gothikmaus: (Simon Gallup is my hero)
I'm enjoying a well-deserved day off after last night's concert (I still did something work-related this morning, but at least I got to sleep until 9:00 AM).

Yesterday I saw The Cure live after... I don't actually remember when was the last time I'd seen them. 2008 probably. They played in Milan in 2012, but I was in Los Angeles at the time (I was SO pissed off when I found out); then in 2014 they played in London and I was really tempted to go: it was on my birthday's weekend and Suede were playing the day after, but I was in the middle of changing job, so I couldn't.

Anyway. The concert itself was great, at the end I couldn't believe they had actually played for 3 whole hours. The only negative thing was that I was standing very far away from the stage: when I bought the ticket (4 days after they'd gone on sale), the ones for the pit were already sold out (WTF), so I bought a "cheap" one for the section further away from the stage hoping I'd be able to make my way at least halfway through. I did manage to get closer, but then got blocked and couldn't go any further. The spot I found was actually great, I could see perfectly and had a lot of room to move about, but I'm just not used to stand so far away. (Also, I use the word "cheap" with inverted commas: the ticket was €56 FFS).

They played songs they don't often play live, like "Burn", "Never Enough" and "Wrong Number" (during which Robert actually said "Pronto! Pronto! PRONTO!", which is the Italian for "Hello!" XD). Also, during a song (I don't remember which one, could've been "Trust") Robert and Simon played leaning against each other. It wasn't the classic back-against-back leaning, it was like a half-embrace, shoulder against shoulder. And Robert completely forgot the lyrics for the first verse of "Lullaby" and just came up with random words. XD Oh, Robert.

And Simon is currently rocking a Clash/rockabilly look. I approve.


Jun. 16th, 2016 08:59 pm
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
Last weekend was amazing. On Saturday night I saw Easy Cure (The Cure cover band) and Mode Inside (Depeche Mode cover band). I've seen Easy Cure many many times, so I knew they'd put up a great show, but I didn't know Mode Inside. Well, they're brilliant. The singer's got a beautiful, deep voice and he's quite easy on the eye. ;)

And on Sunday night I went to a Duran Duran concert! Again, I didn't quite know what to expect: of course I know most of their hits, but I'd never seen them live before. Well, it was the best concert I've seen in a while. They even played Space Oddity by David Bowie! It was a Planet Earth / Space Oddity medley, followed by Ordinary World. I was actually close to tears, as both Space Oddity and Ordinary World are two of my all time favourite songs. T_T

And I suddenly remembered that my natural habitat is right in front of a stage. XD
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
Aww yiss, I love days off in the middle of the week.

I wanted to write this yesterday, but I received a last-minute invite to dinner + '80s night, so I didn't have time: the other night I dreamt Die Ärzte were playing in my hometown. The venue was tiny, I was standing in the front row and it was GLORIOUS. I think my subconsciuos is trying to tell me something. XD

And while we're talking about fandoms, I realised the following about 2016:

- new Sherlock
- new Star Trek
- new Harry Potter (sort of)
- Cure concert

- a potential trip to Berlin (not confirmed yet)
- a potential trip overseas (business+pleasure, not confirmed yet)

I'm gonna die! XD
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
First of all: thanks for the Christmas card, [profile] schwimmerin! Remembering our adventures around Northern Italy from last year put a big grin on my face.

I was a bit late sending out cards this year, I'm afraid some of you won't get it before the 25th. Hopefully before the 31st? Sorry. :(

Other than that, I've been quite busy visiting the annual arts & crafts fair earlier this month (where a veeery cute German vendor started talking to me in German when he saw my St Pauli jacket) and the O Bej O Bej market in Milan (a traditional market held around St. Ambrose's Day).

Last night I went to see Madame Sadowsky. Man, had I missed a good night out. I had to go on my own because none of my friends could come with me, but I decided to go anyway and I'm very glad I did. I hadn't danced so much in ages. Also, I thought of [profile] schwimmerin because there was a Farin look-alike! I did a double take, at a first glance I really thought it was him! (Just younger. XD)

And tonight I'm seeing Bluvertigo! It's going to be a stroll down memory lane, they were my favourite band in the late '90s.

And on Sunday I'll be a zombie. I'm getting too old for this kind of weekend... XD


Nov. 27th, 2015 09:04 pm
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Ticket for next year's Cure concert: bought! \o/

The shows are almost sold out and the best tickets have already gone, but I'm sure I'll find a way to sneak closer to the stage at some point. It feels good to finally be able to make long-term plans again. Now I just need to wait eleven (!) months...
gothikmaus: (Japan)
I went to see a Bluvertigo concert last night and thought I would be a zombie today, but it wasn't too bad in the end, considering I only slept 4 hours.

Bluvertigo are one of my favourite Italian bands, I was pretty much obsessed with them in the late '90s. They stopped making music together years ago, as the members were busy with different projects (the lead singer/bassist even became one of the judges in the Italian edition of X-Factor - DOH!) They played a reunion concert a few years ago, I went to see them also back then and every time I see them live I have a great time.

Here, have a picture of them. If I remember correctly, [personal profile] polarforscherin will appreciate someone in it. ;)

gothikmaus: (Default)
I haven't updated in ages, but the last weeks have been awfully busy. At least the Christmas shopping is finally done. I also wanted to post pictures of the Christmas cards I sent to my LJ friends, but I still need to crop and resize the pics, I'll do it next week when I'm home from the office.

Last night I went to an Easy Cure concert with V and they were great as usual. I've seen a lot of their concerts, once I even went to London to see them, they're really, really good. If you can't go to a Cure gig, they're the next best thing. V knows the singer because they used to work together, so we chatted a little with him after the concert. And for the first time in my life I saw a drummer tear apart a snare drum, they had to use a spare one because the skin had a long slash running in the middle of it. I was impressed. XD
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
I'm finally done with the DÄ concert list. It probably makes me look like a crazy groupie, but who cares, I have a lot of great memories from these concerts. They're ordered cronologically and split into different sublists: one for Die Ärzte, one for FURT, one for Bela B y Los Helmstedt, one for Abwärts.

I'll update it if I ever get the chance of seeing any more gigs. I regret not going to the Berlin concerts last summer and the Bela gigs a few weeks ago, but the last months have been too crazy and planning anything was impossible.

DÄ concert list )
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
[ profile] urania_chan, you may find this interesting. :)

die ärzte: live sogar noch besser als wie auf Platte!

29.06.2013 (A) Wien - Krieau
Gäste: NOFX, Donots
15.06.2013 Köln - RheinEnergieStadion
21.06.2013 Gräfenhainichen - Ferropolis
12.07.2013 Bocholt - Stadion Am Hünting
14.07.2013 Bietigheim-Bissingen - Festplatz am Viadukt
10.08.2013 Berlin - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof
11.08.2013 Berlin - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof

17.08.2013 Uelzen - Almased Arena
22.08.2013 Coburg - Schlossplatz Coburg
24.08.2013 Bremen - Bürgerweide
31.08.2013 Losheim - Strandbad Open Air

Flughafen Tempelhof! That's literally 5 minutes away from where I used to live! And it's in August, which means I'll be on holiday. And I haven't visited Berlin in a long, long time. But, damn, I can't plan so far ahead. And I'm sure the tickets will sell out in no time, so I'll have to make up my mind pretty soon if I want to go. Decisions, decisions...
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
I finally have some time to write about the DÄ concert in Friedrichshafen. The short version is: it was AMAZING and I'm very happy I went, I was grinning like an idiot all through Sunday. For the long version, please click on the cut.

Die Ärzte in Friedrichshafen, 27/10/2012 )

And that's it. I'm home with a cold today (thank God it's a holiday so I didn't have to go to work) and plan on doing nothing for the whole afternoon.
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
I've just checked the weather forecast for tomorrow in Friedrichshafen. Rain, predictably, and possible snow. SNOW. What the hell. It's October! I'm gonna die. D: Haha, no, I survived an open-air concert in Cologne on New Year's Eve, I can survive a bit of foul weather in Friedrichshafen in October. And it's an indoor venue anyway. But. Snow.

I've been so busy lately that I didn't even have the time or energy to squee over tomorrow's concert or Farin's reply to my email. And it's his birthday tomorrow! I'm sure it's going to be an interesting concert.

I'm going by train and I have a first class ticket for Sunday. The second class special price wasn't available, but with the first class special price the ticket was cheaper than second class regular price, so first class it was.

I'm so looking forward to the concert. I only need to decide what to wear. I guess a lot of layers are in order...


Sep. 14th, 2012 10:53 am
gothikmaus: (H50 - Danno tie)
Okay, this? Is the most adorable thing I've seen all week:

Don't worry, no spoilers )

I'm not very active on LJ these days, I mostly don't feel like getting online when I get home in the evening, so I just sneak in at work when there's nothing to do. And I never mentioned how last week's concert went. I'll just say this: not only did my friend win 2 tickets, we had free parking, a private area that we shared with 4 other people (a bit too far away from the stage for my liking but, hey, free tickets, right?) and access to a bar with free drinks and a small buffet. I could get used to that. :)
gothikmaus: (ROCK ON)
I've just read that Daniel Dae Kim won't be at the blessing ceremony tomorrow because he's in Korea (link) and that makes me feel so much better about tonight. Because if Daniel isn't there, it won't be a problem if Scott isn't either, right? Also, apparently they'll start shooting the scenes of Steve and his mum, so they won't need Scott on set right away.

That aside, I went to Whisky a Go Go last night! I didn't stay the whole night because I had a bus to catch, but I enjoyed watching a few bands. The first one (I didn't catch their name) was frankly embarrassing, especially the guitarist: I don't know if he was trying to play arpeggios or something, but he obviously failed. It felt like he was playing the same sequence of notes in every single song. But he's young, he'll get better (hopefully).

The second band was called The Feaver and they were high school kids! When I arrived I saw quite a few teenagers outside the club and thought "OMG am I going to be the only one over 21?" Luckily I wasn't, most of the kids were there to see this band and I have to say they rocked! They sounded a bit like Franz Ferdinand, which I love, I was really impressed. Also, obviously there were friends and relatives in the audience, complete with a grandmother in a white sequined shirt. :D

The third band was Madison Rose, a fun pop/rock act with a tiny blonde female singer.

Man, I'd missed being at a concert, I had a great time even if I knew nothing about the bands. I think I'll check out The Roxy next.

But now I'll go finish the assignment for tomorrow and then I'm off to the Falcon. Closing night, baby!
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
First of all: OMG I'M LEAVING TOMORROW!!! Most of my suitcase is alreay packed (I almost forgot the bikinis, D'OH!), but I'm still worried I'm going to forget something. Oh well, as long as I have the important things: plane tickets, passport, money, Scott Caan play tickets. :P

AND! Die Ärzte are going on tour again in October/November! \o/ I AM GOING TO BE THERE NO MATTER WHAT! The most feasible dates are the weekend ones, so I'll only have to take one day off work, either on Friday or Monday. I AM FREAKING THE F*CK OUT!
gothikmaus: (Simon Gallup is my hero)
Oh man, my friends really did surprise me last night. We went to see Easy Cure live and then stayed at the same club because it's one of the few places in Milan that we actually like. After the gig we went outside for a bit and I thought they just wanted to give me my present. Well, it turned out they had a cake in the trunk of P's car! I felt a little bit like Steve in the latest H50 episode and I guess I must've had the same expression too. :3

They got me some really cool presents: this watch, an Asimov book, mascara and shoe laces (pink with black music notes and grey with little black skulls).

The concert was great, Easy Cure are really, really good. We chatted a bit with the singer later on, we had already met him a few times (D. and I even went to London to see one of their gigs a few years ago) and he used to work with my friend V, so it was like a reunion.

But now I'm dead, I'm not used to going to bed at 4:30 AM anymore!

PS Just found this on tumblr. Spot-on, I'd say:

gothikmaus: (Default)
My birthday was pretty low-key this year: my mother is sick and couldn't bake a cake, so we just bought some pastries. I didn't celebrate, it's way too difficult to organise stuff in the middle of the week. But I invited my friends to the Easy Cure concert in Milan on Saturday, luckily it's in one of our favourite clubs, so we'll just stay there after the gig for some belated birthday celebration. My friend V. got all excited about it and proposed a make-up session at her place. She said "Come over at 5 PM!" When I asked her why so early (the gig starts well after 10 PM), she replied "But it will take me at least an hour to do your make up!" WTF is she planning to do to me??? XD I think I'll politely decline. XD

Anyway, I didn't write about my night as a radio speaker. I had a lot of fun, I thought I would be nervous as hell but the mood was very friendly and relaxed. And I didn't even stutter! \o/ Here, have a snippet of my friend Barbara (the real radio host) and I talking about Die Toten Hosen version of "Azzurro". In Italian, of course:

I'm the one who speaks first and explains what happens in the video. Man, do I talk fast...


Feb. 29th, 2012 09:58 am
gothikmaus: (OMGWTF!)
So, a little bird told me this will probably be the last DÄ tour. Fuck. I guess I could see the Berlin show on the 1st June, it's not sold out yet and it's on a Friday, but my LA trip is going to be quite expensive, so I'd rather save those few hundred euros. Hopefully they'll play again in the future, some random gig or maybe a festival or something, but still. Talk about awful timing... :(


Jan. 19th, 2012 12:07 pm
gothikmaus: (*pout*)
Of course the year I plan to spend July and August outside Europe, my two favourite bands go on tour. Not only Die Ärzte, no, that wasn't enough, I've just found out The Cure will be playing a few festivals in the summer and will be in Milan in July. Great. I mean, I still don't know where I'll be, I'll have to wait and see if my application for the workshop is accepted, but it's still annoying.

(And bloody hell, 63 euros? WTF. OK, it's a festival, so it's more expensive than a normal concert, but still. Robert, I hate you.)
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)

Tickets go on sale next week!? What the hell, I don't know where I'll be next year! Presumably still here, yeah, but I can't plan my life so much beforehand! And the dates are going to be sold out within days, why, oh, why? I mean, they're probably going to add shows in Berlin like they did last time, but still. Stupid band. Stupid, stupid band. (Just kidding, I love them. <333)
gothikmaus: (Luca e Paolo)
I had been waiting for this moment for years: Luca & Paolo (see my icon) kissing. And tonight they finally did it. And for a good cause too, it was to protest against a homophobic comment made by one of our stupid politicians. Oh, I love them. T_T

EDIT: Found a picture of it!

:O )

Anyway. I can't believe I haven't written about the DÄ concert yet. Well, that's not true, I did write a post about it, in my Italian blog.

The gig itself was quite exhausting, they played a very punk setlist with only a couple of slower songs ("Omaboy", "Die traurige Ballade von Susi Spakowski", "Geld") and I was standing right in the middle of the pogo. I arrived at the club around 6:15 pm, but I still got a brilliant spot in the second row. The stage was quite small and only when the concert started I realised my position was a bit too central (I usually tend to stay to the side as it's quieter), but I had a lot of fun anyway. I only took 3 photos then I gave up and just enjoyed the show.

They didn't chat as much as they usually do (the concert was "only" 2 hours, not the usual 3 hours), but at one point they started to ramble about something and I pretty much lost track of what they were saying. The inside joke of the night was, of course, the Zwickau gig.

Farin said something about them being like a family and the concert being like a big reunion or something. At that Bela started calling him "Schatz". Later Farin called Bela "Schatz" as well, and Bela commented "Ah, jetzt bist du höflich". XD Oh, how I'd missed them.

I didn't hang about for long after the concert, just enough to drink the most disgusting ice-tea I've ever drunk (mint-flavoured, it was like drinking chewing gum) and rest my poor, abused feet a bit. Luckily the hostel was quite close to the venue. Also, the security blocked the street I had come from, so we had to make a detour to go back into town. I suspect it was to prevent residents' complaints about the noise. And it wasn't even 11 pm! Tsk, Switzerland.

I had time to visit Solothurn the day of the concert and the next day (Easter), it's really a lovely little town. But the Swiss accent will kill me. But more than that, Schwyzerdütsch will kill me. I always had to say "Wie bitte?" so that people would speak German, it was quite frustrating. But I ate the best bread ever at breakfast at the hostel, so I'm not complaining too much.

And now I'd better go to sleep, I have to go to work in the morning. Gute Nacht!


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