While APOPTYGMA BERZERK played only selected shows and festivals in 2017 and 2018, they now cam back for a three-shows-in-three-days marathon. It wasn’t a big surprise that all shows got great feedback and it was also a sign that the fans can’t wait for more gigs – Dresden and Hannover were sold out and Cologne nearly sold out. The fans were ready for a big party together with their favorite band APOPTYGMA BERZERK.
VILE ELECTRODES started the show with their electropop.
VILE ELECTRODES started the show with an electropop set. The duo – consisting of Anais Neon and Martin Swan – has been making music for ten years and already released three albums but in Germany, they are still insider knowledge. Maybe after this short tour and sold-out shows they’ll get some new fans. And in case the music didn’t stay in the head of the audience singer Anais’ outfit surely did – a white long dress, combined with a neon green belt and hair accessories of the same color that looked like green cat ears.
Also, her voice was very recognizable. VILE ELECTRODES were allowed to play 30 minutes, which is quite long for a gig with two support bands. Martin Swan was behind the knobs and buttons and also Anais was the one who spoke to the audience in a very shy and cute way.
Maybe it was the hot weather and the hot temperatures in the venue, or the very bad air inside, but they didn’t really win the audience over with their music. Some music just doesn’t work live so well.
Up next: THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT rocked the stage.
After a short break, THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT rocked the stage with only seven songs. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get a great atmosphere in the venue.
For sure THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT is an absolute cult of the scene and very popular especially in Germany. In the mid-80s the project that Anja Vorel and Thomas Lüdke brought to life became famous in the scene with songs like ‘Provocate You’, ‘Make A Device’ and especially ‘Push!’.
The audience loved this show and started dancing and singing even when there wasn’t much activity on stage. It got hotter and hotter in the venue and the air got worse and worse, but the fans didn’t let that get them down. Great mood in the Essigfabrik during THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT’s show and when they ended their short set with the JOY DIVISION-cover of ‘Atmosphere’ you notice the sad faces in the audience. This show was just too short for the fans. But also they were still waiting for APOPTYGMA BERZERK.
APOPTYGMA BERZERK came to Cologne with a surprising setlist.
Finally, after a 30-minute break, the mighty kings of synth-pop APOPTYGMA BERZERK hit the stage. After 25 years in business and plenty of hits, APOPTYGMA BERZERK still
APOPTYGMA BERZERK created a show for everyone to dance and sing along.
The whole evening was so well-mixed and after some dancing songs, APOPTYGMA BERZERK switched to calmer or more serious ones like ‘Stich’. The concert-goers love them all and even differently-abled people started to dance at least for a few songs. APOPTYGMA BERZERK also
I got goosebumps when Jonas Groth showed that he is not only an amazing keyboardist but also a great singer. He sang the song ‘Nearest’ and it’s hard to understand why he doesn’t sing more parts or songs in this band.
After 23 Songs, APOPTYGMA BERZERK said good-bye.
Everything comes to end at one point and so did the APOPTYGMA BERZERK gig in Cologne. But before they left the stage, singer Stephan started speaking before the band played the very last song of the evening.
He explained how and why he met THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT. He went to a record store to buy a DEPECHE MODE LP but went home with the debut album from THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT. Fascinated by the sounds, he started making music himself. With this knowledge, it was not a big surprise that Thomas Lüdke was invited to come back on stage and perform ‘Backdraft’ together with APOPTYGMA BERZERK to end this lovely night.
Altogether, it was a very nice concert. It was especially nice to see that there are still bands who play more than the standard 90 minutes and also don’t have one setlist which will get some new songs added for a new tour. Fans went home happy and now we can only hope that the next tour is longer and will be announced soon.
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Setlist APOPTYGMA BERZERK COLOGNE 17-08-2019
- Weight Of The World
- In This Together
- Atom & Eve
- The Sentinel
- Love Never Dies
- Deep Red
- Non-Stop Violence
- Dead Air Einz
- Shine On (The House of Love cover)
- Asleep or Awake
- Nearest (unreleased new version)
- Before You Came Along (Fairlight Children cover)
- A Battle For The Crown
- Kathy’s Song (Come Lie Next to Me)
- Eclipse (OK Minus Remix)
- Until The End Of The World
- Starsign (with extended Intro)
- Fade to Black (Metallica cover)
- Bitch (Weil Mix by Substaat)
- Backdraft (with The Invincible Spirit) (Deviced by The Invincible Spirit)