Why is it cool to travel for Rage in Vienna? Let me explain.
Love it or hate it. Rage defines German power metal. They used to experiment with classic orchestra in the past, but nowadays, Rage is a trio:
– Founder Peavy Wagner (vocals, bass), completed new line-up in 2015 with
– Greek Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos (drums) and
– Venezuelan born in Argentina, Marcos Rodriguez (guitars).
Their wild two studio albums “The Devil Strikes Again” (2016) and “Seasons Of The Black” (2017) represents traditional, raw power metal style with modern sound.
Especially that the latter consisted of at least six old school songs from Avenger era, recorded again and added as a bonus tracks (previous incarnation of Rage, around 1984).
“Wings of Rage” is the newest Rage album released in January 2020. Peavy told me via phone that this longplay is a trademark of everything best in Rage. I would agree, although two previous albums made better impression on me, and it doesn’t have start to “The Missing Link” (1993) and “Black In Mind” (1995).
I mean, alright, let’s listen “Wings of Rage”. Good one. You will know what the band is about afterwards. But keep in mind, that Rage had better pieces in the past.
Officially confirmed Rage’s thrilling dates:
March 27th, 2020, Valladolid, Spain
March 28th, 2020, Santiago Di Compostela, Spain
April 11th, 2020, Monheim Am Rhein, Germany
April 24th, 2020, Almaty, Kazakhstan
June 13th, 2020, Los Realejos, Tenerife, Spain
July 16th, 2020, Balingen, Germany
August 13th, 2020, Oberfeld, Hessen, Germany
August 21st, 2020, Pindelo Des Milagres, Sao Pedro Do Sul, Portugal
September 26th, 2020, Leipzig, Germany
September 30th, 2020, Vienna, Austria
October 1st, 2020, Berlin, Germany
October 6th, 2020, Paris, France
October 7th, 2020, Lyon, France
November 4th, 2020, Vilnius, Lithuania
November 5th, 2020, Riga, Lotva
November 6th, 2020, Tallin, Estonia
November 7th, 2020, St. Petersburg, Russia
November 8th, 2020, Moscow, Russia
November 10th, 2020, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
November 12th, 2020, Kazan, Russia
January 9th, 2021, Hamburg, Germany
More concerts will be announced soon!
RAGE IN VIENNA
If you live in the proximity of one of mentioned venues then I recommend going there to get crazy and enjoy. Otherwise, you can take a trip to another city/country.
One of the most appealing cities for a music trip is Vienna, capital of Austria. Rage have already performed in Vienna in 2020 (with Serenity), but will make it again in September 2020.
Rage plays traditional power metal and Vienna is a city of traditions. Right? I would argue that it’s true, but my family laughs. Let me explain how it is.
I come from a musical family. My grandfather was an organist in church, my grandmother was a music teacher at school, grand aunt was an orchestra conductor, cousin was a singer in choir, father was a musician in army and mother graduated with classical music from University, but worked only few years as a classical music critic. My childhood was soaked in classical music, but also in other forms of high end arts. Albeit, nobody had ever pushed me to learn how to play on any instrument, my parents just decided that it’s unnecessary. I grew up with Metallica, Judas Priest and The Doors. Now I call these bands “traditional” if not “classical”.
Vienna is famous with Viener Klassik, three composers of classical period: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Yeah. I don’t really understand why these men are the most supreme representatives of Vienna, but my Mom told me that other great composers from Vienna lived in other periods in music history. Alright, let’s say that we need to know names of these three “idols”, before attending our desired show of Rage in Vienna.
Vienna is considered as one of the most livable city in the world because people who live there appreciate other values than only money. There are plenty magnificent cultural venues. And how cheap is there!
I stayed in a four stars hotel in Belvedere garden for 60 euros / night.
I ate the best schnitzel in my life for 26,50 euros in a high end luxurious restaurant attended by celebrities from Vienna State Opera.
I booked a fantastic and super informative walking tour with a fixed price of merely 17 euros.
As you can see, perfect service for half the price which you need to pay for the same quality in many other European major cities.
Some people claim that pastries are the best in Paris, others say that in Vienna or in Copenhagen. I tried pastries in each of these cities and Vienna wins hands down. I recommend especially Anker as a bakery which exists from 1891 and offers delicious, quite big pieces of cakes for around two euros each (you can eat on site or take away).
Popular Ring Road (Ringstrasse) in Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in theory, you can take a touristic tram along this street for ten euros. I did that and I was disappointed. Waste of time. It’s much better to explore this area step by step. It looks awesome! Too good for window watching. Cultural offer on the Ring Road is so rich that you probably would love to explore some buildings from inside.
The Vienna City Hall is a brilliant example of an architectural pearl located by Ring Rong though it was under re-construction in May 2019 (I’m not sure if it’s available to see in its full grace now) but I was able to take picture over there three years earlier. It’s my favorite building in Vienna. Friedrich Von Schmidt was a main architect of this outstanding neo gothic construction, and he also made a final project of the cathedral in Cologne (that’s why I love the city of Cologne in Germany).
Read more about Cologne.
Hofburg is another significant structure in Vienna. There are a lot of stories to explain about this and other unique sites, but it is supposed to be heard in person from an experienced guide. Now, I can only show you my gorgeous pictures of Hofburg:
I hope that traditional power metal will inspire you to experience the most traditional city in Europe. Rage concert in Vienna can be an amazing opportunity to do that, so grab your tickets right now and fly crazy with your new wings.
Author: Sam O’Black