Biffy Clyro, Live at Lanxess Arena, Cologne, 11 Nov 2016

There are so many things on my mind these days. US Politics mostly and I will still need some time to wrap my head around a lot of things. About the voters there, but also about how I perceive what I read and hear and see. Complicated stuff. To distract myself from what’s going on on the other side of the pond and ever other region of the world that’s in trouble (and there are too many!) I’ve binged “The Crown” on Netflix, developed a girlcrush on Claire Foy, who’s so brilliant as Queen Elizabeth, but also went to see Biffy Clyro last night. 

I met with some friends beforehand and we had a lovely lunch before we got in line 2 hours before the doors opened to make sure we’d get to our favourite space at the barrier (on James’s side). And we managed that. Yay! The supporting band was kind of boring, to me anyway. Their music sounded ok, but it was all the same, song after song. 

Biffy on the other played a lot of different songs, which was pretty cool. They were even louder than I remembered them from my first Biffy show in Münster a few months ago. I was so glad I invested in good earplugs earlier this year and I have no idea how the young women on my left got through this show without any protection for their ears. I had a lot of fun last night and it was great to just let myself “lose in the music, the moment…. (You own it, you better never let it go)” (Always loved that line from Eminem).

As it was the start of the Carnival season in Cologne, where Carnival is a huge part of the city’s culture, quite a few people showed up dressed in costumes, which was fun to see. In the middle of the 2nd song, Simon tentatively sang “Da simma dabei…” and the crowd went quite wild, because that’s the first line to the chorus of “Viva Colonia”, a well known carnival / party song in Cologne and of course the crowd started singing this song, which was quite hilarious. Unfortunately – for me at least – they didn’t play “Flammable” nor “God & Satan” or “Who’s Got a Match”, which are some of my favourites. But as I stated above, the variety of songs was quite good regardless. Check it out on setlist.fm.

I had fun and I even managed to get hold of one of the many picks James threw into the crowd after the show, as it had been their final show of the German (or even mainland) tour in 2016, so they could get rid of picks and drumsticks and such. Later on my friend was sure James threw it directly to me (on purpose?) which is a nice thought. But it’s quite difficult to catch a tiny pick in the gloomy light of a rock show venue. The pick hit my chest and I tried to hold onto it, but it bumped off over the barrier, where once the lights went on, one of the security guys was nice enough to pick it up and hand it back to me. Yay!

One last thing: By now I’m afraid chatty Frank Turner has spoiled me quite a bit for any other live act ;-). Seriously! Because as much as I enjoyed the music and the singing and dancing, I think Simon and James (and even Ben) could have talked or interacted with the audience a bit more than the usual “Thank you” and “Wonderful” and such. I guess I’m just so used to Frank giving some introduction to some songs or interacting with the Sleeping Souls on stage, but also doing the singalong contests and such, that I miss these kind of things at other live shows. I really have it bad for this Wessex Boy. Three more weeks till I see him and the Souls on stage again. Yay!

Anyway, Biffy last night were fun and here are a few of my photos…

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