And here it goes again! (Great – now I have Zombie Porkchop’s “History” in my head… *argh*) Kaizers made it down to Europe after the “warm up gigs” in Scandinavia. First stop: Luxembourg! Which means the tour started terribly confusing: German, English, Norwegian, Luxemburgish, French, and Portuguese (’cause I had to buy a ticket for a Portuguese band playing at Rockhal *g*) – all in one day. Argh!!
But wait, I wanted to keep my reports short, so let’s get started. Unfortunately, Rockhal was pretty empty – not much of a surprise, of course, because it was the first Kaizers Orchestra concert in Luxembourg, but a pity. On the other hand, that not too bad for the first concert of a tour, because like this, Kaizers can test their show in front of a “neutral” audience to see the reaction to the different songs.
The concert started with the local support band The Disliked, who played ska punk. Great, I liked it a lot! But very confusing language-wise… the band itself didn’t know whether to talk English, French, or Luxemburgish. *g* Next up was Jarle Bernhoft. I didn’t know him at all… and my conclusion after seeing him for the first time: Seems to work fine as support act. He uses loops to “imitate” a band, which is really fascinating. However, it’s definitely not my music; and I fear that the loop-thingy won’t be fascinating for more than a few times. But the “common” Kaizer fan won’t be seeing all concerts, so I’m not really representative here. =;-)
The setlist: Intro (“Begravelsespolka” according to drmowinckel.com), Delikatessen, Veterans klage, Sigøynerblod, Resistansen, Philemon Arthur & The Dung, Femtakt filosofi, Din kjole lukter bensin mor, En for orgelet en for meg, Psycho under min hatt, Svarte katter & flosshatter, Bøn fra helvete, Kontroll på kontinentet, Maestro, encore Dieter Meyers Inst.
So that means that a couple of great songs didn’t make it… =:-( I’m not surprised about Hjerteknuser, and I don’t really mind that one either. =;-) But I REALLY hope that Djevelens orkester, Señor Torpedo, and Diamand til kull will make it back on the list at least once in a while!
Some remarks about the concert:
- In the beginning, the Jackal greeted the audience in French. (I’m still waiting for a concert where he speaks _only_ French. That would be cool! *lol*)
- The day was very nice and sunny, and they had time to enjoy it, because they had arrived the day before already. “And back home in Norway, it’s snowing!”
- At the beginning of “Din kjole lukter bensin, mor”, the Jackal and Hellraizer are singing together. So the Jackal ordered Hellraizer to the mic and explained that Hellraizer was very very nervous. “Just don’t forget the lyrics now!” Hellraizer: “Do you think they would even notice?” =;-)
- In “Svarte katter & flosshatter”, Omen has his 5 minutes of fame when he grabs the megaphone. And boy, was he cheered! Of course he combed back his hair dramatically afterwards, before the song continued. And after the song, he started cleaning up, and dropped the crowbar in front of Killmaster’s feet. *g*
- The Jackal and Hellraizer also sing together in “Bøn fra helvete”. The Jackal let go of the microphone this time, so that it was swinging back and forth on its stand. And of course the two of them had to swing back and forth as well in order to sing into the mic. *lol*
- During the introduction in “Kontroll på kontinentet”, we first got a looooong bass solo. First a normal solo, then played with a stick. Afterwards, the Jackal introduced Killmaster: “… always playing on… an electric guitar!” What, were did the Firebird go? =;-) And because of all the confusion, Killmaster’s name is Gary now. *cough* But then we can call the real Gary by his Indian name now: “He who wears a towel over his head and gives out picks willingly.” (I’m NOT gonna tell you what I understood instead of “picks” at first. *rofl*) And I’ve never seen that before, but both guitar players were throwing lots of picks into the audience this time.
- During Maestro, the audience was singing along much louder than I would have expected, and almost everyone seemed to know the song. I have to admit though that the spontaneous new “clapping/stomping choreography” in the middle went over my head, so I couldn’t keep up. *argh*
- The encore was dedicated to Matthieu, who was enjoying the whole concert enthusiastically and managed to ask for Dieter Meyer just when Kaizers were getting ready to play… Dieter Meyer. *g*
So, all in all this was a typical “first” concert in a new city, which means the expectations were rather low. But like (almost) always, Kaizers managed to get the audience excited and totally convince them. And even though the plan was probably more to concentrate on the music this time, they put on quite a bit of a show, and it was really entertaining!
Uhm ja. “Short”. I fear I’ll have to practice that a bit. Tune in again tomorrow to read the next episode of “Susi S. tries to report about a Kaizers concert in ten short lines!” *lol*