Smoke and mirrors

Poets of the Fall – MS Baltic Princess; December 6th, 2012

For the fourth time this year I found myself on a cruise, this time around with my friend B. by my side. It’s funny, because apart from the concerts I find these cruises somewhat boring. This one took us to Tallinn so we would have a chance to leave the boat for a whole. 🙂 We got to the harbor easily, had some food before we got on board. In our cabin we got ready and spent much time sitting at the club, chatting, drinking tea and watching people. It was Finnish Independence Day, but that wasn’t noticeable – the party on board was the usual one.

More fans arrived, everyone waiting for the house band to stop playing to line up in front row. Unfortunately there was some introduction and games by the Radio Nova host first. At least the waiting time wasn’t long any more after. We got to the front, they opened the curtains, lots of artificial smoke came on with the intro and soon the guys were on stage. Jari was still missing and Teijo in his place.

The show kicked off in high gear and it immediately became clear that the guys were in a good mood. They had fun on stage and so did the audience in front. I can’t remember many details about the song, but I know that I enjoyed being there, singing along, rocking out. There was so much motion on stage it was hard to catch it all. Jani and Olli both went to watch Teijo behind the drums, Captain was rocking out behind the drums, Marko was mock fighting with Jani, Olli and Jaska stood next to each other, lifting their legs in unison – it was like a dance.

Almost at all times one of the guys was standing on one of the boxes close to the audience, showing off their skills. I spent much time just watching them, smiling the whole time. Someone to the left had brought a feather boa and Marko borrowed it for a while. Later he picked up the feathers, threw them in the air and turned in a chair below them. Just one of many funny moments. At one point, he did not only go and play Olli’s guitar, but Jaska’s too. Both held it out to him smiling. During the whole show there was lots of smoke, sometimes almost hiding the guys. The energy level on stage was high at all times. None off them could really stand still, they were all going a little crazy one way or another, from Olli and Jaska first playing their guitars against each other, then hugging because it worked and later jumping to Marko giving Olli rabbit ears and spanking him with a microphone later. Jan had some duels with the others too, Teijo drummed his heart out and Captain pretended to throw his keyboard into the audience in the end. I loved the show and so did B.

When it was over we waited for the guys. I had made little bags of Christmas candy for them and a birthday present for Marko. I caught Olli and Jaska, hugged both of them and told them I’d liked the show. I managed to give Marko his present too. He thanked me and gave me a hug. They were all in a good mood still. I didn’t see the others, but got to chat with Petri for a bit too. B. and I spent some more time chatting over a cider before it was time to get some rest.

Poets of the Fall autumn tour – 13 gigs down, 1 to go. Next stop: Helsinki

Setlist

Running Out of Time
Diamonds for Tears
Temple of Thought
Cradled in Love
Locking Up the Sun
Signs of Life
Stay
Illusion and Dream
Jeremiah Peacekeeper
Kamikaze Love
Miss Impossible
Late Goodbye

Encore:
Dreaming Wide Awake
Carnival of Rust
Lift

pictures of this concert

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