House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
I had been waiting for 7 years to experience Apocalyptica live. I remember buying the albums and hoping someday others would hear how talented these 4 classically trained cellists are. They started by covering heavy metal songs on their cellos to now writing their own arrangements and bringing in some of rock’s biggest stars to guest vocalists on their albums. The newest album is Worlds Collide which features “I Don’t Care” and “I’m Not Jesus” featuring 3 Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Corey Taylor, respectively.
In the beginning the four used to consist of Eicca, Paavo, Perttu, and Max Lilja. Max left back in 2002 with another project in mind and Antero is filling in until a fourth is found for the permanent spot. Mikko is the drummer who, to this point, has only recorded one record with the band. It wasn’t until recent years when Apocalyptica picked Mikko up as a drummer and they started adding vocals to their arrangements.
The House of Blues in Anaheim was packed and sold out. Many there were new fans. Eicca and Perttu did a lot of talking, in English, between songs. Since there was an abundance of females in the audience that were enthralled with the handsome looks of the Finnish men onstage, we didn’t mind that we couldn’t completely understand what they were saying.
If you haven’t experienced something like Apocalyptica or are hesitant to go to a performance with only the sounds of the heart thumping cellos, don’t be. One of the sources of energy from the crowd was singing along to the Metallica songs they covered. Note for note the audience would sing along and pump their fist. Paavo would encourage the audience participation and you could see all three of the guys mouth the words to the song as they played. For their radio songs with Corey Taylor from Slipknot, “I am Not Jesus” and “I Don’t Care” with the lead singer from 3 Days Grace, they bought out a guy named Chris. I was really expecting Toryn from Fuel, but we didn’t grace us with his presence. Chris wasn’t really that impressive and he lost a lot of the energy that was going in the crowd.
They saving grace after Chris singing was ripping into the likes of “Harvester of Sorrow” and “Enter Sandman” from Metallica. Those songs perked everybody right up. They also played another hit of theirs, “Bittersweet”, which was originally sung by H.I.M. and Lauri Y. The original song is full of different harmonies and can melt just about any woman. The guys dedicated “Bittersweet” to the ladies that came to see them. The best part was hearing the song without the vocals and enjoying the true beauty of the song.
As for their energy onstage, it’s immense. They move around and headbang more than some of the rock bands I’ve seen that just stand there and play. Remember, these guys are carrying around large cellos, which is no easy task. There are no straps to hold the instrument to their body. They do have giant skulls in the shape of cellos that they could sit on, but the majority of the time they were on their feet entertaining the crowd. It was a very intimate night at the House of Blues.
The best song of the night next to “Bittersweet” was their rendition of “Hall of the Mountain King.” Let’s just say classical music never sounded so good! They are a very unique group that can successfully cover heavy metal songs and create their own metal arrangements on cellos and pull it off to the mass audience. Plus, it helps that they made friends in the rock industry along the way. They left us all wanting more and they were very grateful that we were there.
They still have a few tour dates left in the States. Hopefully they will be able to come back soon, visas permitting. Check out our review and photos from their show back in March when they hit San Diego.
Apocalyptica Tour Dates:
|10/27/2008||San Francisco-Oakland-San CA USA||Slims|
|10/28/2008||Hollywood CA USA||THE AVALON HOLLYWOOD|
|10/29/2008||Anaheim CA USA||House of Blues – Anaheim|
|10/30/2008||San Diego CA USA||House of Blues|
|10/31/2008||Las Vegas NV USA||HOUSE OF BLUES|
|11/01/2008||Tucson AZ USA||At The Rock|
|11/02/2008||Tempe AZ USA||Marquee Theatre|
|12/02/2008||Oxford United Kingdom||Carling Academy|
|12/03/2008||Liverpool United Kingdom||Carling Academy|
|12/04/2008||Nottingham United Kingdom||Rock City|
|12/05/2008||Wolverhampton United Kingdom||Wulfrun Hall|
|12/06/2008||Glasgow United Kingdom||ABC|
|12/07/2008||Newcastle United Kingdom||Carling Academy|
|12/08/2008||Bristol United Kingdom||Carling Academy|
|12/10/2008||Portsmouth United Kingdom||The Pyramid|
|12/11/2008||Sheffield United Kingdom||Plug|
|12/12/2008||London United Kingdom||The Astoria|
Fight Fire With Fire
I’m Not Jesus
Seek and Destroy
I Don’t Care
Hall of the Mountain King
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