For many reasons this last summer was a summer to remember. First of all i turned 40 (great celebration with many friends in Ibiza) and already itself it’s something to remember (in bad or good way it depends on how u feel about), second for the great gigs i was able to attend. First year i didn’t go to a real festival, ‘age symptom’? Actually there were two on my list but friends couldn’t attend and i wouldn’t have enjoyed going by myself.
As u know, summer in Rome is the time full of nice concerts and events, not much happens during the rest of the year (at least for the music i like).
My summer started with a blast (but also with fear of missing out!). First appointment was with Foo Fighters! Never saw them live so i was really looking forward! So excited that i lost my tickets i ordered as soon as they came out (moving apartment didnt help)! I had then to buy again -second hand- on internet! (Age symptom n.2). The concert actually was in Florence and it was epic!
They started on time, sometimes rarity, with Dave Grohl saying “Are u Ready??”! Ok not super original, but considering the waiting to see them live, it was appropriate! They went through all their discography, including their first self titled album, still the best in my opinion! I still remember when i bought that cd in a video-music shop in Piazza Navona (not there anymore), still sad from Kurt Cobain lost.
Nirvana speaking, guitarist Pat Smear joined the band during the tour and it was fun to watch Dave Grohl playing drums for a couple of songs during the concert…remembering old times! He’s a showman also and u can clearly see he loves to play rock’n roll and to entertain ppl. Two hours and a half! Surprise guests were Gun’s’n’Roses who joined the stage for ‘It’s so Easy’ (their concert was the following day).
Here there my videos!
Still thrilled from this concert i went with 12 ppl in Ibiza for my -and one of my closest friend- bday celebration! We had an amazing time enjoying the beautiful beaches and also to go to some good parties, best combination to make a celebration !
We went to Pacha to David Guetta’ s F**k Me I’m Famous night on thursday and it was better than i thought (not including the 80€ to get in). There were many collateral shows, mostly burlesque, so it was nice to watch. Music was also not SO commercial like i thought.
On Saturday we explored Ushuaia’s Ants night with Joris Voorn performing. Nothing very techno like i mean, but we had a lot of fun anyway (the lights and fireworks show is always impressive).
Sunday is always the best night, we enjoyed Guy Gerber’s Rumors with Bedouin performing and then moved to Heart Club with Saga night (still cured by Bedouin with them always closing the show). Unfortunately the early morning flight didn’t let us to join the party til the end.
Two days after coming back there was another amazing appointment with Pearl Jam in Rome. They were missing here since No Code tour (i was there also) so A LOT of time ago. Concert started a bit late for me because a friend had several problems to get to the stadium and i had his ticket with me (didn’t lose this time). Fortunately they played for 3 hours so and i only missed one song (and also got calf contracture for running hard, age symptom n.3). They were simply perfect, also when performing other covers (from Imagine to Pink Floyd or Kiss). Like Foo Fighters they also went through all their -fantastic- career making everybody happy i think with the songs choices.
I started July with another great show, Mogwai and Franz Ferdinand together. I knew what to expect from Mogwai since i saw them a couple of times already. Call it post rock, noise rock or whatever u like, it s very powerful and intense! They focused more on their last works, less amazing comparing to the first ones, but also enjoyable. Franz Ferdinand were a surprise for me, in a positive way. I’m not crazy for them because sometimes they seem to play same style songs (even if some songs are super nice), but i have to admit that, listened live, they sound much better. Very difficult to not move yourself while listening.
A total different concert was Roger Waters. Fantastic show including special effects, the usual pig flying, dolby surround… very spectacular in the amazing frame of Circus Maximum. I was never a big fan of Pink Floyd and consequently of him, but it’s a show i recommend to watch once in your life. It was very political, especially against Trump, and social in terms of being more open to respect ppl (in our difficult times where intolerance is growing). U can not like the message but it makes u think about values we have in our lives. I personally agree with his point of view (can be considered age symptom n.4, considering his age).
Changing totally style, i attended Kruder & Dorfmeister show. First time solo concert, but it was totally spontaneous (monday evening), i came back home after work so i told myself better being alone with good music than watching TV. I saw them several years ago in the same location (villa Ada park) and i really enjoyed. They were one of the first dub artists i listened. They also make different styles of electronic, but always being elegant in what they do.
How to end this summer full of fantastic shows? With her majesty Bjork in the fantastic location of Caracalla Theater. Fortunately her concert was postponed due to a rain storm because originally it was before Foo Fighters concert so i couldn’t have attended. And more amazingly i saw her for free since a friend gave me as a present! And u know, things for free looks better! Her show, like the other two i have seen, are always magical, this time she created like a magical garden (central part turning on itself) with fantastic flutes band. She always plays maximum 1 hour and a half and also this show wasn’t an exception. But u cant complain at all because u are completely involved in the magical world she created, with both voice and atmosphere.