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UNDERGROUND IN SWITZERLAND
at RED ROCKS in Basel City (CH) - 22.12.2010
Live report written by Dominic Latscha_
Photographs taken by FROZENROOM
A sensation for a show on a Wednesday.
venue “Red Rocks” in Basel City, Switzerland is not a location where
you expect to see a band on stage or Rock music and Metal. There are
often DJ’s who play chart music and the mainstream music listeners go
partying there on weekends.
had been some Hard Rock Thursdays and sometimes DJ’s got the chance to
play Rock music and Metal. That was back in the days. An owner change
happened and that was the downfall for Rock music and Metal in the
is the reason why this venue lost many fans of the rock music scene and
the metal scene. A lot of frustration started to spread and nothing
really happened in the Basel area for this kind of music and a fan
called Pascal Schelker had been fed up with the whole situation and
wanted to make a change.
this reason, he contacted the new “Red Rocks” owners and arranged a
meeting. He used this chance to tell them his vision. The meeting was a
success and he got the permission to organise shows on Wednesday
always happens once a month and a local band always performs at these
events and gets the chance to show their skills to a crowd. It is very
helpful for a band to make a name for itself and getting some
credibility for their effort. This time, the band FROZENROOM
had the honour to rock the stage.
heard this name very often during the last weeks. A good friend of mine
sent me the link to their MySpace page and I checked them out. So, I was
able to get a first impression.
sounded great and I was determined to attend their show at the “Red
Rocks” on Wednesday evening.
doors opened on 8 o’clock PM and show organiser Pascal Schelker shared
the own production CD of FROZENROOM
as a gift for attending the show.
was a nice gesture to introduce this evening and I was excited about the
performance of FROZENROOM.
the beginning, there were not many people inside, but the more you
waited the more people stepped inside. Others used the time to smoke
outside, because it is not allowed to smoke inside. A friend and I sat
down on a table in front of the stage and Disturbed blew out of the
the club was filled with many people but there was no band. You could
not see them anywhere. You only could see men and women dressed in
casual clothes, but no metal clothing.
checked the time and it was 9 o’clock PM. Suddenly, FROZENROOM
entered the stage and the crowd showed ovation. They really did their
best to rock the crowd, but most of them were either tired of work or
not used to this kind of music. It was not easy to create a party
atmosphere without a lack of co-operation besides the audience.
FROZENROOM did not discourage
at all and went on with their show. Especially singer Alain Schwaller
showed his large vocal skills from aggressive parts to smooth parts and
from melancholic parts back again to aggressive parts and rocked with
the bass guitar next to guitar player Chris Furrer, who banged his head.
Drummer Boris de Roche thrashed the drums in the background.
they asked the crowd about the band W.A.S.P and wanted to know, whether
the crowd knows them and the song “I wanna be somebody”. They
answered “Yes” and all hells broke lose. Finally, the crowd awaked
and started to rock with FROZENROOM.
They sung, clapped with their hands and some fans showed the devils horn
(the official sign of metal heads that they like the show).
Creation” should have been the last song tonight. But the crowd asked
for more and shouted “Encore” toward the stage.
heard these shouts and played “Get Away From Me” and “Your
pain”. The crowd liked their performance very much and showed them
their appreciation with standing ovations.
Tonight was a good night and the total of attendances was 114! That is a sensation for a show on a Wednesday evening and the total of attendances record of the GURD show got broken. The total of attendances at that show was 112.
by Dominic Latscha
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