Airbourne 2020

SHAKE THAT

Young and wild hard rock’n’roll band Airbourne is fulfilling concert halls all over the world.

They will perform as special guests during Alice Cooper’s tournee in Australia and New Zealand in the beginning of 2020, then play 2 shows in USA and go to Europe with Iron Maiden (some gigs during Legacy of the Beast Tour 2020).

More about Iron Maiden 2020:

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/30/iron-maiden/

Airbourne is inspired mostly by AC/DC and Motorhead but I hear also musical (only musical) similarity to Motley Crue, Armored Saint and WASP because these old school bands are loud, screaming and kick-ass. It’s all about sex and rock’n’roll.

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Airbourne has released five longplays:

– “Runnin Wild” (2007),

– “No Guts, No Glory” (2010),

– “Black Dog Barking” (2013),

– “Breakin Outta Hell” (2016),

– “Boneshaker” (2019).

Current line-up features Joel O’Keeffe (guitars, vocals), Ryan O’Keeffe (drums), Matt Harrison (guitars), Justin Street (bass).

BOOGIE

Airbourne was created in 2003 in Warrnambool, town in south east Australia, around 250-300 kilometers west from Melbourne.

People living there enjoy access to nice Logan Beach with opportunity to watch whales each year between June and September. They can also practice water sports in AquaZone (the largest facility in South West Victoria).

Later Airbourne decided to move to Melbourne. While Angus Young from AC/DC is known with his habit to drink ten cups of tea each day (sometimes he chooses chocolate milk instead), Melbourne is the world capital of coffee. I just see Joel O’Keeffe running on scene and wonder how many cups of coffee he used to drink each day? 😉

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxxk5iS9nVM

DATES

(read more about selected cities after clicking in blue links)

Jan 4, 2020, Lyneham, Australia

Feb 8, 2020, Perth, Australia,

Feb 11, 2020, Adelaide, Australia

Feb 14, 2020, Melbourne, Australia

Feb 15, 2020, Sydney, Australia

Feb 18, 2020, Brisbane, Australia

Feb 20, 2020, Auckland, New Zealand

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/29/patti-smith-beware/

Feb 22, 2020, Christchurch, New Zealand

May 3, 2020, Concord, North Carolina

May 16, 2020, Columbus, Ohio

Jun 9, 2020, Bremen, Germany

Jun 10, 2020, Cologne, Germany

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/02/grand-magus/

Jun 12, 2020 Donington, England

Jun 13, 2020, Kleylehof, Austria

Jun 18, 2020, Dessel, Belgium

Jun 19, 2020, Hinwil, Switzerland

Jun 20, 2020, Clisson, France

Jun 23, 2020, Berlin, Germany

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/24/berlin/

Jun 26, 2020, Oslo, Norway

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/27/oslo/

Jun 27, 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden

Jun 30, 2020, St Petersburg, Russia

July 2, 2020, Moscow, Russia

July 7, 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

July 9, 2020, Asten, Nederland

July 11, 2020, Nanterre, France

July 16, 2020, Vienna, Austria

https://musictivity.org/2019/08/17/rage-wings-of/

July 18, 2020, Stuttgart, Germany

July 20, 2020, Bologne, Italy

July 23, 2020 Cruz Quebrada, Portugal

July 25, 2020, Barcelona, Spain

BARCELONA

Barcelona, Spain, Fountain, Water, Drops, Sun, Summer

Musictivity wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Barcelona, the capital of Catalan. There are at least few reasons why this city is so popular among tourists:

– beaches,

https://www.timeout.com/barcelona/things-to-do/best-barcelona-beaches

– mountains,

Catalonia’s Most Emblematic Mountains

– cuisine,

Traditional food in Barcelona: typical Catalan dishes

– nightlife,

https://barcelonaexplorers.com/nightlife-in-barcelona

– football,

https://capaworld.capa.org/the-sports-culture-in-barcelona

– architecture.

6 Must See Buildings By Gaudi In Barcelona

The cap’s a bangin’ on the door
But up here there’s no law
We got an endless mini bar
There’s a television on the sqad car
We’re mixing sugar and spice

Airbourne “Party In The Penthouse”

GET AROUND

There are thousands of Blogs and Websites which describe Barcelona better than I ever could. I’m not even sure if the list above is complete – it could include long Barcelona’s history or something.

Barcelona was the first holidays destination in my life. I’d a pleasure to spend there first half of March 2017.

I’m traveling constantly from this time! Ten visited country only in 2019!

Now is December 2019 and I’m already keeping in my mailbox 8 plane tickets and hotel reservations in Athens and Barcelona (again), but at the same time I’m certain that my May of 2020 will belong to Asia: Philippines (I have family in Philippines), Thailand and something else (would prefer Japan and South Korea but if my family won’t get VISA, we will go somewhere else like Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam).

The point is that experienced travelers develop skills which allow them to travel smarter.

I can really see strong difference between my preparations, tools which I know and use, habits during journey in March 2017 and December 2019. I would call it a competence to get around unknown cities.

You are welcome to e-mail me poblak@europe.com or leave a comment below this article. Ask whatever you want, I will try to give you the best answer as I can.

Oftentimes, my friends get links from me to articles which answer on their questions and reduce uncertainty. I can even make special research for you and publish the result in form of separate article (as I’ve made regarding Arnhem and Oslo – look at category “travel” in menu).

However, I hope that you will find the most basic and available info in Google on your own. Big advantage of traveling is that you learn self-organization along the way. Links inside Musictivity’s shop are good to start.

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/10/shop/

Get access to best on-line hotel browser, exciting guide trips selection, largest store with official and licensed merch, most reliable ticket retailer just in one place!

I can completely understand if you are not ready to travel because I also wasn’t before March 2017. Fortunately, you don’t need to pay for watching Barcelona!

source: ThinLineMedia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpUTWLsPJeY

I would like to add at the end that hopefully Aussie from Airbourne will have fun in Barcelona and other visited cities. Europe is friendly, compact and widely open for you!

author: Sam Oblak

excellent Primitai – interview

“We are a powerful melodic heavy metal band. We take all the things that made 80s metal great and combine it with a more modern production and an open mind to any other influences. To show you how this formula has worked, we can tell you we’ve been booked to play directly alongside bands like Sepultura, Saxon, Firewind, Death Angel, to name a few, even hair metal bands like Reckless Love and Crashdiet.”

guitist Srdjan from Primitai for Musictivity

source: primitaitv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRhz9hV1xQc

PRIMITAI

Hello. I’m going to publish this interview on Musictivity, which is not a one more factory of gazillion reviews and interviews but a website full of ideas how to use well time during traveling for blues/rock/metal concerts to other cities and countries.

https://musictivity.org/

Srdjan: Hi there and thanks for inviting us for the interview!

Alright, so Primitai is an English heavy/ thrash metal band created in 2003.

Srdjan: Primitai had its roots in 2003/2004 but the Primitai as it is known exists since 2009.

Could you tell us something about Primatai members?

Srdjan answered:

Jonny (drums) – probably the most faultless playing wise, he recorded all his parts for the album in 1 or 2 takes.

Scott (bass) –  most wild and energetic on stage; the real “road dog”, drives the van, “tour manager”.

Guy (vocals) – the iconic frontman of Primitai, his singing and looks make us stand out from all the other metal bands.

Sergio (guitars) – the perfectionist, agonises over every detail in his playing.

Srdjan (me) – I guess I’m the guy that lives and breathes 80s metal, hustles and blags for the bands gigs.

LIVE IN ENGLAND

How is it to be a metalhead in England in XXI century?

Being a metalhead is a mixed experience here in England.  I think kids have fantastic resources here to try out being in a band because equipment is easier to come by here than in other countries. Bands from all over the world play here, so you can grow up seeing all your favourite bands. 

However there isn’t really much of a heavy metal music industry left in England. Yeah, handful of festival, but everything else is pure grassroots. That doesn’t include metalcore etc which is more of a contemporary trend.

Do you enjoy concert opportunities in cities where you live or do you need to travel?

Srdjan: We regularly play in our hometown London because here is the biggest concentration of concerts and we get invited to play every couple of months. 

However we make bigger focus on playing all over the country. 

We manage to get a tour every year or so supporting more established bands. This year 2019 we were out with Wolf from Sweden. 

CONCERTS

source: Primitai Official https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3-nqhYRBTc

Could you tell us something interesting about your tours?

Srdjan: The most interesting tour we had was not long one but it involved playing in Wales, Holland and Germany in 3 days with 3 completely different bands. So it stretched out over thousands of miles. You know, we:

– played in the middle of the Welsh mountains with a Steel Panther tribute on a Friday night,

– drove back to London and caught a train at 7a.m. to Amsterdam, played an outdoor fest on Saturday with death metal bands and Crazytown (Butterfly),

– and then drove to Germany on Sunday and played a packed show with Swedish hard rockers Bullet.

It was demanding but we had fun! Beautiful summer weekend and we actually didn’t lose money!

The most spectacular show which you ever played?

Srdjan: That’s a hard one to chose… maybe Birmingham O2 Academy in 2017 as the biggest indoor venue, or High Voltage in 2011 as our favourites Judas Priest were headlining the venue… 

I guess we choose these shows which seems to be our biggest accomplishments.

Your current concert plans?

Srdjan: We have a couple of concerts to announce for 2020 but our main focus now is to get everything ready for the next album cycle, not just the music but all the promo material.

Check out primitai.com and facebook.com/primitai as we’ll play wherever we can.

MUSIC

source: Dissonance Productions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrKz5CTiH2c

How do you feel with your discography? 

Srdjan: We’re very proud of it.

– “Through The Gates of Hell” (2007) is the raw angry debut,

– “The Line of Fire” (2010) is the breakout album,

– “Rise Again” (2013) was really successful,

– “Night Brings Insanity” (2016) is the most fun,

– “The Calling” (2018) is the most accomplished both in individual performance and as a band.

I have showed one song of young band Ring of Gyges to Mick Box from Uriah Heep recently during our interview.

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/15/uriah-heep-interview/

Which song would you be proud to show your idols? Maybe who is the best figure in rock/metal history whom you would love to show your music?

Srdjan: I would have to pick a few songs to be fair for all guys who have contributed to our back catalogue:

– “Overdrive”,

– “Scream When You See Us”,

– “The Cannibal”,

– “Curse of Olympus”,

– “Black Rider”.

I’d really like Biff Byford of Saxon to hear our music.

Musicians from Saxon were always taking their favourite up and coming bands on tour and I’d hope they’d give us a chance. They play in big concert halls and their fans would love us.

What Musictivity readers are welcome to do after reading this interview?

Srdjan: Check out our videos on YouTube and listen to our back catalogue on iTunes or Spotify. 

And then please buy the physical copies! The new album looks beautiful on vinyl!

Thank you very much. The last word belongs to you 🙂

Srdjan: Thanks again for the support. Spread the word of Primitai and ask your local promoters and Fest to book us!

source: Primitai Official https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgB4zg0Kr6I

ENCORE

Why is it a good idea to go for Iron Maiden concert 38 years after their best album? (Haha, you can disagree).

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/30/iron-maiden/

Srdjan: Well, I want to tell you that they have a really good sound engineer on this tour. They finally sound loud and powerful live as they should to!

I was always a bit disappointed watching them from 2008-2016. Maybe I just didn’t have luck in this period.

But when it comes to their newest Legacy tour, Iron Maiden gives best shows which I’ve ever seen. This it the first time when I feel desperate to see them again.

written by: Sam O’Black

answers by: Srdjan

upcoming concerts – all posts

Jessy MartensHamburg30.11.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/08/13/jessy-martens/



DestructionSalzburg03.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/22/destruction-salzburg-03-12-2019/



Phil CampbellMunich05.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/28/phil-campbell-and-the-bastard-sons/




Deep PurpleSofia07.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/08/deep-purple-sofia-07-12-2019/



Alter BridgeParis09.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/01/alter-bridge-paris-09-12-2019/



U.D.O.Amstelveen11.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/14/u-d-o-amstelveen-11-12-2019/



Bryan AdamsMilan15.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/07/20/bryan-adams-in-milan/



Samantha FishKansas28.12.2019
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/25/samanthafishkansas/




Rhianno GiddensTurin18.01.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/27/rhiannon-giddens/




MegadethAmsterdam26.01.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/10/26/this-is-holland/




Keb’ Mo’Berlin30.01.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/08/22/berlin/




Elvenkingworld tourOct 2019 – Jan 2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/10/22/elvenking/




HammerFallAntwerp05.02.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/08/31/hammerfall-antwerp-05-02-2020/



Bruce DickinsonParis14.02.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/10/27/bruce-dickinson/



RageVienna19.02.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/08/17/rage-wings-of/



Priest, OzzyHelsinki20.02.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/07/17/helsinki/



Dream TheaterGlasgow23.02.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/09/18/dream-theater-glasgow-23-02-2020/



Scorpions, WhitesnakeYogyakarta01.03.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/24/scorpions/




Mother’s FinestNuremberg07.03.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/07/27/mothersfinest/




Grand MagusCologne20.03.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/02/grand-magus/




Patti SmithAuckland27-28.04.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/29/patti-smith-beware/




Iron MaidenTokyo19-20.05.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/30/iron-maiden/




OpethCopenhagen17.06.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/20/opeth/



Judas Priest, SaxonGermanyJune, July 2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/22/judas-priest-saxon-germany-2020/




AirbourneBarcelonaJuly 25, 2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/12/08/airbourne/




W.A.S.P.Pratteln (Basel)07.11.2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/11/17/wasp/




Jethro TullEuropeNov 2019 – Nov 2020
https://musictivity.org/2019/07/24/jethrotullinnetherlands/

Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast 2020 gonna get you

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DATES

05.01.2020 Perth, Australia

05.03.2020 Adelaide, Australia

05.05.2020 Brisbane, Australia

05.07.2020 Sydney, Australia

05.09.2020 Melbourne, Australia

05.11.2020 Melbourne, Australia

05.13.2020 Auckland, New Zealand

05.16.2020 Manila, the Philippines

05.19.2020 Tokyo, Japan

05.20.2020 Tokyo, Japan

05.22.2020 Osaka, Japan

05.27.2020 Dubai, UAE

05.30.2020 Tel Aviv, Israel

06.05.2020 – 06.07.2020 Tampere, Finland

06.09.2020 Bremen, Germany

06.10.2020 Cologne, Germany

06.13.2020 Donington, England

06.15.2020 Belfast, Northern Ireland

06.18.2020 Dessel, Belgium

06.20.2020 Copenhagen, Denmark

06.23.2020 Berlin, Germany

06.25.2020 Oslo, Norway

06.27.2020 Gothenburg, Sweden

06.30.2020 St Petersburg, Russia

07.02.2020 Moscow, Russia

07.05.2020 Warsaw, Poland

07.07.2020 Prague, Czech Republic

07.09.2020 Weert, the Netherlands

07.11.2020 Paris, France

07.16.2020 Vienna, Austria

07.18.2020 Stuttgart, Germany

07.20.2020 Bologne, Italy

07.23.2020 Lisbon, Portugal

07.25.2020 Barcelona, Spain

GAME

There is a game, alright? It’s called “concert + city”. Musictivity regularly checks where the best bands are going to play concerts and then try to send an informative massage to fans of these bands, you know, about one selected place.

Iron Maiden will visit (during Legacy of the Beast Tour 2020) such a few great cities which have been already mentioned in Musictivity (so you can see few links below).

But in this case… In case of Iron Maiden in Tokyo, fans will get from Musictivity something special.

Iron Maiden 06.10.2020 Cologne, Germany

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/02/grand-magus/

Iron Maiden 06.20.2020 Copenhagen, Denmark

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/20/opeth/

Iron Maiden 06.23.2020 Berlin, Germany

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/24/berlin/

Iron Maiden 06.25.2020 Oslo, Norway

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/27/oslo/

Iron Maiden 07.11.2020 Paris, France

https://musictivity.org/2019/10/27/bruce-dickinson/

Iron Maiden 07.16.2020 Vienna, Austria

https://musictivity.org/2019/08/17/rage-wings-of/

VIGILANTE

According to Cambridge English Dictionary, vigilante means “a person who tries in an unofficial way to prevent crime, or to catch and punish someone who has committed a crime, especially because they do not think that official organizations, such as the police, are controlling crime effectively. Vigilantes usually join together to form groups.”

Yeah.

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I don’t think now about Bruce Dickinson talking about brutal security hitting innocent fans during concert neither about Eddie catching maidens.

Look for something that is hard to find
Searching somewhere deep inside your mind
Hope you find just what you’re looking for
Heaven’s waiting with an open door

Iron Maiden “When the River Runs Deep”

Iron Maiden will perform not once, but twice in the capital of country which is depicted in timeless classics like “Deep Purple Made in Japan”, “Judas Priest Unleash in the East” or “Maiden Japan” (“Heavy Metal Army”).

I really, really, REALLY, wanted to made a justice and describe Tokyo properly. Therefore I’ve reached out to one special band called Vigilante which is based in Tokyo and plays music somehow related to Iron Maiden but – as you will hear in video displayed below – developed own music style around true:

– heavy metal,

– power metal,

– thrash metal,

– progressive metal.

If metalcore-ish Killswitch Engage may be a special guest during Iron Maiden events in Australia and New Zealand 2020 then Vigilante would fit even better with Iron Maiden in Tokyo!

source: CaptainChaosVI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVuouKt1lak

Link to whole newest album Vigilante “Terminus of Thoughts”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1wAzW3TbpQ

IRON MAIDEN IN TOKYO

Music, Culture, Concert, Metal, Iron Maiden

Vigilante about Iron Maiden and their city of Tokyo:

Why in your opinion it is worth to watch Iron Maiden concerts 38 years after their best album “The Number of the Beast”?

Vigilante: That also means that 38 years or more have passed since we first met Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickinson (of course everybody know that Iron Maiden had also other vocalists in the past). It’s amazing that he keeps himself a part of heavy metal scene so long. We will always remember Iron Maiden!

What is your current opinion about each Iron Maiden member?

Vigilante: Bruce Dickinson is still full of energy and we are looking forward for his next activities after being pilot, brewery owner, fencing player, author, and last but not least legendary vocalist.

Steve Harris is also a phenomenal engine of this monster band. He is ambitious to play not only in Iron Maiden but also in British Lion. In our opinion, he is a true icon among greatest heavy metal musicians.

Nicko McBrain is almost 70 years old but still can play finest heavy metal drumming and that’s a great thing! His character and drum playing style is definitely irreplaceable.

Dave Murray has always been with Maiden through all good and bad times nearly 50 years. His smile always makes people feel relaxed. He is also a good songwriter, although not a prolific composer, but his songs are distinctive and give good twists to Iron Maiden’s repertoire.

Adrian Smith is like a cornerstone or anchor that always keeps the band on track even when others gone wild on stage. He contributes to the band with many good and catchy songs.

Janick Gers is the third engine that actives Maiden fully on stage. He makes great job as a part of the guitar trio devoting himself to build a wall of guitars or emotionally beautiful triple guitar harmonies.

How (in your opinion) best heavy metal bands should to prepare themselves before going wild on stage?

Vigilante: Of course they should to play all albums before concert day for warm ups and then try to choose songs for ideal set list!

Which cultural landmarks would you recommend to see in Tokyo? Especially for somebody who will travel from another city or even from another country to see Iron Maiden in Tokyo.

Vigilante: We have many awesome landmarks to enjoy here in Tokyo, like:

– Tokyo Tower,

– Tokyo Sky Tree,

– Shinjuku,

– Shibuya,

– Roppongi,

– Ryogoku Sumo Stadium,

– Asakusa,

– Akihabara.

source: Planetyze – Japan Best Spots Travel Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Fdi8jjt9k

Beside that, we will have Olympic Games in Tokyo next year (2020) so it will be much more exciting experience to visit Tokyo!

author: Sam O’Black

PS: of course answers written by Vigilante.

Jump Patti jump!

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CONCERTS

Upcoming Patti Smith concert dates made me curious if Patti Smith would enjoy jumping from the highest building in New Zealand. Why? Let’s look first at the mentioned dates:

30.11.2019 Carpi, Italy

05.12.2019 Pavia, Italy

09.04.2020 Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia

15.04.2020 Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

16.04.2020 Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

21.04.2020 Melbourne, Australia

22.04.2020 Melbourne, Australia

25.04.2020 Christchurch, New Zealand

27.04.2020 Auckland, New Zealand

28.04.2020 Auckland, New Zealand

10.06.2020 Hamburg, Germany

read about Hamburg: https://musictivity.org/2019/08/13/jessy-martens/

12.06.2020 Berlin, Germany

read about Berlin: https://musictivity.org/2019/11/24/berlin/

13.06.2020 Dresden, Germany

16.06.2020 Frankfurt, Germany

19.07.2020 Munich, Germany

read about Munich: https://musictivity.org/2019/09/28/phil-campbell-and-the-bastard-sons/

23.07.2020 Vienna, Austria

read about Vienna: https://musictivity.org/2019/08/17/rage-wings-of/

24.07.2020 Linz, Austria

Visiting such different places all around the world is a luxurious opportunity for musicians to explore and increase their creativity.

https://musictivity.org/2019/10/19/enjoy-your-favorite-music-in-unique-places/

JUMP

But what exactly makes New Zealand special? Patti Smith will sing twice in Auckland (don’t miss with NZ capital Wellington) and exactly in the center of this large city Sky Tower is located – an unique, 328 meters high object (while Eiffel Tower in Paris is only 320 meters) offering the ultimate test of faith. This is the highest building in whole New Zealand. It is possible to sky jump from its 192 meters wire construction with dizzying speed 85 km/h!

Official website of Sky Tower in Auckland: https://skyjump.co.nz/

source: Jonny Rush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmCmzT3PqeA

Patti Smith (Punk Poet Queen), Jackson Smith (guitar), Lenny Kaye (guitar), Tony Shanahan (bass guitar, keyboards) and Jay Dee Daugherty (drums):

and if there’s one thing
could do for you
you’d be a wing
in heaven blue

Patti Smith “Wing”

FOLLOW PATTI SMITH

There is nothing like escape from home with plan to become a star. You can finish like Tommy Wiseau from “The Disaster Artist” or like Patti Smith performing in Italy this autumn 2019. Or like me, an author of the worst music blog ever (but I’m free and it is beautiful; it is beautiful).

Some people over there may claim that Patti Smith works really hard all life for her image. Her legend isn’t something created by social media. She really slept in parks and really resisted drinking coffee in office from nine to five each business day. I need to ask Patti in person about that but I guess that talking about her as a hard worker would really deserve calling whole website a ton of bullshit. Her image reflects her genuine nature.

We appreciate Patti Smith because she is the most influential lady in rock music ever. Period.

INDEED

She made this what exactly was supposed to be done: wrote brilliant lyrics and sang on eleven excellent studio albums. Our role might be to listen to her longplays and to attend her concerts, but only if we wish that.

Patti Smith performed in June 2019 on Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, and didn’t take any coin for her concert. Solstice Festival doesn’t pay bands but she sang anyway. Now you need to answer this important question: do you like to listen to her longplays and attend her concerts or not? If not, I have nothing else to say. If yes, please make focus.

ALBUMS

“Horses” (1975). Evergreen, art rock, poetic, the most influential album in Patti Smith collection. Each song is the best. “Gloria” is the most popular.

“Radio Ethiopia” (1976). More expression, more freedom, more screaming, more energy, more… is it possible to make it all even MORE than on “Heroes”? Patti Smith can. Solid music from beginning to the end, although I think that title track together with “Abyssinia” perfectly highlight whole album.

“Easter” (1978). Patti Smith explores her potential to sing melodic and more subtle songs. Its catchy and positive. Explosion of happiness. Fantastic and timeless songs. “Rock’N’Roll Nigger” is an exceptional strong act of rebellion but it doesn’t change a general nature of “Easter”. My favorite songs are “Privilege (Set Me Free)” and “We Tree” but the most catchy is “Because The Night”.

“Wave” (1979). Continuation of “Easter”, includes everything what was the best in early period of Patti Smith. “Dancing Barefoot” rocks, “Seven Ways Of Going” is more experimental.

“Dream Of Life” (1988). Calmer album. Patti Smith came back after break caused by raising her child and started with declaration that “People have the power.” This song is perfect for making interaction with public during concerts.

“Gone Again” (1996). Painfull, grim, sad record. Patti Smith lost husband, rock genre lost Kurt Cobain (song “About A Boy”). “Wing” effectively silences public on the beginning of each concert in 2019 by introducing out of this world atmosphere. Overall intriguing set of moods because even if Patti Smith was nostalgic, she was also able to take some distance from mundane worries with funny “Summer Cannibals”.

“Peace And Noise” (1997). Oh well, death obsession?

“Gung Ho” (2000). Patti Smith as a mature and balanced artist. Great songs, remarkable melodies, accomplished vocal. Some underrated songs like “Upright Come”, “Gone Pie”, “Gung Ho”. Touching “Strange Massanger” is about working condition of too many innocent people also in XXI century. Washing blood in slaughterhouse after graduation from University? “Strange Massanger”!

“Trampin!” (2004). More dynamic, “come on people you know what to do” style. I saw even an opinion that Patti Smith came back to “Horses” era, or that it is actually her best album since “Horses”. Well, there are some similar elements and somebody can enjoy both “Trampin!” and “Horses”, but Patti Smith is significantly more mature in XXI century. She definitely wouldn’t sing “Cash” like that thirty years before.

“Twelve” (2007). Covers. Cool.

“Banga” (2012). Perfect rock album with rich musical structure. Patti Smith recites poems and sings great like never before. Relaxing “April Fool” correspondents well with epic “Constantine’s Dream”. Many lyrics are inspired by wild nature. Patti Smith used Roman stoicism in “Seneca” as a metaphor of her new personal approach to crazy world behind a window.

That’s my opinion about Patti Smith’s albums. Please let me know if you feel it differently. 🙂

Hey people from New Zealand! How are you? Kind regards for you from Iceland! Come on, let’s jump with Patti!

author: Sam O’Black

How to enjoy full week in Oslo?

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ATTRACTIONS

Oslo is a popular travel destination with rich cultural offer and beautiful scenery:

– Vigeland Park,

– National Gallery,

– Kon Tiki Museum,

– Fram Museum,

– Viking Ship Museum,

– Norsk Folkemuseum (open air museum with over 150 Norwegian buildings),

– Oslo City Hall (“the ugliest” building in the world, famous for Noble Peace Prize)

– Norwegian National Opera And Ballet (futuristic construction facing fjords, which allow you to walk from the ground to the roof on its slant outer suwrface),

– Gata (main Oslo’s street Karl Johans Gate),

– Akershus Fortress,

– The Royal Palace (looks like a twin of USA White House),

– ski jump hill Holmenkollen (check also Ski Museum),

– countless islands,

– fjords,

– beach,

– mountains,

– parks,

– excellent biking paths,

– bustling cafe (Grünerløkka district).

source: T. Haaland Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAA427yMsl0

If you have made already some research on-line, you are probably advised to shorten your time in Oslo and explore other part(s) of Norway. However, despite the longest distance between two points in Norway is 1752 km (it’s like from Amsterdam to St Petersburg or like from Oklahoma to Mexico City), its capital Oslo is the most visited city in entire country.

It’s not a coincidence that visitors spent 4.8 million nights in Oslo in 2017!

How should you plan your itinerary in Oslo to don’t feel broke or bored after two days? Honestly, it’s up to your interest but if you can appreciate good art and versatile landscape, Oslo can be a perfect choice for awesome holidays.

KON-TIKI

Once upon a time, I attended to a lesson of Viking language. Beside our teacher, there were present only me and one girl from Ecuador. Teacher mentioned that he have swam some short part of the Atlantic Ocean on his own (with life vest). I answered that it reminds me Kon-Tiki. He said “yeah, but it was somewhere around Australia”. Then I told him that Kon-Tiki’s hero swam from Peru to Polynesia. After the lesson, I asked my classmate if I was right: from Peru? She answered that she doesn’t have a clue what I’m talking about!

Herr Cirkusdirektör presents the original film about inspirational Kon-Tiki expedition from 1950 (document interesting not only for history connoisseurs)

source: Herr Cirkusdirektör https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22RvS372DlQ

VIGELAND

Another time, I was watching a good sociopathic “The Snowman” in cinema with my three Nordic mates. I’ve asked them on the beginning of the film: is this forest in Norway? They didn’t know. But then I informed them that this is exactly Oslo as I can recognize Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures from Frogner Park. I felt really happy when one mate repeated this info to another 🙂

source: Johtah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfcjSLtX3Y

EDVARD MUNCH

Outstanding paintings of Edvard Munch are more worldwide known parts of Norwegian cultural heritage. Everybody should to visit at least once in lifetime the National Norwegian Gallery (The Nasjonalgalleriet) in sake of iconic “The Scream”. It depicts a dread caused by expected challenges in chaotic future. Timeless art.

TOUR

You can learn about unique aspects of Norwegian culture and much, much more during the complete Oslo tour:

https://www.getyourguide.com/oslo-l38/oslo-grand-tour-fjord-cruise-t74686/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

It’s a comprehensive bus tour which includes:

– all best sights of Oslo (although part dedicated to Frogner Park is walking),

– a ticket to museum (you can choose between Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum),

– two hours cruise along breathtaking Oslofjord.

Viking Ship Museum

https://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/index.html

Fram Museum

Home

Check them out to know which one you prefer more (or would you like to see both on different days?). Don’t forget to complete your purchase:

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You can find here 48 different activities in Oslo:

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WHERE TO STAY

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Prices in Norway aren’t cheap but it’s also not the most expensive country in the world. For example a night in a good 3-stars hotel in Oslo city center may cost you 80 USD what is a good deal on Agoda.com if you compare this with prices for hotels in Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam etc.

I’d recommend to make smaller daily shopping in supermarkets REMA1000 or Kiwi if you don’t want to overpay for simple food ingredients (prices are almost the same as in many other European countries).

7 DAYS ?

Yeah. If you want to experience everything what Oslo has to offer in relaxed pace, you can take now a pen and paper and write down your itinerary. You will notice that Oslo gives people a lot of flexibility and that Oslo is complete for holidays. You can sightseeing, sunbathing, hiking, sailing, island hopping, watching fine art, dining, biking, relaxing, exploring history, making stunning photos and whatnot.

Just remember that period between May and October is much warmer than November – April. Feel welcome to visit Oslo out of season in sake of excellent winter sports infrastructure but expect freezing cold. Otherwise, summer may treat you with breathtaking fjords and much, much, much more attractions.

author: Sam O’Black