So you’ve already heard the news! SLEEP in the yesterday’s show were more than awesome! This was a show to remember! One of the rare cases where the band is actually better than what you could ever hope.
O.K. for the puritans I have to say that there were some errors in execution, unfortunately in really favorite songs too. The mistakes made me scream “ouch” once or twice but in the end of the day it was nothing dramatic. On the negative aspects of the show is that I couldn’t hear the vocals for 50% the time but I always believed that vocals on SLEEP play a secondary role. Although this was the first time I watched SLEEP live everything seemed familiar. Of course there were some huge surprises…
First surprise: the venue was not full and the event was not sold-out! I could say there was about the same number of people as in the CATHEDRAL show earlier this year which is O.K. but definitely really poor for legends of such magnitude.
Second surprise: lots of young people. Mostly teenagers 18-20 and among them many females too! Is this good or bad?
Third surprise: The crowd was calm. O.K. there was a mosh-pit attempt in “Drogonaut” but apart from that someone could easily pass this as an Om show. Plus I doubt if people in the 5 front rows even knew the lyrics.
Fourth surprise: The sound. If SABBATH would start taking steroids for horses, in mammoth lethal dosages, they would still seem light weight compared to SLEEP. The boys got older, gained some extra weight and obviously this affected their already-heavy-enough sound. Some people might argue that this was too much for SLEEP. What can I say? I like my music heavy…extra heavy. This was the second time in my life I was able to literally see the sound waves.
Fifth surprise: These guys love to smoke. O.K. that wasn’t really a surprise but there was a guy in the right of the stage with sole purpose to have a ciggy ready for Pike at any given time. After every song he would just go there have a puff or two and then move on to the next song. A couple of times this happened in the middle of songs.