The Concert Thread

Dityn DJ James

A coma stole my name.
Just a joke Terrell, just a cheap knock at Dissident listening to 365 albums last year and giving a lot of them high scores.

I would see Crue in a heartbeat (mainly to see the guitar mastery that is Mick Mars!).


Ancient Mariner
I did more or less ex-tempore move on Friday and drove to Lahti aftetr work (about 2 hour drive) to see Marko Hietala and Sonata Arctica.

I loved Marko's solo album and it was great to see that stuff performed live. Granted, I prefer the lyrics in Finnish and he performed the English versions due to preparing for the European tour, but they definitely worked very well live. Especially Runner of the Railways turned out much better live and Dead March for Freedom, which is probably one of the better turnouts of the English translations anyway, was a huge highlight. Overall, very enjoyable set!

As for Sonata Arctica, I really enjoy their music, even the very debatable recent stuff, and there's some charm in their... almost embarrassing way of doing things. Speaking of embarrassing, Kakko's speeches definitely fall into that category a bit too often. In general, I think that the band is very capable when it comes to performing their music live, but they - or Kakko for that matter - kind of miss the sing-along and crowd-interaction potential some of their songs provide. In other words, they've always been pretty bad at properly taking advantage of their own strong points at times.

Kakkos struggles with higher notes very badly, since he completely fried his voice during the last big tour and whatever he lacks in technique doesn't make things any easier for him. He sounds very good when he actually sings and stays within the mid-range, though.

Anyway, the concert was ok. The new stuff sounded surprisingly good live and overall, the band seemed a bit more energized and focused during those songs. Sonata of nowadays is at their best when challenging themselves: doing those acoustic shows with fresh arrangements or playing either new, generally challenging or very rare stuff. While they seem to be enjoying playing the typical picks, such as I Have a Right (to repeat that chorus), Tallulah and Fullmoon, there's really nothing... particularly exciting or fresh going on.

My Land was a nice surprise from the older stuff. Very good for an encore and Kakko stayed within comfortable range, making the performance very solid and balanced, even if it perfectly emphasize the current state of Sonata, whether one considers it to be good enough or not.

So... yeah. It was worth going and Sonata kind of surprised me with how well they handled the new stuff. They could be so much better with very small tweaks in their approach to their concerts and setlist concepts, but yeah, it is what it is...

As for rest of the setlist, The Da,y which was a staple in last year's set was dropped to make room for Replica, which probably pleased most fans, but I might have preferred The Day, but yeah, acceptable. I can accept Closer to an Animal as a new setlist staple, but Life is pretty lame. I'm not expecting them to play San Sebastian, Wolf and Raven and Misplaced in a row, but one more adventurous addition such as Gravenimage, or even something as wild as Under Your Tree would give their sets some much needed depth and variation and also fit their current style quite well.

Nice little trip and enjoyable acts.

Night Prowler

Customer Deathcycle Manager
Staff member
Updated list:

14.07.2007. - Belgrade - The Rolling Stones

13.07.2008. - Novi Sad - Sex Pistols
04.10.2008. - Belgrade - Thin Lizzy

10.02.2009. - Belgrade - Iron Maiden
11.04.2009. - Belgrade - Bloodbound/Sabaton/HammerFall
08.07.2009. - Belgrade - Cynic

23.01.2010. - Belgrade - Stratovarius

29.04.2011. - Belgrade - Blind Guardian
01.07.2011. - Belgrade - Whitesnake/Judas Priest
10.07.2011. - Novi Sad - Big Audio Dynamite/Kreator
23.11.2011. - Belgrade - Iced Earth
01.12.2011. - Belgrade - Vicious Rumors/HammerFall

08.05.2012. - Belgrade - Gojira/Machine Head/Metallica
08.06.2012. - Zagreb - Gojira/Mastodon/Slayer
28.06.2012. - Belgrade - Satyricon/Paradise Lost/The Cult/Ozzy Osbourne
29.06.2012. - Belgrade - Public Image Ltd/Faith No More
15.07.2012. - Novi Sad - Guns 'N' Roses

28.04.2013. - Belgrade - Rammstein
19.05.2013. - Belgrade - Depeche Mode
14.06.2013. - Belgrade - Public Image Ltd
25.06.2013. - Belgrade - Newsted/Slayer
31.07.2013. - Zagreb - Anthrax/Iron Maiden
23.09.2013. - Belgrade - Hypocrisy

04.02.2014. - Belgrade - Iced Earth
18.02.2014. - Belgrade - Deep Purple
19.03.2014. - Belgrade - Hamferð/Amorphis
17.06.2014. - Belgrade - Ghost/Iron Maiden

09.03.2015. - Belgrade - Sanctuary/Overkill
19.05.2015. - Belgrade - Burning Circle/Blind Guardian
20.06.2015. - Belgrade - Smak
29.06.2015. - Belgrade - Helloween/Judas Priest
10.07.2015. - Novi Sad - Motörhead
19.09.2015. - Plovdiv - Opeth
16.10.2015. - Belgrade - Annihilator
23.10.2015. - Belgrade - Leprous

01.04.2016. - Novi Sad - Amorphis
01.06.2016. - Budapest - Black Sabbath
09.07.2016. - Novi Sad - Sear Bliss/Paradise Lost
10.07.2016. - Novi Sad - At The Gates
15.08.2016. - Belgrade - Cattle Decapitation
14.09.2016. - Vienna - Slydigs/The Who

15.08.2017. - Belgrade - Devin Townsend Project
29.10.2017. - Belgrade - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
14.12.2017. - Sofia - Helloween

18.04.2018. - Novi Sad - Dark Tranquillity
10.06.2018. - Belgrade - Scorpions
20.07.2018. - Plovdiv - Sabaton
21.07.2018. - Plovdiv - Judas Priest
22.07.2018. - Plovdiv - Tremonti/Iron Maiden

29.03.2019. - Belgrade - SepticFlesh
19.06.2019. - Kragujevac - Pero Defformero/Testament
04.07.2019. - Novi Sad - The Cure
15.11.2019. - Prague - Gaahls Wyrd/Mayhem
16.11.2019. - Berlin - Opeth
17.11.2019. - Prague - Hypocrisy/Arch Enemy/Amon Amarth
04.12.2019. - Belgrade - Laibach
Amon Amarth
Amorphis x2
Arch Enemy
At The Gates
Big Audio Dynamite
Black Sabbath
Blind Guardian x2
Burning Circle
Cattle Decapitation
Dark Tranquillity
Deep Purple
Depeche Mode
Devin Townsend Project
Faith No More
Gaahls Wyrd
Gojira x2
Guns 'N' Roses
HammerFall x2
Helloween x2
Hypocrisy x
Iced Earth x2
Iron Maiden x4
Judas Priest x3
Machine Head
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Opeth x2
Ozzy Osbourne
Paradise Lost x2
Pero Defformero
Public Image Ltd x2
Sabaton x2
Sear Bliss
Sex Pistols
Slayer x2
The Cult
The Cure
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Thin Lizzy
Vicious Rumors


Ancient Mariner
Just saw a beautiful & emotional concert. Not the kind we normally discuss (& not my usual type either). Sarah Mclachlan (Sarah Mac to her fans) is who I just saw. It was a very bare bones "Evening with"; at times just her on the piano (which she made sound like so much more). Other times she had a young musician named Vanessa play cello or acoustic guitar. On a few songs, Sarah took center stage and alternated between electric & acoustic guitars.

Sarah explained the story behind EVERY song she played (including a new one she has yet to record which, for now, is called Wilderness). She spoke of forgiveness, being a parent, how scary the world can be, and the endless cycle of falling in love only to have your heart shattered. She sang about her father (dead 10 years now, like my own) and trying to stay positive and spread that to others. She spoke of staying in a relationship she knew was bad for too long (I can relate).

What I loved most was how self deprecating she was. Always making fun of how depressing most of her songs are! However she states that singing about heartache is very cathartic and gives her joy.

And GOD what a voice! Speaking of voices, during the song Ice Cream she asked for audience participation and I swear EVERY female in that audience sang the chorus! At one point Sarah stopped singing because the audience singing was so loud! That's Austin Texas for ya!

To summarize, don't miss her if you get the chance.



Chasing Ponce De Leon's Phantoms
3/9/2020 - Tool @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
10/2/2020 - Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, In Flames @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA

Deftones and Gojira was announced today. I'm probably not gonna go as it's too far. I bought a Megadeth ticket though. I got front row on the side section closest to the stage. I'm really only a fan of Megadeth so I may be showing up for just them. Maybe I'll get into one of the other bands though. Who knows? Very happy with my spot though!

The Early Years:
  • 12/15/02 Neil Diamond @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
  • 04/09/04 Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken @ The Spokane Arena, WA (Note: did not go to this one willingly)
  • 07/03/04 Fleetwood Mac @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
  • 09/26/07 George Thorogood and the Destroyers @ The Big Easy, Spokane, WA
  • 06/24/11 Kiss @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
  • 07/29/12 Iron Maiden with Coheed & Cambria @ The Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
  • 07/30/12 Iron Maiden with Coheed & Cambria @ White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
  • 06/24/13 Machine Head @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA ***
  • 09/12/13 Iron Maiden with Megadeth @ Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
  • 09/21/13 5FDP with Halestorm, Sepultura, and 10 Years @ Greyhound Park, Post Falls, ID
  • 05/05/14 Sabaton & Iced Earth @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA ***
  • 03/08/15 Machine Head @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA ***
  • 05/29/15 The Eagles @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
  • 09/30/15 Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla @ The Spokane Arena, WA
  • 10/25/15 Queensryche @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Spokane, WA
  • 02/27/16 Schism @ The House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV (Note: Tool cover band) ***
  • 02/28/16 Iron Maiden with The Raven Age @ Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
  • 04/11/16 Iron Maiden with The Raven Age @ Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA ***
  • 07/09/16 Alice in Chains @ The INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane, WA '''
  • 09/02/16 Duran Duran @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Spokane, WA
  • 11/03/16 Steel Panther @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
  • 01/17/17 Chevelle @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA ***
  • 06/17/17 Tool @ The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA
  • 06/30/17 Sammy Hagar & The Circle @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Spokane, WA
  • 07/03/17 Iron Maiden with Ghost @ The T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV ***
  • 08/09/17 Metallica with A7X and Gojira @ Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
  • 09/29/17 The Scorpions and Megadeth @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA ''' (Note: Megadeth meet and greet also side stage)
  • 10/24/17 Mastodon with Eagles of Death Metal & Russian Circles @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA ***
  • 12/4/17 Foo Fighters @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
  • 03/01/18 Queensryche @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Spokane, WA
  • 06/22/18 Mastodon with Primus @ Marymoor Park, Seattle, WA ***
  • 08/26/18 Alice in Chains, Bush, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Vancouver, WA ***
  • 09/13/18 Australian Pink Floyd @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Spokane WA
  • 11/17/18 Ghost @ The Joint, Las Vegas, NV ***
  • 12/2/18 Metallica @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA ***
  • 2/4/19 Kiss @ The Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA ***/ '''
  • 6/19/19 Judas Priest with Uriah Heep @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Spokane, WA ***
  • 6/22/19 Mastodon with Coheed & Cambria @ Marymoor Park, Seattle, WA
  • 9/5/19 Iron Maiden with The Raven Age @ Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA***
  • 9/6/19 Iron Maiden @ Moda Center, Portland, OR (Note: Skipped The Raven Age)
  • 9/13/19 Iron Maiden with The Raven Age @ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • 9/28/19 Aerosmith @ The Park MGM Theater, Las Vegas, NV
  • 10/11/19 UFO & Armored Saint @ The House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
  • 10/12/19 Billy Idol @ The Pearl Theater, Las Vegas, NV ***
  • 11/2 Guns N' Roses @ The Colloseum at Caesars, Las Vegas, NV
  • 1/17/20 Tool @ The T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
*** = On the rail/Front Row
''' = Met the band/Meet & Greet

Top 5 most seen bands:
1. Iron Maiden (9)
2. The Raven Age (5)
2. Mastodon (3)
2. Coheed & Cambria (3)
3. Tie between Megadeth, Metallica, Ghost, Alice in Chains, Queensryche, Tool, and Machine Head (2)

The Dissident

Ancient Mariner
Officially sold my Alter Bridge tickets so I didn't lose too much money as a whole on them. Since my last list update I added two large profile shows being GNR and The Stones. Stones tickets are random and I won't know where I'm sitting until I arrive the day of the show which I think is super cool since the seats could be anywhere in the stadium including the Pit. It will be a great way to celebrate being in the last week of my Practicum. Scorpions I haven't bought the tickets for yet but will more than likely be happening as a grad celebration. I've also toyed with the idea of going to see Skid Row it would be a couple weeks before Sebastian but I'm not to sold on that show. Foreigner w/ Kansas and Europe would also be a cool show but thats in the summer and I'm already looking to have a busy one so I've held off as well. I'm hoping for Alter Bridge and Dream Theater to come around again to do another west coast or canadian run of their current tours so I could see the two of them.

  1. Sebastian Bach - March
  2. Alice Cooper w/ Lita Ford - April
  3. The Rolling Stones - Lucky Dip Tickets - May
  4. Journey w/ The Pretenders - May
  5. Scorpions w/ Queensryche - July
  6. Ozzy Osbourne w/ Marilyn Manson - July
  7. Guns N Roses - August
  8. Def Leppard and Motley Crue w/ Poison and Joan Jett - September
  9. Roger Waters - September


Ancient Mariner
David Gilmour and his wife, Polly Samson have announced a few shows in promotion for her new book, with David performing the music. Thought I'd treat myself to a ticket to the Birmingham, it'll be nice to see Gilmour performing again, especially in an intimate venue.

Dityn DJ James

A coma stole my name.
I saw VADER this past Saturday and it was phenomenal. They played a lot of off Black to the Blind and Litany (which was nice). The 4 other bands that played before them were varying degrees of OK. I'll update my grand list of concerts soon with that show and the KISS/David Lee Roth show a few saturdays back. Next up is Overkill/Demolition Hammer/M.O.D. w/ Billy Milano and Exhorder!

Black Wizard

Cereal Litigator
I saw VADER this past Saturday and it was phenomenal
I saw Vader open for Testament two years ago. I'm not a fan of their music at all but I suppose they were decent live. I saw two shows on that tour and at the second in Birmingham (@phantomoftheicarus was also there) someone got knocked over at the fringes of the pit early in Vader's set and injured his ankle or something. A group of people surrounded him with arms linked to defend from more pit damage. The ambulance didn't arrive until early in Annihilator's set and Jeff Waters paused the song to let the paramedics take him away safely. It must have sucked to have gone to see one of your favourite bands and missed most of the gig because of an injury sustained early in the opening band.


Bleeding Freak
The ambulance didn't arrive until early in Annihilator's set and Jeff Waters paused the song to let the paramedics take him away safely.
My and my group took a selfie at one point with that happening in the background and I didn't realise till after:lol:

My ticket to Testament in Manchester arrived yesterday... at my parents house, I'd forgotten to change the delivery details. Fortunately they're sending it up soon.

Missed a local gig in town earlier this month, one of the bands I'd seen before back in Birmingham because as they were a friends friend's band that I was dragged along to. Was gutted to have missed it, but I wasn't feeling too well and the weather was awful.