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  • My Review

    3. Okt. 2011, 17:39

    Вс 2 Окт – Apocalyptica, Therapy?

    Apocalyptica rocked the Kyiv stage for the third time! This was my second Apo live experience, so I have something to compare with :)

    First of all, the organisation was really good - as for me, it's one of the most important things for successful concert. The concert started at 19:20 instead of 19:00, but I guess everybody has already got used to such state of affairs :) The warm-up band was Therapy?, great Irish guys with a good sense of humour and a couple of wonderful songs. They even learnt several Ukrainian words, which made me really glad. I'm not a fan of theirs, but I recognized such songs as Nowhere , Diane , Potato Junkie. They were really good! Their performance lasted for an hour though (too long for the warm-up band, as for me).
    Then a technical break came along, it took about 20 min. Everyone was so anxious to finally see Apocalyptica live. A big surprise was to hear Hallelujah playing (not by Apo, just on its own). I guess it was some special trick :) The guys appeared at the stage at 20:50 (yeah, I looked at my watch :) with On The Rooftop With Quasimodo - a track from their new studio album "7th Symphony" ! A great song, a nice beginning ^^
    The next song was 2010, a new one as well. When I heard them playing Grace , my favourite track from the "Worlds collide", I was in heaven :) Mikko Siren was a star of the song!
    Apocalyptica also gave an opportunity to enjoy "Master of Puppets" (track number 4 in setlist), "Nothing else matters"(number 10), and "Seek & Destroy" (number 14) - the immortal hits of Metallica. The crowd went very loud :)

    I must say that Apocalyptica brought Tipe Johnson, the former leader of Leningrad Cowboys, for the second time - he was their vocalist last year too. He has a great voice and it was a pleasure to hear End of Me, I'm Not Jesus and I Don't Care (this one appeared in encore). Special notice: Eicca Toppinen sang with him !!! Just small parts, but nevertheless is was soooo cool ^^ Even Apo admitted that the audience was singing very well :)

    Among the other tracks there were: a legendary Quutamo, Sacra (a new song), Last Hope, Fisheye, a very famous Sepultura cover Inquisition Symphony, Hall of the Mountain King. It was a big surprise that the last one mentioned wasn't the last one on the setlist, as usual. The guys were very satisfied with the audience and the concert itself, and performed Farewell - a beautiful lyrical ballad. The outro was Ruska - a traditional ending :)

    One more important thing to mention - Mikko Siren's hairdo was very stylish :) Look for the pictures in the net and you'll understand me )) By the way, he appeared in the tribunes while playing "Sacra" - I really liked this trick ^^

    I can't but mention Perttu Kivilaakso's Cello Solo - the audience was mesmerised with it ^^

    To conclude, I want to say that this concert was much better than the last year's one - the sound was better, the audience was better, the guys changed the setlist greatly, plus I liked the choice of the warm-up band ( even though they don't really coincide in music styles, they both performed great!).

    I'd like to say huge THANK YOU to Apocalyptica (Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Mikko Siren) , Therapy? and Tipe Johnson for the very bright, breathtaking, impressive and unforgettable show! Would be great to see them live in Kyiv soon :)

    Thanks for reading ^^
  • Apocalyptica concert in Kyiv, Ukraine 02.10.2011

    3. Okt. 2011, 17:30

    Apocalyptica rocked the Kyiv stage for the third time! This was my second Apo live experience, so I have something to compare with :)

    First of all, the organisation was really good - as for me, it's one of the most important things for successful concert. The concert started at 19:20 instead of 19:00, but I guess everybody has already got used to such state of affairs :) The warm-up band was Therapy?, great Irish guys with a good sense of humour and a couple of wonderful songs. They even learnt several Ukrainian words, which made me really glad. I'm not a fan of theirs, but I recognized such songs as Nowhere , Diane , Potato Junkie. They were really good! Their performance lasted for an hour though (too long for the warm-up band, as for me).
    Then a technical break came along, it took about 20 min. Everyone was so anxious to finally see Apocalyptica live. A big surprise was to hear Hallelujah playing (not by Apo, just on its own). I guess it was some special trick :) The guys appeared at the stage at 20:50 (yeah, I looked at my watch :) with On The Rooftop With Quasimodo - a track from their new studio album "7th Symphony" ! A great song, a nice beginning ^^
    The next song was 2010, a new one as well. When I heard them playing Grace , my favourite track from the "Worlds collide", I was in heaven :) Mikko Siren was a star of the song!
    Apocalyptica also gave an opportunity to enjoy "Master of Puppets" (track number 4 in setlist), "Nothing else matters"(number 10), and "Seek & Destroy" (number 14) - the immortal hits of Metallica. The crowd went very loud :)

    I must say that Apocalyptica brought Tipe Johnson, the former leader of Leningrad Cowboys, for the second time - he was their vocalist last year too. He has a great voice and it was a pleasure to hear End of Me, I'm Not Jesus and I Don't Care (this one appeared in encore). Special notice: Eicca Toppinen sang with him !!! Just small parts, but nevertheless is was soooo cool ^^ Even Apo admitted that the audience was singing very well :)

    Among the other tracks there were: a legendary Quutamo, Sacra (a new song), Last Hope, Fisheye, a very famous Sepultura cover Inquisition Symphony, Hall of the Mountain King. It was a big surprise that the last one mentioned wasn't the last one on the setlist, as usual. The guys were very satisfied with the audience and the concert itself, and performed Farewell - a beautiful lyrical ballad. The outro was Ruska - a traditional ending :)

    One more important thing to mention - Mikko Siren's hairdo was very stylish :) Look for the pictures in the net and you'll understand me )) By the way, he appeared in the tribunes while playing "Sacra" - I really liked this trick ^^

    I can't but mention Perttu Kivilaakso's Cello Solo - the audience was mesmerised with it ^^

    To conclude, I want to say that this concert was much better than the last year's one - the sound was better, the audience was better, the guys changed the setlist greatly, plus I liked the choice of the warm-up band ( even though they don't really coincide in music styles, they both performed great!).

    I'd like to say huge THANK YOU to Apocalyptica (Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Mikko Siren) , Therapy? and Tipe Johnson for the very bright, breathtaking, impressive and unforgettable show! Would be great to see them live in Kyiv soon :)

    Thanks for reading ^^
  • Apocalyptica in Kyiv , 31.03.2010.

    2. Apr. 2010, 13:17

    Wed 31 Mar – Apocalyptica in Kyiv


    This was the second concert of the famous Finnish band " Apocalyptica '" in Kyiv , after the 2005 one .
    During this tour Apo managed to organise three concerts in Ukraine : in Dnipropetrovs'k , Odesa and Kyiv . Last year they must have been to be the headliners of the festival in Kherson , but something changed their plans . And we , Ukrainians , got a great opportunity to enjoy their music in March 2010 :)

    The first surprise of the evening was the great organisation : there was no crowd , no problems with ordinary cameras etc. I came to the concert hall in advance and could choose the place to sit ))
    The concert itself began at 19:50 ( instead of 19:00 ) , but it didn't matter ,of course . There is no show which starts on time :) The show started with "Wherever I May Roam " and then - " Refuse / Resist " : the crowd went very loud ^^ And the third track , " Grace " , amazed me being performed live in such a beautiful way ! Now I like it very very much :)

    I must say that the guys were very sweet and communicated with the audience quite a lot , told many pleasant words about Ukraine , and Kyiv audience as well ^

    The songs " I'm not Jesus " , " Life burns!" and " I don't care " were performed with the guest vocalist Tipe Johnson from " Leningrad cowboys " ( Finland ) . He sang quite well , his voice was strong and deep.

    Also , a great surprise for me was the performance of " Kaamos " , which is so rarely performed live .

    The guys played one song from the newcoming album called " 7th symphony " - it was " Sacra " , very beautiful and emotional track , in classic style .

    " Bittersweet' , one of my most favourite songs , was performed too ^ That was amazing !

    I must say there were too many covers ... I wanted to hear the own masterpieces of Apocalyptica , but I must confess that any (!) song played by Apo is a miracle . The guys put their souls into music , their moves and artistic qualities can't be compared with anyone else . They really differ from all the other bands . Even without any vocals their music is full of sense and beauty .

    The final track was " Hall of the mountain king " , the legendary part of " Peer Gynt " by E.Grieg . The concert lasted for 1 hour and 25 minutes , it wasn't that long , but even in such a short time they allowed us to enjoy the power of their genius . In the very end Eicca appeared on stage with Ukrainian flag , and we were so touched ! I really appreciate this . On facebook the guys wrote the following words : "Thank you Kiev ! You showed again the reason why we love to play shows to the audience ! Love Ya all !"

    The tracklist was as following :

    Wherever I May Roam (Metallica cover)
    Refuse/Resist (Sepultura cover)
    Grace
    Fight Fire with Fire (Metallica cover)
    One (Metallica cover)
    I'm Not Jesus
    Life Burns!
    Kaamos
    Intro:South of Heaven / Betrayal / Outro:Cortege/Forgiveness
    Sacra
    Bittersweet
    Last Hope
    Seek and Destroy (Metallica cover)
    Inquisition Symphony
    ----------------------------------
    Encore :

    I Don't Care
    Enter Sandman (Metallica cover)
    Hall of the Mountain King


    Please , come again as soon as possible ^ The show was perfect !
    Kiitos paljon konserttiista !
  • Lacrimosa's gig in Kyiv , 30.08.2009

    31. Aug. 2009, 10:26

    Sun 30 Aug, Kyiv – Lacrimosa
    The third gig of famous Swiss band Lacrimosa in Kyiv had a huge success ! Despite the fact that it wasn't advertised , the concert hall was full . There were people of all age groups ( even really small children of Lacrimosa fans ) , and from abroad as well - many Russians attended the gig . The gig started an hour later than it was planned , but it hasn't changed the beauty of the concert . It lasted more than two hours , as the audience called Lacrimosa to sing more ! There were two encores ! Tilo appeared at the stage after TV broadcasting . Tilo and Anne performed perfectly , danced and Tilo also played the tube . They performed their greatest hits " Lacrimosa Theme " , " Alleine Zu Zweit " , " Der Morgen Danach " , "Stolzes Herz " , " Copycat " ," Schakal " , " Not every pain hurts " , " Lichtgestalt " , " Alles Luge " , " Halt Mich ' , "Ich Bin Der Brennende Komet " , " Ich Verlasse Heut' Dein Herz " , ' Senses " and many others . As well as all the songs from the new album " Sehnsucht" - " I lost my star in Krasnodar " , " Koma " , " A prayer for your heart " etc.
    All in all , I can say that the gig was awesome , the guys did their best , sang perfectly and the whole show was unbelievable ! All Ukrainian fans of Lacrimosa are looking forward to see the band again in Kyiv in the nearest future ! Thanks for the gig ! Danke schön , kiitos paljon konserttiista :)

    Tracklist of the concert :
    1.Lacrimosa Theme .
    2.Die Sehnsucht In mir
    3.Alleine Zu Zweit
    4.Schakal
    5.A Prayer for your Heart
    6.Mandira Nabula
    7. Alles Luge
    8.Der Morgen Danach
    9. I Lost my star in Krasnodar
    10. Lichtgestalt
    11.Senses
    12.Der Tote Winkel
    13.Halt mich
    14.Koma
    15.Not Every pain hurts
    16.Copycat
    17. Stolzes Herz

    Encore 1 :

    18.Call me with the voice of love
    19. Ich Bin Der Brennende Komet
    20.Ich Verlasse Heut' Dein Herz

    Encore 2 :
    21.Feuer
    22. A.U.S.
  • 18.06.2006 Ukraine , Kyiv

    1. Jul. 2009, 12:05

    Sun 18 Jun – The Rasmus
    The gig was really amazing ! Unfortunately , the support band was a wrong choice , it was MRK ... The fans got bored and were eagered to see TR without any support , as for me :) The guys performed their well-known hits ' In the shadows " , " First day of my life " , the older songs - " Liquid " , " Rakkauslaulu " , and almost all the songs from " Hide from the sun " : " Shot " , Night after night " , "No fear " , " Lucifer's angel " , "Sail away" , "Immortal " and so on . They also sang " Kalinka-Malinka " and it was so funny :) They got a present from a fan - an embroidered Ukrainian towel , and they said they enjoyed the gig and the city as well . The atmosphere at the gig was awesome , there were people of different age , from teenagers to old people , and foreigners as well . The sound was good , and TR tried their best . I enjoyed the gig and I hope that TR will perform in Kyiv once more very soon !