NIGHTWISH - PARADISE LOST
First Avenue Ė Minneapolis Minnesota October 28th 2007
by Matthew "Newbreed99"
Disappointed at the quality of the crowd
I was quite excited to see Paradise Lost and Nightwish again. The last
time I saw Paradise Lost was in 2002 in Phoenix Arizona when they were
opening up for Opeth. In
addition, the last time I saw Nightwish was in 2005 at the now defunct
club, The Quest, in Minneapolis where Melissa Ferlaak (Visions Of
Atlantis vocalist) and Aesma Daeva showed up Lullacry and demonstrated
her superior vocal abilities over Nightwishís former singer, Tarja Turunen.
Nonetheless I was excited to see how Nightwishís new singer Anette Olzon
tackled the old songs.
I would also like to comment on the crowd. I was very
disappointed at the quality of the crowd. It was an all ages show. Which
normally isnít a big deal but when I saw kids that were 8 years old
and younger there, yes I am serious!, it gets discouraging. And I would
say the 95% of the crowd had no idea who Paradise Lost was. I would also
say that at least 75% of the crowd were under 21, or at least seemed
that way. And because nobody but me and maybe the 10 people I saw there
knew who PL were, everyone stood there like flowers during their set.
Paradise Lost: the heaviest
sounding guitar i have ever heard.
PL played a good chunk of their new album during their set. They
played, Never For The Damned,
Ash & Debris, The
Enemy, Requiem, Unreachable, and
Fallen Children. In addition
to those songs they played Erased,
One Second, Say Just Words, Gray, and two other songs I did
not know and the songs Iíve mentioned, they did not play those in
order. Besides the
reportage of which songs they played and the crowd not having much of a
reaction I thought the band was great! They played brilliantly!
Greg Mackintosh has this awesome stage presence! Long stringy
black hair covering up a black/gray beard chugging a left handed custom
made guitar, banging away like itís nothing. He looked great! Out of
pure 100% honesty Iíll say this: I have seen so many bands, I have
heard so many bands, and out of all of them, Greg Mackintosh had the
heaviest sounding guitar I have ever heard. Not to be confused with the
combination of his guitar and Aaron Aedyís guitar, I was on the side
where Mackintosh was playing and his Krank full-stack was right blaring
in front of me. I was very impressed! Nick Holmes doesnít sound quite
the same live as he does on CD but he still sounded great though. I was
surprised to see that Steve Edmondson dyed his hair blond. Overall the
band played well, the mix was absolutely perfect past the first song.
The first song PL played was The
Enemy and Nick Holmes' vocals were dry. Meaning, they didnít have
any delay or reverb on them whatsoever. Which I thought was interesting,
itís not very often where I get to hear a singer sound that naked
Nightwish played exactly the same set list theyíve had on the
whole tour. So I wasnít surprised at what they were playing. I thought
it was funny though, hearing Marco singing also without reverb or delay,
he too sounded naked during Bye Bye Beautiful. Anette Olzon sounded great! She came out wearing
this red plaid corset and mini skirt with odd black leggings, but she
looked great though! She was smiling throughout the set and she seemed
very glad to be at the venue. I say that because Turunen hated touring
the U.S. and because she didnít care it showed with her performance on
stage. Although, what I thought was odd about Anette Olzon was her stage
presence. It was there, it was good, she commanded the crowd well, but
she looked strange dancing on stage to the music. Donít get me wrong,
there isnít anything wrong with it, itís not like it was bad or
anything, it just look VERY out-dated! It was kind of funny to watch but
what I liked about it was, is that it was her style and thatís cool.
I am happy to report that she nailed all the old songs perfectly.
It was as if she was always the singer for Nightwish. Sure, there were a
few parts where she could have sang at a higher pitch on certain notes,
but other than that I have no complaints. The rest of the band sounded
great although the funny part was the fact that the keyboards drowned
somewhat in the mix. I could hear them but they werenít prevalent.
Marcoís bass was more felt than it was heard and his singing improved
during the set. I also noticed that he has lost some weight. I am not
used to seeing him wearing t-shirt and jeans. Everything sounded
perfect. The cymbal crashes on Whoever
Brings The Night along with the guitar playing and Olzonís singing
was mixed perfectly! During the chorus of that song, the whole crowd
went bonkers! Even more so than in Amaranth! It was as if this song was
more popular. Nightwish ended the night with I
Wish I Had An Angel, which got the crowd going once again before
they exited the stage.
Package: it's very hard to pair up
Lost with another band.
Overall I thought this was an interesting package. Itís very
hard to pair up Paradise Lost with another band. Having them paired up
with Nightwish wasnít the most unusual pair Iíve ever seen, although
the two are similar in some spots, the two bands are completely
different. PL is a straight up kind of a band where as Nightwish is much
more theatrical. Was it a good show? Absolutely! The only thing I would
have changed would have been the reaction to PL. Then it would have been
more enjoyable but that wasnít the bands fault at all.
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