July 1st has finally arrived, and the Radiohead tickets I’d been sitting on for months would finally be put to use. I went for dinner and some drinks with Willow, and we would meet up with Bart, Jeroen and Peet at the park. They arrived a bit late, near the end of the pre-show (which was Bat for Lashes, very nice). After shopping for t-shirts and drink-coupons we found a nice spot on the field to wait for the concert to begin.
Radiohead did a great show, doing a fine combination of new songs of the “In Rainbows” album, mixed with oldies from OK-Computer and even a song from “The Bends”.
The last concert in a series of concerts in the Amsterdam westerpark, and the 4th concert i’ve seen in slightly more then a month was for Bjork’s new tour based around the Volta album. I’ve spent the last month listening to Volta quite a few times during my daily commute, and it really grew on me. I visited the concert with Flar, Deckardt and Dexter and we went for beers and burgers at the Beiaard before the gig, travelling to the westerpark by tram.
The concert itself was nice, though we all considered it to be rather short. It started at about 21:15, and we were already leaving the park at 22:30. Willow has a nice write-up about the show, so check her page for details 😉
Thursday I went to see Pearl Jam playing in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. I went with Bart and Karin, and once there, we met up with Murf and Anna, and some friends of Karin. When we arrived the first act, “Sattelite Party” was already playing, and we didn’t get to hear to much of their music. After a short break “Kings Of Leon” took over and played some nice songs, though there was much work to be done there before their set could be considered a whole, various musical styles were mixed without much apparent attention.
After another break Incubus entered the stage and gave an hour long show that rocked my socks off. This alone was worth the ticket price, and more was still to come. During the Incubus show Eddie appeared as a special guest for a few songs.
After the last break Pearl Jam finally appeared on stage in full effect, playing a great and long set with a lot of old classics and nice newer songs. The band was really happy to be back and wanted to continue playing forever… which the crowd didn’t mind at all…
Finally at 23:30 the show was over… and we headed back home feeling great… till next time.
Sunday was the yearly parkpop festival in Den Haag. I had planned to go with Roondar, but he called in sick the day before, but I decided to check it out anyway. Sadly it had been raining for most of the morning, and the afternoon didn’t bring any better weather to the park. When I arrived at the park I bumped into a collegue, but during the rest of the afternoon I didn’t spot any familiar people. I didn’t get to see many bands playing as the lineup couldn’t keep me interested, so after some walking back and forth between the 3 stages and the market-area I got fed-up with the continuing rain and headed back home to check out some movies.
All in all I got the impression that Parkpop is slipping a bit, I had the feeling there were less people, the setup of the stages and market was different, the bikers weren’t there and the lineup didn’t have any interesting big names.
Bart did call me to tell me he had a spare ticket to Pearl Jam, so i’ll be back at the Goffertpark thursday to get my ears blown out again.
It’s been a while since I posted here, so I’ll start with some older items 😉
June 3rd I went to see Tori Amos performing in the HMH in Amsterdam. We were with quite a large group (Faragon, Rodecker, Habbie, Liessa, Wiebel, Janneke, Fusix, MacTijn, Andrea and Me). Seth Lakeman took care of some nice music while we waited for Tori to make an appearance. I must say I really enjoyed the concert, even though I’m only familiar with a couple of songs by Tori. I didn’t make any pictures (it was too dark anyway) but I did record some vid’s (see below)
Later that week on June 8th I went to see the Rolling Stones playing in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. After spending a few hours in the car to get to the other side of the country we arrived around 18:00 at the park where we could enter the grounds without waiting. We settled for a nice spot in the center while we enjoyed Daniel Lohues & the Louisiana Blues Club playing a few tunes. Sadly it started raining quite heavily an hour later, just after Van Morrison started playing, so that got cancelled after only two songs.
It kept raining and thundering quite heavily for the next 2 hours, only clearing up just before 9 o’clock. We managed to grab a snack and get back to our position on the field just before the Stones started playing. We were quite far from the stage (about 100 meters I think) but to our surprise a part of the stage could move forwards between the crowd, and during a few songs we were actually just a few meters from the band. In the end it was quite a party, and these grandads of rock show that they still have what it takes.
On the road back home I managed to get cought speeding by a traffic-cam 🙁 … still waiting for the ticket to arrive in the mailbox to see what the damage is.