Archive for June, 2016

Farewell

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Today has been a… calm day? I really don’t know how to put it. I started a new job today, which was awesome. I guess it’s waay too early to say that I love it, but let me put it this way: This is the kind of job I really like.

Other than that I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for this weekends festival. It’s sort of hard to look forward to, in all honesty, but I guess, and hope, it’s just my usual travel fever. I’ve tried to pack all the essentials, and now battling with what the hell to wear. That is always the biggest issue when packing – what clothes to pack. And it’s always the same story. Hopefully I figure something out.

I went over to IKEA today to pick up some new stuff for my room. I honestly do not know the english, and not even the Swedish word for what it is, but it’s those kind of things where you sort your mail anyway. And while I was at it, I got a few more magazine holders in the same color. I still can’t decide if I should get another pair or not. It’s hard, because I really really like the color and the material, and they will soon disappear from IKEA So… Damn damn. In the midst of Tuska planning and everything!

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But now, my (current) favorite song with Avantasia came on, so I really gotta run because I can’t sit still when this is playing.

NP: Avantasia – Avantasia

// Sara

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Sweden Rock: The Aftermaths

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 26, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Wow. So I’ve fallen out of shape of blogging quite a lot. It’s been three weeks now. I’m quite frankly sorry for that, and I don’t really have a good excuse for any of it. I’ll just hope I’ll be able to pick it up a notch starting from here.

So basically, this is going to be a short and quick little blog about Sweden Rock. It’s been a few weeks since the fest really, and I… haven’t had any inspiration to write anything, so this will become what it will become really.

Todays fest has been… a big mixture of emotions, I guess you could say. It’s been by far the weirdest festival I’ve ever been to on many levels and because of everything that happened, but it’s also been euphoric.

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I’ve been up earlier than I have ever been on Sweden Rock because of Epica and Lordi’s early play times, I’ve always been up longer than ever because of Avantasia. I have never in my life spent so much time on the campgrounds as I did on Sweden Rock this year, and for the first of possibly ever I got to practice my intense engineering skills when rebuilding a dying party tent about ten times before letting it die.

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We’ve for the first time ever been down to the beach in Norje and chased each other around with seaweed. It’s been a time for new friendship and old, it’s been the time for mishaps such as missing out on Sabaton’s signing session (gladly, I was actually watching Lita Ford and then Foreigner, so at least I was doing something important!) or forgetting your camera in the camp for Epica, but I also got to meet Lita Ford which is… I can’t even put words to it. I’ve gotten to meet one of my biggest role models and heroes in life, and I don’t even know how to put words to it. Lita Ford, what a woman.

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I’ve seen so many good things. Amaranthe as the opener of the fest for me… I witnessed Queen together with good friends I only see when they tour with their band, I’ve seen Sabaton perform “The Lost Battalion” for the first time, I got to witness our fanclub’s logo as the backdrop for “Karolinens Bön”. I’ve screamed my heart out to songs like “I wanna know what love is” and “Jukebox Hero”. I’ve witnessed the epicness that is Avantasia – which also holds the discovery of the festival. I’ve witnessed my friend participate in championships in air-guitar, I’ve seen Twisted Sister say goodbye… I saw Sixx AM tear things apart… I’ve witnessed Finntroll… I don’t even know where to start or end anymore. Epica… I can’t even tell you, not even begin to tell you how much I love this band. Simone, what a godess. I also beat my own record – this year I came home with 22 albums and five vinyls, what a record!

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And Lordi… First and foremost, seeing Lordi again on Swedish soil was extremely…. odd. It was weird. As someone who’s seen them more abroad and made it a bit of a sport and see how many countries I can see them in, it was weird seeing them at home. And at Sweden Rock. I can honestly admit, I never thought I’d see Lordi at Sweden Rock. But here it was. And… what makes it even more special is the fact that they played “My Heaven is Your Hell”. That particular song was my first ever favorite Lordi song (before “Deadache” and “Hate at First Sight” came along.) And… it was… At first, I couldn’t even connect what song they were playing because I’ve only heard it once live before, but then… I just stood there. It was like the world disappeared under my feet.

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We’re here. At the best festival in the world. With the best band in the world. And they are playing the best song they ever made.

What could possibly be better?

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// Sara

Where were you last night?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Or more like, where the heck have I been these past couple of days?

Well, everywhere and nowhere. This past Monday I head over to Stockholm to catch Hollywood Vampires live. It was quite an experience… you could say. We had a good day at Gröna Lund – ran into Sofia, Robert and Malin as well as riding some of the ride. What made it a bit… disappointing, wasn’t the band themselves. It was all the Johnny Depp fan-girls who couldn’t be bothered to stay the entire show, but only came to get a glimpse of him and then leave, ruining the rest of the show for us. We spent most of the time in songs like “Whole Lotta Love” moving out of the way for people leaving, and it just sets me off. It’s absolutely okay if you want to go and see him now that he’s in Sweden, but perhaps you should a) stay the whole show or b) consider to stand a bit in the back to begin with, because some of us are actually here for the BAND, and not a specific person. I mean, sure, I’m not gonna lie. The major reason I was there was for Alleysan, but in the end – I stayed the whole thing.

BUT. The band was really good. Entertaining. And as I already said before – nothing makes me happier than hearing those little words: “Play the part of Alice Cooper tonight is – ME!”. Seriously. I love this man so much.

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Aside this, I’ve been mostly busy preparing for Sweden Rock. For once, I’m not going to disappoint myself by packing last minute, but actually you know be out in good time. Which is why I’ve already packed up most of the things that I need to bring. It was a warm and nice day outside, so I took the opportunity to pack outside. So, music, bags, clothes. Fantastic. I can’t even wait to get down there. I also need to remove the bagtag from last years Graspop. Damn. Time flies.

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But now. A work weekend and last packing. But it sure as hell will be good to get down there.

// Sara