SKUNK ANANSIE is nothing less than an elemental force. Everyone who has seen Skin and her bandmates live knows that this is no overstatement. Their live shows are full of energy and you never know what will happen next. And this is what it still makes it exciting. The sold-out show in Cologne was a great event to prove this once again.
ALLUSINLOVE started the evening with a powerful show.
ALLUSINLOVE kicked the evening off with a powerful show. The young boys from Yorkshire knew how to start an evening as an opener for the iconic SKUNK ANANSIE. It was a very hot day and the venue was like a tribe house. But nevertheless, ALLUSINLOVE rocked the stage like there was no tomorrow. ALLUSINLOVE is a band that has a lot of fun on stage and even more power. ALLUSINLOVE is also a mysterious band: they had no band logo on stage, no merch available to buy, almost no information about the boys in the world wide web, only a short mention that they are ALLUSINLOVE. Sometimes less is more, but in this case, a little bit more information for the new fans would be helpful.
ALLUSINLOVE played about 30 minutes before they had to leave the stage for SKUNK ANANSIE. Great and powerful show on this hot evening.
SKUNK ANANSIE made the fans go crazy.
The audience got nervous when the clock hit 9 pm. Sure, it was extremely hot in the whole building and waiting felt even longer than it actually was and also, they wanted to see the amazing SKUNK ANANSIE finally on stage. When they hit the stage the crowd and the band went crazy. SKUNK ANANSIE started their long show with powerful songs, which let the people go wild. Not only the songs were a reason for this, but also Skin’s extraordinary and crazy outfit for the show.
After 25 years on stage, SKUNK ANANSIE haven’t aged.
It was really hard to believe that SKUNK ANANSIE is celebrating their 25th anniversary now. If you take a look into the band members faces, you can’t see that. All look very young, especially their mighty frontwoman, Skin, who still looks like she did 25 years ago. And also the stage performance doesn’t show their age. To be honest: many young bands don’t have as much power on stage as SKUNK ANANSIE! Not only the band is ageless, but also their music and their audience. People all ages attended the show and celebrated a big party this evening.
SKUNK ANANSIE’s ballads were breathtaking.
Although the band is famous for their power on stage, when it comes to the calmer songs, they show that they can do both. Skin’s voice is just breathtaking! During their faster songs, her voice goes a little bit to the background, but she is more than a limelight hog. She is a super talented singer with an unbelievable voice. The concertgoers enjoyed this very much and you could see very impressed faces in the audience.
The band did an acoustic show some time ago, which is also available on CD. It’s hard to believe that they don’t do something like that more often because it’s outstanding. The light show totally fit into every song – it was beautiful to watch. Especially when they started to play ‘Hedonism’ – the song everyone on this planet knows – goosebumps! Not only for the song but also when Skin let the crowd sing. Yes, everybody knows this song. But this song, performed live has so much more power. You only can feel it, when you are a part of it.
While other bands don’t talk about politics, SKUNK ANANSIE used every moment for this.
When it comes to the moment you ask bands about the political situation in the world, many don’t want to speak about it. SKUNK ANANSIE are different. Since they do music, they use their songs and the stage to talk about what’s going on on this planet. So they also did in Cologne.
The British band stated that racism, sexism, homophobia still exist today and that’s something we shouldn’t tolerate anymore. Skin is just a real power woman. So powerful and aggressive during the songs but then she started speaking and calmly and honestly. You believe every phrase out of her mouth and you enjoy listening to her.
SKUNK ANANSIE came with new songs and over 20 old ones to Cologne.
In order to celebrate this anniversary right, the band brought many old hits. But they also played some new songs. With ‘What You Do For Love’ and ‘This Means War’ they showed their fans: there will be a SKUNK ANANSIE after this anniversary tour and it will be amazing.
After 25 years they are not tired of making music, playing gigs and spending time on the road. A band that truly loves what they do and this is something that you can feel and see during their shows.
A perfect and unforgettable evening with SKUNK ANANSIE.
Maybe it’s because they’ve been in business for 25 years, or just because they are awesome, or maybe because of both, but this SKUNK ANANSIE concert was just perfect!
There are many great concerts. But then there are the ones you must tell everyone about, even if they don’t listen to the same music as you. The SKUNK ANANSIE show in Cologne was one of these shows! It’s also one I will always remember.
Did you attend this show or one of the other anniversary gigs? Tell us in the comments!
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Setlist SKUNK ANANSIE Cologne 20.07.2019
- Charlie Big Potato
- Because Of You
- All In The Name Of Pity
- I Can Dream
- Follow Me Down
- My Ugly Boy
- Twisted (Everyday Hurts)
- Weak As I Am
- Cheap Honesty
- Love Someone Else
- I Believed In You
- God Loves Only You
- Can’t Get By
- This Means War
- Intellectualize My Blackness
- Yes It’s Fucking Political
- Tear The Place Up
- What You Do For Love
- Highway To Hell (Refrain)
- Skank Heads
- Little Baby Swastika