Allgemein, New Music

New Music: Tearing at the seams by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Kekoas Korner is a huge fan of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. After hearing “S.O.B” their first single on the radio I knew I had to get their self-titled debut record which turned me into an even bigger fan. Being lucky again I won two tickets to their show at Kaufleuten in 2016.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Kekoas Korner proudly announced that Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats are back! Their lead single “You Worry Me” is already out and the album Tearing at the seams will follow on March, 9th. But the best news is that they are coming to town on March, 22! Tickets are still available here. Have a listen to their first single “You Worry Me”:

Sounds great, doesn’t it? I just love their sound. It reminds of a nice summer day driving with open windows just enjoying the sun. Their debut record is one of 5 records I always keep in my car. So for me buying the new record is a done deal. If you feel the same you can pre-order the record by clicking here.

To create this record Nathaniel Rateliff felt like the Night Sweats need to be part of it since he did the first album by himself. The initial writing session were based in Rodeo, New Mexico were they had to figure out how to write a record as a band. This makes me wonder how the sound of this 2nd album is different to the first. Here’s the song list:

  1. Shoe Boot
  2. Be There
  3. A Little Honey
  4. Say It Louder
  5. Hey Mama
  6. Babe I Know
  7. Intro
  8. Coolin’ Out
  9. Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home)
  10. You Worry Me
  11. Still Out There Running
  12. Tearing at the Seams

Which immediately strikes my eye is that the Intro song is No. 7 and not No. 1 on the record. I guess we gotta wait and see what this is all about.

Let me leave you with my favourite song by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats:

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Artist2watch: Dermot Kennedy

Kekoas Korner has been on a winter break for a while but now I’ve got a real treat for you guys. Dermot Kennedy is an Irish singer songwriter who is coming to Papiersaal in Zurich on Jan, 31st. The show is already sold out so congrats to the lucky ones who scored some tix. If you didn’t Just Because are giving 2×2 tix on their website.

Dermot Kennedy has been busking on the streets of Dublin for years. Glen Hansard another Irish singer songwriter organises the annual Christmas Eve Busking Event. Musicians can take their guitar and play along big names such as Bono from U2, The Coronas or The Script. It’s gotten bigger and bigger over the years but this is how Dermot Kennedy met Glen Hansard – his idol and inspiration – for the first time. Years later Glen invited Dermot to join him on stage and in this video you can see the result:

 

Last year he went on tour in America and Europe where the shows were mostly sold out. He also supported Glen Hansard and Lana del Rey on their tours but not only that Taylor Swift recommended him on her Spotify playlist available to her fans. So he’s already gotten big names to support him. All of this sounds really promising, doesn’t it?

Kekoas Korner agrees with them. Dermot Kennedy has a beautiful unique voice with just a little rasp. If you hear him on the radio you gonna know it’s him. In addition to his voice he has beautiful songs with meaningful lyrics. His newest single is called “Moments Passed” and premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show which has to be a huge honour. But have a listen for yourself:

I personally love it. It reminds me a bit of Jacob Banks and Tom Grennan. I cannot wait to see him live and get to know a little of his personality. Since Dermot Kennedy is Irish I bet he is quite funny and good craic. That little green island has so much talent! As you know I am a huge fan of Irish musicians so stay tuned to Kekoas Korner to read about the gig on Jan, 31st!

Check out Dermot Kennedy’s website: http://www.dermotkennedymusic.com

Allgemein, Concerts

Concert Highlights 2017

This is most difficult task I’ve ever had to do for this blog. I cannot choose my highlights! I loved each and every gig I attended this year. So many special moments I witnessed thanks to incredible artists who gave 100% to their audience. So I will try to name a few gigs and I will let you know why they were special to me. I apologize already since this blog post will probably the longest I’ve ever done.

My gig highlight of the year: Marteria

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I saw him twice – at Gurtenfestival and at his headline show in Zurich. Both times he completely took over the whole venue and the people were at his command. The atmosphere was incredible and the energy blew the roof of the building. But my fondest memory is actually the morning after the Gurten gig. We literally stayed awake until the clouds were purple again which is one of Marteria’s songs “Lila Wolken”. It was the perfect ending to a very special four days at the Gurtenfestival.

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The most special venue: P!nk

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When it was announced that P!nk would only play 5 odd shows this summer I knew I had to go to Berlin to see her. I’ve never been to Berlin so it was even more special. I love the city and I loved the two gigs at the Waldbühne. A stage set into midst of a very green forrest just outside the city. It was raining a lot but that didn’t matter. Finally after years I saw my P!nk again. I grew up with her and her gigs and it will forever remind me of my childhood. It was just perfect.

My first interview: Naturally 7

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I’ve always been a huge fan of the 7 lads from America but this summer they actually made a huge accomplishment possible. They agreed to give me my first interview for Kekoas Korner after their wonderful gig at the Live at Sunset the day before. I will always be very grateful for that and will support them forever. Their shows are brilliant and I would suggest if you haven’t seen them – go see them!!! It’s well worth your money plus they really make an effort to meet the fans after the show. Go say hello.

My first time as a Merch Seller: Welshly Arms

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The guys from Welshly Arms were looking for a volunteer to sell their merchandising. Obviously I took that opportunity 🙂 Let me just say each and everyone of them were super nice and very grateful that I helped them. I was happy to help plus I got to witness an amazing gig! Being a Merch girl is great and I loved to talk to all the fans about the band. I also got to interview the guys from Welshly Arms before their show.

The best entertainer EVER: Robbie Williams

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Robbie Williams is hands down the best entertainer and knows how to put up a good show. He rocked the Letzigrund for around two hours and blew fireworks and confetti and fire into the air like there was no tomorrow. He also brought out his dad which gave the show a very cute touch. Only recently it was brought to our attention that Robbie Williams actually was quite sick during that performance after which he flew directly to London into the intensive care unit for a week. It was actually a miracle that he performed that night! Thank you for that but please next time listen to your body Mr. Williams and cancel the show.

The longest show with the most stars: Capital’s Summertime Ball

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We spent 7 hours at the Wembley stadium in London and got to see so many stars. Bruno Mars opened the show. JP Cooper, Niall Horan, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Clean bandit and this is just the beginning. My highlight was that I finally got to see Sean Paul live. He did an amazing job and since he was quite close to the end he took my last energy so that I was seriously knackered and couldn’t enjoy Little Mix who closed the show.

The hottest gig: Pegasus

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It was July and it was boiling hot. The Pegasus gig was at 8 IN THE MORNING on a ferry on lake Zurich. It was the perfect weather and the perfect gig. Pegasus are a super talented band from Switzerland and everyone just had a good time and by the time it finished we were already sweating.

The most colourful gig: Coldplay

It took me years to like Coldplay and to make me want to see them. This summer I suddenly felt the urge so within two weeks I organised a little trip to go to Frankfurt and see them. The weather was awful but the gig was great! Tove Lo and Femme Schmidt supported them. But what I liked the most were the colours. I have never seen such a colourful concert and what I also loved was how appreciative the band was.

The best rock gig: Stone Sour

That’s a hard one. I really loved Guns ‘N Roses and you know they are just legendary! Mando Diao were incredible to see live and I want to see them soon again! But I think I will give this one to Stone Sour because they seriously f*****g rocked and Corey Taylor has an amazing voice aaaand he looks gorgeous! 😀

The most special voices: Tom Grennan

This one was also very close. Jacob Banks and Tom Grennan went head-to-head. Both have super special voices which give me goosebumps and both are very very talented. But Tom Grennan got the call because he seemed more open to his fans and made the effort to meet each and everyone. This is what I want to see in an aspiring artist.

Best Newcomer 2017: KARAVANN

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I got to meet the two lovely lads from KARAVANN for an interview before I even seen them live. They seem really serious about their venture and I have a good feeling about their journey. In August I finally got to see them live and believe me they didn’t disappoint. They have an incredibly international sound and they make sure that you have a good time at the gig. Please check them out and go say hi after the gig 🙂

The worst gig EVER: Kings of Leon

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I didn’t think I would ever say this but unfortunately I had to witness the worst show ever from Kings of Leon. They didn’t want to be on stage, they didn’t know where they were and they played songs no-one wanted to hear. For an hour you could hear a pin drop in the Hallenstadion and everyone was quite baffled at how bad they were. Since I paid a lot of money to see them it was even worse. So two big thumbs down for you guys!

The most relaxing gig: Anastacia and Baschi at Bossard Arena

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The people were super relaxed and to be honest the arena was quite empty. Nonetheless did we have a brilliant time! Anastacia was amazing and she is just a force on stage. Baschi is our Swiss Robbie Williams and entertained the sh*t out of the Arena. So I had space to dance, I knew the songs, I had an amazing time! 🙂

The Scandinavian gigs: Lukas Graham & Mans Zelmerlöw

I got to see the sound check of Lukas Graham and we spoke a little afterwards. Super lovely lads and just very talented and grateful to travel the world with their music. I’ve seen them twice already and they’ve done a brill job both times. Mans Zelmerlöw won the ESC and came to Switzerland twice already. Always very special gigs!

Kekoas Korner’s soft spot: Gavin DeGraw

I literally grew up with his music. His song “I don’t want to be” is my hymn for anything. When I listen to the song I always have to sing out loud. He is an incredible musician and I am so glad that I was always able to meet him after the show. He is so nice. If you have the chance please listen to this guy.

The Irish frenzy: Walking on Cars, The Coronas, Tom Walker

As you might know I go a little crazy for Irish bands.. 😉 The lovely Walking on Cars came to Switzerland 4 times this year and I saw 3 of them. Zurich, Lausanne and Lucerne. Each gig was different and I just love their music! They were supported by Tom Walker. Another Irish lad who’s very talented and is coming to Switzerland on 20th April 18. Go check him out! Lastly I got to interview the Coronas in October and the lovely Danny gave me some tips for my trip to Dublin.

The good times with Bastille

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Bastille always make sure that everyone has an amazing time. We jump, we kinda dance, we sing. They are an incredible live band and unfortunately I won’t be seeing them next year on April, 20th 18. But please go and let me know how it was. The very talented brits are coming back with their newest record and I’m very much looking forward to see them some other time…. maybe at a festival again.

Best Merchandising Top 5:

1. Welshly Arms – This has to be number 1 since I sold their merch and I proudly did so because they really were amazing. I love the designs of the T-Shirts and the Jackets. They also had Vinyls and hats too. I still wear their stuff every other day.
2. Guns N’Roses – The designs of the shirts are amazing and I nearly got two shirts.
3. Ed Sheeran – He had a various range of Merch. I really loved the Army Jacket and the lumber jack shirt. The jacket was one of my favourite this summer.
4. Stone Sour – Lots of nice designs on T-Shirts plus signed Vinyls.
5. Amber Run – I loved the lion on their shirt and I still regret that I didn’t buy that shirt.
Jacob Banks came really close to making it into the Top 5. He was selling a shirt where it said in this is merchandising and below Jacob Banks. I thought this was hilarious and I was this close to buying it.

All those gigs wouldn’t have been possible without the help of ARTNOIR magazine, Just Because, Mainland Music, ABC production and Goodnews. Thank you for supporting Kekoas Korner!

Lastly I want to thank all my concert buddies for joining me at various gig and for having as much fun as I did! ❤

I cannot wait for all the gigs in 2018! So bring on the new year 🙂

I’d love to know what your concert highlights 2017 are. Please leave a comment below or on Kekoas Korner social media channels Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Christmas time with Mikki and her 15 angels / Advent mit Mikki und ihren 15 Engeln

For the German version please scroll down / Für die deutsche Version bitte hinunterscrollen. 

The wonderful Mikki from Mikki’s Blog had a brilliant idea this year and found 15 people who helped her put together an advent calendar for all of you readers. Yesterday Claudia from Hamerlike share her story which finished like this:

… And what are you going to do to stall the kids or in this case the bloggers before eating the yummy dinner and unwrapping the presents?
20th December – KEKOAS KORNER
Of course with singing songs! It increases the Christmassy vibe and makes you happy and de-stresses you from all the X-Mas preparations. Our make-up artist Stefanie already said Goodbye since she was expected at home. In her place we welcome Nina, our next guest. She actually took place at the piano and asked everyone to gather around her to sing the most beautiful songs. The piano sounds incredibly good but we can still work on our singing.
BTW some people don’t like to sing. What can they do about it? Our lovely Nina keeps you up to date with the most recent and best gigs in town. Maybe you let someone else sing next year and visit one of her suggested concerts. Have a look at the latest gigs Kekoas Korner reviewed: Tom Grennan, Stone Sour, Hoodie Allen, Jake Isaac, Marteria. I bet there is something in it for you 🙂

As Mikki mentioned in her story there are people who don’t like to sing so they let others sing. And yes that’s me so I will introduce you to the best Christmas songs.

Evergreens
1.
Last Christmas by Wham!
2. Wonderful Dream by Melanie Thornton
3.
All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey
4.
Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea
5.
White Christmas by Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye
6.
Santa Clause is coming to town by Michael Bublé
7.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Frank Sinatra
8.
Happy X-mas (War is over) by John Lennon
9.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
10.
Do they know it’s Christmas time? by Band Aid

Best Christmas records
1.
Christmas by Michael Bublé
2.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas by Overtones
3.
Christmas with Boney M by Boney M
4.
RTL Christmas Megastars
5.
The very best of Nashville Christmas by Country Christmas

Every year singers release new covers or even new songs. This year Sia wrote a whole new record with Christmas songs. She’s a very famous and talented singer-songwriter. If a person can write new songs it is Sia. The new album is called Everyday is Christmas and is in stores now.

If you want to know how the story continues please have a look onto Evi’s blog Develi tomorrow.

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21st December – DEVELI
At some point you start to get out of breath even if Nina brought the most beautiful Christmas songs with her… 

Would you like to get to know the other 13 angels? Yes, then follow the below links:

Sarah from www.dressupjournal.com
Simi from www.kaffeepauseamsonntag.ch
Muriel from www.momof4.ch
Daniela from www.swissbeautylicious.ch
Rosy from www.momentswithrosy.com
Kathi from www.keinsteins-kiste.chÂ
Benni & Daria from www.pm-rentadress.ch
Lynn from www.lynns-kostuemverleih.ch
Rita from www.ritasschirmwelt.ch
Fabienne from www.hairtivitysiebnen.com
Steffi from www.visagistin-steffi.ch
Rene from www.artandactionstudio.lima-city.de
Peter from www.photo4emotions.com

 


 

Die wunderbare Mikki von Mikki’s Blog hatte dieses Jahr eine tolle Idee und trommelte 15 Leute zusammen, welche gemeinsam einen Adventskalender für ihre Leser realisierten. Gestern teile Claudia von Hamerlike ihre Geschichte, welche so endete:

…Und was tut man, um die Kinder, in diesem Fall die ungeduldigen Blogger, noch etwas hinzuhalten, bevor sie das feine Essen geniessen und die Geschenke auspacken dürfen?
20. Dezember – KEKOAS KORNER
Klar natürlich, mit dem Singen von Liedern! Dies erhöht nämlich nicht nur die Weihnachtsstimmung, sondern gibt gute Laune und etwas Luft zu dem teilweise stressigen Weihnachtstag, an dem so viele Vorbereitungen getroffen werden müssen. Unsere Visagistin Stefanie hat sich von uns leider auch schon wieder verabschiedet, da auch sie Zuhause von ihren liebsten erwartet wird, dafür hat jetzt Nina, unser nächster Gast, ihren Platz eingenommen. Genauer gesagt hat sie den Platz am Klavier eingenommen und alle dazu aufgefordert, rum um sie herum zustehen, um die schönsten Töne von sich zu geben. Zugegeben, das Klavierspiel tönt wirklich herrlich, an dem Gesang kann noch etwas gearbeitet werden.
Übrigens, manche Leute mögen es ja nicht sonderlich, wenn sie singen müssen. Was also kann man dagegen tun? Unsere liebe Nina hält dich stehts auf dem Laufenden über die neusten und besten Konzerte, vielleicht lässt du dieses Jahr für dich singen und besuchst eines dieser musikalischen Zusammenkünfte. Schaut mal bei den letzten Konzerten nach, die Kekoas Korner reviewed hat: Tom Grennan, Stone Sour, Hoodie Allen, Jake Isaac, Marteria. Ich wette, da ist auch etwas für dich dabei 🙂 

Wie Mikki bereits in ihrer Geschichte erwähnt hat, es gibt Menschen, die nicht gerne singen und lassen dafür andere singen. Dazu gehöre auch ich und stelle dir deshalb die besten und schönsten Weihnachtslieder vor.

Evergreens
1.
Last Christmas by Wham!
2. Wonderful Dream by Melanie Thornton
3.
All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey
4.
Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea
5.
White Christmas by Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye
6.
Santa Clause is coming to town by Michael Bublé
7.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Frank Sinatra
8.
Happy X-mas (War is over) by John Lennon
9.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
10.
Do they know it’s Christmas time? by Band Aid

Best Christmas records
1.
Christmas by Michael Bublé
2.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas by Overtones
3.
Christmas with Boney M by Boney M
4.
RTL Christmas Megastars
5.
The very best of Nashville Christmas by Country Christmas

Jedes Jahr werden auch Covers oder sogar neue Lieder ausgekoppelt. Dieses Jahr wurde sogar ein ganzes Album mit neuen eigenen Weihnachtsliedern released von Sia. Sie ist eine sehr bekannte und talentierte Songwriterin. Wenn eine neue Lieder schreiben kann, dann ist es Sia. Das Weihnachtsalbum heisst “Everyday is Christmas” und ist im Handel erhältlich.

Wenn ihr nun wissen möchtet wie die Geschichte weitergeht, dann schaut doch morgen bei Evi und ihrem blog Develi vorbei.

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21. Dezember – DEVELI
Irgendwann aber geht einem ja die Luft zum Singen aus, auch wenn Nina die schönsten Weihnachtslieder überhaupt mitgebracht hat…

Möchtet ihr die anderen 12 Engel kennen lernen? Ja, dann klickt doch mal auf die folgenden Links:

Sarah von www.dressupjournal.com
Simi von www.kaffeepauseamsonntag.ch
Muriel von www.momof4.ch
Daniela von www.swissbeautylicious.ch
Rosy von www.momentswithrosy.com
Kathi von www.keinsteins-kiste.chÂ
Benni & Daria von www.pm-rentadress.ch
Lynn von www.lynns-kostuemverleih.ch
Rita von www.ritasschirmwelt.ch
Fabienne von www.hairtivitysiebnen.com
Steffi von www.visagistin-steffi.ch
Rene von www.artandactionstudio.lima-city.de
Peter von www.photo4emotions.com

Allgemein, Concerts

Are you ready for Stone Sour Motherf******?

Thanks to Goodnews I got to witness Stone Sour for the very first time on Thursday night and I was quite excited since I didn’t know what to expect. As you might have noticed they are just a little more different to what I’ve been going to on a regular basis. But seriously who wouldn’t want to see a gig by the very talented Stone Sour?

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Stone Sour brought a very special guest with them The Pretty Reckless. I was super intrigued to see them live also for the first time. Those of you who watched Gossip Girl this might be very interesting for you. Remember Dan’s little Sister Jenny? Yup, that’s Taylor Momsen who is rocking out on stage. I gotta say the music is quite special but still I enjoyed the 45mins set. But I just don’t know if this dark sided girl is just an act since it seemed very over the top as if she tried to prove us that she really is into this music. But hey it might be just me.

Finally at 9.15 Stone Sour took the stage and played “Taipei Person/Allah Tea”. They lit up the Samsung Hall with golden Fireworks and an amazing light show. Stone Sour started like other bands finish! In the middle of the song Corey Taylor brought out a huge confetti gun and fired three times into the audience. The party started so he shouted:

Are you ready Motherf***ers?!

A low grunt was the response to that since 80% of the crowd were men. Which I gotta say was quite refreshing especially down in the restrooms. Finally us women could just walk in and the queue for the men’s toilet was huge 😉 Me and another woman had a quick laugh about that. During “Knievel has Landed” Corey Taylor showed his incredible talent for head banging or probably more spinning! I seriously cannot believe how fast he can turn his head around. Anyway I am incredibly fascinated by Corey Taylor. He has a beautiful voice, absolutely enjoys making music and to some he is even good-looking!

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Corey Taylor had the audience in his pocket from the minute he walked onto the stage. He asked us now: “Who here has seen us before?” A few people put their hands up and screamed. So he answered “Thank you for coming back and always supporting us. So who is seeing us for the first time?” Lots of hands went up including mine 🙂 “Thank you for coming out to see us. Let’s play some older songs”. “Made of Scars” and “Reborn” from their first album Come What(ever) May made a lot of fans happy. They moved on to the next album Audio Secrecy and played “Say You’ll Haunt me”, “30/30-150” and “Hesitate”

After a few songs I finally had time to look at the other members of the band and wow Josh Rand looks almost like Pitbull! 🙂 But this is not why he was so fascinating. Josh’s guitars changed for every song and all of them looked very special. They were neon yellow, neon pink with black dots or a deep red wine red. The drums played by Roy Mayorga were also very special since it had two bass drums and on it two eyes staring directly at you. I really really loved that! Unfortunately I didn’t see much of the other two members of the band Christian Martucci and Johny Chow since I had someone tall standing in front of me.

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On it went with the album House of Gold & Bones, Part 1 and “Tired”. Corey decided it was time to dance! Stone Sour played their longest title of the new record Hydrograd and one of my favourites of the night “Rose Red Violent Blue (This song is dumb & So am I)”. I’d really recommend you to have a look at the funny video on YouTube. “Do Me a Favour” from the record House of Gold & Bones, Part 2 was next and it got really heavy now with “Cold Reader” and “Get Inside” from their self-titled album. But we are some crazy Mothersf***ers and we deserved this. Lots of devil signs went up.

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My absolute favourite song “Song #3” came on – finally – and I was super happy 🙂 As I already mentioned in my New Music review of the Hydrograd record it is a classy rock song and it’s probably too soft for the most part of the audience but I really really love it. Again I want to mention how much I love Corey Taylor’s voice! It is pretty incredible and has the perfect raspy rough part that I really like. The softness continued with a ballade called “Through Glass”. I really recommend you to listen to this song if you are not into Metal you will really like this one. This shows how diverse this group is.

Unfortunately it was already time for them to leave the stage only to come back a few mins later to play “Gone Sovereign”. I really liked that song because it has a cool beat and people even started clapping their hands until it went into the heavy s**t again. “Absolute Zero” started and I expected Corey Taylor to take off his shirt. However it stayed on until the very end which was quite disappointing 😉 Instead Corey split the audience in four parts: Back, front, right and left side. Like a conductor he let us sing “Eh Eh Eh” and pointed his finger at the different parts of the audience. “Fabuless” made a perfect finish to a very different (for me) but amazing gig.

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Believe me next time Stone Sour is coming to Switzerland I will be back! But maybe Corey Taylor decides to reactivate his other band Slipknot and comes back with them.. Lots of Slipknot would be happy and I think I would even have a look at a Slipknot gig 😉 Until then I guess I have to train my neck for all that head banging! 😀

Have you been to a Stone Sour gig? Or do you have an opinion about the Pretty Reckless? I’d love to know more about your experiences so please share them below or on Kekoas Korner’s social media accounts Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Check out my last gigs: Hoodie Allen, Jake Isaac, Marteria

 

 

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Huge party with Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen partied hard with his Swiss fans on a Tuesday night. It was the first time the American rapper came to Europe and he was blown away by the reception of his European/Swiss fans. Before the gig Hoodie himself stood by the merch table and sold his own T-shirts. Of course I had to say hi and got his signature onto my ticket.

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Goody Grace warmed up the crowd for Hoodie and he did quite a good job. However I was super annoyed by the people constantly chatting and disrespecting the artist. Seriously it was so loud I could barely hear him sing. From what I’ve heard though I can tell you guys that he is quite talented. He did two acoustic songs and a few party songs. Unfortunately I didn’t get his set list but please check this lovely lad out.

A little later Hoodie Allen took the stage with “Believe” and the people already went crazy. I gotta say that I was among the oldest people in the crowd. Hoodie attracted lots of teenies. With “Sushi” the Swiss audience could prove that they knew the lyrics inside out. “Fun” and “Fakin” were next and I was seriously amazed how good the crowd was.. I think Hoodie Allen was too. You could see how much fun he and his four musicians had on stage. He spoke a lot and told us how much he appreciated us coming out to see him since without us he’d still be in the garage at home.

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“Something Dangerous”, “Robot” and “Act my Age” followed. It was good fun and I wish I would have know a bit more songs but unfortunately I couldn’t really listen to the songs since I had so many gigs this week. “Small Town” seemed to be a crowd’s favourite and I get why. I loved the song as well. The fun continued with “Surprise Party” where balloons where thrown around and for the crew it really was a special day. It was the official tour photographers Birthday and of course we sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Hoodie Allen was really happy with the audience and asked us to choose between 3 songs. “Cake boy” and “Two Lips” got around the same amount of noise so he just played both.

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During “Cake Boy” they threw two cakes into the audience! I was like “Wait what?!” but the crowd seemed to love it. “Two Lips” was done acoustically and all the cell phone lights went up. It looked great! Hoodie addressed the people who were just dragged along and said you just need to know three words for the next song “Champagne and pools”. The gig continued with a brilliant drum solo and the song “Fame”. For “Heartbreak” Goody Grace came back on stage to sing/rap with Hoodie. “Know it all” and “No Faith” were next and I was still amazed how everyone seemed to know all the lyrics to every song! It made for a great atmosphere and I was so glad I came to witness this gig.

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Hoodie Allen said then you might know of a very talented musician called Ed Sheeran and we did a song together! Yesss! I finally was able to singalong to “All About It”. Back when it came out I played it constantly and it’s the reason why I came to this gig. “Ain’t Ready (for love)” was the last song before the encore. When Hoodie left the stage the audience started to shout “Hoodie, Hoodie, Hoodie” and after a minute he came back on. He asked the crowd to form a circle in the middle and I was like wait a minute I’ve heard that before… Oh right Marteria on Saturday. This was the baby version of Saturday’s mosh pit. It still was great fun and it looked like we were celebrating a huge party with Hoodie in the middle. The final song of the night was “No Interruption” and people started jumping and singing. It was a great finish to a brill gig!

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Jake Isaac and his garage gig at Papiersaal

Just Because brought the brilliant Jake Isaac back to Papiersaal on Sunday night. Around 200 people mostly female spent their evening with this talented musician and his band. To be honest with you I didn’t know many songs but it turned out to be an energetic gig nevertheless.

At 8 o’clock the support called These Your Children took the stage. The duo Joe and Beka were supported by a young drummer. The trio started their set with “Get up & go” and “Sing for you”. The next song “David” is a very sad ballade with an emotional topic. And then they asked us if it was okay if they covered a song. They came down to the audience and played a lovely acoustic version of Whitney Houston’s “Dance with Somebody”. “Set a fire” and “Real Love” are two very cool uptempo tracks and they made everyone dance and even sing! So all in all this was one of the best support acts I’ve seen this year!

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Around 9 Jake Isaac came on stage with a huge smile and played “Lonely are the brave”. He was supported by three other musicians who had a good time as well. The four of them immediately transported a very welcoming good vibe. After the song Jake said that he had four rules and everyone got serious. He laughed and said don’t worry it’s not that serious. So here are Jake’s four rules for his audience:

  1. Have fun
  2. Dance even if you can’t dance!
  3. Sing even if you don’t know the lyrics
  4. Most importantly: HAVE FUN! 🙂

After a huge laugh he started “Fool for you” and everyone clapped along. “One and Only” made me want to dance and if I didn’t have super sore muscles from the Marteria gig the day before I would have danced way more. I also looked around the audience and everyone really seemed to have fun which was wonderful to see. Next it was time to sing! During “Home” we were the backing choir and it sounded brilliantly. When he finished he had his thinking cap on and then suddenly decided to skip a song and go straight to “Still”. He told the musicians and they easily adapted. It really was lovely to see how much fun they had playing their musicians and performing for us. It felt like we were in their garage listening to friends playing music.

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And now the slow part began. “Waiting Here” and “You and I always” are two beautiful ballades where his amazing velvety voice came out in full force. A little bit more uptempo was the next song “Will you be” again. The slow part was over. During “War is our name” we were back singing “Ohhhhh” 🙂 He asked us then:

Do you remember rule No 2?

Someone shouted: Dance! And he said exactly! 🙂 So please feel free to let loose during the next song “I got you” and the people really let loose and danced even more. During the last song “Long Road” Jake Isaac asked his assistant to walk around the audience and the people who were dancing the best got a free record! How cool is that?! But obviously this was done because of the customs restrictions in Switzerland. Bring Merchandising in is impossible for small artists. The costs are just too high so they just don’t take any with them which is a pity! I hope that there will be a solution soon.

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Jake Isaac left the stage at 10 o’clock. When he came back he said that there was a 10pm curfew but if he doesn’t get really bad looks from the people in charge he will do one more song. Someone in the audience shouted 5! And he said well let’s do “Lose my Mind” and we’ll see. He sang the song without any microphone and just with his acoustic guitar. It really was a special moment and a wonderful finish to a beautiful gig on a Sunday Night.

What I love about those small gigs is that you get to talk to the artists afterwards and let me tell you he was super lovely. He gave everyone a hug and apologized for being sweaty. 🙂 He even complimented the three girls in the front row who sang every song. So so nice! TCY was also there to talk to everyone and gave out free hugs 😉 So guys if you haven’t listened to Jake Isaac or These Your Children please do so now. They are great musicians, lovely people and well worth supporting!

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Ich bin ein Marteria Girl / I am a Marteria Girl

I go to concerts a lot – even more now since I started this blog. I knew that this concert would be special and just f****** amazing so I was excited since July after the Gurtenfestival gig. The review of his new record Roswell was one of my first blog posts because let’s face it he is one of my favourite artists.

I went to the venue early and luckily I made it to front row! This is the only place at the Marteria gig for me 🙂 The support act Kid Simius is Marteria’s buddy and bass player but it was just not for me.

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Pic by Denise Stocker

Finally at 8.50 the familiar sound of “Roswell” rang around Samsung Hall! The concert started and my excitement levels went through the roof. Everyone was already all in and many concerts don’t even reach that kind of atmosphere during the last songs. On it went with “Aliens”. We are all Aliens! And obviously Marteria addressed the seats on the balcony.

This is a Marteria concert. Nobody is sitting down. Everybody is standing up! All Hands!

His favourite sentence is: “Alle Hände!” and everyone complies. With “Endboss” he performed one of his earlier tracks which I only got to really love during this tour. My bad I know 🙂 When I say he performed it’s not quite accurate. Marteria has 3 background singers (one of which is pregnant and still gives her all on stage), 1 rap buddy Pete Boateng and four musicians playing various instruments on stage. With two new Roswell tracks “Scotty beam mich hoch” and “El Presidente” the show continued.

 

During “Bengalische Tiger” someone smuggled in a red pyro and lit it up in the back of the hall. It looked amazing however I understand that it is very dangerous! And another two of Marteria’s Roswell “Tauchstation” and “Blue Marlin” were next. They are slower but still full of energy and obviously ALLE HÄNDE were up high. Next we had to do the peace sign and the old “Skyline” of New York was shown on the screen.

 

For “Neue Nikes” Marteria always asks: “What shoes are you wearing tonight?!” and yes, of course there a few guys wearing Nikes and had to show them up high. During the whole song lots of Nikes were bouncing in the air. When the first chords of this next song started I knew that this concert is going by much to fast and I really really don’t want it to end. One of my favs “Marteria Girl” came on and if you wondered No I didn’t find a big  dude to carry me for this song. I know I failed but thankfully I was front row and had still good views. 😉 So yes people: Ich bin ein Marteria Girl / I am obviously a Marteria Girl but who wouldn’t be? Have you looked at him?! 🙂

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Pic by Denise Stocker

The three background singers each got a solo part. The girl from Brazil Solange did an amazing job rapping during “El Presidente”, the blonde newbie Madeleine Rauch during this song “Verstrahlt” and the pregnant lady Hanife will be doing hers later. After “Grosse Brüder” the band turned it down and Marteria sat down to sing a song for his son “Louis”.

 

It was a really lovely quiet moment but now the beat came back and we splashed some virtual money around for “Das Geld muss weg”. “Links” followed” with the words spread across the huge LED screen in the back. Marteria left the stage only to come back as his Alter Ego Marsimoto.

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Marsi is a green alien coming from space with lots of smoke… which made it quite hard to breathe for the security and the first few rows. He was allowed 4 songs “Grüner Samt”, “Kleine Bühne”, “Nazi” and the last song of Marsimoto “Döner”. Marsi went back to space and Marteria came back with the three hits which made him known to the mainstream. First up “OMG” and everyone went crazy for it. If you thought this was loud and crazy then you were wrong. With “Kids” the crowd went bonkers and literally EVERYBODY was singing along. The atmosphere was just full of energy and of people who were there to have a good time.

Alle haben ‘nen Job — ich hab Langeweile!
Keiner hat mehr Bock auf Kiffen, Saufen, Feiern
So ist das hier im Block, Tag ein Tag aus
Halt mir zwei Finger an den Kopf und mach:
Peng! Peng! Peng! Peng!

“Lila Wolken” is still one of my favourite songs ever and the pregnant singer Hanife straight from Hamburg city sang the part of Miss Platnum. Pete Boateng did the male singing part and Marteria his rap part. Just a beautiful song which will always remind me of the set at Gurtenfestival when we stayed up until the clouds really were purple again from the morning sun. I guess it was just a special night back then and it couldn’t be topped by this one. However I am not saying that last night wasn’t great because it was f***** awesome! The sound was amazing, the audience were brilliant, the band was incredible so this will deffo make my top 10 of the best concerts this year.

 

The band left the stage for the encore only to come back to sing “Welt Der Wunder”. Everyone in the audience lit up their phone or the lighter and a beautiful sea of lights made a wonderful background to this amazing song. Marteria raps:

Denn wir leben auf einem Blauen Planeten
Der sich um einen Feuerball dreht
Mit ‘nem Mond der die Meere bewegt
Und du glaubst nicht an Wunder

We live on a blue planet
Which is turning around a fireball
With a moon that moves the seas
And you don’t believe in wonders?!

If you haven’t looked at Marteria’s lyrics you should definitely do so now. He always has very smart lyrics and each time I listen to a song carefully I discover new little rhymes which I love. During “Feuer” everyone has to jump and this song is just full of party and energy and after two hours Marteria still got everyone under control. Everyone’s hands are up and singing/rapping along. Okay and now:

Welcome to the last 20 seconds of this song

Those 20 seconds last about 7 mins and it really is the last song of the night. Everyone should take of their shirts and wave them in the air during the 20 seconds of the song. Me as a pro Marteria girl I always take a scarf with me 😉 During the next 20 seconds the boys who took off their shirt will throw them through the air and this is done repeatedly. And again welcome to the last 20 seconds of this song Marteria walked through the crowd into the mosh pit in the middle. And again it’s jumping and waving and pushing time with Marteria right there in the midst of his crowd. Yesterday he wasn’t even able to get back so he just crowd surfed back during another last 20 seconds of the song. And finally the concert has ended. Marteria walks through the first row and high fives everyone. Back on stage he says thank you for coming out and always supporting us since the early days in Abart, Komplex 457 and now tonight 5000 people!

 

 

In his Instagram stories you saw that he was struggling with a flu and he still went on stage and you didn’t see a thing. He and his band gave us 200% of energy and we did our best to give it back to them. Again I have to say those kinds of artists are well worth supporting! Thank you to Mainland Music for bringing me to this awesome gig! Lastly I want to say thank you Marteria and Ich bin ein Marterial Girl forever! 🙂

Indicated pictures by Denise Stocker: http://www.kaulphotographs.com/

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Xavier Naidoo – A little heaven on earth / Ein bisschen Himmel auf Erden

Xavier Naidoo and his angelic voice brought his “Nicht von dieser Welt” tour to Zurich. On Monday I got a message that I’ve won in the advent calendar of Hallenstadion and so I was able to spend “Samichlaus” day in my 2nd living room 🙂 I really want to thank Hallenstadion for this amazing gift!

When I arrived at the Hallenstadion it was chaos. The people arrived by car and had to wait for a parking spot and then they were waiting in front of the venue to get in. Xavier Naidoo even had to delay the start of his set because half of the audience wasn’t in yet. This very quiet reflective concert was perfect after this troublesome start. We took our seats very close to the stage which was set in the middle of the Hallenstadion.

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At 8.20 Xavier Naidoo and three other musicians took the stage. They started with one of my favourite songs “Wo Willst Du Hin?” and I was totally in awe of these incredible musicians. I knew that I would love Xavier’s voice but this being an acoustic set the instruments were very prominent too. The drummer had lots of different instruments around him and it was incredible to see how easily he switched from one to the other. I loved the yellow egg thingy on the floor. I loved the sound of this very special drum instrument.

Xavier spoke a lot before and after every song. He explained why he wrote the song and why it’s important to him. I really really loved that. He was also quite funny. The musicians played “20’000 Meilen” and “Alles kann besser werden” which is another beautiful song and inspired me to this blog posts title. Xavier’s voice is a God given talent and listening to him brings a little bit of heaven to earth.

Alles kann besser werden
Holen wir uns den Himmel auf Erden
Alles soll besser werden
Holen wir uns den Himmel auf Erden
Alles wird besser werden
Wir holen uns den Himmel auf Erden
Und keiner muss sein Leben mehr gefährden
Einer der kostbarsten Schätze auf Erden

He sang a few songs which had various views of people in war and others were criticising our society. Xavier took a stand and the Swiss audience applauded ferociously. One of my favourite moments of the night was the song called “Still” (“Quiet”). You could hear a pin drop and I’ve never heard so many people being this quiet. We were all listening to Xavier’s pure angelic voice. I had goosebumps and closed my eyes to enjoy this very special moment. “Hört hört” (“Listen listen”) followed after being quiet for a song. And just before the 20 minute break a really special and beautiful love song was played “Sie Sieht Mich Nicht”. This song was the title track of the Asterix & Obelix movie in 1999.

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After the break the slow meaningful songs continued. Lots of lyrics to learn and I think this is why Xavier had a song book in front of him to help with the words. However you never ever had the feeling that he needed to look into it. He can put so much feeling into his songs. It is just WOW! He then said that it is always special to perform in front of amazing musicians who are sat in the audience. I wondered who it was but I didn’t need to wait long for the introduction of Seven! The two met a few years back at the brilliant Blue Balls festival in Lucerne and they participated in the VOX show “Sing meinen Song” and tonight they sang Sam Cookes “A Change is gonna come”. Absolutely stunning!

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And just before the encore one of the most amazing love songs was played “Ich kenne Nichts”. The whole Hallenstadion sang along and at the end we were split into two choirs. First up were the women singing the chorus but as Xavier said this song was written by a man to serenade a woman he asked just the men to sing. Surprisingly a very strong sounding men choir sang “Ich Kenne Nichts, das schön ist wie du”.

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Xavier Naidoo asked us if we need to do this silly game of him going off stage just to come back to do a few more songs. Obviously the answer was no and so he stayed and gave his encore just like that. “Dieser Weg” was his last song and the whole Hallenstadion stood up and sang together with Xavier. He finished the concert with the words:

Thank you for coming! Have a safe journey home.

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I love artists who do that. Again I want to thank the Hallenstadion for this amazing gift of an incredible night and a lot of special moments with my concert buddy. And finally I want to thank Xavier Naidoo for three hours heaven on earth. Gott schütze dich!

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