So after 4 years since the first time we experienced Santa Cruz live and 2 albums later we return to Nosturi to see the young Finnish band warm up for the South Park festival in Tampere with an intense headline show.
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Nightwish (22), Rush (18) & Delain (11) #tweekly https://bit.ly/1SyqAeZ
5 days of fun starts today with 3 gigs in 3 different locations with the possibility of seeing at least 7 different bands – with potential for about 5 more if things go to plan.
The weekend starts tonight in one of my favourite smallish venues, Nosturi, with Santa Cruz providing the entertainment.
The opening track of Endless Forms Most Beautiful is Shudder Before the Beautiful.
Richard Dawkins says the opening lines and then the song really kicks off with thumping guitars. Full orchestral background make this up-tempo track a great intro.
After a quick scan of Netflix on Friday night I chose a slightly more sedate option in the end compared with the Fast & Furious juggernaut that I was expecting to take.
Beyond the Lighted Stage was a fascinating and at times emotional journey that is an absolute must for Rush fans. It does beg the question why it has taken 5 years since its release for me to actually watch it but that is probably another blog post.
Finnish bands Santa Cruz and Reckless Love were featured in a recent article on VH1 about the current state of glam metal.
I found the article quite interesting and a bit of an eye opener.
My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Nightwish (41), Pearl Jam (27) & Queensrÿche (24) #tweekly https://bit.ly/1SyqAeZ
A story of coincidence, loose chat in the car and online purchase whilst driving *, this is how Imagine Dragons have come into my, and my family’s, life culminating with a gig in Helsinki in January 2016.
Having seen Within Temptation in February 2014 I eventually bought the album about six months later. While playing the album at home on evening my eldest child said that he recognized one of the songs. That song was “Radio Active” – an Imagine Dragons cover.
My buddy Deano is on a mission this year. To see 100 gigs. I’ve been to a few of them with him already and have Nickelback to follow later in the year.
In just over 5 weeks the trek to Tampere begins again. This years headliners on the Saturday are Def Leppard. I cannot wait to see them again. I saw them “in the ring” I’m guessing almost 30 years ago.
Like last years main act, Europe, these guys have a huge appeal to me and I really can’t wait.