Edguy -- Hollywood, CA -- September 19th, 2004
SUPPORT: Resistance, Tazumal
VENUE: The Key Club -- Hollywood, CA
DATE: Sunday, September 19th, 2004
ATTENDED W/: Motorhead Jeff, SnakeCharmer
GEAR WORN: Iced Earth Glorious Burden T-Shirt w/ Live After Death
MERCH PURCHASED: Edguy Hellfire Club 2004 Tour Shirt
MOSHING REPORT: None
EDDIES AWARDED: 9
REVIEWED: September 26th, 2004
[i]This was originally posted at the Iron Maiden Bulletin Board on September 26th, 2004. Sorry, I'm too lazy to look up the link.[/i]
Motorhead Jeff and I crawled into Hollywood last Sunday to meet up with Snakecharmer at the Key Club to see the only West coast concert by [B]EDGUY[/B]. Tazumal and Resistance provided support.
Tazumal is a Hispanic death metal band. I have a hard enough time understanding the growlers when they do their thing in English; I didn’t have a chance in hell with a guy doing it in Spanish. Our resident Dean of Black Metal, Snakecharmer, helped me out a couple times with the song titles: 666 Smiles Across The Border and another one that was "something about corpses." Snakecharmer hated them. I thought they were ok and a novelty. We both agreed they had no business opening for Edguy Remember how Arch Enemy fit with Maiden at DoD? That's Tazumal to Edguy.
Resistance was a total buzzkill for me. They took an eternity to set up a massive drum kit; their transition was longer than any act I’ve seen this year. I am always hesitant to really lay into a band because quite frankly they’re at least trying and doing something most of us are not. I’ll leave my thoughts on Resistance at that and simply move on.
My first exposure to Edguy was on this board about [URL=http://www.ironmaiden.org/showthread.php?p=662205&highlight=edguy#post662205]two weeks ago.[/URL]. I wasn't sure what to expect and really didn't know much about them beyond the fact that I really liked Hellfire Club. It's a great power metal album. Go buy it.
Edguy roared out in Slayer style -- no stage gimmicks and not even a banner with their name on it. You know a band is good when they don't need any stupid tricks to rile up the crowd. And let me tell you, the crowd was fucking comatose after the support acts. Edguy had their work cut out and they lit up everyone by the end of the first song. At the beginning of their set, I was thinking more about getting home than enjoying their music. At the end of the concert and on the walk to the car, I had that stupid shit grin we all have after a fucking great gig.
Tobias Sammet is the best young guy lead I've ever seen (as opposed to old guy leads like Bruce, Halford, and Ozzy). The guy claimed he was off but I couldn't tell. This dude can sing and has incredible stage presence.
Midway in and between songs, Tobias started to work the crowd – from the the people upfront to some raging fools in the balconies to those of us in the back. I used the interlude to work on my setlist notes… Then I hear… “Are you bored? Aren’t you having a good times?” Tobias caught me hunched over my notes. I lifted my notes for him to see. “Are you a journalist?” I just smiled back. He mumbled something like “oh shit… now you’re going to write up this gay singer.” Later on, we trade another brief smile exchange after some spastic headbanging during “The Piper Never Dies.”
Edguy's metal isn't all about the piss and moaning of the second stage bands at Ozzfest. These guys were smiling and having a great time making their brand of power metal. You get a lot of jokes during their set. Tobias talked about customs at the LA airport…Customs: “Do you have any drugs?” Tobias:”Sure, what do you need?” After a ballad, Tobias said something “Enough of this sissy music, we’re a heavy metal band.” The entire band lifts their arms and flexes, trying to be serious and mean. During some songs, various members of Edguy posed and made goofy faces for the rail denizens who snuck cameras into the venue and wanted to snap pictures. The drummer regularly would slap the side of his head when he was only playing a kick.
I’m giving them 9 Eddies. 10 Eddies represent ANY Maiden concert because Iron Maiden is the standard by which all metal should be judged. In the past, I rated Metallica in the 9 Eddie range. I’m giving Edguy 9 because they did it without pyro or gimmicks. They delivered a post-concert euphoria on the strength of their music and charisma. I liked what Edguy did well enough that I ordered their catalog off Amazon including an EP. At least three of us are planning to trek from California to Dudley, UK for Blaze’s Big Bash in December… Edguy is playing the Bloodstock X-Mas party the next day at the same venue. I’m fucking pumped. I’ll be ready.
Under The Moon
Wake Up The King
Land Of Miracles
Lavatory Love Machine
Vain Glory Opera
(drum solo based on Imperial Theme from Empire Strikes Back)
The Fallen Angels
The Piper Never Dies
King Of Fools
Chalice Of Agony
Tears Of A Mandrake
Out Of Control
god dammit i want to see this band :mad:
My reply to this is way overdue but what the hell. A bit different from the set from when I saw them a few days earlier in New York City.
1.Lavatory Love Machine
2.Under the Moon
4.Land of the Miracle
5.Wake Up the King
6.Key to My Fate
7.We Don't Need a Hero
8.Vain Glory Opera
11.The Piper Never Dies
12.King of Fools
13.Tears of a Mandrake
14.Chalice of Agony
15.Out of Control
why don't they ever play mysteria? egh, still a decent set list. I shall see them on the 23 :) they always put on a good show.
[QUOTE=Elvenking;167330]why don't they ever play mysteria? egh, still a decent set list. I shall see them on the 23 :) they always put on a good show.[/QUOTE]
I will be there on the 23rd as well. It will be my first time seeing them. And I definitely hope they play Mysteria. And Spooks In The Attic.
When I saw them open for Hammerfall they played:
1.Under the Moon
3.Land of the Miracle
5.Lavatory Love Machine
6.Vain Glory Opera
9.King of Fools
10.Tears of a Mandrake
11.Out of Control
They really need to not play Lavatory Love Machine :hecho: And if they don't do Piper there will be some nerdy power metal kids slain :mad: :axe:
[QUOTE=ADD;167408]They really need to not play Lavatory Love Machine :hecho: And if they don't do Piper there will be some nerdy power metal kids slain :mad: :axe:[/QUOTE]
Amen to the both parts of that statement.
Not only is LLM the worst song on Hellfire Club, I think its probably one of the worst songs Edguy have ever done. Not because its funny, because its not good. Fucking with Fire is funny and great.
And yeah, they do need to do Piper. They did it at a lot of the shows in Europe this year, some of which were even opening slots, so I think the odds are good. It's the best they've ever done and a favorite of mine in general. It ruled live once upon a time on 9/14/04.
I feel absolutely blessed that i got the privledge of seeing Tad Morose support them on Sept. 14th, 2004. They absolutely ruled.
Lavatory Love Machine = Lame abortion
I always skip that song when listening to Hellfire Club. It's the worst song besides Lucifer in Love (which isn't a song)
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