After the debacle that was the Marduk shoot a few days ago, I wasn’t feeling too passionate about tonight’s Nightwish/Sabaton gig. But I needn’t have been too concerned. The Palace as a venue, is about a million times better than the Hifi and production values are improved tenfold.
The venue was packed to the brim when openers Sabaton took the stage. I made it into the photo-pit just in time to hear my fellow photogs rib me about the Marduk shoot and the ensuing bitching I put forth after the show! (as you do!)
After the usual pleasantries with my fellow ‘togs, Sabaton took to the stage in all their Euro-cheesy glory. Really not my scene musically and the military camp daks just added to the whole cheese-factor! But, they were energetic, lively, friendly and a ton of fun. The crowd lapped it all up and they put forth a tight set.
I also didn’t know too much of Nightwish really. Can’t say I am a fan and I probably only know one or two of their songs – but I do know they are hugely popular (two sold out shows at Melbourne’s Palace is proof enough of that!) They have a worldwide loyal following at the Melbourne league was in full force and voice tonight.
They looked and sounded amazing and could rarely put a foot wrong as their legion of fans sang along to each and every song throughout the band’s blistering set.
There was a great vibe in the room and it was even better in the photo-pit tonight with my fellow colleagues. In short, I had an absolute blast!