Another memorable trip skiing the pow of Bald Knob!
Expectant eyes on the door
To the empty room
Halmstadt was the first gig in Sweden on their Scandinavian tour. Diskotek Stranden (Beach Disco) was a very small place, just the restaurant of the hotel Östra Stranden. Sold out with 125 people in the audience. The band was escorted by both uniformed and plain clothes cops. There were no advance tickets available for any of the Scandinavian 1977 gigs, as that's what the band wanted.
The gig was opened to 18 and older only, but a lot of the audience was younger and got in anyway. While in Halmstad the band stayed at the OK Motorhotell. A minor scandal occurred when the band threw a few chairs in the pool and messed up the rooms a bit.
The photo session in Halmstad took all day because of the band's reluctance to do it. They would walk in and out of the room one by one. When they finally were all there they wouldn't stand still. According to the photographer he grabbed Sid Vicious and said: "Stand still here!". He was then bombarded with beer cans and spat at. Sid threatened him with "I will drown you in the swimming pool."
A very good audience recording.
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"Appearing on stage for the first time in seventeen years (this is the second of a seven night tour), Lydon's snarling, sneering presence, part Rotten, part Frankie Howard, but never less than totally committed throughout convinces that he is clearly not just in it only for the money. He may well play the pantomime villain, gargling Martell brandy from the bottle and spitting it straight back out and exchanging puerile banter with the audience. He also inhales a throat spray between songs and stalks the stage during them like a man possessed, in his ridiculously outsize checked rust shirt and spiky red hair looking every inch a caricature of his former self. Yet this music undoubtedly means everything to him. By the end of Rise (the second of three encores which he heralds by saying he is just off to have a fag, break the law and if we want him back just to let him know) he is practically out on his feet such is the energy he has expended. However, he rallies for one last hurrah, a rousing, triumphal finale of "Open Up". Burn Hollywood burn, he exhorts. This was the best gig of the year by a country life mile. It may even have been the best gig of the decade. God bless John Lydon. Let us treasure this national treasure for he has not burnt out, sold out nor has he faded away."
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Born William Michael Albert Broad in Middlesex, England, Idol found himself as part of a group of teen punk rockers, including Siouxsie Sioux, who befriended and followed the Sex Pistols, known as "the Bromley Contingent". It wasn't long before he realized that he too could be the frontman of a punk band, and assumed the name Billy Idol shortly thereafter. After a stint playing guitar in a group called Chelsea didn't pan out, Idol put down the guitar and picked up the mic, and formed Generation X in 1976, after which he pursued a career as a solo artist in the early 1980’s. Billy Idol was one the first pop/rock artists to achieve massive success in the early '80s due to a then brand-new U.S. television network, MTV. Mixing his bad-boy good looks with an appealing blend of pop hooks, punk attitude, and a dance beats, Idol quickly rocketed to stardom, before hard living derailed his career and almost proved fatal.
However, the album did receive critical reviews, having "a bit of the odor of a record-company stopgap about it."
"Much like its parent band - whose members are pushing forty but still insist on writing youth-charged anthems - Awesome As F**k screams and rages hard against the inevitability of obsolescence but unfortunately comes up short. While Green Day themselves have thus far managed to (arguably) beat the clock by showing well-timed streaks of inventiveness, in order for their live recordings to achieve the same feat it is essential that the same sense of bravado so pervasive on albums like American Idiot carry over to their shows as well. Unfortunately for now, just like in the case of 21st Century Breakdown (which a certain Adam Downer noted to contain a sound "rooted firmly in the 20th century" and "features few to no breakdowns"), Green Day have once again come up with an album whose title is simply false advertising."