Axel Rudi Pell @ KB, Malmö (SE)

AXEL RUDI PELL / 220 VOLT

Date: 14th May, 2018
Venue: KB
Tickets: n/a
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Yes! 220 VOLT announced as warm-up act for AXEL RUDI PELL. That certainly was good news. Not that just this was the critical point to make me attend the show because I would have no matter what.

But, 220 VOLT is a band that has been with me since the very early years as a metalhead and I certainly haven't seen them enough live. New for this round was the addition of vocalist Göran Nyström and he is a really perfect fit for the band. It took a song or two before I realized I've seen him perform before. At that time it was with SILENT CALL. It's always creepy that deja-vu feeling, when I realized I've done this before but can't figure out where and when. It did settle along with the fact that that he had impressed the last time too. Opening “System Overload” as well as “The Harder They Come” sat a very high standard from start. These songs match Göran's voice perfectly. His predecessor Anders Engberg is of course a great vocalist but never really felt like a fit for the band. Göran's more primitive tone sure is suitable for 220 VOLT's style and also his cozy appearance matches perfect too.

Old-school track “Lonely Nights” went down really well too as well as “I'm On Fire” and “Eye To Eye” did. All three come from the album titled same as the last of the three. As much as I love that one it felt a little over-represented in the set. I mean, all three full length albums preceding that one are absolutely fantastic and should have gotten more space.

But I shouldn't complain as 220 VOLT sounded very good in what they did. To wrap things up, the title track from most recent release “Walking In Starlight” showed up. With Göran's vocals on this one it sounded a lot more 220 VOLT than the original version. The final track out was, to the crowd’s delight “Firefall” which wrapped the show up in a very good way. It was a great performance that brought back a lot of memories, it all sounded great and just as 220 VOLT should.

220 VOLT setlist:

01. “System Overload”
02. “The Harder They Come”
03. “One Good Reason”
04. “Dog Eat Dog”
05. “Lonely Nights”
06. “Love Is All You Need”
07. “I'm On Fire”
08. “Eye To Eye”
09. “Walking In Starlight”
10. “Firefall”

220 VOLT

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Based on the rather dull climate when it comes to concerts nowadays I was really surprised to see KB basically packed out for AXEL RUDI PELL. Sure, the other shows in Sweden were all sold out so I should have reckoned it was to be a full house here too. And the anticipation was high when it came closer to the show and “The Medieval Overture” intro sounded from the speakers. “The Wild And The Young” from brand new “Knights Call” set a high standard from the start. The concept and structure of an AXEL RUDI PELL album have been there for years and you know what you will get. I still think this last one stands out and live it sounded great.

And it was a very good vibe from the band. It's not very common that you see a keyboard player tipping over the keyboards these days. Ferdy Doernberg have his own way of doing it and, as I was standing right in front of him when the show started I seriously though things were falling apart on stage. But it was just him showing off. Also Johnny Gioeli's frantic energy and way to perform boosted the show in a very good way. He is a great vocalist but it was his super-cheerful attitude and drive that did much of the show this night. “Wildest Dreams” went down really well too but as usual, as soon as the band turned to older material in “Fool Fool” and “Oceans Of Time” the intensity as support from the crowd rose.

One of the songs receiving the strongest support from the crowd was “Mystica”; the melodic epic which got even longer here as it also included a drum-solo from Bobby Rondinelli. I'm not sure I've ever seen him play before, he's a legend of his own and that he hit the stage at a small place like KB is beyond cool. But I don't think bands do this kind of things enough nowadays, that they break in the middle of a song for something else and then return to it on a later occasion. It's the old-school way of doing it and, at least for me, enhances the live-experience in a great way. I was a little surprised that Axel himself didn't claim more focus. He was firmly set on his side of the stage, for sure, it was more packed in front of him and he got big cheers for each and every solo. Perhaps it was the size of the stage that didn't allow more than what he did. Because the production felt quite oversized for KB. It's very cool that it still works but the amount of lights and gear was much more extensive than usual.

One favorite in the AXEL RUDI PELL set was “Edge Of The World”, it has that nice mellow feeling but still a good up-tempo track. Axel is the master of melody and it shows he can do a lot more than ballads, which might not be all clear looking at his discography.  It all was a very good night, it was fun and the cheerful attitude brought on the joy. Concerts with this convivial atmosphere aren't all that common but when it happens it's a very nice experience.

So, when the band came back for the encores with the great “The Masquerade Ball” as the first one it felt kind of sad it was over already. It all sounded very good and the crowd politely clapped a long. It sure wasn't the regular crowd for a Heavy Metal concert in Malmö, both that and the fact that it was very close to sold out shows that AXEL RUDI PELL have a great following of his own, and a very well deserved one for sure.

AXEL RUDI PELL setlist:

01.  “The Medieval Overture”
02.  “The Wild And The Young”
03.  “Wildest Dreams”
04.  “Fool Fool”
05.  “Oceans Of Time”
06.  “Only The Strong Will Survive”
07.  “Mystica”
08.  Drum Solo
09.  “Long Live Rock”
10.  Keyboard Solo
11.  “Game Of Sins” (incl. “Tower Of Babylon”)
12.  “The Line”
13.  “Warrior”
14.  “Edge Of The World”
15.  “Truth & Lies”
16.  “Carousel”
17.  “The Masquerade Ball” / “Casbah”
18.  “Rock The Nation”

AXEL RUDI PELL

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