Dirkschneider @ Frimis Salonger, Örebro (SE)

DIRKSCHNEIDER / VICIOUS RUMORS

Date: 05th November, 2016
Venue: Frimis Salonger
Ticket: 350SEK (€33/$35)
Promoter: Triffid & Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


When moving outside of the biggest cities which are spoiled with events happening every day it tends to be very good. Ok, last time DIRKSCHNEIDER visited Sweden the venues were packed even in the capital as well as the rest of the major cities. Still, it’s a very smart move to choose completely different places this time.

And there was no chance I was going to miss this, even if this was the second round that’s far from enough of the classic ACCEPT stuff. But also, to have VICIOUS RUMORS opening was another urge for me to see this. As a favorite band of mine I’ve seen VICIOUS RUMORS countless times live and they’ve always killed it. With brand new killer record “Concussion Protocol” in the baggage, the first studio album with Nick Holleman on vocals, it felt more exciting than normal. Ok, I rather have them play their own shows to allow a full time set instead of a limited slot opening up an event. But, on the positive side, many people showed up early to catch VICIOUS RUMORS and most of the ones in the front rows were familiar with at least the classics. It was really good to hear requests from the new one too even if that particular song wasn't a part of the set. But the way Nick sings the classics is absolutely fantastic. He has the strength even in the highest notes so “Abandoned” and “Digital Dictator” went down really well. These two definitely lured more people towards the stage to focus on what was going on. And by the time “Hellraiser” had kicked in there was a good pressure up front. I'm perhaps a bit biased when it comes to VICIOUS RUMORS but the level when it comes to musicality and technical skills along with groove this band has I think they deserve so much more than they're getting. And with that, it was a great pleasure to see people nodding approvingly around the venue.

“Lady Took a Chance” is one of my all time favorite VICIOUS RUMORS songs so to get to hear it live is always a pleasure. It probably is the more speedy stuff that is the most impressive from a musical perspective but the melody and beat in this one works so damn well live.

I think it's really nice that it's not just the classics played on an evening like this one; like “Murderball” from “Razorback Killers”. But, I think Nick is doing the Carl Albert stuff better than covering Brian Allan; it still sounds great but Nick's voice is definitely closer to Albert than Brian. I was hoping for more than “Take It Or Leave It” from “Concussion Protocol”; they could have squeezed in at least one more. I'm not sure which they should have skipped in favor of a new one though. And just as last time when ANVIL opened for DIRKSCHNEIDER it felt like it would be hard for Udo and his crew to match the openers. VICIOUS RUMORS sounded amazing and it is always great to see a band in top shape.

VICIOUS RUMORS setlist:

01. “Abandoned”
02. “Digital Dictator”
03. “Down To The Temple”
04. “Hellraiser”
05. “Lady Took A Chance”
06. “Murderball”
07. “Take It Or Leave It”
08. “Minute To Kill”

VICIOUS RUMORS

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The fact that the DIRKSCHNEIDER band is a well-oiled live machine shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone these days. In fact this is how it has been since the day he left ACCEPT to stand on his own. The thing I don't really get though is why this tour is packing out venue after venue while the UDO band doesn't. For me that is much more interesting than having a cover-band on stage. Don't get me wrong, I love ACCEPT and these shows have been absolutely fantastic to witness, no doubt about that, as all of them are true classics.

And how Mr. Dirkschneider can keep up the pace is beyond me, the schedule of the tours he's doing is both intense and extensive. And it is fantastic that once can always count on him to deliver. In fact, it's a bit mind-blowing to be in the photo-pit for a show like this; Frimis Salonger had a decent but small stage and the space between it and the crowd wasn't much so it got really intense in between the band and the audience. And the whole thing made both set opener “Starlight” as well as “Living for Tonite” which followed just disappear in a blur. I started to calm down in time for “Flash Rockin' Man” which I realized has become a new favorite for me. It's not been on the list of favorites until the DIRKSCHNERIDER tours. But then, it's hard to set something else apart from the rest. The hits just kept coming, how can you even stop to reflect for a hit parade as “Midnight Mover”, “Breaker”, “Head Over Heels”, “Neon Nights” and “Princess of the Dawn”? And it wasn't as it stopped there. No one has missed that as Udo with his squeaky voice set the standards for the German Heavy Metal in the late 70's or early 80's. But that he has a fantastic sense for melody and can carry one in a grand way is probably not as known; absolutely not as recognized at least. Which makes “Winter Dreams” one more of the real highlights of this show.

All of the Swedish shows were if not completely, very closed to being sold out and Frimis Salonger was completely sold out a few weeks prior to the show. The place was totally packed out and the pressure in the front was immense. And with shows like this the singing from the crowd as response to the band on stage always gets fantastic, still I was expecting a bit more  since the response is almost always  better in smaller towns in Sweden.

And what can one say but that seeing DIRKSCHNEIDER play is a great party, it's definitely fun to hang out, drink beer and sing along to these songs; “Midnight Highway” and “Screaming For A Love-Bite” always work. Seeing this the second time around it's probably more the party than the happening itself though. It would have been very cool if some of the songs in the set would have been changed. In general, I don't mind seeing bands time after time but it definitely is more interesting if something changes. Again, don't get me wrong, the show was fantastic but ACCEPT have done so much more than the classic hits. It would have been great to get to hear one or a few more obscure songs, something out of “Objection Overruled” for example. By the way this is a great album that definitely should have reached the classic status by now too.

There's no doubt the encores were about to lift the roof at Frimis Salonger though. It's a massive number of hits and some of the biggest ACCEPT songs are there and all it takes for Udo to get “Fast As A Shark” started is one simple “hi” and the crowd is on it. But again, not as much as I expected from a packed place; was the bar too close at hand perhaps? No matter what, the atmosphere was great, people were happy and had a good time. That's how it should be, right?

DIRKSCHNEIDER setlist:

01. Intro - “Just A Gigolo”
02. “Starlight”
03. “Living for Tonite”
04. “Flash Rockin' Man”
05. “London Leatherboys”
06. “Midnight Mover”
07. “Breaker”
08. “Head Over Heels”
09. “Neon Nights”
10. “Princess of the Dawn”
11. “Winter Dreams”
12. “Restless and Wild”
13. “Son of a Bitch”
14. “Up to the Limit”
15. “Wrong Is Right”
16. “Midnight Highway”
17. “Screaming for a Love-Bite”
18. “Monsterman”
19. “T.V. War”
20. “Losers and Winners”
21. “Metal Heart”
22. “I'm a Rebel”
23. “Fast as a Shark”
24. “Balls to the Wall”
25. “Burning”
16. Outro - “My Way”

DIRKSCHNEIDER

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