|» Edguy 2011 09 25||
Edguy has been popular in Sweden ever since the release of Vain Glory Opera in 1998 and they have had a steady growing fan base until recent, when they left power metal behind to play hard rock instead. As I was going to this show, I was hoping this wouldn't be a cavalcade of new songs, since I'm not a big fan of their latest release, Age Of The Joker, and to be quite frank, not the three latest albums.
After a slow start with four new songs out of five, I was a bit worried that this was going to be a gig soon forgotten. The band did a great job up on stage, but when the songs don't measure up to their older stuff, it's hard to focus on the show to one hundred per cent. Tobias Sammet is a first class entertainer though and he kept me awake through these thirty minutes.
When they play their hits and older songs, the whole venue is rocking and not only the front rows. You could easily see which songs people came for. This is something most bands have to deal with, world famous or not. I understand that the band is fed up with playing their older songs and want to promote the new album as well, but when looking at the crowd, they maybe have to reconsider their decision to play six new songs out of thirteen.
Due to fantastic stage appearance, this show is decent though. Highlights were Vain Glory Opera and King Of Fools, where they got their full potential out. Also first encore, the ballad Land Of The Miracle, went down well with the crowd. The band seemed satisfied with this performance and we all had a good laugh when Sammet forgot the lyrics halfway through Robin Hood, saying "He was born, the seventh son. I don't know the lyrics from here, but this (part of the) song is terribly stolen from Iron Maiden", followed by laughter. In Superheroes the vocalist was singing the song in the center of the venue from a 15 feet superhero tower, making everyone turn their backs against the stage for a couple of minutes.
With a different, and better, setlist this show would have made it to
7 chalices, and if they hadn't done such a great job, it would have been
down on 3.
Performance: 5 chalices