So it’s almost February… I know, where did the time go right?
So having a little review of the first month of the new year. Any changes? Not really. It has been quiet, quiet at work and quiet with concerts surprisingly for me.
My first concert of the year was a very short acoustic set from Fall Out Boy in Kingston. Big up for Banquet Records. They amaze me over and over, to get all the great bands to come play in Kingston or even just do an In-store signing session. So Pete Wentz’ explanation why the set is that short was, because they just don’t know how to play most of their songs acoustic. Well fair enough. After a show in Brixton they will return end of March to play the o2.
Followed by this I saw my friends from The Bottom Line at the Islington Academy on their UK tour promoted by Live Nation. Some dudes who, with all honesty, have my total respect for what they already achieved and have my full support, whereever they will go. The show was amazing and a lot of fun. Classic covers, classic crowdsurfing and of course a bunch of jokes on the way. I’m excited what this year will bring for them after they have been announced to play Download Festival (Guess who is going 🤘)
And of course this is the month where my nephew was born. A little overdue and a little struggle to begin with but finally he is here 🙂 with this in mind I can’t wait to go back to Germany for the Easter holidays.
I also had a visitor and a final return to Pottys Pancakes in Potters Bar. Of course we had to get snow on that day… I also started a new Instagram account for all sorts of travel pictures. Check it out!! Travelpics I also went to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman. I am pretty picky when it comes to musicals as I easily don’t like them. But I loved this one. Great movie and I have the Soundtrack stuck in my head ever since and on repeat on Spotify!! Can definitely recommend to see it. While talking music. Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park published 3 songs he wrote to cope with his grief over Chester. Access them here: Post Traumatic EP
That’s a classic thing everyone says right?
So with this I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Of course I’m starting with this thought into the new year as well while the motivation level is still kinda high.
However I’m also realistic. I start my 2018 with some health issues and overall everything I want to do is be my best self this year. In 2017 I probably went to the most concerts in a year marking my personal record. But I also managed to work at a lot events which was a lot of fun. For the new year I wish to gain more self confidence, work on my mental health, have some travel adventures, be with friends and family and still keep going to concerts of course.
As review I wanted to share some of my highlights of 2017. It’s been a great year with a bitter taste…
At this point I actually don’t even know how many events I have been to. I followed All Time Low around on their tour in UK and Europe and happily managed to meet them a few times. I saw Sum 41, Biffy Clyro, Imagine Dragons, Blink 182, Green Day, Robbie Williams, Pink, U2, Ed Sheeran and met Good Charlotte after seeing them live a few times last year. The list is kinda endless and I know I forgot a lot of great artists.
Most important to me now in the aftermath is that I got to see Linkin Park. This was about two weeks before Chesters passing. I haven’t really written anything about this topic yet as I still catch myself in disbelieve over and over. Out of all the rock bands they were one of the first I listened to and even found a big old poster at my parents house. It was/ is hard for me. It hit me harder than I ever thought it would. I was invited to write a gig review for them for Invicta and I actually didn’t write anything since until beginning of December… But he is by far not the only great person I lost in 2017. Right at the beginning of the year I lost someone to cancer who initially was just a bands manager but somehow became a friend over the time… (I miss your sarcasm and kindness Gary)
So even though it is basically just another new month, I want to close the old book and start fresh into the new year.
Trying my best to be more positive about everything despite my negative nature as I know it will help me. And I am excited what the year will bring. I wish for health and less horrendous events around the world.
What are your best quotes that remind you to stay positive?
I know I know it’s been a while. I started this year actually doing pretty good in regards to writing my blog on a regular basis but I somehow lost track…
I still have some articles in the pipeline from the All Time Low tour in March which I definitely want to finish and share at some point. I had such an awesome time traveling the country, cheering for my fave band on stage a good 9 times and made it into one show for free. I also met the guys a few times, had laughs with the crew as well as support acts and made a new friend.
I also had a blast seeing Ed Sheeran at London’s O2 couple days ago and been reunited with my Italian friend after 3 years… However, I am still writing for Invicta so check my reviews and stalk me on there. 🙂 I’ve also been back in Germany for some family gatherings in the meantime and finally got my new tattoo 👍
So a lot of good things happened but I still recently got really bad into overthinking. Just about all sort of things, literally everything. I’ve always been a ‘thinker’ but it just got really bad. I feel restless, don’t get enough sleep and just don’t know what to do with all these thoughts. It goes beyond the occasional ‘I wish my brain would shut up for a minute’ most people experience from time to time.
I’m also the PRO in procrastination. There are just so many things I would like to do. Partly things that are not doable/affordable but halfway things I just procrastinate. Let it be out of laziness or simple lack of motivation. Whatever you want to call it…
I figured that I managed to show proper absence from my blog recently. So, time to catch up 🙂
I was lucky to do my first artist interview for Invicta Magazine. I interviewed the Irish singer Bry and reviewed his sold out London show. He supported Twenty One Pilots on their tour last year and is currently touring Europe with his own headline show. He is also due to release a video for latest single Disarm which will feature actress Evy Lynch (Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter) You can check out my articles on Invicta.
The same week I went to my old place in South West London and had a catch up with my friend. I also took the occasion to take a long walk along the river to get some steps together for my fitness plan.
Despite of work there was not that much going on to be fair, which is why I had a little lack of creating a blog entry earlier. However I received a nice parcel the other day from Hopeless Records. It was a special edition vinyl from Sum 41 –13 voices. They arranged a signing in Cologne which I was not able to attend therefore I got the vinyl sent to me. I was happy and surprised that it was signed despite of me not attending the actual signing.
Last week I went to see them play a small intimate show in Kingston organized by Banquet Records. They barely played anything new but most of the single releases they had. It was an amazing show and a lot of fun. A review for this one can also be found on Invicta 😉
So we already reached March. The month I’ve literally been waiting for. This month for me is all about All Time Low. Starting with an intimate show tomorrow (Thursday) in a 400 capacity venue before the UK tour starts on Friday at the Eventim Apollo. I’ll then have my friend visiting me on Saturday for a roadtrip to Cardiff. All I am saying at this point is: so far I will be attending 7 shows overall in the UK but I will definitely create more blog entries around this tour!
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So in todays post I’m gonna try to catch up with everything that was going on the past 2 weeks since my holiday.
First off I went to try out Cineworlds 4D experience. It felt a bit like a roller coaster but I think it was quite good. For sure something different to try out but just as like 3d in general it is nothing I would do that often. Oh and the movie was Resident Evil, which was also not too bad.
Last week I also went to see Green Day live at The o2 in London after AXS released some last minute tickets. I basically spent my remaining money for the month on this ticket but it was worth it and probably one of the best concerts I’ve been to. They love what they do and appreciate everyone and everything that comes along qith it and you can feel that. Absolute genuine and great band. I wrote a review for this show for Invicta magazine so if you want to check it out click Here.
That weekend was Grammy weekend and I was very happy that Twenty Øne Piløts won their first award. Well deserved and Tyler got an inofficial award for the best speech as well. (Tylers speech) Anyone from Anywere can do Anything!! 💙💙
After the Grammys we had the NME Awards in London this week and Twenty Øne Piløts have been nominated for worst band while Zayn Malik was nominated for a few awards. I guess someone had personal preferences there… The important award winner I think are Bastille for best album and Biffy Clyro for best British band. I’m glad I got to see both bands live last year. Most important Tøp didn’t get the worst band award, instead 5 Seconds of Summer snatched this one for the 3rd time in a row.
Yesterday I started my day very early to make my way to Nick Grimshaw and his BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. Alex and Jack from All Time Low announced they would be there to world premier their new song Dirty Laundry. They took the time to meet everyone before going inside and I finally got my limited Dirty Work vinyl signed. In the evening I went to see Room 94 and Walwin play a gig in Islington. R94 played this show in honour to raise money for Gary Raymonds memorial. It was a great evening despite the sad background.
As happy as I am that I got to meet Jalex again, I still want to finish off this blog entry in memory of Gary. To me he was not just some band manager or author but he also became a friend. He appreciated the little things, valued unsigned music and talent, was encouraging and a person easy to openly talk to about anything. He might have lost this battle but he will truly be missed by a lot. RIP Blag, Steal & Borrow
I originally planned to write a review of the ymas show a week ago but couldn’t really find the time.
So short off the show was awesome and I have to say I really enjoy these smaller shows in Kingston. Last time I went to The Rose Theatre I’ve seen Blink 182 and Bring Me The Horizon. They played a great acoustic show with some old tracks like Fresh Start Fever and Lived a Lie. They kicked of the show with new track Heavy Soul and also presented Swear and Take on the World from the new album Night People.
Josh then surprised by bringing his dog on stage for quickly showing everyone what a proud dog daddy he is. They also mentioned that they can imagine to do a whole tour of small acoustic shows. Well I’d totally be up for it.
Right, moving on to my weekly update. I’ve been a bit ill this week so kept it easy. On Tuesday I won tickets for the Gala Screening of Christine including a Q & A afterwards. A movie with Rebecca Hall raising awareness of mental health issues. I have to say that I think the movie is way too long due to quite unnecessary scenes and I wasn’t really into it despite the fact that the reason behind the film is great. I also went to the cinema to see split. Also by times a bit odd but I would recommend to watch it. Great acting.
So next week I’m going on holiday with my bestie and really looking forward to explore a new city 🙂
So another week passed and honestly this week got pretty cold. I must say that I’m pretty much done wih winter now and can’t wait for it to actually be a bit warmer again but guess I’ll need to wait a bit longer for that to happen.
Anyway this week I’ve been to the theatre and seen the play ‘Much ado about nothing’ I have to admit I didn’t know anything about it but been positiv surprised. Even though they often talked way too fast for me as a non native speaker to follow but I kind of liked the play. It was actually really funny!
So this weekend I’m going to see You Me At Six with an acoustic show for Banquet Records in Kingston in celebration of their new album release. I’ll maybe put a review together about that on Monday.
I also have something else to say today. I don’t want to sound rude or moaning or anything. I just want to put down my thoughts without any offense and for everyone who doesn’t know me: I’m pretty straight forward and honest if I have to say something. So my current thought is: How are people able to go the the gym in the morning and in the evening, every single day? Like, if I was to do that I wouldn’t have my normal life anymore. This would mean for me I would probably get up at about 4 or 5, giving me around 6 hours of sleep if I’m lucky (and I do love a good sleep) For the evening, well I like to go to as many events as I can… The struggle is, I got on the fitness track too for this year to finally loose some weight and get fit again. So I do my evening workouts at home, have my fitness armband and just try in general to walk as much as possible each day. I am aware that I should probably put more effort in it… So I start to skip more and more vusstops on my way to work and will soon start to walk the complete way which should take about an hour (says google maps)
That’s it from me this week.
So for a change this is not a review, well kind of but it got nothing to do with a band. There we have the difference 🙂
So I jumped on the fitness hype, to finally make the change. Not as a New Years resolution (already started last year) but I finally found more motivation now to make 2017 my year. (Maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s gonna be my year’ by All Time Low been stuck in my head forever haha)
Anyway so my first week back at work is over and it’s been dragging along big times. Yesterday I went for a walk to hit my 12k step target despite the rain and explored the area a bit.
Anyway so right now I’m on the train to Southampton to see The Bottom Line again as it’s the last day of their tour. Quite spontaneous decision and I’ll end up with about 4hours sleep for work tomorrow but whatever 🙂 And more good news, I have been added to the team of Invicta magazine so I’ll do reviews for their online mag now ✌
Southampton was proper cold and rainy but I’m glad I followed the invitation of the band. They are always great to see live and super nice lads. You can also check out my review from their EP release show on Thursday in London on the Invicta page: TBL review
Support High Down were also really good. Already seen them at a Festival last year. Also, I somehow love the picture below. Always trying to get those shaded band pics as I really like those 🙂
So that’s it from me, see you next week 🙂