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Metric at Paradiso, Tuesday 20 October 2015

I bought my ticket for this gig kind of by accident. Not literally, “oops, I just hit the BUY button.” It was more that I got so excited about seeing Metric live that I bought the ticket without looking too closely at my calendar. If I had, I would have seen that the date was the night after we (the whole family) were supposed to be seeing Imagine Dragons at the Forum in Copenhagen. That would have been a squeeze.

But… we didn’t end up going to Copenhagen in the end. (We will see Imagine Dragons at the Ziggo Dome in February instead.) So I could go after all!

But… then Fiona and her best friend at school wanted to go and see Fall Out Boy at the Heineken Music Hall on the very same night, and I thought I was going to have to accompany them.

But! I finally got in touch with Fiona’s friend’s parents on the day of the concert to confirm the arragments, and it turned out they were both going along, and they didn’t need anyone else on Team Grownup. So I could go to Metric after all!

I was supposed to be on part-time leave from work that week, but we were right in the middle of crazytime, and I ended up working the Monday and Tuesday. I tore myself loose from my keyboard in time to make it to the gig, but I missed the opening act (Léyya), which was a pity. I also arrived too late to get a good spot to see the stage. I ended up squeezed between a pillar and the bar, and spent most of the time stepping aside to let people past for drinks.

Set list:

  1. Lie Lie Lie
  2. Fortunes
  3. Youth Without Youth
  4. Help I’m Alive
  5. Too Bad so Sad
  6. Cascades (with everyone wearing funky LED glasses; super synthy!)
  7. Black Sheep (from the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack)
  8. Satellite Mind
  9. Collect Call
  10. Other Side
  11. I didn’t recognize this one, but setlist.fm suggests that it was Monster Hospital. I listened to the track when I got back home, and I still didn’t recognize it. I’ll take their word for it. But then, they also list Combat Baby at the end of the set, and I don’t remember the band playing that, either. Hmm.
  12. Synthetica
  13. Gold Guns Girls
  14. The Shade

Encore:

  1. Nothing but Time
  2. Celebrate
  3. Gimme Sympathy
  4. Breathing underwater

I felt that the gig was good but not great. Maybe being constantly jostled for drinks every couple of minutes made me a bit cranky. The tour T-shirts were excellent, though.

Taylor Swift at Ziggo Dome, Sunday 21 June 2015

(Catching up on events from earlier in the year.)

If I had been the only one in the household who liked Taylor Swift, I’m not sure if I would bought a ticket to see her on my own. Fortunately, Fiona is also a fan. Catching her at the Ziggo Dome became a family event rather than just another evening out at a gig.

I had bought four tickets. Alex didn’t want to come, so we let Fiona invite a friend. We met her in the enormous queue ahead of the doors, and got to our seats in time for the last couple of numbers of James Bay’s opening set.

Taylor Swift’s set was amazing. I’ve never see a gig like it before. Every song was a complete production, with a new stage design and props, and frequently changing costumes. The rotating elevator platform in the centre of the arena was a second stage that brought Taylor and her crew of dancers close to every corner of the audience. Her chat between songs, while obviously rehearsed, was tuned to inspire and delight, and every song hit its mark. The crowd loved her. We did, too.

When we entered the venue, we were each handed an LED wrist band that was controlled remotely during the concert. They were unlocked at the end of the show, so we could light them up just by shaking or tapping them. Fiona and her friend (and, who am I kidding, Abi and me too) spent the drive back to Oostzaan laughing and shaking our wrists at cars we passed and cars that passed us, to see if we could spot who else had been there. An unforgettable experience.

This week’s T-shirt haul

From concerts:

  • Dutch Uncles
  • Foo Fighters “X-Ray”
  • Gaz Coombes

From the Django Under The Hood conference:

  • Blue long-sleeved DUTH hoodie
  • Black Metal DUTH logo
  • Mirumee Octocat Code & Peace
  • Heroku
  • Opbeat

My T shirt drawers are out of control. It’s not a collection any more, it’s a hoard.

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