With only a few months to go before the Summer Tour season kicks off, The Grove of Anaheim seemingly put that vibe out this past Saturday, March 12th with Delain, Sonata Arctica and Finnish headliners Nightwish. The stage was set for a night of Symphony and Heavy Metal, no better pairing since Cabernet and chocolate.
Dutch based band Delain took the stage with a performance featuring harmonious vocals on songs like Not Enough and Get The Devil Out Of Me which certainly started the night off right and as frontwoman Charlotte Wessels enticed the band intimately with her words and her energy, the mood continued to set in on an extremely energized crowd.
Next up, was a band from Kemi, Finland named Sonata Arctica. This is a band with a very devoted fan base. As they were hanging on every word Tony Kakko sang, the audience chanted along with the chorus of songs like Full Moon and My Land.
Kakko’s quirky stage presence and ability to draw people in kept it interesting. At times, they showed similarities to the band Scorpions which is not a bad thing. Most bands take inspirations from others and it works well with their mission.
Finally, it was time for Nightwish’s set and with a dark allure and a story ready to be told, the audience was greeted by dramatic classical music that mesmerized everyone right into the first note. What the crowd gave Nightwish, they gave right back. It was as if the whole show was based on energy and an obvious love for music. There were no costume changes or dramatic sets, just focus on the music and the enigmatic and exquisite stage presence of Floor Jansen. One stellar performance after another, Jansen, nor the other members of Nightwish showed any signs of holding back. One thing that definitely stands out with this band is chemistry, devotion and that they have a pure heart. Songs like Shudder Before The Beautiful, Yours Is An Empty Hope and She Is My Sin brought so many elements together that just painted such an amazing picture. Jansen’s vocal abilities are unreal and for anyone who has studied voice, it is clear that she is one of the most talented female metal vocalists out there.
Nightwish is a fascinating band to watch and exude stunning qualities throughout the show. Once the song Elan started, that is when the show went from a level 10 to a level 100. Jansen continuously danced around as if she was simply enjoying her time on stage and the crowd chanted and sang along as if they co-wrote the song. At one point, looking around, there was a sense of unity and togetherness. The kind you always see at rock shows, the bonding of fellow fans in the crowd but this was different. This brought tearful joy and surely the band picked up on that because they stepped it up even more (as if they needed to). Pushing onto the rest of the story, Weak Fantasy, Bless The Child, I Want My Tears Back, Nemo, Sahara and Stargazers continued on the night. How Jansen’s voice remained so perfect throughout is amazing, going from soft melody to operatic riffs, you could not help but just sit there in awe. Even those who were unfamiliar with the band’s music, seemed to be drawn in by their energy and enthusiasm. As they ended the show with Ghost Love Score, Last Ride Of The Day and the finale The Greatest Show On Earth (Chapter 2 & 3) and the band came out for their applause. The members huddled in a group hug and everyone left with a sense of togetherness. The only thing that was missing, was an encore.
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