well, first off, i’d like to say that EVERYONE in the band was super nice. really really really nice. most of them were exhausted, having had 3 hours sleep then a 6 hour drive to get to zaandam. they were unloading when i showed up with my little box and got a little in people’s way. sound check went badly – they only got to do 1 1/2 songs, the violin wasn’t able to be hooked up with the various effects he likes, i don’t even know what else went wrong, just that plenty did go wrong.
but… they were troopers. seriously. i heard one person backstage complaining about somebody being a bit snitty, but i wasn’t even sure who it was. i missed the beginning of the story – it could even have been someone from the venue itself. i have no idea. the person telling the story even said they thought it was a miscommunication.
the show itself was wonderful. the imagery, the performances… i was really impressed. here’s a band i’ve been listening to for many many years, and it was really great to see them live… and seeing them live, i thought they did a super job. i actually was so enraptured that i’m afraid i’m lacking a bit for details. sorry. the dancers looked fantastic and their costumes were really stunning. i liked when one kept getting just a tad off and watching the other for cues. it didn’t detract at all, just made it more touchable, in a way. i thought the violin sounded fantastic, even without the effects, and i was really impressed by how much he managed to make it a performance, too. i personally think it’s a bit difficult to move much while playing. a little swaying, ok, but he managed some really nice larger moves, which enhanced his overall appearance nicely. i was impressed with how the little smears of makeup everyone had looked so much more interesting onstage than off. good thing to remember. i liked that there were mohawks, dreads and long flowy hair all onstage. 🙂 i remember thinking during a couple of songs that i didn’t know that they were really interesting and i should remember something about them in order to buy them after, but … uh… i don’t.
after, i was planning on heading out, but ended up going back upstairs with troy and nienke to hang out in the large dressing room. again, i say: everyone was really really sweet. i pulled a total fan-girl on monica. couldn’t help it, i got caught up in the moment. but really – she’s wonderful. talked a bit with everyone, but they all looked so sleepy i felt bad for being there. after a while i said i was going and troy and nienke very sweetly came with me so i didn’t have to go alone. i was exhausted too. long day, but really fun.
oh, and before i forget: everyone in schwarzblut was also really nice. extremely friendly. i wish i’d seen their show. i pulled a slight faux pas by not really being familiar with their music. i was asked how it was going with the remix contrast is doing for one of their songs, and though i know it’s happening, i don’t even know the song. i haven’t heard it. i felt really bad for not having made sure i was familiar with it in advance. i did listen to a bunch of their stuff about a month ago, to find out who they were, etc., but i forgot which song patrick and rene are remixing. oops. i’ll have to find out later… bad bad sharon.