Edguy and Into Eternity Show Report From BB Kings, NYC
Band Photo: Into Eternity (?)
The date was August 16, 2005. I was at BBkings in New York City, New York to see one of my favorite bands, Into Eternity, open for a band I enjoyed listening to, Edguy. While waiting for the show to start, I headed back stage to interview Edguy, unfortunately they were not ready for me and I should come back at 7pm, when the show started. After seeing the first song from Into Eternity, Splintered Visions, I go back stage again to do my interview. I finish as they start their last song, Beginning of the End, which also happened to be one of my favorites. Though I only caught two songs in the end, it was amazing. Those two songs satisfied my appetite for seeing Into Eternity live, since I had seen them before and they will be around again shortly.
The performance was unlike the first time I saw them, over 4 months ago. Stu Block, lead singer, hit every note perfectly and improvised throughout the two songs I heard. He raised his hands high, while he embraced the words. The singer on their CD entitled ‘Buried in Oblivion’, commonly compared to Rush’s vocalist among my friends, differed from their new singer. Though Block also sounded like Geddy Lee of Rush, he also let out these high pitched screams that can only be compared to Rob Halford of Judas Priest. I heard this the first time I saw Into Eternity, but it seemed more polished this time around. Tim Roth, lead guitarist and backing vocals, also displayed more energy than the last time. Additionally, at the end of their last song, he took his guitar and let the audience touch and strum it. This gesture showed equality between the band and the audience. The audience’s response was shocking to me, since into eternity is a progressive death metal band playing a power metal show. In fact, nearly the whole crowd enjoyed their performance. When I first saw them, barely any of the crowd showed a reaction to their set. This time around, the whole crowd was clapping and whistling, which was a well-deserved reaction to their performance.
Edguy focused on newer songs that I did not recognize. The key thing that Edguy did differently than other bands was they were fun and interacted with the audience throughout their whole show and during songs. The singer, Tobias Sammet, would constantly talk in between songs. Though this was entertaining at first, towards the middle of their set I wanted to hear more of their music than crowd interaction. It seemed that they were covering up their music by a fun show. There isn’t anything wrong with this. I miss fun shows. Many metal bands play and then leave. Listening to the music, I discovered that Edguy weren’t much of a metal band, but rather a really good hard rock band. They played slower than most of the songs I had heard on their older albums as well as playing ballads, which the singer made fun of before they played that specific song. Edguy just seemed to really enjoy being up on stage and working the crowd. If you don’t like their music, go see them anyway, it’s a lot of fun. They also played each song perfectly and had some nice solos. The solos were very passionate and emotional. They also displayed a lot of skill. Though the virtuosity in the solos didn’t impress me greatly, it was still enjoyable. The real ear candy was in the singing. Tobias Sammet is an amazing vocalist with a great range. He is the band.
All in all this was a great show despite the problems that occurred. I took some pictures at the concert which can be seen here.
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