dragonforce at the Southampton Guildhall.
admittedly i've never been to a REAL gig before (only small ones at school), but DAMN!
after the HUGELY boring que to get in their, not helped by the friend a took with me, we FINAL got to the door.
my friend rushed strait for the merch stall, staying there for the whole opening set from the first support band, Firewind
didn't really get a good look at them till the second half of their set, eventually i managed to get a little closer (so i could tell who was playing what mainly). first thing that caught my eye was their bass player's shirt, a nice black number bare the Thin Lizzy logo. as for the music, it was kind of keyboard heavy in places, yet had none in others. the band setup was a little unusual for a power metal band too, one of the guitarists kept putting down the guitar and playing the keyboards, as opposed to the usual extra member for keys.
in short, they were good, i'll have to check them out some time.
after they'd finish i went to find my friend, who by this time had just finished at the merch table and spent £80 on just shirts and a wristband
i tried to stay with him but he insisted on staying by the guys doing the lights in the middle of the hall, so i left him their to get closer to the stage to get a better look at the next band on the bill, All That Remains
All That Remains:
not really being into metalcore myself, i didn't really like them all that much. first thing that i saw was their bass player, and i make no apologises for saying there was FAR, FAR to much shirt there, and jeans too.
as showmen/people they were very energetic, got the crowd quite into it, starting a few pits along the way (which i slowly walked away from, like a TRUE pussy).
as for the music, as a said, i don't really like metalcore, and that's what they were.
to sum it up, they were fun, but not my thing.
after that i managed to get right to the front row, i got a good view of the roadie laying out Herman Li's pedal board. after the stage was set nothing much happened till the lights went down, and the infamous trampolines came out. what happened next ALMOST deserves it's own paragraph, but not quite.
contrary to what i THOUGHT, the trampolines WEREN'T for the band. they were for 2 women to come out at start using them.
now, you my be thinking, "now THAT sounds hot", but from were i was, it wasn't. i could only see one girl, for all i know the other one bouncing might have been hottest thing i've ever seen, but i only really saw her as they both walked off the stage. the girl i COULD see however, wasn't to attractive, she had huge boobs, not nice huge, huge like fat women have. she wasn't good looking, as gay as that sounds. then final, DragonForce
after a few walk-on's my herman, the whole band jumped strait into their first song of the night, i cant really remember what it was but it was the first time i actually moved more that a few inches all night. as fucking AWESOME as the music was, it was no match for their showmanship.
it can never be said their a boring live band, but there were on FIRE that night. one of the best parts of the night was the way they interacted with the crowd between songs, oh which the only band member not taking part was the drummer (although he can't really be blamed for it). the highlight of the whole night HAD to be the keyboard solo
i think that speaks for it's self.
as soon as the band left EVERYONE in the hall was screaming for an encore, and them being the showmen they are, delivered with an amazing proference of Through The Fire and the Flames
on the whole, they were the best thing i've ever seen, next time they play anywhere near where i live i'm there
the whole night was TOTALLY worth the ringing in my ears i have right now.