• Chisu 'n Wine

    3 Jul 2012, 19:56 by Bahkasika

    Ah, Chisu, one of the best in recent years. Following the somewhat hiatus of groups like Irina and PMMP there clearly was a need for an artist like her.


    Like yesterday, I arrived about half an hour before the show was supposed to start. Surprisingly, the area was pretty empty, and I got on to the front row, yay! Again, the timetable was 15 minutes late, so we waited. The crowd seemed a bit larger than the previous night, though it was hard to tell from the front.

    The gig opened with one of the new songs from Kun valaistun 2.0, Frankenstein. Kolmas pyörä was also featured. Otherwise, the set list followed pretty much the same stuff seen in Chisu's concert hall tour during the winter. The crowd got the hits like Mun koti ei oo täällä, Sabotage, Tie and Baden-Baden. Also familiar from the tour were the drum solo from the Kuopio-born Mikko Pöyhönen and the funky bass solo from Tero "On Fire".
  • The Dinosaur of Suomirock

    2 Jul 2012, 22:30 by Bahkasika

    Two days after appearing with some unknown singer-songwriter from the US (John Fogerty, have you heard of him?), Eppu Normaali headed to Eastern Finland. Last year they performed at Rock Cock, this time their somewhat annual visit to Kuopio was scheduled for the 16th International Kuopio Wine Festival.

    It's been four years since I last saw my favourite band of all time live, and as you might expect, nothing has really changed. I went to the festival area at around 9.30pm, as the gig was to start at 10pm. But, as often is case in events like this, there was some delay, and Eppu was unleashed onto the stage some 15 minutes late. That didn't seem to bother anyone (except two dudes who decided to have a boxing match after a few songs): the crowd was singing along all the way from the first lines of Nyt reppuni jupiset riimisi rupiset to the end of the set.

    Sadly, as Martti promised in one of the first speeches, there was pretty much just the 90 minutes of music, no more, no less. …