Sabaton -- Springfield, VA -- October 17th, 2011
Went to see [B]SABATON [/B]last night at [B]JAXX[/B]. (local female fronted power-ish) A [B]SOUND OF THUNDER[/B] opened for them. About the same amount of people that showed up for [B]FIREWIND [/B]last week- maybe a few more. This was the last night of the tour for [B]SABATON[/B]
Merch- various shirts, a hoodie, some CDs ($20... a bit more expensive than anticipated), and a um... drum head? I didn't particularly like any of the designs they had.
[B]A SOUND OF THUNDER[/B] came on and did a pretty good set (They had some newish song that I recall them playing but do not recall it being as thrashy that I rather enjoyed!). A very solid and LONGER than usual set, tho something in the mix sounded a bit off. Regardless an enjoyable set.
[I]The Final Countdown[/I] came on, and I think that meant [B]SABATON [/B](Swedes) were coming out shortly. Say what you will but I enjoy [B]Europe[/B]... [B]SABATON [/B]came on and the crowd went apeshit. a pretty hectic pit was present for the first few songs at least- enough to the point that a security dude rolled up and kind of told the one intoxicated instigator to take it easy...
Their bass player was apparently replaced for this date by some guy who looked like [B]Bret Michaels[/B]- which the singer pointed out several times over the night. At one point, 'Bret' took a break and the singer played bass on a few songs. Then, at the end, they started to play [I]Metal Machine[/I], but 'Bret' was having trouble with it- he never played it before- the 'prank' from the rest of [B]Sabaton [/B]on him. They instead played [I]METAL RIPPER[/I].
There was a LOT of energy for [B]SABATAON [/B]and a lot given from the band as well- they seemed rather happy! I liked their 'uniform' look as well.
[B]A SOUND OF THUNDER[/B][LIST][*]Tubular bells intro[*]Walls[*]Fight Til the End[*](song about Pirates?)[*](song about Queen Isabella that I know they've done before but can't recall the name ?)[*]Blood Vomit[*]Guitar solo (w/ parts of BALLS TO THE WALL, victim of changes, mob rules)[*]The Beast[*]Kill that Bitch[*]Out of the Darkness[*]A Sound of Thunder[/LIST]
[B]SABATON[/B][LIST][*]Ghost Division[*]Uprising[*]Saboteurs[*]Screaming Eagles[*]The Price of a Mile[*]40:1[*]Purple Heart[*]Attero Dominatus[*]Cliffs of Gallipoli[*]Panzer Battalion[*]Coat of Arms[*]Primo Victoria[*]METAL RIPPER[/LIST]
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