That Makes Them Larger Than Life

Hey folks! 

I know it has been a while, but I am back with some super cool and exciting news. Last night I became a part of Live Nation’s campaign promoting Backstreet Boy’s new tour DNA! 

It is going to be their biggest Arena tour in 18years starting in May, and they are visiting Sweden with 2 tour dates in Gothenburg and Stockholm on the 31st May and 2nd of June. 

It is going to be massive! 

Tickets are being released via Livenation.se tomorrow! 

Are you going to secure yours? 

Hope to see you there! 

Have a great, powerful rest of the week! 😀 

Xxx,

Irene 

Backstreet’s back alright! 

Sex & Love Tour

Hey friends!

Last night Enrique Iglesias was in town at Ericsson Globe to perform as a part of his “Sex and Love” Tour. I didn’t have appropriate access to shoot but took some cool photos from my cell phone that I thought I should share! 🙂

Have a nice night/day my friends and an even more beautiful weekend with lots of music!

Xxx,

Irene

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Rival Sons Show Review -Annexet Stockholm 2017.03.02

Hey guys! 

My previous post was all about capturing the magical moments of last night’s show on my camera lenses, now let’s try to put this night into actual words. Teatro Fiasco is the name of the new Rival Sons tour, as a complement of their new record “Hollow bones” that was released last June. The Sons were touring with Black Sabbath at the moment, so the actual headline tour came early in January 2017. In a lot of the European countries such as Copenhagen, the tour was actually sold out. And there is no wonder why. But what exactly is the concept and the thoughts behind such a unique rock and roll tour? Or better what does Teatro Fiasco include that no other rock band has included in their shows before? 

Let us start off step by step with the concept. Teatro Fiasco is divided into three sections. First off, the evening starts with Howie Pyro, a DJ and radio producer that has been good friends with the band for many years now. As you step into the venue, you hear 60s and 70s danceable rhythms and you get right into the mood. At the door, there are pretty girls waiting for you to hand you over the program and what exactly it is going to include. In that little leaflet, hard as it may be for you to believe, you are going to find every lyric of every Rival Sons song that has even been written. So, at that point you slowly start realizing and feeling the vibes. Another noticeable and memorable thing for a rock and roll band to embrace, is the visuals. During the time when the Dj is kicking it off, two screenplays on the right and left of the stage show 60s and 70s girls stripteasing and dancing off to the endless music that surrounds the venue. And just when you thought that you have realized and understood what is going to happen as the time passes by, here is one more surprise for you. Teatro fiasco includes another form of art that not many rock and roll bands can pull off; poetry. Derrick Brown, reads out loud poetry for all of us to enjoy. And yes, it might seem unusual. Or you might even say not interesting when you are waiting at the venue for your favorite band to jump on stage. But it is not that way at all. Poetry fits like a glove to this tour. To this band, to this form of music. Jay Buchanan says specifically that the main idea behind it was to engage another form of art as well in this tour, without just having band after band after band. And I completely agree I may say. 

The third and last part of the show is the part that I personally have patiently been waiting for, for more than five months now. It is the part where one of my favorite bands of all times, hits the stage and makes you believe that magic is real. It happens if you put five people together up on a stage and let them pick up their instruments and take you to a whole new level. 

My story with the Sons goes way back to 2014. Back then, just like now, they opened for big bands, but they also headlined in Europe. The difference that I noticed at myself when I listened to their music for the first time, was actually that I did listen and not see them up close. As I was standing far from the stage in the arena when they played with Aerosmith, I did listen and not get distracted by anything visually. All I could do was hear their sound. Something that doesn’t happen very often as sometimes you might get distracted by the lights, the people around, the flashy clothing colors or so. But what is it that speaks to you? Is it the sound or all the above? At that moment, which I will never forget, I felt that this sound is nothing like I have heard before. Scott Holiday’s guitar playing is nothing like what I have experienced before. It is imposing. Magnetizing I may say. Full of depth, like it touches straight the heart of music and sets you free.  Like it constantly pushes the envelope and invokes the spirit within. It is like you are trying to explain the greatness in words, but you are having a hard time, so you have to go ahead and do it. This is what Mr. Fuzzlord does. Something about it that it is unique to all time. And you can hear the uniqueness through his guitar strings and the developing of its expression. It is this sound that no matter what you are doing at the moment, no matter where you are or who you are with, you are going to pick your head up and go “What is the name of this band?” And I will be there to proudly let you know that their name is Rival Sons, they have been making music for quite sometime now, they come from Long Beach California, and you have to check them out. 

Last night’s performance included songs from all their records. They opened with the first three songs being from their latest record “Hollow bones”. First with “Hollow bones pt. 1”, followed by “Tied up” followed by “Thundering voices”. One of my favorite songs to watch live is and will always be “Electric man”, but I really looked forward to see “Hollow bones pt. 2” as it is my favorite one from the latest record. They played among others “Face of Light”, “Belle Star” , “Fade out”, “Open my eyes”,  and “Keep on swinging”. I truly believe that there is a chemistry so strong between this band’s members that is one of  the reasons why they are so unbelievably good. So good individually but incredibly good as a band as well, and no matter who I take with me every time they are in town, they will always say that they are a pure talent band to watch live. 

One more memorable thing from last night’s show was the Rival Sons photo book that launched a couple of weeks ago. I knew that I had to buy it since I first saw Jay talking about it and so I did. This photo book is a result of pictures that have been taken by photographer Andre Mittwollen the past six years in Germany and represent the band’s live show feelings as they have been touring in the different German cities this time. It is an amazing work and I am always interested in buying things like this, that are of limited edition and represent rare moments. I hope you are, too. ❤ 

Have you seen the Sons on this tour? What is your favorite song on their setlist? Is it one of their latest record? What do you think about the Teatro Fiasco concept? 🙂 

If you feel the same way as I do, and want to take a look on the moments captured on my camera, feel free to clink the links below, and to take a look on my Instagram page as I will also be uploading short clips. In the meantime, here is crazy us! I couldn’t be happier last night. And I wouldn’t be surprised if this band sells out arenas in a few years.  A stunning night to remember. ❤ 

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https://www.instagram.com/irenepavlidi/

Xxx, 

Irene 

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“Never made it as a Wiseman”

Hey dear friends! 

Last night I had the pleasure to be in the Nickelback show, here in Stockholm in Ericsson Globe. As you may have noticed, last year Nickelback had to cancel their whole Euro tour due to the fact that Chad Kroeger had to go through a throat surgery. Last night they were in town since they owed it to us from last fall. 

Around three in the evening yesterday, I got an email from Live Nation that I got accepted to shoot in their show as well. In the mail it was written though that us photographers are going to have to shoot from the mixer booth which in case you do not know is placed right in the middle of the arena, from the audiences point of view.  Also that we are allowed to shoot only for the first couple of songs, not the three ones as we normally do in any other show. This made me think that there is a serious chance that Nickelback do not like photographers around while they perform. I was perfectly fine by it even though it turned out to be extremely difficult to take a good shot from such a long distance. I felt like I had to be an alchemist and do wonders with my little camera. 

As the first couple of songs were over, I had to leave from the press exit and go back in again from the main entrance so that I can scan my ticket and take my seat in the arena, where I can have a better view. By that time, the band had already played their fourth or fifth song, and I just gotten there to enjoy the rest of the show. The view that I had made me see a little better and made me notice that their stage was not actually very big, at least big enough to fit an arena’s performance. It was big enough to fit the four of them, and two small pits that led to the audience so that they can walk along anytime they felt like it. 

I also noticed about half an hour after the start that Chad’s voice turns out to be a bit different than the recorded versions. It felt at some point that he was really trying to make his voice come out of his throat, kind of like it didn’t come out naturally. As time was over nine thirty, Chad reached out the microphone once again, and this time, he showed an extreme lust to drink alcohol, saying “Is it time to drink yet? Is it time to drink yet?” . After that a guy came up on stage and kept coming every ten minutes, sharing drinks to the band members and each time he did, Chad was ecstatically screaming “Alcohol, yeah booze, yeah! Damn it tastes so good, bring me more please!” . Even if you do drink, as so many bands do, why do you have to make it seem so shallow and needy? To be really honest, I didn’t like his attitude towards this. 

After that, another thing caught my restless attention. Every time a song ended, there was these very big pauses in between, with Chad talking about every little thing that crossed his mind. Like “Damn it’s been two shows without alcohol, that’s how long I can last without it.” Or “Sweden, Sweden come party with me. Now I am going to stand right behind the drummer, so I will be staring at his ass in case you are wondering. I am just saying..” Or “I am really persuasive as a person, I’m like the Devil, I can convince you to do anything, and then I end up in court, come party with me, it’s not like you gotta go to work tomorrow!” And many more sayings, while he cursed extremely much. It felt a little bit as if he was trying to show this “Rockstar” attitude like he doesn’t have class, and he curses a lot and he drinks extremely much as well. To be very honest as I always try to be, I found his behavior not professional on so many levels. He seemed like he was completely wasted. 

Regarding the rest of the band, I believe that this band’s talent is hidden in their drummer, Daniel Patrick Adair. He sounded the best that he could be throughout the whole night. And then also, Ryan Peake who is their rhythm guitar player, was the only one who actually said “We know we should have been here last year and we are sorry for it, so we really appreciate you guys showing up tonight.” A few words to show his gratitude to the people who paid at least 600kr to see them, words that were never spoken by the lead vocalist. 

The last thing that caught my attention last night was the fact that Globe’s capacity is 16.000 people and yesterday the tickets that were sold were not more that 6.000 . Which makes me think, are Nickelback not who they used to be once upon a time? Last night was the first time that I ever saw them performing live. And it is needless to say that I remember their songs playing over and over on MTV since I was thirteen. The first song that I ever heard of them was “Someday” and I used to fight with my sister every time it played because we couldn’t figure out who is the one that gets killed on the video, is it the boy or the girl? And as the years got by and I always had their songs on my mp3 player, songs like “Feelin’ way too damn good” , “Figure you out” , “Burn it to the ground” , “Rockstar” , I always had the impression in my head based mostly to what I read and saw, that they are perfectionists as a band. And this is exactly how their albums sound like. But what happened last night? I had been waiting to see them since this summer but Chad’s attitude got me very disappointed. Is it only me that believes in the power of a rockshow ? I know that at some point and especially when it is a long tour, the show itself would tend to be a bit of a routine, to its core. But then? Is this how some artists see it? Because if it’s not, what was that about last night? I do believe that music can change somebody’s life in so many ways, but if you want to promote this shallow, rockstar wanna-be, greedy and needy attitude, that’s when you lose the game. The competition is way too big these days and the standards are getting higher and higher, so do you want to be just another American band or do you want to actually mean something to somebody? The decision is all yours. 

In general it was a good show and I enjoyed listening to all of the songs I grew up to. I just wish that I didn’t have this feeling in me. I tried to ignore it through the show, but Chad’s behavior provoked it way too much. And at the end of the day, it is a really bad feeling looking up to somebody for such a long time, and when you finally get the chance to see them, they turn out to be a disappointment it your eyes. 

And one more thing to sum up this Nickelback article, from my personal experience, I believe that European bands are much more kind and appreciative than any american band I have seen all these years. 

This is what I got with my camera from last night’s Nickelback performance in Ericsson Globe, Stockholm/ Sweden, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

Have a great day / night my friends with lots of music and positivity! 

Xxx, 

Irene 

P.S. If you ever want to check out my video updates from the different shows, here’s a link to my Instagram page! 😀 https://www.instagram.com/irenepavlidi/

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