A Saturday night and rock'n'roll is a good combination. Can't be better. It was the Baroeg in Rotterdam that hosted one of those rock Saturday nights yesterday. A triple power rock package, being on the road right now in Europe, stopped in the Dutch harbor city to rock the house. Audrey Horne is the headliner of the tour supported by the Spanish four-piece '77 and Danish Pet The Preacher.
It was the Danish dynamite trio that had to warm-up the crowd. Unfortunatley I missed the Pet The Preacher show but what I heard was that the guys did a good job. And knowing their powerful hardrock/classic rock sound I can easily imagine that.
Than it was time for '77. The band from Barcelona made clear that Spain rocks. The big idols of '77 are AC/DC. They get lot of inspiration from the guys from down under. '77 plays straight-forward hardrock that is very much riff-based and has those typical AC/DC basslines. Actually music for live shows.
And that is also what the crowd got that night. In almost an hour the band burned down the Baroeg. The songs sounded live even better than on the album. It was amazing how tight they played together - esp. since they had two new guys on bass and drums. But the two youngsters did a great job. And in the end it is also the entertainment talent of the Valeta brothers that is a real success factor of '77. The two guys have been constantly in action, moved from the left to the right, played in front of the stage and actually took a round through the venue while still playing the six-string. This is rock'n'roll and if you haven't heard from the band before you should go to see them live.
This put a lot of pressure on Audrey Horne. Could they top such a show? Yes, they did. Bergen is more than only rain, clouds, black metal and death metal. At least since Audrey Horne started many years ago.
The focus of the five-piece from Norway was on their latest longplayer "Pure heavy". And their show was exactly this - 'pure heavy'. After the Muppets show theme as an intro they started with two highlights from the new album. "Wolf in my heart" and my fave "Holy roller" have set the tone of voice for the coming 90 minutes. A few more song from "Pure heavy" have got a spot on the setlist like "Volcano girl", "tales from the crypt" and a few more.
In the second half of the show Audrey Horne revealed also some older stuff. "Redemption blues" from "Youngblood" has been performed as well as "Blaze odf ashes" from the self-titled second album. Only songs from the first two albums have been missing. But however - each of the sixteen performed rock tunes was a highlight anyhow.
Also remarkable was the power the band spread from the first to the last note. Toschie was constantly in action. The trio Ice Dale, Thomas Tofthagen and Espen Lien was posing in best rock'n'roll style and Kjetil Greve's punch on drums was the merciless motor behind the other guys.
In the end things get really unique. The band actually left the stage and performed in the crowd while they have given the stage to a guy filming (I'm curious when this lands on YouTube). So you had Toschie, Thomas, Ice and Espen standing in the middle of the venue surrounded by fans which went crazy. This was a pure rock'n'roll feeling. And while other bands talk about being close to their fans Audrey Horne practiced it. Respect.
It was great evening with bands that are for sure fun to watch and listen to live. The tour continues through the UK, Germany and few more contries. If I would be you I would go there. Pure fun and pure heavy.
Setlist Audrey Horne:
- Intro: Muppets show theme
- Wolf in my heart
- Holy roller
- There goes the lady
- Volcano girl
- Out of the city
- Tales from the crypt
- Pretty little sunshine
- Into the wild
- Show and tell
- Blaze of ashes
- Straight into the grave
- Redemption blues (Encore)
- Waiting for the night (Encore)
- This ends here (Encore)