Whitesnake, Manchester and other thoughts…

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Today is a day off. But my “to do”-list is still long, tomorrow I’m off to Manchester for the Whitesnake (Journey/Thunder) show at MEN Arena. I’m as excited as ever about that, I just don’t like that it’s a seated arena.

Everything is “seated”. I just don’t think that the floor in front of the stage at a ROCK concert should EVER be seated! I want to stand there in the front with a bunch of other maniacs and feel the PULSE, the ENERGY and just get into it. At least at a Whitesnake concert I do. You can’t get that feeling in a CHAIR. :-/

Keep the seats for the Symphony Orchestra, and give the rockers space to go wild.

Other things that are on my mind today are all the losses in our rock’n’roll extended family…

This week has been a sad one for many fans of the Doors and now also for the fans of Uriah Heep.

Ray Manzarek – founder, keyboardist/bassist of the Doors, died of cancer in Germany, Monday evening, at the age of 74. I’d say that the credit for the sound of the Doors goes to Ray. Another historic rock icon has waved farewell.

Uriah Heep‘s bassist Trevor Bolder lost his battle against cancer at the age of 62 yesterday.

English: Uriah Heep's Trevor Bolder, Live in M...

English: Uriah Heep’s Trevor Bolder, Live in Milan, 09 November 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that we are losing one after another now.

There’s probably going to be a lot more in the years to come. Hard rock/heavy metal was invented in the seventies, if you don’t count the bands and artists that inspired the development of it, back in the sixties.

The Black Sabbath or Deep Purple guys were young back then – in their early 20’s, and they are hitting their 60’s now, at the very least – and although 60 is not old for a rocker, it’s still an age where many are beginning to battle various health issues. Doesn’t have to be lethal but our heroes are simply not going to be around forever.

And it’s just now that this is beginning to sink in, cause we grew up with these guys, they are such a natural part in our lives. Much like parents, they’ve always been there, it’s hard to imagine the day when they won’t be, eventhough you know that that day WILL come.

Just makes you think. I’m going to as many shows as I possibly can – especially by the great legends of metal, because you never know how long you’ll have that privilege. Might be 10 more years, might be tomorrow.

Sad thoughts aside – hectic times ahead. Whitesnake in Manchester, UK tomorrow, Megadeth in Copenhagen on Saturday, Whitesnake at Wembley next  week, and then shortly after that – 4 days of metal madness at Sweden Rock festival. A week after that – Whitesnake again in Zagreb, Croatia.

But it’s the kind of “busy” that I love! See you all out there, somewhere! :)

One comment

  1. Ronnie

    Hope to catch up with you at some point tomorrow D – been a drastic change of plan here, was going to spend most of the day up there and meet up with as many folks as I know (a lot of my friends are going to this one) but I’ll now only get there for about 6 if I’m lucky, cos I’m working over the other side of Manchester this week. Will keep a look out!

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