i still can't find the right words to describe what i experienced yesterday evening! it was great! it was awesome! it was unbelievable! it was amazing! it was tremendous! it was incredible!
but first of all i want to tell you a little story: when the dates were released we (5 mates and me) decided to go to the first show in dortmund because there are only 2 more dates in germany: again in dortmund today (12th of june) and in berlin. the fact that dortmund is nearer to us than berlin was the point that convinced us to go there.
when the date came the tickets were free for sale two of us (patt and me) got up early to get the tickets...he ordered two and i ordered 4...but the server was full of people so he had to wait 10 minutes more than me...finally we both got our tickets
a few days later our phone rang and someone from the "westfahlen halle" asked me whether i had ordered 4 tickets for the 11th of june...it was horrible "yes" i said quietly and she went on "we're sorry...we can't give you the tickets the server was so overrun...(pause...i think she wanted to torture me...i was shocked...but then she went on)...but we blocked 4 tickets on the stands for you...excellent sight...or we can give you tickets for the 12th"...for me it was clear that we had to take the tickets for 11th because we were six and the other two had their tickets for 11th...
again few days later the tickets arrived...and the woman didn't exaggerate...the places were excellent
finally only four of us got there because two sold their tickets...they don't know what they missed out...well we went there by car...it were about 380km and it was worth it...we started half past eleven in the morning because we wanted to get sure to be there in time...and we feared a traffic jam because of the last days of holidays...but fortunately there was no traffic jam and we got to dortmund in about 4 hours...when we were there we relaxed a bit from the journey and the went to get something to eat and to buy shirts...then we went back to the car and tried to kill the time...then we got the idea to watch the crowd to get in to get best places...but this wasn't as funny as we had thought
then we decided to go in and check out our seats...just when we got up to the stands it was amazing...our seats were nearly perfect
the only thing i could do was smiling...i was just so happy...i wanted to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers
since the By the Way
-tour in 2002...and now it were just about 2 hours and this dream would become true
at 8 o' clock pm Dizzee Rascal
entered the stage...and the majority of the crowd wanted them to get off the stage immediately...it was strange to go to a rock concert and listen to a mixture of techno and hip hop...well like most people i didn't like it...there was only one cool song...in which they made a little medley of famous rock songs and didn't rap much...but all in all it would have been better without them...although i think you have to pay them respect
after the performance of dizze rascal the hall became more full...i think many people knew what dizzee was like and missed them out on purpose...then the mood in the crowd got better and better...in the end there were various mexican waves all through the crowd...first on the stands and then in the middle...after the third mexican wave over the stands the light was switched off...and everyone went crazy and then chad, flea and john entered the stage to begin the set with one of their great jams...here now the setlist:
--> this has always been a great thing for me when i listened to Live in Hyde Park
or watch the live dvds...their jam-sessions on stage are just great
--> one of the few really great songs from by the way...the crowd went crazy
--> just a great song...awesome solo by john
--> this is my favorite song...i can't say how happy i was to hear this song live...it was like flying
--> great funky song...yeah...nothing more to say...played great...just as the other songs of the set
--> again...one of my favorite tracks...was nearly like scar tissue...but only nearly...the crowd sang the choruses louder than anthony...this was amazing...i love this moments
--> i think this was the song where chad threw a stick on the mixer ^^...great
8. john played some song i didn't know...i expected How Deep is you Love
but this time he played a different song...as i now know it was For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
...also a nice one
9.Throw Away Your Television
--> i love this song...ended in another great jam!
10.Snow (Hey Oh)
--> one of my favorite song from stadium arcadium...the guitar-riff is just great and i didn't expect them to play this live...but it was just as awesome as every song
11.Me and My Friends
--> they had to start this twice because something was wrong with john's guitar...i think he couldn't hear himself...but this song was also great...it rocks!
-->like every song by them that gave the name for an album great!
13.Right on Time
--> like various time before they played London Calling
as a little intro to this song...it's just so great live...i can't believe how clean flea plays over three strings in the chorus
14.Don't Forget Me
--> one of the best by the way songs...and maybe one of the best live songs...what john plays is amazing...at the end there was again a great jam-session
15.Tell Me Baby
--> another great song that was played great...don't know what else would be to say
--> they started with a jam...and then played this great song...the light show to this song was so cool...it supported the message of this song visually
17.What is Soul?
--> great song which is in my opinion another great jam-session
18.By the Way
--> this song rocks! and the bass solo was one of the moments of this concerts i was looking forward to the most
after this they left the stage...but the crowd wasn't tired...everyone made so much noise...it was incredible and so they came back after a few minutes...well at first only chad came back...now here are the additions
--> what i have to say is that chad had a drum-set that lighted up once he hit a tom...so this wasn't just cool...it was also a little bit funny...he played with the crowd and after some mexican waves this cool solo ended unfortunately
20.Under the Bridge
--> a great song...again the crowd sang louder than anthony...i love this song
21.Give It Away
--> this song rocks! the whole crowd went crazy...but unfortunately it was the last real song they played and anthony left the stage again
--> this jam-session was the best one during the whole concert...chad played cool rhythms and flea and john switched parts various times in the end they were face to face on their knees and played and played...this jam lasted for at least 10 minutes...awesome!
all in all i have to say that it was even better than i had expected...what means that this was the best concert i have ever been to...the setlist was just great...the only song that i wish theay had played would be Venice Queen
but even without this i'm absolutely happy...
i hope to see them again!