The new double live cd Cargo isn't even available yet, which is a pity because could have sold
a lot of those during their current tour, but still the Danish/Swedish/American outfit
chose to go on tour throughout Europe to support their latest studio-album Devil's Dozen (2015).
During their previous tour, as many bands do this last decade,
the band performed an album in its's entirety, in this case Paradox, probably their most
successful album from 1997.
Tonight there was quite another set list: only five songs of the previous tour remained.
Furthermore the band performed three songs from their latest album and the other songs were
taken from 7 albums from their entire career (being 13 studio albums),
all the way back to the first albums.
Unfortunately the venue wasn't filled as nicely as the band and the organizers hoped for,
less than 100 people attending.
From a photographer's point of view the lights were 'difficult':
bright lights pointed in the direction of the audience, mostly fairly dark on stage and often red,
blue or green as environmental colors and a lot of smoke.
Still the band played as if they were performing in a sold out venue,
which is actually a pretty impressive accomplishment in itself!
I don't believe every artist would be as professional as these guys were on this evening.
After the intro, though computer and keyboards, the band opened with
an instrumental song taken from the very first album (1992).
This song, Martial Arts, featured band leader André Andersen on the keytar.
Next song was River Of Pain from the superb Paradox album, a challenge for vocalist D.C. Cooper,
but he succeeded to create the right atmosphere instantly.
The show went on with a song from the previous album A Life To Die For, namely One Minute Left To Live.
The band proved they have no difficulties performing songs of all era's,
from their early beginnings in 1992 until their most recent accomplishment Devil's Dozen.
The orchestral symphonic rock hasn't changed that much and there will be
fans who are overjoyed the band has kept their own distinctive style throughout the years,
critics on the other hand might say there's a lack of inspiration and they fail
to come up with something different. Fact is the performers did great.
Newly recruited drummer (2015) Andreas Johansson and André Andersen were at
the back of the stage on an elevated platform, most of the time
barely visible to the audience, because of the lights being in front
of the stage and a sort of smoky mist being present almost the whole time.
Bass player Andreas Passmark played a white, noisy bass, a lightweight instrument presumably,
judged by the way he handled the instrument. His performance was energetic,
interacting with guitarist Jonas Larsen and D.C. Cooper frequently.
Larsen was looking down quite a bit of the time and because of his
long curly hair there wasn't much of his facial expression to observe.
He played beautifully though. Vocalist D.C. Cooper proved to be a real phenomenon.
What a formidable front man he is!! Interacting with his fellow musicians,
on many occasions with people from the audience and singing about as good as
he did some twenty years ago. For me personally by far the best vocalist
of the four singers the band has had in the past 25 years.
He manages to be a real entertainer, to inspire his band mates and bring his
powerful vocals all at the same time.
Of course he was a bit disappointed so few people had come out to Uden but he
focused on the ones who actually did and that's the only good way to handle the situation.
He did ask everyone present to use their social network and social media to
enhance publicity for the band and draw people's attention to Royal Hunt.
He emphasized that business in the music industry on the present day
is not very encouraging so artists definitely need the support!
Since there was no support act and the band started well on time, Royal Hunt
didn't waste time by telling a lot of stories and have a smoke or a coffee
before the encores, so the show was over at 10.30 PM which was very convenient for fans
like us who have a long drive home ahead.
One thing is certain: those who chose to stay home were wrong: although my personal
preference for the songs to be performed would have been slightly different,
several songs weren't performed in years so this was definitely a nice show and
well balanced in the perspective of older and newer songs.
Both the venue and most certainly the band had deserved a wider audience!!
Martial Arts (Land of Broken Hearts)
River Of Pain (Paradox)
One Minute Left To Live (A Life to Die For)
Army Of Slaves (X)
Wasted Time (Clown in the Mirror)
Heart On A Platter ((Devil's Dozen)
Flight (Land of Broken Hearts)
May You Never Walk Alone (Devil's Dozen)
Until The Day (Devil's Dozen)
Halfway Past Loneliness (Show Me How to Live)
Message To God (Paradox)
Stranded (Land of Broken Hearts)
A Life To Die For (A Life to Die For)