I must admit that the main reason for our trip to Barcelona was to see Avatar’s concert. It’s true that there were many things on the trip that made it wonderful and unforgettable and the concert was, without a doubt, one of them.
I’ve known the band for some years now, I think because of the song “Bloody Angel“, but it wasn’t until Jon infected me with his obsession for them I didn’t listen to them thoroughly. And guess what, I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM!
Avatar has such a unique style, both in music and in aesthetics, that I find it quite difficult to categorize them. I’ll just say that the show they offer is astonishingly spectacular. In case it’s not enough with the pictures I leave at the end of the post a video with the best moments of the concert.
Well, on March the 25th, Avatar played in Barcelona. So there we went. I had very high expectations of the concert and it overwhelmed them by far.
Old Kerry Mckee, an American folk singer and songwriter who is possibly one of the most talented men in the world, opened the concert. Those who, like me, are not able to do two things at once, would have been amazed to see him play the guitar, the tambourine, some strings, a drum, the harmonica and sing at the same time. I was simply speechless and I regret not having thought about filming it to be able to show it to you.
Next came Hellzappopin with their chilling performance. A “freak show”, a group that celebrates the different. People with unusual and extraordinary skills that ate the stage and won the audience (although I bet some of the spectators closed their eyes at some point). Balance with lighted mechanical saws, games with knives, sword swallower who swallowed drill bits the size of my arm and a long etcetera. I have to admit I absolutely loved it and I would like to see much more.
And finally the time came and the Avatar concert began. “The King” sitting on his throne with his cape and crown and playing the beginning of “Legend of the King“; the drums filling the room and guitarist and bassist head banging in perfect synchrony. Finally Johannes entered, knelt before “The King” and began to sing. At last started what we’d been waiting for, the best time of the day and maybe of the trip to Barcelona.
Time flew by, in a perfectly thought out and executed show. Absolutely everything was perfect, but if I had to highlight one thing, it would be the “Paint me Red” moment. I can’t help it, it’s my favourite song of the group and for me it was the moment of the night.
As I said the time flew and suddenly it was 11 o’clock at night. The concert was over but Johannes was still on stage, excited and giving thanks for the great reception of the city of Barcelona. We were all a group, we were family and together we would go to the end of the world, to the very apocalypse. And so he gave way to the last song of the night “Hail the Apocalypse“.
I can only say that I was deadly exhausted at the end of the night, but for me it all happened in a matter of seconds and I would have stood hours singing with them. I can’t wait for the time to see them live again!
For those who are interested, all the songs I’ve mentioned are linked on their respective titles. I hope you like them as much as I do.