Thursday, March 29, 2007

WT, 2007-03-24, Video

This is a video I made with photos I took on the Within Temptation Live Show last 24th of March and with my favourite song of the new cd: "All I Need".

Within Temptation (a dutch metal-ghotic band) are one of my favourite bands and this was the 1st time I saw them.

They are:
Sharon Den Adel - Vocals
Robert Westerholt - Guitars
Ruud Jolie - Guitars
Jeroen Van Veen - Bass Guitars
Stephen Van Haestregt - Drums
Martijn Spierenburgh - Keyboards

I hope you will like my creation.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

WT, 2007-03-24, Paradise Garage, Lisbon

Last Saturday I was in one of the most amazing live shows I ever was.
It was my first show of one of my favourite bands, Within Temptation.
The place: Paradise Garage in Lisbon, Portugal. 800 people sold out the place.
During the afternoon I was with all the members of the band twice, near 13h and near 15h. Only Robert I couldn't see. I have photos with all and autographs with all (not with Robert).
At 13h more or less I gave Sharon a kiss. Ir was really awsome. She was very friendly and all the other members of the band also.
I never saw a band who did what WT did like this. They talk with us, take photos with us and gave autographs many times without being boring.
I will never forget.
I already knew they were like this with fans because in the dvds we can see how they are.
Inside the Paradise Garage almost the time to begin. WT appeard at 21h18 and started with an amazing show, "Our Solemn Hour" it was the beginning. The fans started to sing all the songs they were playing.
After WT ended a song during the concert I show Sharon the portuguese flag and she stretch her right hand and I throw the flag to her. Sharon used the flag around her and everybody started to scream for Portugal.
They rest for 2 minutes before playing the encore. And finish with "Ice Queen". the show ended at 22h58.
At the end of the show when she and all the members of the band thank the audience she was with the flag again. Very cool.
I have some cool photos of me with the members of WT and I also have some photos of them playing live in the Paradise Garage.
Soon I will add some photos. Hope you will enjoy.
I have at least 180 photos but only 70 are more or less good. In the new post of photos I will add the best ones.
What an amazing show it was. I hope to see WT again real soon. Within Temptation already told that they will come here again to a bigger show at Summer, Outumn, or Winter time.

Setlist of the show:
1. Our Solemn Hour
2. The Howling
3. Frozen
4. Stand My Ground
5. Forsaken
6. The Cross
7. What Have You Done
8. The Heart of Everything
9. Mother Earth
10. Angels
11. Hand Of Sorrow
12. All I Need
13. Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)
14. The Truth Beneath The Rose

15. Deceiver of Fools
16. Memories
17. Running Up That Hill
18. Ice Queen

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Robbie Williams Loves Googling... - MTV News

This is a very fun article about the "not success" of Robbie williams in the States.
Hope you enjoy.

MTV News - Robbie Williams Loves Googling...

Apr 4 2003 7:53 AM EST
Robbie Williams Loves Googling, Shrugs About Lack Of U.S. Success
British pop sensation enjoys relative anonymity in States.

HOLLYWOOD — When you're Robbie Williams, this is how the dating scene in Los Angeles works: You meet a girl, she blows you off, then she looks up your name on the Internet search engine Google, finds out you're one of the richest pop stars in the world, and voila! You get lucky.

"I bump into these girls and they are like really not interested," the British singer explained with his famously wry smile, dressed in a T-shirt and warm-up pants and walking his dogs through the hills overlooking his adopted city. "The next time I see them, they are like, 'Hey, nice to meet you, Robbie!' So I've been told, 'That girl "googled" you, because she knows who you are now.' Hurray for 'googling'! Science got me laid.

"I got laid twice because they thought I was Robin Williams, which is kind of cool," he added.

Robbie's Hollywood dating situation — joke or not — is quite indicative of the current phase of his musical career. An Internet search for his name generates close to half a million pages, yet most Americans are largely unfamiliar with the charismatic breakout star from British boy band Take That!. In 1999, "Millennium," from The Ego Has Landed compilation drawn from his first two overseas albums, was moderately successful in the U.S. And of course there was "Rock DJ," an oddball dance number that the eclectic singer now says he hates, though he likes the video, in which he rips off his skin and tosses it out to adoring female fans. But compared to the Justins and Snoop Doggs, he's still obscure on this side of the pond.

Late last year, Williams signed the biggest British record deal in history, reportedly worth over $100 million, shortly after recording his latest album, Escapology. EMI is hoping this album will finally break him in the U.S. Though he owns a house in Los Angeles and has written several songs about the town, Williams says he isn't dying to make it in the States, and in fact, insisted he's enjoying the relative anonymity.

"I'm very pleased to say I've got a successful career everywhere else," he said. "And this is a massive country. It involves a lot of work. And it involves a lot of ass-kissing as well, and touring for years. I used to work very hard and it made me very ill. And I refuse to work that hard again. So, if [success] happens here by doing very little, then great. But if it doesn't, it's cool.

"I want to sell a few hundred thousand albums here," he added. "And I'll be happy with that."

Featuring a somewhat different track list than its imported counterpart, the domestic version of Escapology fully encapsulates the strengths Williams has developed over the years: a silky smooth and versatile voice, finely honed Britpop sensibilities, swinging bluster, driving power, the occasional veer into starkly emotional territory ("Nan's Song" is about his late grandmother), inventive storytelling ("Me and My Monkey"), emotional self-analysis (most evident in the album's first single, "Feel") and of course, a self-deprecating wit.

"I'm just getting started musically," he said thoughtfully. "I think I'm just finding myself. I can see from this album where I want to go and what I want to sound like. I think the pressure's on the record company. So, all I got to do is deliver [good albums], and I've done that before. And I'm getting better at it each album.

"And plus, if [Escapology] bombs, what the hey," he said with a laugh. "I'm in the hills. I've got my dogs. I've got the life, you know?"

— Ryan J. Downey, with additional reporting by Nick Zano

Thursday, March 08, 2007

U2 - The Joshua Tree, "It Was Twenty Years Ago"

This is an article taken from U2 Official News on Official U2 Site
This is my favourite album of U2. 20 years, WOW. And is still my favourite.

It Was Twenty Years Ago

'A lot of the songs were ones that were recorded in Larry’s spare bedroom or Adam’s living room.' On March 9th 1987 U2 released an album called The Joshua Tree.

In the next few weeks we'll be turning the spotlight on The Joshua Tree, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its release.

First up, here' s what they were saying about the album, just after it was finished - long before anyone realised just how successful it was to be.

'The best thing about The Joshua Tree is that they can do ten times better than that"
Paul McGuinness.

'With each record we've always looked for some sort of location to inspire the tone of what we were doing and I think the desert is so many things to us. The desert was immensely inspirational to us as a mental image for this record.'

'Whereas with Unforgettable Fire there was a real continuity between all the songs, this is slightly different. It's an album of songs, each song saying a different thing, touching areas that we haven't touched before.'

'I think since really falling in love with America we've started falling in love with the music of the place. A lot of stuff that we didn't have time for when we first formed the group.... BB King, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Patsy Klein, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard - all these artists who are a million miles from where we were coming from.'

'The significant thing about the record for me is that I had to come clean as a word writer. Instead of trying to capture the elusive message of the music, which is what I'd normally try to do with my words, I wanted to speak out specifically but without a placard and without my John Lennon handbook.'

// The Joshua Tree
// Release Date: March 1987

// Track Listing
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God's Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Mothers of the Disappeared

// Soundbite
‘A lot of the songs were ones that were recorded in Larry’s spare bedroom or Adam’s living room. When the red light’s on we often don’t respond to it. When we’re just left to be, left to make music our own way, well some of the tracks are almost like demos. We had to fight to make them work and there were a lot of songs left over. It could have gone off in a number of different directions. We wanted the idea of a one-piece record, not a side-one, side-two thing.

Bono, March 1987

Between The Lines
The release of The Joshua Tree saw U2 become 'Rock's Hottest Ticket.' In Sweden, copies of The Joshua Tree were pressed in yellow, pink and red vinyl with sleeves similar to the UK. The pink vinyl copies are the most common of the three. In Mexico, a limited edition CD was released as part of the Serie Millennium re-issues with a different picture sleeve. As recently as 1999, The Joshua Tree CD was re-issued with the clear band photo that appeared on the original vinyl LP rather than the blurred picture on the initial CD release.
U2's biggest selling album to date entered the US album charts at No.7 and reached No. 1 three weeks later. It was U2's first album to reach No.1 in the United States. In 1999, The Joshua Tree was awarded the RIAA's highest certification, Diamond, with 10 million units sold. The album also peaked at No.1 on the UK, Canadian, West German, Dutch and Australian charts. In Switzerland, the album reached No.1 on the charts and stayed there for a total of 33 weeks. The album and sleeve cover also placed No. 1 in Rolling Stone magazine's annual Music Awards chosen by readers. Critics at Rolling Stone made it No. 2 album of the year. U2 also won Best Rock Performance By A Group Or Duo at the Grammy Awards for The Joshua Tree.

Production Credits
Produced and Engineered: Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
Additional Engineering: Dave Meegan with Pat McCarthy
Studio: Windmill Lane, Dublin Ireland
Mixed by: Steve Lillywhite
Recorded by: Flood