Last gig: 2 nights ago - Metal Alliance Tour with Black Crown Initiate, Inquisition, 1349, Goatwhore, & Behemoth at House of Blues, Chicago. As I said in some earlier posts when this line-up was announced - this tour was pretty much the ultimate line-up as far as my tastes & interests go in the "extreme metal" category. I knew in advance that it was going to be nearly five hours (started at 5:40 pm & ended at 10:30 pm), so I decided to buy one of the few reserved seats (there are only a few dozen - basically a row of bar stools that on are either side of the stage (perpendicular to it) looking down over the pit 3-4 steps below). The view is fantastic - close to the stage & completely unobstructed, & you don't have to deal with being sandwiched in & jostled about standing at a crowded sold-out gig) and I decided it was worth it for this tour. Some local friends & a 70k friend from out of town (onenight) were nearby by the bar a few feet away so that was cool. Anyway...outstanding performances by all...especially Goatwhore & Behemoth who I'd seen before 3x each. As far as sheer heavy ferocity & power (on record & live), both are fairly unmatched in my view. To me, they have the magic mojo, the magic (uber good) juju
...performers & performances like that are nothing short of highly exciting, energizing & exhilarating (again - from my
). After Friday, both Behemoth & Goatwhore remain high on my favorite bands, music, & live performance lists.
I probably should have gone home after that since I worked yesterday 9-5, but a few metal friends I've known for several years now (including the guy who convinced me to go to Wacken in 2009 & therefore is largely responsible for getting me into metal/music fest mode
) were headed to an awesome metal bar in my neighborhood, so went there for about in hour. The bar has 12-14 screens (showing metal vids every time I've been there)...when we got there they were playing a Dissection DVD (which was great as I'd never seen nor heard them), and then when that was over, they put on the Emperor live at Wacken DVD on (which I own)...so that was awesome & the icing on the cake.
Next gig: KVELERTAK, Gojira, & Mastodon on May 8 at the Riviera Theater. Very excited for this tour since I'm a huge Kvelertak fan (will be 4th time seeing them), and what I've listened to of Gojira & Mastodon, I like very, very much. The Riv is a sweet, historic theater with a balcony, so I'm going to get there early & aim to get a seat in the first or second row. :)