ROCK AM RING Festival 2009 - REVIEW
We arrived at thursday at Rock am Ring and found a place for our tents on B2a - the clocest camping site to the festival area :P On thursday there was the Ringrocker.com Warm Up Party and we went to see:
Edge of Thorns: boring because I hate metal music
Mambo Kurt: weird but funny but it's not really music
Expatriate: was ok.
Scouting for Girls: Very good. Highlight: "Keep on Walking"
Juliette Lewis: very nice. she is very powerful and entertaining. good voice.
Selig: first highlight of the festival. I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. Very good quality music and they showed nice art videos to the music on stage. Also a very nice atmosphere in the audience. Highlights: "Sie hat geschrien"
Razorlight: It was the forth time I've seen them live (always by happenstance). Not as annoying as they used to be on the "Ode To Ochrasy Tour" with Mando Diao in 2006 but still quite boring.
Placebo: It was the 12th time I've seen them live. Ok my supposed to be highlight of the festival. and it definetely was a highlight somehow but it wasn't thaaat good. They had technical problems like they had quite often when I saw them but not the last times before though. Also Molko's voice wasn't as good as it can be - the way he sang was different. I especially missed it how he sings words really long like the phrase "I'm medicated how are you" on "Follow the Cops Back Home" - he didn't sing it that long like on the record which is the best thing about his voice. Also the audience was overcrowded and kind of annoying, you always had to take care about staying on your feet so you couldn't really concentrate on the music - a problem which is very common on Placebo concerts since their huge success in 2004 though :( And I still have to get used to the new drummer...besides that the setlist was ok but I missed "Devil in the Details" along of the many of my fave songs which I don't expect to see live again anyway and they really don't always have to play "Black Eyed". Highlights: "Bionic", "Follow the Cops Back Home", "Special K", "Every You Every Me", "Battle for the Sun","Meds", "Song to Say Goodbye", "Come Undone".
The Killers: It was the second time I've seen them live. Surprisingly awesome! Even the new songs of "Day & Age" which I find quite boring were nice in live. Very good show, very well played music. It was so good that I stayed longer than I'd planned before I left for Marilyn Manson. Hightlights: "Somebody Told Me" (of course!), "All These Things That I've Done", "Mr. Bightside".
Marilyn Manson: It was the third time I've seen them live. Suprisingly bad. I saw only half of it thanks to the Killers. But the setlist from there was quite boring and the sound wasn't that good. At the Hurricane Festival in 2007 it was waaaay better so I was very disappointed this time. Also Manson seemed to be in a very bad mood. He kicked the microphones away all the time and well it's no news that he doesn't change himself on stage and has a crew to do that for him but this time he made their work very hard. Also there was no show really this time, no huge chairs, no knife-microphone, no nothing. Very disappointing!
Polarkreis 18: very nice and relaxing. I didn't really know them before so it was surprisingly nice.
Sugarplum Fairy: It was the 14th time I've seen them live (holy fuck). Ok that was a very bad déjà-vu of the Rock am Ring gig in 2007 where I missed half of the gig thanks to the Smashing Pumpkins. This time I missed half of it again because they played 15 minutes earlier than they were supposed to so I missed about 12 minutes of the already too short 25 minutes. grrr. The rest was nice as always even though it was raining.
White Lies: was ok.
The Script: Only saw them from further away, was ok.
Phoenix: was very nice, especially the voice
Machine Head: It was the second time I've seen them live. Was ok. I prefer the songs of "The Burning Red" which they don't play live anymore and the other songs are too much metal for me. Still haven't seen "From This Day" live :(
A Day to Remember: I saw the end by chance, not my music.
The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Another highlight! But 25 minutes was way too short. Awesome sound, nice performance! Funny thing was how they kicked the coca cola labels off the stage one after another (sheerly by accident - haha - not) Very nice setlist too! Highlights: "Second Life Replay", "Babel On".
Bloc Party: It was the second time I've seen them live. Surprisingly good! At the Hurricane Festival in 2007 I found them quite boring but this time it was very nice and good. Very good sound! I saw the entire gig which I didn't plan but it was just too good to leave. Highlights: "Banquet", "The Prayer".
Slipknot: Eveyrtime I wanted to see them before it got cancelled but this time they did actually play. Unfortunately I missed "Wait & Bleed" god damn it! - I've always wanted to see that song live :( but I missed the beginning thanks to Bloc Party so I missed that song. But besides that it was really good and very good sound. I was standing pretty far away from the stage but the sound was still awesome and also the atmosphere was very nice. One of the rare hard rock bands that I like.
Mando Diao: That was the 24th time I've seen them live. Definetely one of the festival highlights. Nothing new since it was quite the same show and setlist as I've already seen three times at the "Give Me Fire" tour but this time they played the song "Give Me Fire" which they didn't at the shows I've been to before so that was very nice. Unfortunately the audience was way overcrowded so it was quite hard to concentrate on the music and to dance but it got better later. The sound was very good, also very good show as usual since GMF and the background band they have. So all in all a great gig again even though it's not as much rocking anymore as it used to be before GMF. I missed "The Shining", "Chrystal" and "Go Out Tonight" but well you can't have it all. Highlights: "Long Before Rock'n'Roll", the acoustic version of "If I Don't Live Today...", "Sheepdog", "Good Morning, Herr Horst", "Give Me Fire".
dredg: was nice and relaxing.
Little Man Tate: It was the second time I've seen them live. Was very nice.
The Kilians: It was the third time I've seen them live. As usual they know how to entertain the audience (that's a german talent). So the atmosphere was very good. And very nice performance and sound.
Middle Class Rut: they were different but nice.
New Found Glory: the only bit of punk rock this year at RaR but since it was US punk and I'm not so crazy about punk from the US it was just ok.
The All-American Rejects: very different from what I expected but it was ok.
Peter Bjorn and John: very nice! good sound!
The Subways: I only caught the last two songs including "Rock & Roll Queen" which is the only song I really like so it was nice.
Chris Cornell: was quite nice. Including a rainbow next to the stage.
Billy Talent: It was the forth time I've seen them live. As usual the sound was way too quiet in the back. I was standing in the front of the third barrier but you couldn't hardly understand anything there (which is not supposed to happen there). The same as their gig at the Hurricane Festival in 2006. So the sound was very bad in this way. Besides that it was ok, the atmosphere in the audience was very nice though. But I don't really like their music and I especially don't like that screaming voice live.
MIA.: I caught only the last two songs but that was more than enough anyway. I just don't like them live.
The Kooks: It was the forth time I've seen them live. As usual the sound wasn't as good as on record. The accent of the voice is too much in live so the music sounds better on the records. But I don't like the "Konk" record really but in live it was ok. The songs of the first record "Inside In / Inside Out" I love and they played a lot of them so that was very nice. The best thing is when the singer plays songs acoustic like he did with a brand new song "Princess of my mind" which was very very nice. But the audience was overcrowded again so it was pretty hard to dance. Highlights: "Princess of my mind", "Oooh La", "Sofa Song", "You Don't Love Me".
Black Stone Cherry: not my music but it was ok. Only stayed there to have a bit more of the festival before it ended.
What else is there to say? Oh the weather: on thursday and friday it was already pretty cold but it was ok. On saturday and sunday it rained a lot so it was freezingly cold. Sleeping in the tent was very uncomfortable thanks to the freezing cold and to the stones you were lying on. The weather was so bad it made the festival quite hard to enjoy. Taking a shower in the cold was pretty diificult too because there was no way to use a hair dryer so my hair didn't dry really which made me freeze even more. But as usual the live music made all that bullshit worth anyway.
On saturday I spread out the Mando Diao / Sugarplum Fairy stickers and flyers for the competition (Mando Diao Street Team Mission) all over the festival. I ended up doing it alone since I had no contact to the other Units at the festival and the friend of my Hamburg Unit wasn't around at that time too. But later I ran into a girl from the Munich Unit by accident so she helped me spread out the stickers. Funny thing was that there were supposed to be only three winners but estimated 95% of the stickers were printed as winning ones haha so in the end there were more winners than prizes. I was promised to get "The Wild One" CD of Sugarplum Fairy for that too, I hope I still get it since I wanted to have it for so long but had no money yet :D
Organisation: Very good was the way the entrance to the barriers in front of the Centerstage were organized (with red light / green light and limitation). It was never really overcrowded in front of the Centerstage (except when Placebo played but only because people pushed more). But in front of the Alternastage it was always overcrowded in the late evenings because there was no organisation at all - that could have gone very bad with all the squashing - very dangerous. A good thing this year was that it didn't stink as much as last year thanks to much more toilets all around the festival. At the entrance they were very picky about the provisions to take into the festival area. They wanted you to take only originally sealed food and drinks into the area but I outsmarted those fuckers :P But mainly you felt very well taking care of at the festival, a good organisation like no other festival.
All in all it was a great festival but not almost as good as in the last three years. Highlights: Placebo, Mando Diao, Selig, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Killers.
Now after all the brain-holiday it's time to go back to reality :( ♥ Rock am Ring ♥