“Rescue Me”

Hey guys! 

As I have mentioned it about a hundred times now, last night 30 Seconds To Mars were in town! Their show in Stockholm was a part of the Monolith Tour 2018 and lucky us, it is not going to be the only one for this tour in Stockholm. On the 20th of August they will be back in town to play at Gröna Lund, again as a part of the Monolith Tour. 

I applied about probably 10 times or even more to get photo access to the show, but Live Nation denied my application due to “Limited photographer access”. I have been wondering though since Annexet is a pretty big venue and suits at least five photographers, why did I really get shut down, while there were only three of them shooting. 

I didn’t really let this pull me down, as nothing can hold me back when I am about to see on stage the man that saved me countless times. And by “saved” me, I mean both literally and figuratively. 

The Monolith tour started in the beginning of April in Europe exactly when they released their new album “America”, their fifth studio album and highest Thirty Seconds to Mars charting album ever. The tickets for the tour were released in November but I didn’t have the chance to buy some in the first place. So I spent all of this time thinking that I will only see them this summer in Gröna Lund, as Live Nation announced that the show is sold out right a couple of days after the ticket release. On the other hand, I tried to find tickets in some really lame websites that charged each of them about 3000 Swedish crowns, something which is to be honest completely ridiculous. I knew though that “Sold out” on Live Nation tickets means that “we are actually going to announce that it is sold out and then about a week before the show we are going to say that there are still tickets available because the show wasn’t sold out in the first place, we just felt like saying it, that’s all.”   

So after all of this up and down emotions, I couldn’t settle down with the idea that I got this band tattooed in my skin and will not be able to se them when they are in town. So luckily, I wasn’t impressed by the so-called marketing tricks and once they said that there still are tickets available,  I rushed to buy some in a very reasonable price. And so the day had almost come. 

If you have ever been in a Thirty Seconds to Mars show before, you will probably know that it is a colorful paradise, combined with Jared’s angelic voice and Shannon’s compelling drum beats. This time Tomo was missing from the tour due to family issues as they announced before the tour start. And so, in an almost fully packed Annexet, about 9 at night, the provocative Jesus hit the stage along with his rebellious brother and a few lucky Echelon members who were with them at the stage throughout the whole show. 

First song of the night was “Up in the air”, a song that hit straight to the bone not only me but every single soul in that room. This is the part when the adrenaline rushes straight into your body and you cannot believe that this is actually happening. You will believe it eventually but not straight in the first song. Jumping up and down, heavenly screams, huge balloons, and colorful graphics, a taste of what was about to take place downtown on a Sunday night. 

Eventually like I said, it will hit you. That this is actually happening right before your eyes. For a lot of people this breaking point never comes, as most of them are there to enjoy the music and the handsome presences of Jared and Shannon. But not me. Or anybody who sees these guys from the same perspective. The tears kept running hot out of my eyes like I had been suffocating the whole time and not I was able to breathe again. All I kept thinking at this deep moment was “The man who saved me, the man who saved me, the man who saved me”. At some point I could really sing along, but at some other one, I wasn’t even able to do so. It is like this moment when you feel the absolute completeness and there is nothing more missing from your life. It is almost like you have started a new one. Like you have felt the touch and essence of what it would be like in a “brave new world”. The little girl who was locked up in a room in a shitty place, a shitty reality and a supposedly profound shitty future, was finally able to breathe. She found someone to “save her from the demons in her mind”. 

Sometimes I still believe that I am the little seventeen year old girl. And then I remember that I was saved. Saved by him. And his art. And after this, the story went “on and on and on.” 

Have you ever felt this way? About someone? Or something? About music? Or a higher belief? If so, then you know exactly what I am talking about. 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get good pictures even though I have been trying to do so, so I thought about sharing a few that I think are the most decent ones, and also a few “stolen” from the 30STM story on Instagram last night. 

I hope that you will enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I truly hope that you feel this way about something higher, about maybe music, or arts, or sports, or anything that serves a meaningful purpose in life. I believe that this is when you truly discover yourself and your path in this world. 

Have you been part of the Monolith Tour so far? Are you going to be? I would love to hear your Mars experience! Until then, feel free to take a look at these pics! 

And remember “Whatever you do, don’t ever lose your faith”.  🙂 

Xxx,

Irene 

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“Live Like A Dream”

Hey guys!

So the time has finally come and these guys are going to be in town this Sunday. I cannot even put it in words how excited I am to be seeing them again after so many years. The emotions running strong through my body like not a single day has passed by.

I am pretty sure that those of you who love them as much as I do, have already listened to the new record, but in case you didn’t, I am putting the link right here 🙂

https://open.spotify.com/album/0XcHdI2ZyNADjfvo5Ubs39

Are you going to be in the show on Sunday? If so, see you there!

 

Xxx,

Irene

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” We Are The Wolves Of Winter”

Hey Guys!

Last night was one of my highlight moments this summer! 😀 Biffy Clyro performed at Gröna Lund and I had the chance to shoot them. I have wanted to do that for so long and last night I finally got the opportunity to do it.

I personally believe that Biffy Clyro is an extremely talented band, but what made their performance ever greater last night was the fact that they played at Gröna Lund.

Gröna Lund is a magical place to perform in the summertime and I think that it works both sides. I can only imagine that last night was as magical to them playing, as to us watching their performance.

I had the chance to see them also last October in Munchenbryggeriet here in Stockholm as well, feel free to take a look on my last piece here: https://theurbanside.com/2016/11/02/you-are-creating-all-the-bubbles-at-night/ 

In the meantime, here are the moments that were captured on my camera last night!

Take a look and enjoy friends! Cheers! 😀

Xxx,

Irene

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Teatro Fiasco Live Sessions

Hey friends!

As the Rival Sons are already on the road on their European tour “Hollow Bones” leg 1, they recently announced that they are going to be having a few Facebook live sessions with the guys from the band, joined by people who are working with them on the tour.

The first live session was yesterday with Scott Holiday and the DJ who is part of the new tour, Howie Pyro. The two of them are talking about the new tour and let us know that it is nothing like anything they have done before, but also nothing like any other rock and roll band has ever done before on tour. Teatro Fiasco turns out to be a full concept experience that embraces so many different art forms such as DJing, poetry, visuals and music.

There are program leaflets available for the people to exactly know everything about what the show is going to include and also a lot of new merchandise goodies available such as a new Rival Sons photo book with the best moments of the past six years by photographer Andre Mittwollen.

The show date for Stockholm is on the 2nd of March at Annexet. I will leave a few useful links below and a picture of the Teatro Fiasco Facebook live sessions that you should definitely join if you are into this band’s music.

Also a link where you can purchase tickets for the show and a Spotify link of a new playlist that the guys are going to be updating with songs, based on the new tour music style.

One last thing that you should check out if you love feeding off from music, is the official Rival Sons blog on Tumblr that just recently started being updated again with news and details by the guys from the road. 🙂

Are you ready for such an experience?

If so, I will see you all next week at Annexet – Stockholm ! ❤

Xxx,

Irene

 

Useful links:

Ticket purchase for Sweden:

http://www.livenation.se/show/907040/rival-sons/Stockholm/2017-03-02/se?omq=rival%20so

Rival Sons on Facebook – Twitter- Instagram – Tumblr :

https://www.facebook.com/rivalsons/

https://twitter.com/rivalsons

https://www.instagram.com/rivalsons/

http://rivalsons.tumblr.com/

Rival Sons Teatro Fiasco playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/user/rivalsonsofficial/playlist/45KEbxcF9w7CAEjEahqwjd

Watch the first Facebook live session with Scott Holiday and Howie Pyro here:

https://www.facebook.com/rivalsons/

Facebook Live Sessions Dates:

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Thunder Queen

Hey Friends!

Today I uploaded a video of StunGun Sons at Harry B. James in Stockholm, performing their song “Thunder Queen” on their release party last December.  “Hanged, Dragged and Quarterted” is the name of their new EP, with 6 brand-new songs for you to crazily blast out. Have you checked it out yet?

Here is a Spotify Link and the video link on Youtube :

Have a great weekend friends with lots of music and positivity! 🙂

https://open.spotify.com/album/5nEEvy07Aq1MIzF2O8guOF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqxL7VI2h00&t=37s

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The new Firewind album got finally released today! Have you checked it out yet? Completely greek themed with ten brand new songs to crank up your headphones! Opinions? 🙂

Here is a Spotify link where you can listen to it:

Xxx,

Irene

 

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2016 Music Highlights

Hey Friends!

Decided to share a few of 2016’s music highlights and along with that to wish all of you who keep reading my posts and follow me in my music journey, a very blessed happy new year, full of love and positivity. I wish to each and every one of you that the new year will be your most productive one and that you will feel one step closer to your ultimate dreams. Here’s to one more year full of music, happiness and life! 🙂

The below pictures are all taken under 2016 in different festivals in Stockholm. House music, metal music, alternative rock, hard rock and EDM. Enjoy! 😀

Xxx,

Irene

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