Original Portuguese version here: http://www.backstageforum.com/t4523-20110913-in-flames-noctiferia-hard-club#29491, with pictures by Sandra Manuel (www.sandramanuel.com)
For Joana Gonçalves
» For IN FLAMES the house was full. The stage got set quickly, and seeing no more roadies on it, we thought the Swedes would go on stage at 10 p.m. But no, and impatience was building up, so suddenly someone started shouting “IN FLAMES, IN FLAMES!” and almost the whole venue followed suit.
I believe it was around 10:15 p.m. when the title-track from the latest album ended the waiting and sarted up the commotion.
In “Deliver Us” Anders Fridén pointed the mic in our direction so we could scream those two little words, and how we screamed them!
They kept with “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, with “All For Me”, and that’s when Fridén spoke to the crowd, asking how we were and saying he knew we had waited “a looooooooooooooooooooong while” (the last time IN FLAMES had played in Portugal had been in 2002). Suddenly he asked the camera from a fan in the front row, saying very seriously that he wouldn’t take pictures that night… we were the ones who should be photographed. He took a few pictures of the crowd before returning the camera (not without pretending he had no intention of doing so) and introduced the classic “Trigger”. That’s when the real mosh started.
“Swim”, from the album “Clayman”, was a surprise, since they hadn’t played it live for a long time. And “The Hive”, from “Whoracle”, delighted the old school fans.
The audience was heard more often than Fridén himself, which led the singer to name us “beautiful”, adding he was sure Björn Gellote was hiding a boner behind his guitar.
The light tech had his birthday that night, and as soon Fridén said so, a few started to sing “happy birthday”. Some others did the same, but without keeping pace with the first ones, so it was quite a mess. Fridén shook his head, told us to stop and restart, all together. Then we did sing in harmony.
In “Only For The Weak” he put us all jumping up and down and in “Delight And Angers” he pulled a fan up on stage. He traded the mic for the boy’s camera and once again went shooting the audience. The boy, I don’t know if he didn’t know the lyrics or was just embarrassed (or ecstatic), so he gave the mic away to the audience instead and just kept jumping. Whoever took the mic did such a great job that Fridén said in the end: “you have a strong voice, my boy”.
Fridén then thanked the crew who rode with them. They, IN FLAMES, only drink beer and play metal, the hard work is all up to the crew. So he asked us a big applause and added that one of the guitar techs was Portuguese, which deserved even more applause and the name screamed out by everybody: “Fish, Fish, Fish!”. Fish had no other choice than to come forward, where Fridén hugged and rocked him for a while. Then he said he wanted us to dance like him and Fish had done, to the sound of “Cloud Connected”.
The gig ended with “The Mirror’s Truth” and “Take This Life”. The band bid farewell with a pleasant and grateful look on their faces and everybody was hoping for them to come back for an encore. That didn’t happen, for total disappointment, but the truth is that 16 songs were performed in about 80 minutes – we can’t say we’ve been wronged. And if some classics went unplayed… well, with a carreer more than 20 years old and 10 released albuns, it’s impossible to play them all. The performance was incredible and judging by the general reaction of the audience, the setlist was somewhat secondary. Of course I would have loved to listen to “Pinball Map” or “My Sweet Shadow”, for instance, but I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Thank you: Prime Artists, for once again giving us the chance to make this report; Toño Aguirre, for letting me keep NOCTIFERIA‘s setlist; Carlos, for literally having my back. If it wasn’t for him, I’d probably had left Hard Club with much more than just a broken lip… «
- Sounds Of A Playground Fading
- Deliver Us
- All For Me
- The Hive
- The Quiet Place
- Where The Dead Ships Dwell
- Fear Is The Weakness
- Come Clarity
- Only For The Weak
- Delight And Angers
- Cloud Connected
- The Mirror’s Truth
- Take This Life