It’s been 20 years of LACUNA COIL and they celebrated their anniversary in London on January 19th, 2018 with an amazing and unique show -it was more of a cabaret show than a concert. To make this show available to everyone, they filmed and recorded it and then released it on DVD/CD/Blu-ray on November 9th. Now the “Gothfathers” are bringing their “The 119 Show” on tour so that everyone can be a part of this unique evening. We attended the show in Cologne.
LACUNA COIL live in Cologne: venue.
In the “Club Volta” in Cologne, LACUNA COIL found the perfect location for their show. The Italians brought kind of a big tent to the “Club Volta” stage, which fit perfectly. The venue was almost sold out, or at least it looked like that.
The new club fits about 450 people and has a modern and brand new technical equipment, so it gives the bands the perfect light and sound. Small clubs all have a bad reputation of very bad light, very bad sound and generally dirty, but this brand new club is the total opposite of that. You feel warm and welcome. It’s important to mention that in the review because more and more clubs are dying, not only in Cologne. Go out, support the local clubs and bands and have a nice evening!
Finnish band AMBERIAN DAWN opened the evening with a powerful show and a smiling frontwoman.
AMBERIAN DAWN is well-known to the fans of great female fronted Symphonic Metal. Probably after the LACUNA COIL tour, they will be even more famous! But although this band was unknown for most of the concertgoers, they got amazing feedback from the audience. As a fan of Symphonic Metal myself, it’s hard no to love this band and that’s how the feeling and mood were during the AMBERIAN DAWN-show. The band got so much love from the audience, it was hard to believe it was only the opening act.
Singer Capri told me after the show, that the band was asked by LACUNA COIL to support them on this special tour and that she felt like a fangirl, in a positive way, because she has been a huge LACUNA COIL fan for years and a dream had come true. And exactly this is what you could see on stage: a band, proud and happy and giving everything to make the audience happy, too. Pretty amazing show, but actually too short! A pretty pleasant band with amazing music and live show!
LACUNA COIL played a perfect mix of their 20-year repertoire.
After a short break, LACUNA COIL started their show. All band members were dressed in black except Cristina! Her long, shiny, red dress brought some positivity in this black circle – pretty nice and fit her so well!
The concert took place in a big tent, which filled the whole stage! An unusual look for a stage but the perfect decoration for that kind of show and something totally different from what you generally see at concerts. The show started like the recorded show in London with ‘A Current Obsession’, ‘119’ and ‘My Wings’. In general, the tour had the setlist of the recorded show but cut to around 90 minutes. The anniversary show in London had about 27 Songs and lasted over 2 hours. To do such a long show on a daily basis is just not possible. For such a special tour they could break the rule of 17-18 Songs to 20 or 21, in my opinion.
After playing shows for over 20 years and releasing 8 studio albums, it can’t be easy to create the ultimate setlist that everyone will love. However, LACUNA COIL found a perfect mix of their 20-year repertoire and presented it in a very energetic show. The reaction of the audience was great and you could see everyone liked the setlist. It was an amazing atmosphere with a lot of energy from both sides.
As I told you, the venue is brand new and just opened in August, the equipment is brand new and on the newest level. The light was perfect for the show and the sound was well mixed – clear voices even right in front of the stage!
The best LACUNA COIL-show fans have ever seen.
Fans from all over the world came to attend this tour. This speaks for the band as well as for the love and passion the fans have for LACUNA COIL. It also showed that the decision to bring the “119 Show” on tour was the right one. Everything was just perfect! They couldn’t find a better opener than AMBERIAN DAWN! Amazing evening. No more words needed!
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Are you going to see LACUNA COIL live in this year or have you been at one of the past shows? Did you like this special show? Tell us in the comments!
LACUNA COIL – “The 119 Show” Setlist:
- A Current Obsession
- My Wings
- Blood, Tears, Dust
- Veins of Glass
- One Cold Day
- Tight Rope
- When a Dead Man Walks
- Soul Into Hades
- Heaven’s a Lie
- The House of Shame
- Our Truth Intro
- Our Truth
- Enjoy the Silence
- Nothing Stands in Our Way