Thursday, June 19, 2014

Looking forwards to open air shows and festivals--a few lined up!

While I'm doing a lot of travelling this year, I do intend to cover a few shows or a few hundred! Looking forwards to the festivals: Aftershock of course, can't wait. It's going to be huge. Did you buy your tickets yet?
ALISON TOON: Butcher Babies &emdash; Butcher Babies live at Aftershock Festival 2013

Butcher Babies will be there, and I think Heidi has changed her hair colour since last year!

ALISON TOON: Five Finger Death Punch &emdash; Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP, 5FDP) live at Aftershock Festival 2013
Five Finger Death Punch... I want to hear them play House of the Rising Sun live. It's a classic song, they made it their own, I love what they did with it... you may not agree. But this is where we have an intersection of classic(al) music and the rock/pop world. Classical? You remember the composer, and the conductor and soloist if it's a really special rendition. Rock, and more than ever, pop? It's the performer you remember. So when a favourite song is covered by someone else, it's more-than-ever the proofpoint for whether it's a long-time piece of musical genius, or a throwaway ditty.

Case in point: Five Finger Death Punch's cover, and all the other covers of House of the Rising Sun. Everyone made it their own, and the song shines through. It's a classic.

Another example: this one.

Now I absolutely prefer the original. But these kids could not have done this without a classically-beautiful, original song. And to me, it proves itself.

(I'm still hopeful that Gemini Syndrome will be one of the ???? spots still showing on the Aftershock lineup. Fingers crossed! Toes crossed!)

Not so classic? The Gaga song I heard recently being played by a string quartet... You might disagree but... ouch.

Other live shows I'm looking forwards to? The Cropredy Festival in England in August (Marillion!), Kiss and Def Leppard in early July, Alice Cooper and Motley Crue at the end of the month! And there's more... watch this space!

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