah, shame on us!
We went back in again for Clawfinger though. ;)


Zak’s left leg, Jocke


more of Zak, Jocke pointing at… what?


Henka


Bård


Jocke again


Zak


Zak, finally spacing out on the sausages ;)

“You can’t catch me, try to catch me if you can,

you can’t catch me, try to catch me if you can,

you can’t

catch

me…”


Or can they?


Bård & André


Jocke, Zak

After the show we shivered a bit outside, then grabbed something to pour into our parched throats and collapsed at a table, wondering where Julien had disappeared to.

Well, he finally appeared and organized a ride back to his flat for us, then he went out to work and party some more.

Weird Dutchie, trying to invent the kamikaze sleeping position……


no comment

Just a couple of concert pictures

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

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I felt like posting some random concert pictures, so here we go:

Clawfinger live in Belgium, April 2004:


Zak (left) in his favourite singing pose.


Jocke (above), for once not clowning around, but playing keyboard like a good boy


Bård. Why do guitarists always make faces like that???

And the live band:

André…. just being André ;)


and last but not least: Henka

I remember this gig with particular “fondness”, thanks to the mad stagediver stepping onto my left hand with his full weight, skinning part of one finger and leaving behind some very persistent pain in the knuckle of another, which took almost a year to disappear.
Sint-Lievens-Houtem, your audience is way too enthusiastic….

2004 also saw me at the Wâldrock Festival in the north of the Netherlands:


Fear Factory


Monster Magnet


My Dying Bride


Cradle of Filth

Then I rushed back to the middle of the Netherlands to see Static-X:

The last festival of that year took me back to Belgium, but that time no-one felt inclined to mutilate me, which was a bit of a relief.


The setting of the annual Graspop Festival is slightly ominous, to say the least, but it’s a very friendly festival with equally friendly “natives”.

To make up for its friendliness the festival is spectacularly loud, so that the first band - In Extremo - already made KrankImKopf’s ear pop.


Yellow Pfeiffer doing some tricks


Dr Pymonte not wearing much more than his bagpipes…..


and of course das letzte Einhorn (the last unicorn)

Welcome to the asylum, erm, Oomph! :D

Festivalwise this year only got me up north again, this time within Germany.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Wacken Open Air:


I wonder where that sign went missing….


aaaah, finally Apocalyptica live!

Yes, this post is utterly senseless, but I felt like posting those pictures.

This is my blog, and I can do what I want, mwahahahahahahahahaha!

Useless Things

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

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You know those kinds of days when you just can’t get off your ass to do anything productive?

The most exciting thing I did so far was wonder what I’ll do to my left thumb next. Hack it off maybe? Have hurt it in ugly ways for the second time within three days yesterday…
Maybe I could fry it for lunch then…. But, no, I couldn’t, could I?

Some okras maybe? Hhhhhm-hm, that sounds sticky, er, yummy.

Am listening to “Wenn du weinst” by Oomph! right now. It’s funny what two live gigs can do to you. Every time I hear this song I can’t help but see Dero’s manic pacing during those guitar parts in my mind’s eye….

Actually I’m listening to a lot of Oomph! songs these days.

… Which I think is much better than listening to Rammstein, like some people do… :P

und ich höre deinen Atem
und ich rieche deine Angst
ich kann nicht mehr länger warten
denn ich weiß, was du verlangst

Oomph! - Augen auf!


Augen auf, ich komme!

hast du heute schon geglaubt
und dir einen Gott erlaubt
hast du Gott heut’ umgebracht
und ihn danach neu erdacht

Oomph! - Tausend neue Lügen

(Julien, you’ll put in a good word for me if I’m violating copyright, eh? *bats eyes*)

So, Kid, are you reading this boring little blog on a regular basis, or only whenever I point you towards it?

Well, if you’ve become a regular, here’s a little something for you.

Well, ok, and for Maarten as well. (Do you remember the opening act, or does your brain shut down when thinking of them? *shivers*)


System of a Down…


… playing in Rotterdam

They also had some vocals going with “Aerials”. ;)

Although I have to admit that the pictures’ quality suffers a lot by being reduced to such a low number of pixels….. :-?

Aaaaactually I just feel like posting a lot of silly pictures, so….


… a belated…


… Happy Halloween…


… to all you freaks


… out there!!!!!