X-Thor wrote:I can see why the warm caribbean sun doesn't contribute to make an ideal doom metal scenario. :lol
It was 2am on the pool deck of the first night. It was still the best show of the cruise for me though.
I saw Turisas in march 2013, right after the cruise. The show was longer and they played more old songs, which was awesome. I would say the show was better than those on the boat, but someone pickpocketed my phone while dancing/moshing
, so that show sucked.
You probably dropped it! It fell out of your pocket.
X-Thor wrote:Haggard's pool deck show was probably the best show I've seen in my entire life. I have a hard time thinking of any other time where I saw any kind of live musical performance and felt such an awe. It was just perfect. I had seen Haggard in 2009 and 2012, they were good, but nowhere near so good.
I believe you. Of the bands on that boat, Haggard would have been the one I wanted to see most, it would have been a magical show indeed! They're playing in Mexico again I think from the 19th to 21st June.
cowboy71 wrote:So, I can see both sides of the '70k is the bestz0rs' as well as the 'other shows rawk moar!' argument.
From an Aussie's perspective, we have NO metal festivals here. So 70k rules in that regard. And I've been to a few European festivals (Rockwave in Greece, BYH in Germany, Sweden Rock), and 70k wins with the whole 2000 fans, 200 band members, 'everyone has a backstage pass' vibe.
So as a complete event, when you combine that with the friendships forged on broad and on the forum, the luxury of inclusive food, a bed you can lie down in that is always only 5 minutes away, well it cannot be beat.
As far as the ACTUAL gigs themselves? Still pretty cool - can easily get to the barrier for any show you want, much easier to get souveniers like picks and setlists, no bouncers hounding you for taking video or using a digital SLR.
BUT, shows rarely go to plan - lots of late starts, sound dramas, the strobe lights and smoke this year were shit, only a couple of 'headline length' sets.
As much as I loved Dark Tranquillity's two shows on broad this year, it was MUCH better to see them do a 90 minute set in my hometown last night.
There's no argument, 70k rules. As a complete event, it is second to none. But yeah, I was referring to the actual gigs, which IMO doesn't necessarily make them any better because they're on a boat. There's a small intimate venue here called The Underworld that doesn't even have a barrier, no security/bouncers at all, and the stage is about knee high. If you stand right at the stage you have to be careful the guitarists don't knock you out! I'm going to see van Canto there on Wednesday.
Dark Tranqullity also played there in Nov. with Tristania, but it was 3 days after I got back from overseas, I was so jetlagged I couldn't stay to see them so I kinda regret that. I'd already gone to a gig the day I got back so I was so tired and I had to work.
Gigs here, and even European festivals are really good at keeping to schedule. I can't even remember going to a gig that was running late or badly organised.