I grew up listening to glam rock on one hand and thrash metal on the other. And despite CINDERELLA not being exactly one of my favourite, some of their songs marked my youth. So as their 25th anniversary tour hit Barcelona on a friday that was a national holiday in Portugal (a.k.a. no-need-to-waste-days-off), I didn’t give it a second thought. Plus, CINDERELLA used to be my great friend Isabel’s fave band and I know she wouldn’t have ventured to Spain all by herself
But first, a little side note on the trip One of the flight attendants would have a promising career as a comediant. My favourite were “you must turn off your cellphones, otherwise you’ll be violently spanked” and “you might be thinking if you could be flying with EasyJet right now. You could, but it wouldn’t be the same thing”. Ah ah ah! I hope I catch this guy on another flight soon
Now about the concert. I was hoping the metal barrier at Razzmatazz was shorter than last time, but nope, it was still higher than myself. So I gave up on the front-row-idea as soon as I entered the venue (all rules have exceptions ). Instead, I went to the far back and climbed a few steps, having a perfect view to the whole stage. Look at the last pic to measure just how far I was. Is my little Powershot good or what?
The first band was terrible. To my ears, at least – I don’t mean they didn’t know how to play. I didn’t even understand the name (or cared to understand). All I know is that it was a local band (fortunately, they didn’t sing in Spanish).
Finally, after what seemed an eternity, Tom, Eric, Jeff & Fred (plus guest keyboardist Gary Corbett) got on stage I’ve always considered Tom‘s voice a little bad, and I already suspected it had gone worse with age, but I wasn’t prepared for that Jeez! I can’t remember being at a concert where the singer went out of tune so much! But everybody seemed happy, and remembering all those classics – as they only played classics – made it worth it. I even felt my eyes a bit wet on “Heartbreak Station” Given the way that the crowd sang along, I bet I wasn’t the only one.
Although they had Gary, Tom put the guitar aside to play the first keys of “Don’t Know What You’ve Got”. And he did it also on other occasions, just to walk the stage through and through, leaving a roadie playing on the background.
Personally, I would rather have listened to “Take Me Back” than “Long Cold Winter”, but apart from that, the setlist was perfect:
- Once Around The Ride
- Shake Me
- Heartbreak Station
- Somebody Save Me
- Night Songs
- The More Things Change
- Coming Home
- Second Wind
- Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone)
- Nobody’s Fool
- Gypsy Road
- Long Cold Winter
- Shelter Me