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Blind Guardian
Fuzz Club, Athens, Greece
06/05/2011


   

After a great release, the Greek audience had the chance to enjoy “Blind Guardian” for three days. The Saturday night show was “Sold Out” from the beginning of the week and the Friday night show became “Sold Out” the same day. The Greek audience showed how much they support the band and how much they want a strong “set” from the Germans.
 
It was around 8 o’clock on Friday afternoon, when the doors of the “Fuzz” club opened. It didn’t take long for the crowd to fill the venue. The crowd started to chant from early on and they seemed eager. The first estimations for the set list were flying everywhere. When the clock struck nine the crowd was ready for the band to come on stage. But instead of the band we saw on stage the technicians who came on stage for the last “sound check” on the guitars.  As it is reasonable the crowd began moaning. I find it unacceptable for the sound check to start 45 minutes after the venue is packed by the crowd.
 
It was around 9.20 when we heard the first notes of “Sacred Worlds” from the last record. The sound was really loud and it got distorted (so much for the “Sound check”). When the song ended the volume levels went down a bit so the buzz was reduced also. After “Welcome to Dying” the crowd started to make some requests. The first intervention of the Greeks in the setlist was the song “Nightfall”. When that song ended the crowd started to chant “Majesty”. The setlist that “Hansi” had put together was already altered so the band granted the crowd’s wish with another great performance
Special moment was when the band performed the “Mordred’s Song” which is a song they do not play often anymore and they dedicated it to a technician that just turned 18.  We heard songs from every album except the “Night at the Opera”.  They did not tire the crowd with songs exclusively from the last album. Three tracks from “At the edge of Time”” three from “Nightfall in Middle-Earth” and three from “Imaginations from the other side"
 
For two full hours “Blind Guardian” pleased their crowd in the “Fuzz” Club. I think that the band had a really nice and energetic night also. Looking forward to many happy returns then…
Setlist: Sacred Worlds, Welcome to Dying, Nightfall, Majesty, Time Stands Still (at the Iron Hill), A Past and Future Secret, Mordred's Song, Tanelorn (Into the Void), Lost in the Twilight Hall, Valhalla, Turn the Page, Imaginations From the Other Side Encore: Wheel of Time, The bard’s Song –In The Forest, The Bard’s Song- The Hobbit, Mirror Mirror

Lefteris Statharas
 
On Saturday, as it was expected after all, Blind Guardian presented a rapidly changed set-list in comparison with the one of the first night. Those familiar with Guardian's tactics, when the German band plays twice in the same city , are surely aware of the fact that the second night includes far better songs although both shows include timeless metal hymns. Having said that, here are the different songs that the band played on Saturday: "Traveler in Time", "Lord of the Rings", "Time What is Time", "Born In A Mourning Hall", "Bright Eyes", "Into The Storm", "And The There Was Silence", "Fly", "A Voice In The Dark".

Sakis Nikas
 



 
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