To quote their Facebook: “L.A. GLAM just moved to Sweden!”. Those 45 minutes at Cirkus could make Whisky A Go Go pretty jealous.
CRASHDÏET is more “fists in the air” than dancing (as you can see in the pics below), so I didn’t mind sitting down in order to have a proper view of the stage (my ticket wasn’t valid for chairs, but since they hadn’t all been sold, the security boy said I could take any seat available. Sweet ).
Despite Simon Cruz having joined CRASHDÏET two years ago, this was the first time I had the chance to see him live, so I was more than excited (as I prefer his voice to the former singer’s – sorry, Olli). And he didn’t fail me. That kid (who’s actually my age ) doesn’t stop still for a moment, and gives himself to the performance with full heart.
I know it makes sense to play more of the latest songs for all reasons – they’re new; they were written and recorded with Simon so he feels more comfortable with them; and also because it’s been said that “Generation Wild” has that ‘80s glam rock sound which CRASHDÏET identify themselves with. Just like “Rest In Sleaze” had. But even so, I was a bit sad that none of “The Unattractive Revolution” songs were played. At least “Falling Rain” should have been on the setlist. Or “In The Raw”, like they did in a few other shows. But apart from that, nothing to complain about.
They started at full speed with “Down With The Dust” and continued with “So Alive” almost without a pause. And a bit to my surprise, “Riot In Everyone” came next. I wasn’t expecting that classic – if a 6-year-old song can be called that – so soon, but it was a split-second-long shock and there I was tearing my vocal chords from first word to last, with special emphasis on “we’re the kids of the undergroooooooooooooooound”. I also knew in that moment that the gig would end with “Generation Wild”.
“Beautiful Pain” was the ballad of the night, and it made justice to its title (the “beautiful” part, obviously).
I’d seen CRASHDÏET in 2008, in Barcelona (also opening for HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, curiously enough), but I still had them on my bands-to-see-at-least-once-before-I-die list as I wanted to see them with Simon. Now that the mission’s accomplished, I moved them to the bands-to-see-at-least-once-AS-HEADLINERS-before-I-die list. They’re definitely worth it.
- Down With The Dust
- So Alive
- Riot In Everyone
- Native Nature
- Queen Obscene (69 Shots)
- Beautiful Pain
- Breakin’ The Chainz
- Generation Wild