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Brother Firetribe - Live with Shiraz Lane at Knust, Hamburg - October 16, 2017
Brother Firetribe - Live with Shiraz Lane at Knust, Hamburg - October 16, 2017

My history with Brother Firetribe goes back to the Heart Full Of Fire album, where I discovered them and took Wildest Dreams and Runaways with me onwards, as they struck me as standout, fantastic songs. I thought of the band as an interesting curiosity, channeling a retro vibe, but missing something to get me completely hooked. Fast forward 9 y....
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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2017 - A Festival Diary
Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2017 - A Festival Diary

After a 4 year leave of absence, I was finally back at the Sweden Rock Festival. It was great to be back, and this festival diary is my way of chronicling my adventures, in an attempt to capture the spirit of the festival and of course, the concerts I experienced. Wednesday, June 7'th 2017 With the weather not exactly looking promisi....
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Cage - Live at Lygten Station, April 14. 2017
Cage - Live at Lygten Station, April 14. 2017

A strained neck and no voice, except for a weird squeaky sound, were just a few of the casualties my body had to endure, after witnessing Cage deliver a mighty, crushing performance at Lygten Station in Copenhagen. My ageing, weak body was apparently not quite ready for the onslaught of a Cage concert. How the hell I am going to survive the Sweden ....
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Michael Monroe - Live at Viften, Roedovre, October 20. 2016
Michael Monroe - Live at Viften, Roedovre, October 20. 2016

"A marriage of Sex Pistols and Guns n'Roses", that was how the guy next to me summed up Michael Monroe after the concert, and I couldn't really argue with that. Michael Monroe delivered a great concert, filled with love of rock n'roll, and, even with a very small crowd, the band played with vigor and determination to put up a show. I had missed ....
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Fates Warning - Live at the Keep It True Festival XIX 2016 - A Festival Report
Fates Warning - Live at the Keep It True Festival XIX 2016 - A Festival Report

Fates Warning were playing a special 30'th anniversary show in commemoration of their 1986 album, Awaken The Guardian, at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Könighshofen, Germany. Here, it was announced, they would reunite with their original vocalist, John Arch, drummer Steve Zimmerman and guitarist Frank Aresti and play the entire Awaken... album....
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Manowar - Live at SCC, Aarhus, Denmark - Sunday, January 31. 2016
Manowar - Live at SCC, Aarhus, Denmark - Sunday, January 31. 2016

For the first time ever, Manowar were going to bring their show to Aarhus. I had purchased my ticket back in March, when they were put on sale, and I had most impatiently awaited this day ever since. As luck would have it, I got sick four days prior to the concert and was in no way in top condition, as the day of the show arrived. But hey, it would....
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Tori Amos - Live At Egeskov Castle - June 6, 2015
Tori Amos - Live At Egeskov Castle - June 6, 2015

For the first time ever, the Renaissance garden at Egeskov Castle was used as a concert setting when Tori Amos stopped by on her summer tour. I was delighted when I discovered the concert and imagined this to be a perfect match. My girlfriend and I arrived at Egeskov Castle early in the evening after a couple of hours' drive. The weather was good, ....
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Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2013 - My Festival Diary
Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2013 - My Festival Diary

This is a personal diary, chronicling my adventures at the Sweden Rock Festival 2013, written to capture the spirit of the festival and my impression of all the concerts I saw. With 41 bands I wanted to see, a great weather forecast and a wid....
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Mike Tramp - Acoustic Concert - FEEL, Horsens - September 20. 2012
Mike Tramp - Acoustic Concert - FEEL, Horsens - September 20. 2012

Mike Tramp is currently on an acoustic tour of Europe and I was lucky enough to catch his concert at FEEL, Horsens. This was Mike Tramp, stripped down to his most basic, one man and his guitar. That his music works in an acoustic setting was evident right from the start. FEEL is a bar and restaurant in Horsens with a capacity of about 100 peopl....
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Saviour Machine - Live (Acoustic) at Odeon De Spiegel, Zwolle, The Netherlands - September 6'th 2012
Saviour Machine - Live (Acoustic) at Odeon De Spiegel, Zwolle, The Netherlands - September 6'th 2012

Saviour Machine had decided to play the first show on their acoustic tour in The Netherlands, the country where everyone sounds like Pim de Keysergracht. I have never seen Saviour Machine live before and back in 2011, I had missed the band's firs....
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Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2012 - My Festival Diary
Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2012 - My Festival Diary

I have been visiting the Sweden Rock Festival since 2003, so this was my ten year anniversary and I was not going to pass that by without celebration. Not even if this looked to be the worst running order in the ten years I have attended the festival. I would not miss the return of King Diamond, nor the other ten bands I looked forward to seeing, b....
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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2010 - My Festival Diary
Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2010 - My Festival Diary

June had arrived and it was time for my seventh consecutive Sweden Rock Festival. I am tempted to say "Same procedure as last year? Same procedure as every year!" It was 5 days of great music, partying, meeting new friends and drinking way too mu....
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Various (Music) - Festival Anecdotes
Various (Music) - Festival Anecdotes

I've had a lot of fun on various festivals in my time. I decided to pick my memory for some memorable and funny moments and gather them on one page just for fun. More will be added whenever I remember some. Frequently asked Festival Questions Is it true that you invaded the Sabaton Camp at the ....
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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2009 - My Festival Diary
Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2009 - My Festival Diary

Introduction Concert overload, hard rocking music, intense alcohol consumption, partying with like minded people, making new friends and general silliness; It's all part of the Sweden Rock Festival spirit an....
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Various Artists - Magic Circle Festival 2008 - Five days of Manowar Madness
Various Artists - Magic Circle Festival 2008 - Five days of Manowar Madness

This was the second annual Magic Circle Festival. Manowar had announced that they would celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Kings of Metal by playing their first six albums in their entirety over two days. I expected nothing less than ....
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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2008 - The Festival Report
Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2008 - The Festival Report

As the first of 4 festivals on my schedule, Sweden Rock kicked off a busy festival summer in a great way. The lineup was pretty good with a lot of great bands but Avantasia on the last night of the festival was what I was really looking forward t....
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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2007 - The Festival Report
Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2007 - The Festival Report

Another year, another Sweden Rock Festival. This hard rocking paradise has now been extended into four full days of music. I had a jam-packed schedule with 31 bands on the "To see" list and managed to catch most of them as well as a few cool and ....
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Manowar - Live with Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell in Germany, March 2007 - The Tour Report
Manowar - Live with Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell in Germany, March 2007 - The Tour Report

Manowar were making a tour of Germany, bringing Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell with them. I knew I couldn't miss this opportunity so I decided to head to Germany to see three shows. Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Th....
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Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2006 - My Festival Diary
Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2006 - My Festival Diary

It was that time of year again. Sweden called, and I did go... Unfortunately we had not been granted a photo pit pass this year so it made my job of taking photos that much harder. Pictures of some bands are missing because I was too far from the....
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Stream of Passion - Live with Damian Wilson & Oliver Wakeman in the UK, 2006 - Tour Report
Stream of Passion - Live with Damian Wilson & Oliver Wakeman in the UK, 2006 - Tour Report

When I read the news that Arjen Lucassen was taking his band Stream of Passion on the road, I knew right away that I had to see if they could bring the same kind of magic to the stage as was the case with Star One a few years back. When Damian Wi....
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Manowar - Earthshaker Festival 2005 & Manowar Fan Convention - Live Report
Manowar - Earthshaker Festival 2005 & Manowar Fan Convention - Live Report

This years Earthshaker Festival sounded like it would be something of a once in a life time event. That is, if you are a Manowar fan. Next to the festival, topped by personal favorites like Manowar, Nightwish, Rhapsody, Masterplan, Primal Fear a....
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Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2005 - My Festival Diary
Various (Music) - Sweden Rock Festival 2005 - My Festival Diary

Ok, how shall I say this. I got a bit ...erm... helplessly inebriated during this years Sweden Rock Festival, which resulted in a few momentary memory losses and as a result a couple of concert reviews are a bit on the short side. This was sur....
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Various (Music) - ProgPower V 2004 - There And Back Again - A Heavy Metal Fairytale
Various (Music) - ProgPower V 2004 - There And Back Again - A Heavy Metal Fairytale

Seeing the list of bands playing at this years' ProgPower USA festival was enough to get me mooh'ing with delight, so I decided to empty my savings account, buy the plane ticket and head to Atlanta for a few days to check out this one of a kind M....
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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2004 - The Festival Report
Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2004 - The Festival Report

This years Sweden Rock Festival was looking to be the event of the year for me, with more than 20 bands I just had to see. Unfortunately I got half-way sick the day before leaving and only getting 2 hours of sleep before we left at 4:45 in the mo....
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Various Artists - Blind Guardian Open Air 2003 - The Festival Report
Various Artists - Blind Guardian Open Air 2003 - The Festival Report

Blind Guardian Open Air was a one time experience festival with "guess who", as the headliner two days in a row. Before the event the fans of the band had been asked which songs they wanted to hear, and there was a huge poll at the Blind Guardian Web site some months earlier. I had completely forgotten which songs were to be played live, I was just....
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