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Massive!!!

I am completely and utterly and totally and completely enthusiastic. I am not much a concert-goer, but I surely didn't want to miss this one. Massive Attack stopped in Ljubljana tonight and the concert was - in one word - f a n t a s t i c!!! Massive Attack is one of the bands I've been following since their start and it's very likely also the band that had the strongest influence of my music taste (in my more or less grown up time, that is). Not to mention I simply fall for the whole genre they spawned with their Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine and 100th Window.

And boy, oh, boy, have they prepared a giant show. I wasn't really sure how are they going to present their music on stage. And they did a fantastic thing: two drummers, guitar, bass, massive stack of keyboards and three extra vocalists. Summer theatre Krizanke was jam packed and we, the audience, have been fed an amazing portion of Massive Attack; some new music and, of course, songs that put Massive Attack on an all-time music map: Angel, Safe From Harm, Teardrop, Karmacoma and Unfinished Sympathy, to mention just a few.

One of the highlights of the concert was definitely Safe From Harm; they made a huge 10-minute epic song out of it and I think the visuals made it even more powerful. They made really good use of a giant screen at the back of the stage. And during Safe From Harm they started showing titles from Slovenian gossip magazines (in Slovene!!!) then they slowly moved to titles from daily newspapers and soon they turned to really hard-core Slovene political stuff, with focus on human rights and such. Then they moved onto some philosophical stuff regarding rights and truth and ended the song with really harsh critic of American/Bush moves in Iraq and his plans regarding Iran. It was really strong.

We, the audience/listeners/watchers/participants really enjoyed nearly two hours of show; including three extra songs and I am still a few feet above the ground.

Pardon my verbal Massive Attack diarrhea, but I am really happy tonight. And some pictures of course. :) 



And it started...


Warming up the crew and the audience.


First higlight - Teardrop.


Safe From Harm was almost unreal.


Inertia Creeps - powerful as hell.


(A bit blurry) Karmacoma and enthusiastic crowd. 


Comments

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dendren
Jul. 11th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Not too familiar with them at all but looks like quite a fun concert.
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
You should check some of their music. Start with Protection CD. :)
fuzzbelly
Jul. 11th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I used to be a huge fan. I've been curious about the group since 100th Window...
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
I got hooked in 1994 with their Protection... and it's been strong ever since. :)
bygbrat
Jul. 11th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
that is so awesome! :)
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
it was..... HUGE :)
mitjablazic
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Wow! I'm not into them ... but I can feel it was amazing!
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I am absolutely INTO them!!!!! :)

It was definitely a concert of the year... if not more.
mitjablazic
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
I see you are INTO ... can understand the feeling ... I also have my Tinas, Marias and Madonnas ... have to taste Massive.
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Yes.... step into something that was once considered underground. :)
boobooirl
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
I'm really jealous... I've only seen them live once and I was blown away by them.
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
That was really a great experience. Simply amazing. :)
vksi
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
Uau, it looks like you had a great fun. Good concert fills me with energy and I guess it's the same with you.
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Yes.... I am still completely filled up and - of course - listening to their music right now as well. :)
scunnerred
Jul. 11th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Jealous but thanks for sharing, looks fanastic. :-)

They're not touring here on this occasion. Oh well.
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Yes, it was a mindblasting concert. I had FUN! :)

I know, that's mean.... but I think you can be jealous a bit. They were great
ubermunkey
Jul. 11th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
AWESOME!
I'd love to see them live!

cheers
connor

paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
they were..... massive :)
pharmbear
Jul. 11th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Massive Attack is one of my most favorite bands of all times! I saw this show about 1.5 years ago when they swung it through here. Same lighting, same line-up. It was one of the most moving shows I have ever seen. I am so awe-struck for you!
paterson_si
Jul. 11th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes.... moving is the right word - during Safe From Harm I experienced shivers I wasn't expecting. Very powerful. :)
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