|» Manowar 2017 11 20||
Manowar decided to do two gigs in one night on their Final Battle Tour and I went to the first show. As soon as I enter the venue there's a security guard that speaks loud about the rules that Manowar has asked for. Moshpits are prohibited but more important is the ban of cellphones and cameras - you can't even hold a phone in your hand or you will risk that they'll stop the show.
We went to get a good spot in front of the stage and I noticed how small the crowd was, I would guess that it was about one third of the capacity of the venue. I have seen Manowar before in this venue and it has been packed with people so this surprised me a bit but then again, the price for a ticket was more than 130 Euros (approx. 160 US dollars) so it's by far the most expensive ticket I have bought for a single band.
I was expecting them to start the show at 7 PM sharp since they had another show at 10 PM the same evening but it took until about 7:25 until they started and I was afraid that they would have to cut their set short, which luckily didn't happen. The set felt a bit stressful though and there weren't much talk between songs. Even Joey's speech wasn't that long, which was a good thing. Being so few people in the venue and just standing there hearing Joey justify the extremly expensive tickets with their big speakers and a 50 man strong crew felt a bit embarassing.
The performance of the band was pretty good but I still got a feeling that Eric Adams was saving his voice a bit to be able to pull off the second gig. There weren't a lot of enthusiasm from the band, they didn't do anything special to make us feel that this is their final tour. Karl and Joey had their own solos but that was pretty much it.
The setlist was good for me even though there was a few songs that I
haven't listened to that much. The crowd really came alive on songs like
Brothers of Metal, Call to Arms, Kings of Metal, Hail and Kill and of
course the song that I consider to be one of the best metal anthems of
all time, Warriors of the World. The 2 hour and 10 minute set was just
about right, not to much and not to short.
Performance: 6 chalices
So overall this is a solid 6. I was expecting more and I will remember
previous gigs as the better ones. I'm happy that I didn't book both gigs
this night, the first gig was enough and especially since the second gig
was identical from what I have heard.