Pukkelpop 2007

Hi all

Here’s my little review of Pukkelpop 2007. Dennis and I took off to Hasselt (Belgium) in rainy weather. Me not happy. Checking out dozens of forecasts doesn’t make things better, but my little prayer to the patron saint of festivals must have worked out. Sunny and warm, little clouded, I cannot imagine better festival weather.

Thursday.

Editors

These guys from Birmingham are actually more Dennis’ cup of tea, but he convinced me to go. And they convinced me with their show and songs. But I still don’t know why the singer looked like he was strangling something (or himself?) while singing.

Rodrigo Y Gabriella

Metal on just Spanish guitars. Need I say more? They rocked hard.

Gogol Bordello

It was crazy. They we’re all crazy. And they threw a party. I cannot describe what kind of music they make, but the description from the festival book comes close I guess: Balkanpunk.

Friday.

Art Brut

Nice band, easy listening, charismatic front man. They served breakfast and pushed my right buttons.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Old songs I know by heart. They juiced their show with lots and great light effects. Nice.

Chris Cornell

Soundgarden is no more. But I’m glad he still does his thing solo, his voice is so impressive. During “Spoonman” he sent cold shivers down my spine, his version of Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean was so good, it made me cry.

Saturday.

Lacuna Coil

I don’t remember what kind of music they made (lies lies), but I do remember the Italian vamp, ehm.. I mean front woman singing, shouting, whispering and grunting on stage. I so have a weak spot for metalbabes.

Enter Shikari

Energetic bunch of shouting guys on steroids. One could compare them to Linkin Park, but it’s a bit rougher and less produced. And you can make very funny jokes about entering Shakir…

Nine Inch Nails

If somebody deserves an earthquake award they can claim it with hands on their back. They took out the crowd with a swift and clean blow. It was so incredibly loud and yet clear. Very nice and impressive. And their show was mouthwatering too.

Tool

What can I say? They rule! Probably the best band in the world. No, that’s not true, forget about the “Probably”.

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