“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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Throwback

Last year in March, I had the pleasure to shoot these amazing guys in a full packed house in Berns- Stockholm. This year they will be playing in “Borgholm brinner” festival along with bands like Danko Jones and Graveyard.

Click the link below to see full concert material! 😀

https://theurbanside.com/?s=anthrax

Xxx,

Irene

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Monolith Tour

Probably a lot of people including myself have been patiently waited for almost four years until Thirty Seconds to Mars release new music and new tour dates. Now as most of you already know, two tracks from their upcoming album have already been released, “Walk on Water” and “Dangerous night”. The band is starting their European tour tonight in Basel – Switzerland and visiting Sweden on two different dates, April 22nd and August 20th.

Click the link below to read a personal Thirty Seconds to Mars story of mine, including pictures of my 30STM tattoo.

https://theurbanside.com/2016/12/30/i-am-the-echelon/

Am I going to see you in any of these dates?

 

Here’s a sneak pic of the Monolith tour, posted at official Thirty Seconds to Mars Instagram about an hour ago, which for some reason has been already taken down.

See you this summer at the Monolith Tour! ❤

Xxx,

Irene

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Find A light

Hey guys!

Lots of exciting news for the next few months since a lot of my favorite bands have been working and planning new releases and upcoming tours! Let’s start off with some classic southern rock n’ roll sound and Blackberry Smoke. They are about to release their next album in April “Find a light”, and they already announced their European tour dates. They are visiting Sweden on the 23rd of October in Cirkus – Stockhom and the 24th in Pustervik – Gothenburg. Tickets are on sale March 14th via Livenation.se

I had the pleasure to shoot these guys last year in Munchenbryggeriet here in Stockholm in a sold out show. Click in the link below to see the full material . 🙂

https://theurbanside.com/?s=blackberry+smoke

In the meantime here’s a link of their latest release “Let me down easy”, first released track of their upcoming album.

Joining the show?

https://open.spotify.com/track/1ZT7zS41ZGhwZqb6WuA2Nr

Xxx,

Irene

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Immortalize the special moments

Hey friends!

 

Last Thursday was a special one because the Rival Sons were in Sweden once again on their encore European tour for their latest record “Hollow Bones”. Not a lot of dates included on this tour of theirs, but some of them include opening for the most legendary band of all times- The Rolling Stones.

A couple of days ago the Sons were in Gothenburg- Sweden for a headline show, and we were there to immortalize those special live music moments.

Here’s a glimpse of what happened in Pustervik- Gothenburg last Thursday! I hope you enjoy taking a look as much as I enjoyed taking these pictures, and please feel free to share if you feel like it!

Have a great weekend everyone with lots of positivity and music!

Xxx,

Irene

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Volbeat Live @ Friends Arena Stockholm 2017.09.09

Hey friends!

Last night was a night that I have been waiting for since past December. Volbeat were in town to perform at Friends Arena as a part of their ” Seal the deal and let’s boogie” 2017  European tour.

I have been writing about Volbeat on this blog every single time I found the tiniest motivation and I can actually tell with the most certainty that last night was worth every piece I have written here and even more.

Yesterday was the third time I saw them live and in my opinion was the absolute best. On top of that I had the opportunity to shoot at their show for the very first time. I couldn’t help it but feel so lucky and blessed that I had the chance to shoot a band that means personally so much to me. Their show was so beautiful and humbling that I could stay there forever.

At this point allow me to link one of my favorite Volbeat stories from the past pieces that I have written here and along with that please feel free to take a look at the moments that were captured on my camera last night, in a magnificent environment and mood here in Stockholm.

https://theurbanside.com/2016/07/24/memory-your-lamplight-is-burning-holes/

Have a great new week my friends with lots of music and positivity!

Xxx,

Irene

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Jason Derulo Live @ Sommarkrysset

Last night might also have been one of the best nights ever. As you all may know yesterday was the swedish celebration “Midsommar”. It is one of the biggest swedish celebrations and it has mostly to do with celebrating the summer and the big summer sunny days. Yesterday was also the premier of the swedish TV show “Sommarkrysset”.

I have been to Sommarkrysset last year and this year I found out that one of my favorite artists Jason Derulo was going to be there to perform his new hit “The other side”. I have been so inspired by him , specially last year after I found out about his accident. He is my living example of “nothing is impossible”.

Jason Derulo is one of the biggest pop stars of our age, super talented in my opinion and one of the best live performers I have ever seen. Last year a while ago before his tour started he had an accident : He literally broke his neck. I had read an article on facebook about his misfortune and it described that 95 % of the people who are hurt like this normally die. So that makes it 5% chances to live. He was one of the people that survive this injury.

I used to watch his progress really close and even though he had to cancel all his tour (I would watch him live in march 2012), I didn’t really care about it as long as he was doing great with his health. I was and still am amazed by what a great fighter he is and that he does not give up on his dance moves no matter what.

I was really close to him and took a lot of pictures. He is exactly as I thought he would be, beautiful with an amazing smile and positive energy. I can’t describe how much me and my sister cried when we saw his last video ” The other side”. He is super talented in what he does and I believe that he was meant to be exactly what he is.

Here are the moments captured on my cam!

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Gröna lund treats! ❤

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Best moment of the day 🙂

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Here is the link of his performance , I have no idea if it is available in other countries sorry!

http://www.tv4.se/sommarkrysset/klipp/jason-derulo-the-other-side-2384568

 

His latest hit ” The other side”

But my favorite song of him is this. No matter how many times I listen to it, I want more. It is actually one of the best songs I have ever heard. The song itself leaves you with so intense feelings and I was really curious to see what the video was going to be like. Once I saw it, I knew that it could not be better. There are no words to describe the feelings when you listen to it.