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So, I am back from my first Wacken Open Air and I can say it was just darn awesome. Super exhausting, but also fucking great.
We traveled there on Tuesday to get a good camp position. The people of our camp (I really knew only one) were all really nice and awesome. I also achieved my blue hair finally, sitting in front of the PC with a sprayed blue Mohawk now XD I may upload a photo soon.
For my own memory, and for those of you who care, I will write a little log about the days.
Day 1: Tuesday
We arrived at the camping site and it was raining. Just a bit in the beginning, and later pretty much. I built up our tent, which turned out to be too small if you don't have anything else to keep your stuff in. I was sleeping right next to the door and in the night the rain soaked through and half of my blanked was soaking wet, among with my clothes. This lead to the fate that throughout the entire festival for some reason I never had any dry clothes, nor a dry bed, everything was at least humid. It was okay though, because I still was warm. We got camping wristbands around our wrists, titled "Du bist zu früh" which means you are too early, which I think was pretty funny. XD I also got the real Wacken wristband and the shirt - and it felt horribly nice to not be surrounded by stupid mainstream people, but the scene only.
For those of you who don't know, Wacken is the biggest heavy metal festival on earth, with 120 bands and about 70.000 metalhead attendands. This turns an entire village to be occupied with nothing but the scene, mostly metalheads, but also punk and goth or things you can't tell. Completely awesome.
Ohyes, in the evening an "old friend" of somebody entered the camp. He deserves some special honor. That guy had the nice style of having exactly half of his body shaved, half of the hair, half of legs and chest, and even half of his balls. His name was Jan, and he told us some stories, which were actually jokes, but he expanded that to half an hour stories. I have to honor his funny and great story telling skills.
Day 2: Wednesday
So I would be heading out for my first Wacken concerts. It was a nice warm day - quickly too warm. We were chilling in front of the Wackinger Stage, watching Coppelius, Fejd and Feuerschwanz of which I only knew the last band, which I also have seem quite a few times before. They are really funny, but I saw them too often by now. They were followed by Russkaja, which turned out to be my third favorite concert of the festival. The Austrian-Russian band has a heck awesome humor and really crazy songs, which were fun. I got autographs by the band on my bag, though the Russian front singer just signed with "Russkaja", which was kinda disappointing but okay. The last band for us of this day was Santiano, a German shanty-ish band which I had seen before on the Kieler Woche, which was really nice. Their songs are great to sing along and I was impressed how many Wackingers attended that concert. Highlight was the collaboration of Santiano and the singer of Subway to Sally, creating a really awesome song.
Day 3: Thursday
This was the day where the W : O : A official started - and therefore also the big bands. We saw Feuerschwanz once more, then watched Skyline of whom I don't know much. Beforehand, something creepy happened. We were walking to the stage as a girl and a man were struggling in the bushes. We thought it was a fun mud fight between a couple, before the man got up and ran away, leaving the girl behind screaming and crying. Usually the W : O : A is a really nice place, nothing like that ever happened to me, all people seem really nice. This set a shade on the Skyline concert, as I had to think of that all the time. I felt bad for not helping that girl, but at first she laughed, so I couldn't tell. I had a bad conscious, which should go away later that day...
The next concert I saw was Deep Purple, though I have to admit that I didn't like it too much. It was filled up with too long and screechy solos, which weren't made for a party feeling.
This was followed by the headliner of this festival, Rammstein. I don't like this band too much in general but their concert was completely awesome. The show was great, especially the part where a naked guy in chains and a panda mask (iconic for a popular German... rapper? not sure what he is) came on stage during the song "bück dich" and was fucked in the ass with a giant penis by the front singer, followed by a minute long ejaculation. During this concert, I could get rid of my bad conscience. A guy next to us fainted and wouldn't wake up for half a minute. I quickly got out my 1l of water I was carrying and gave it to him. He and his friends later gave me the title of "Livesaver Lu" and invited me to some beer. (Lu is my real life nick name.)
After the concert, back in the tent with my friend we started talking some really random shit, literally. Translated from German, we created the universe "Eew" (Iih) with the Poop (Kack), Piss, Barf (Kotz) etc. and its countries and a war going on. I wont list everything now.
Day 4: Friday
The day with the most concerts. Starting with Powerwolf, who were nice but it turned out that I don't like the music style of the band really much. Later this was followed by Sabaton, a concert all my friends found fucking awesome, but for some reason I was mentally afk during that one. I can't remember why, alcohol can't be the reason, I hardly drink. Afterwards, Motörhead played. This concert was absolutely horrific, or at least what existed of it. Lemmy, the front singer, had a heart surgery a few months ago (sorry if I am not accurate) and his doctor told him that he should not play any concerts. We researched that he cancelled all of them, except for the W : O : A, because he likes it so much and was also looking forward for the party afterwards. When he came on stage, he was a complete wreck. My friends and I were horrified by the horrible state he was in. We were watching him through a monitor and you could see how this guy was suffering but trying hard. I nearly had tears in my eyes when he actually apologized for not being fit and able to do a kick ass concert. He wanted to talk a bit, but was not able to. After a while a friend had to take over the speech. They played maybe two more songs before Lemmy went behind the stage. The fans were chanting his name and he came back for one more song before the concert was cancelled. We were afraid he would die. My friends and I are pretty much sure that we were the last ones to ever watch a Motörhead concert. After some waitng time, we saw Doro, whom I underestimated. I didn't know her songs, but she was pretty cool. She was celebrating her 30 year anniversary, collaborating with so many bands that I can't remember all of them. This girl has an incredible voice though. After a few songs she announced that Lemmy is fine, but too exhausted to play. A little bit of a relief at least. After her concert, we saw ASP, a German Gothic band. I knew only two songs of then beforehands. The lead singer really impressed me though. I know that people are not themselves on stage, but rather act a role. The lead singer of Rammstein hardly said anything and when he did, he sounded really shy. Lemmy, considered THE rocker, seemed to be a pretty cute person the way he apologized for his bad health. I know this concept, but I did not expect that ASP goth guy to be so easy going and cool. Seriously, he was at least ten times cooler than he seemed to be. The last band we saw that day, but also only for a bit, was Grave Digger. I don't know much about this band and also can't tell you much, I am sorry for that.
Day 5: Saturday
We started with Alestorm, the band I was looking forward to the most. Unfortunately they had a really bad sound which is why the concert was a bit disappointing. My conclusion of that one was that I have to see the band again in a club with better sound. Then we went over to Sonata Arctica, a band which was better than their name suggested to me. I didn't know them, my friends wanted to go. It was good, before we were flooded by hardcore rain, leaving us soaked wet and the W : O : A totally muddy. Then, Anthrax were playing. This made me think of my English teacher, who taught us the German name of that band last semester. My friends didn't want to see them but just because I knew them I asked them to watch at least one or two songs. They hated it, but I kind of liked it. We went back to the camp to eat some hot soup and legendary ravioli. One thing I did now know about but really made me laugh were ravioli bombs. If you cook those things in their can they will explode. Occasionally we heard the explosions of ravioli bombs in the distance. Something like that is my humor.
Back at the stage site, we watched Alice Cooper. This guy. He was one of the most awesome things on the entire festival. Already when he had played the first few songs I said to my friends: "This guy does not need a live show, he is the live show". I didn't know what was impending me. His first outfit were red and black striped pants and a coat in the same style. Already that was awesome. Soon he changed to some mad hatter styled outfit, with a huge old top hat and red/black leather jacket. Then the best part started. He started to tell a story with his outfits and show. At first he changed into a white but blood stained gown, representing a mad scientist. With this, he did some Frankenstein revival scene, having some giant zombie walking over the stage. Before the next song started, he was acting like he was struggling against some men (he acted completely awesome) who put him into a straight jacket, in the background a girls voice saying "Mommy, where's daddy?" and more which I can't remember. Alice Cooper then proceeded to play his next songs tied up in that straight jacket, surrounded by a Kiss-makeup wearing nurse treating him, well, not very good. I had been awesomeness-struck by the concert from the beginning, but with that it reached a new peak, because I am totally love with mental house scenes, straight jackets and insanity. At the end of a song (I have to admit I don't know many Alice Cooper songs) he freed himself from that straight jacked and acted as if he would kill the nurse. She defended herself and was able to fight back. Alice Cooper then was caught by some security guys and sentenced to death. His head was chopped off by a guillotine in the next song, a nice magic trick. He then returned in a new outfit, something black and rather unspectacular with the focus more on the songs, "Poison" was played in that part. My love for this concert got yet another burst with the last song played. Of course it was "School's out", irony, because school starts for me again now. In the middle of that song they started covering "Another brick in the wall part II" by Pink Floyd, which did not only create awesome fan chants but was completely awesome for me personally, being an enormous fan of "The Wall" and it's story. Alice Cooper, you are now a new style idol of mine. At least in my head, I wont be walking around like that for real.
That concert of awesomeness was followed by Nightwish but I was too damn tired to focus very well. It was nice. I know of that struggle with the old singer(s) Tarja and the new singer Floor... I didn't think she was too bad.
After that, we went over to the true stage, where we wanted to see Subway to Sally in the first row, which we also did. We were standing in front of the speakers, which were playing Lingua Mortis Orchestra ft. Rage so we were kinda forced to hear that concert. Subway to Sally were amazing. Not only because of the band itself, but for the spirit of the fans. I never heard fans singing such a long part of the lyrics with such a clean voice.
Meister, Meister, gib mir Rosen, Rosen auf mein weißes Kleid.
Steck die Blumen in den bloßen, unberührten Mädchenleib.
(Master, Master, give me roses, roses on my white dress. Put the roses into the naked untouched girls body.)
Thousands of people singing those lines. It gave me chills down my back. Santiano popped up again, doing that awesome song collaboration again.
After that, it was 3 am, we went home. My friend drove and we were listening to Fiddler's Green on our way back, singing along out loud to not fall asleep. We both were thrilled as we were listening to the song "Hip Hooray" loudly while we drove into the sunrise.
At home, I took a shower, because on Wacken you don't do that and went to bed. I slept until my mom woke me at 4 pm.
Conclusion: I didn't go too much into detail with the weather and things besides the concert. It was really exhausting and I am still feeling half dead, but that's completely worth it. The Wacken Open Air is an amazing experience I would attend again at any time. Well, maybe not in winter.
So much for my Wacken Report,
Your exhausted survivor,