Just one life, all in the now

Poets of the Fall – Tampere-Talo, Tampere; October 19th, 2018

After the strange Poets of the Fall concert in Helsinki the previous night, A., K. And I left for the Tampere in a subdued mood, but ready to see how the second Finnish show would work out. Since this was another seated gig, I went there with high hopes, but no expectations. This one turned out to be completly different from the show in Helsinki. It was brilliant, fun and completely blew me off my feet. Whatever had happened the previous night, the ghosts from the very recent past no longer lingered and everything was restored to what it should be: A great night among friends. That was worth traveling to Finland for. <3

We arrived in Tampere about an hour before the doors opened and on the way to the venue debated whether it was going to start at 7 or 8 pm, because there was conflicting information. While we had some food 7 was confirmed, so we quickly bought some stuff for a potential after party and went onwards to the venue. It already looked super nice as we walked in and we sat surprisingly close to each other. A. and I had bought our tickets together, but K. had bought hers from S. and they ended up sitting right next to us. The hall was smaller than the one in Helsinki, but the stage looked about the same size. Our seats were off to the right side, but with a great view. I had a good feeling about this.

We did not have to wait long for the show to start and from the moment the guys walked on stage it was completely different than the night before. Right away Marko motioned for us to get up and we gladly followed. I turned to A. and said “That’s more like it!” We were dancing along with ‘Dreaming wide awake’ and neither of us could stop smiling. Looking over to S. and K. I saw the same look on their faces. 😀 Whenever any of the guys looked at us they were smiling too. Marko was on the move all the time, going from one side ofthe stage to the other, saying hello to everyone. I think It might have been during ‘Dancing on broken Glass’ that song that he walked into the audience, all the way to the back. On the way down, he stopped by S.’s side for a moment and leaned on her. <3

Like us, S. and her friend K. were still standing, just on the opposite side of the front row. Eventually we sat down again for ‘False Kings’ and ‘Temple of Thought’ so we would not block the view of the people behind us too much. It did not keep me from singing along though or from enjoying the songs. The band had raisers on each side of the stage and used them well. With our position we had a great view of all the guys, but especially of Olli, which was in front of us for much of the show and smiled just as much as we did. <3 Jani visited quite frequently too and watching them play together was pure joy. Jani and Olli both were standing with Captain at times, rocking together, moving arms in unison and in tune with the melody. 🙂

Jari was sitting behind glass, just as he had the previous night and looked rather happy in his cage. I loved watching him, especially at times when he got up and was beating the drums like a madman. He perfectly can do subtle playing as well though. I always amazes me, just how talented every member of this band is. Once again they all proved what they can do during ‘Rogue’ and once again they pointed at each other to make sure everyone knew just who to look at. Marko walked into the audience again and this time he stood with me for a little while, arm in arm, nodding his head to the music. I looked at him briefly, smiled and turned my attention back to the stage. It felt like sharing a special moment with a friend. <3

For ‘Standstill’ we sat down again, enjoying the beauty of the song. It is perfect for an acoustic setting. At first one guitar was missing, but Olli, Jani and Marko waited patiently for Jaska to come along. All the guys seemed very affectionate that night. A few times they looked at each other and then hugged. It was that sort of a night. 🙂 ‘The Sweet Escape’ was amazing and had us standing up again. I loved that song and I especially lovethe guitar solos in the end. At the start of the song Marko motioned for us to take out or phones and switch on the light. It looked gorgeous to see the entire hall lit up. Sometimes you just cannot sit down, especially once you’ve been allowed to stand. 😉 We moved over to the stairs so, not blocking anyone’s way. 🙂 Tiia, who’d been walking the hall and taking pictures dropped by, hugged me and gave me a peck on the cheek. It was unexpected, but oh so lovely. I hugged back, gave her a big smile and then made a little room as she sat behind me on the stairs.  I turned my attention back to the stage and the next time I looked behind me she was gone.

‘Brighter than the sun’ had us dancing some more and ended with an awesome bass solo, where Marko sat down on the floor to watch Jani play. Only for ‘Cradled in Love’ we settled down again. For the second time that night Marko motioned for us to take our phones and again there was a see of bright lights everywhere. Also there where stars in the ceiling. It fit perfectly. The whole atmosphere in the venue was beautiful. I felt perfectly happy all night and saw so many sweet little moments happening on stage. Granted, I have forgotten most of them now, but a few things just had me go “aww” when they happened and several times I looked at A. who shared the sentiment. The guys seemed to enjoy every moment and Glen looked very happy too. He was going along with the music more than once. 😀

So many times one of the guys was walking close to the front of the stage, getting in touch with people so to speak and it worked. The audience was so much more into it than the previous night. Jani was throwing a few kisses, Olli just gave everyone his brightest smile. Marko was shaking a few hands here and there while he was walking along the front.  During ‘My Dark Disquiet’ he was coming my way and I thought “Oh shit! I don’t know all the words yet”. Luckily he looked at me for exactly the lines that I know. Phew! 😉

Everything was right that night and all the emotions I felt seemed to be reflected elsewhere, either on the faces of my friends around me or in every note the guys played and every gesture they made. ‘War’ was the perfect song for my mood. It is the perfect song for almost every mood and I sang along with all my might. For ‘Sleep’ then, things got more quiet again and I just watched Marko with his lamp. At first I tried capturing pictures, but my phone is not equipped for that. Thus I enjoyed. Once in a great while I even looked at Captain playing keyboards, but mostly my eyes were drawn to the light. 😉

‘Lift’ brought the show to a close and this time I jumped. Jaska was checking on me and smiled when he saw me do it. Everything back to normal. 😀 By now, pretty much everyone in the hall was standing up and cheering loudly. I cannot stretch enough how good that felt and how the energy that came from the audience reflected back on the guys. I think the band drew from us and then gave back tenfold what they received. It just kept getting better.

When they came back out for ‘Daze’ nobody had to instruct us to stand up or clap and dance. we all just did. It rocked and continued right through ‘Locking up the sun’ with many people turning back time. I alternated between jumping and trying to capture pictures of the guys rocking. Totally multitasking and totally failing. 😀 At one point Olli was watching me trying to get my phone to work while I was still jumping. I did not manage to switch the camera on, shrugged and put it back in my pocket. This was the concert I had been waiting for and this was the concert I wanted for Finland after the awesome UK shows. Well done guys!

Finally, we sat down again to enjoy ‘Carnival of Rust’ and then watch a final sea of light for ‘Choir of Cicadas’. Happy faces everywhere, on stage and off. The guys said goodbye and I wanted to hug them all. I did not get that chance, but Olli came over to shake our hands. <3 Tiia took the usual stage selfie and this time I was not hidden behind the guys for once. 😉 All was good, I did not want the night to end and felt high on emotion when we walked out.

K., A., S. and I were all happy with the concert and everyone else we spoke to agreed that it had been brilliant. Those who had attended both nights said that this one was so much better. We talked about it for long afterwards and figured that just like us the band must have felt that something did not go right the previous night so the learned and did things differently. And this is why we love them. <3

On the way home we had drinks and chips and shared happy memories from this gig and previous ones. After all, the Poets had brought us together, made us all part of the same family and for this we are just as grateful as for the music. Thank you all for the wonderful company. Until next time.

Setlist

Dreaming Wide Awake
Dancing on Broken Glass
False Kings
Temple of Thought
Rogue
Standstill
The Sweet Escape
Brighter Than the Sun
Cradled in Love
My Dark Disquiet
War
Sleep
Lift

Encore:
Daze
Locking Up the Sun
Carnival of Rust
Choir of Cicadas

Ultraviolet Tour 2018: Seven shows down, five to go

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On the outside looking in

Poets of the Fall – Kulturitalo, Helsinki; October 18th, 2018

Ever since the Poets of the Fall concert in Helsinki last night was over I have been trying to describe what it felt like, what I felt like and the only word I can come up with is disconnected. I can’t really put my finger on the why, but somehow it did not do it for me. My friend A. described it as feeling like being part of an ultra realistic DVD presentation in 4D. There, but not really part of it. Maybe seated Poets concerts are just not the right thing for me, maybe I was stll tired from the UK tour, maybe my mind was just elsewhere, but whatever the case I think I would not have missed much if I’d skipped this one. That is just my personal experience though. The guys still did a great job and the audience looked like they were having fun.

Concerts in Finland have always been special to me and many years ago I made a promise to the guys that as long as it’s a Friday or a Saturday I will be there. Ever since I have done my best to make it work. This time not even one of the two gigs is on the weekend, but I didn’t want to miss out on anything so I booked my trip. Getting to Helsinki was easy and I have a standing invitation with my friend K. <3 so no issues with finding a place to stay.

We got to the venue as the doors opened, met with A. there, found our seats and soon realized that the supporting DJ was nothing to write home about. Thus, we got drinks and chatted until showstart. I was excited to see the guys again, but a tiny bit worried about having to sit down during the gig. Then again, we had seats before and it was fine. Too bad we could not all sit together. Once inside I looked around and saw a few familiar faces, but also quite a few people unknown to me. I also nited a familiar looking lamp on stage that had been used during ‘Labyrinth’ at last year’s Christmas gig. Hm…

Soon it was showtime and with the intro I already noticed how great the sound was. The advantage of a real concert hall. Lights were great too and for the first time that night I regretted not bringing my camera. Oh well, I just needed to be content with watching.

The songs on the setlist were the same as on the UK tour, but the mixed up the order. Not in the beginning though and with ‘Dreaming wide awake’ being the first song I felt the strong urge to jump out of my seat. Instead I had to make do with clapping along and it just did not feel the same, even though I did my best to make it so. ‘Dancing on Broken Glass’ was much better, because it is a calmer song and I enjoyed watching people’s reaction to the new stuff. People did like it and I saw them sing along too. Yet it seemed like they were holding back and not singing as loudly as usual. Or maybe that was just e projecting. Something was off though and I could not put my finger on it.

With ‘False Kings’ and ‘Temple of Thought’, two of my favorites, my mood brightened and I got a little more into it. I listened and watched and sang along, but it still somehow felt like a movie, like not really being there, like real interactions with the guys were not possible. They did interact with the audience though, I just didn’t feel like I was part of it. It bothered me to have people in front of me too, which is weird, because I am not always in the front row and generally enjoy the concert anyway. Somehow it just didn’t click that night.

‘Rogue’ came and went and would have much rather been standing up. I remembered my first seated Finnish gig and asking the people around me if anyone would get up during the gig. They said no and nobody did. Finns are just too polite. Audiences in Germany have no such reservations. When a gig rocks, you stand! (many do anyway). ‘Standstill’ captured me for a while, I cannot not love this song. To my surprise ‘The Sweet Escape’ was next. It fit and I was enjoying it. During ‘Brighter than the Sun’ I had a moment of being fully into the show. When Marko sang about showing them how to live my life I felt it. I had my reasons and no line could have been better right ten and there.

‘Cradled in Love’ brought out the lights on our phones and looking around I saw the entire hall lit up by them. It was certainly beautiful. Then, when ‘My Dark Disquiet’ started I tried dancing in my seat, but it is not the same and all I wanted to do was jump up and dance for real. *sighs* ‘War’ was lovely again, that song lifts me up no matter what. Afterwards Marko went to the front and picked up the lamp. For one brief moment I was hoping they’d play ‘Labyrinth’, but it was actually ‘Sleep’. It worked beautifully though. Marko moving across stage with the lit lamp and singing to it seemed strangely fitting. <3

‘Lift’ was next and not only was it unbearable to stay seated, but also I thought this was going to be the end of the show and the setlist would be a few songs short compared to the UK. Luckily I was wrong in that assumption. It was only the break before the encores. 🙂

Soon the guys were out again and immediately Marko motioned for us to get up. Finally! I was out of my seat in seconds and rocked out to ‘Daze’. This was what I had been missing. Jumping still felt weird though so I moved but did not jump for ‘Locking up the Sun’. For these two songs I tried to get rid of all the excess energy I’d been feeling all night. Things got calm again for ‘Carnival of Rust’ before the show ended with ‘Choir of Cicadas’. Somehow it had never really started.

I found the others and the mood was a bit subdued. All I really managed to say was “I liked the UK shows better.” Only the next day we realized that we’d all felt the same way. There was nothing left to do but hope that the Tampere show would be better.

Setlist

Dreaming Wide Awake
Dancing on Broken Glass
False Kings
Temple of Thought
Rogue
Standstill
The Sweet Escape
Brighter Than the Sun
Cradled in Love
My Dark Disquiet
War
Sleep
Lift

Encore:
Daze
Locking Up the Sun
Carnival of Rust
Choir of Cicadas

Ultraviolet Tour 2018: Six shows down, six to go

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