Tour: Million Mile Ride Tour
Venue: Samfundet, Trondheim [SOLD OUT]
This time around in Norway, they played Samfundet in Trondheim, and Sentrum Scene in Oslo. Both shows were sold out. I'm going to tell you all about the show in Trondheim!
Come showtime, we arrived at the venue just before the doors opened. There were about 20 people in front of us in line - to little effect. You seen, when you enter Samfundet, you first mingle in a huge hall / wardrobe area, and then they open the doors to the stairs that lead up to the main concert hall later. So, instead of showing up three hours before the doors open, just show up when they open, and relax inside!
Since they didn't have a support act, the wait before the main show wasn't long. Silly as I am, I forgot my good earplugs at home (from previous experiences, seeing Rival Sons live without earplugs will leave you wanting to leave. It is LOUD.), so the only thing I had at hand were bad foam plugs that dampens absolutely all the sound. I had them in during the first part of the show, and took them out when the acoustic segment was about to start. It was a good choice. The sound wasn't mixed as bad as it had the previous times I have seen Rival Sons, so the guitar wasn't painstakingly piercing and scorching. It felt like I was finally in the room, and not next door.
With a fine mix of songs from all of their releases, they delivered a perfect concert - as expected. The acoustic segment consisted of Nava, Burn Down Los Angeles, The Man Who Wasn't There and White Noise. Burn Down Los Angeles hasn't been one of my favorite songs by Rival Sons, but the acoustic version was something different! They really gave it a new life, and it had a whole other groove to it. It was awesome!
Rival Sons really put on an amazing show - night after night, and it is a mystery how Jay Buchanan's voice still hasn't been ruined. He sings every song, every night, like it's the last time he'll sing. They really care about giving you your money's worth - in the form of soulful performance. Scott Holiday is hands down the coolest guitarist out there. He can play, he looks the part (and more), and has a mustache that will make your knees go weak. Don't get me started on Mike Miley - their drummer. A jazz drummer - voted one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time. Many drummers just play drums - Mike Miley plays music. He is incredible.
At the end of the show, Todd threw me one of his left over water bottles, and handed me a setlist from the stage, not letting anyone else grab it. I apparently made a good impression earlier in the day when we talked? It was a very cool souvenir to have! After waiting around inside the venue for a while, the band started showing up and walked past us many times. I said hi and shook their hand, but gave them time to sort out whatever needed to be sorted out post-gig time. Finally, they hung around for a while, talking to me and a handful of other fans. I got my setlist signed by everyone except Jay. He had probably gone straight from the stage and hit the sack. Gotta rest up those vocal chords for the next show [in Oslo the following day]! Todd brought me Dave Beste's pick and a couple of Scott Holiday's picks as well. As I said - he's a super nice guy that really cares about the fans. Scott even let me try on his giant lion-ring weighing a gazillion tonnes! It was tempting to flea the area with the ring on my finger, because it fit perfectly, but I would probably have gotten my ass kicked.
I can't wait for the next opportunity to see Rival Sons, whenever that is going to be. What I do know is that they have been booked for the Malakoff festival this summer. That is actually where my dad and I saw Rival Sons for the first time in 2012!
Anyway, Rival Sons showed us who's boss that night in Trondheim, Norway. The audience was on fire, but not insane, so I had room to stand comfortably up at the barriers. If you weren't there - I feel sorry for you. If you were there - that won't be the last time you see The 'Sons'. They are here to stay, and to save live rock and roll music.