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.
So this weekend was Bevrijdingsdag (liberation day), celebrating the end of world-war II by means of many great festivals all across the country. This coupled with Buzz getting a new house in Wageningen the day before and throwing a housewarming party led me to celebrate bevrijdingsdag in Wageningen this year. Wageningen appears to have one of the biggest festivals, with various stages spread across the small city-center.
I left for Wageningen around noon on Saturday, and after driving for about an hour I got there, circling the city-center for a while (all roads were blocked) till I finally found my way to Buzz’s new place (and a parking-spot). His new house is richt on the edge of the center, so from there it was a 2 minute walk until I arrived at the first festival stage. After a few minutes and phonecalls I managed to find Buzz, Weazle, Moos and the others at Dense Architecture, a stage with a drum’n’bass, electronica, experimental musical theme. We spent quite some time there enjoying the sun and the music (including Nintendo Gameboy generated dance tunes).
After a while Mayo also joined us there. Later in the evening after a few trips back to Buzz’s place for more beers we went to see “Jaya the Cat” on the “Kabaal Am Gemaal” stage and dropped by Racoon on the market-square, but that turned out to be ‘not-quite-it’ for us. On the way back we picked up the last few minutes of Benny Rodrigues. After having re-assembled at Buzz’s house we left for a afterparty playing minimal in some squatted building down the road. The music was nice, but the temperature was rising quickly in the unventilated room (with lots of smoke) so after an hour or so I had enough of it and went back.
After a few hours the rest of the group got back and went to sleep, snoring like madman. Being no longer intoxicated I couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to head home (around 7 am) and enjoy a few more hours of silent sleep in my own comfy bed 🙂
So yesterday morning I left for a short trip to Berlin, to go and see Depeche Mode at the Waldbuhne. Starting with a high-speed drive to berlin (and I fear I might have gotten a speeding ticket in Bad Oeynhousen) I arrived at the hotel at about 15:00… after checking in I did a quick visit of Alexanderplatz where the only available parking-places had interesting signs. It was pretty clear the Fifa championship was going on in Germany :). The Waldbuhne was right next to the Olympic Stadium (glockenturm) where the soccer championship was also going on. Quite a queue was forming in front of the gates, and the baggage-checking went really slow (no camera’s and no more then 1/2 liter of soft-drink allowed). We managed to slip in with all our camera’s stuffed down our pants and some social-engineering/distraction techniques and proceded down to the arena for some almost front-row places. While waiting the almost 2 hours for the pre-show to begin we met some very friendly people and had a couple of very expensive beers (5 euro’s for 0.3 liters) in Depeche Mode cups. The opening act consisted of Goldfrapp, and while I really like Goldfrapp, this didn’t ring any bells, there was no singer, just two guys with powerbooks . They did manage to mix some Depeche Mode sounds into their tunes, but it’s not the Goldfrapp I know and like . After 30 minutes of this the well-known pre-show mix started again, and we knew we were in for a 45 minute wait for the main show to start. It actually took even longer this time, as the pre-show mix just looped and started playing again for a few minutes before the band actually got on stage. The concert itself was great, as usual, with all the favorites coming by. The setlist was slightly different, and shorter it seems, compared to the concert at Ahoy.
N invited me to Depeche Mode’s Open Air concert in the Berliner Waldbuhne this wednesday, which I gladly accepted. So after arranging 2 days off from work I could confirm and make all the required arrangments. The concert will be given on a beautiful location (google-maps) just outside of the center of Berlin. I’m currently trying to book a room in my usual Berlin hotel, lets hope they have some available.
I might as well visit some shops before I leave there… must make a wish-list 😉
Update june 27: Ok… everything is arranged, i’m leaving tomorrow morning which should give me enough time to drive to Berlin, check into my hotel, fix some food and then drive back out of the city towards the stadium. Thursday I plan to do some shopping… not sure yet where exactly, at the very least at Alexanderplz or Hackischer Markt.
This evening I went to Vive la Fete, who were playing in P60 in Amstelveen. I went there with Bart and Earle and we all had a really great time, the music was good, the location was great, the people were nice and the band had a good set-list. Earle even got lucky, as Danny Mommens (Guitar) offered him a beer from the stage, and was later also invited on-stage to play guitar in the ending song. When leaving the stage he also hugged Els (Vocals)… which made him quite famous for the next hour ;). After the gig we had a chat with the bass player, and we’re going to see them again next week, when they’re playing in the Koninginnenach in Den Haag. I’ll add a copy of the setlist I grabbed off stage here later, and Earle’s pictures are really great.
This is the pre-show DJ-set I mentioned earlier… great music 😉
After the opening act, but before the band take the stage, the venue has
been filled with a special pre-show DJ set recorded by Martin
This should be the track listing of the mix set.
01 – “Vegetables” – Audion, SuckFish
02 – “Winter Green” – Lawrence, The Absence Of Blight
03 – “Rebird” – Metope, Kobol
04 – “Hot Sugar Candy Apple Taffy” – Heartthrob, Minimize to Maximize
05 – “Lost In Sound” – Alex Smoke, Incommunicado
06 – “Sinsentrikken Ut I 2 Spor” – Woody McBride, Demosessions May 2002
07 – “Cooling The Plasma” – Rene Breitbarth, With A Little Luck
08 – “33” – Metope, Kobol
09 – “Yak” – Motor, Sweatbox
10 – “The Dancing Box” – James T Cotton, The Dancing Box
11 – “An Army Of Watt” – T. Raumschmiere, Blitzkrieg Pop
I just came home from one of the best concerts ever, Depeche Mode‘s Playing the Angel tour, in Ahoy Rotterdam. I went with JdeW, Earle, Ben and some other friends. The setlist (afaik correct) below was what was played, with some nice encore’s: