SONATA ARCTICA is one of Finland’s best-known Power Metal band that – having been around for over 20 years – can look back to 10 studio albums, 3 Live albums, and 2 best-of albums. Because of all the collaborations that frontman Tony Kakko has done in the past, it’s hard to avoid his voice in metal songs. SONATA ARCTICA has played almost everywhere and on every festival but this was their very first acoustic tour.
SONATA ARCTICA’s very first acoustic tour.
After over 20 years in SONATA ARCTICA -history, the band did their very first acoustic tour! With the name “Acoustic Adventures in Europe 2019”, they played over 20 shows in Europe with a special set list and songs we never have heard in this way.
Bochum was the last stop of this unique experience and you really could see both bands still weren’t bored with the setlist. By the beginning of the supporting band WITHERFALL’s show, the venue, Christuskirche, was already almost full. On that evening, you could get a few tickets at the desk but I think the show was sold out not much later. And this is no wonder because the Christuskirche was made for such shows. With the acoustics of a church, every show that takes place there gets a unique touch – this evening wasn’t the exception.
WITHERFALL tamed the beast, turning their heavy sound into something beautiful.
SONATA ARCTICA’s Tony Kakko crashed the
concert by walking into the church in pajamas. WITHERFALL
Funny thing! At the beginning of the
A big plus for WITHERFALL: you could meet the guys before and after the show at the merch. They really took a lot of time for the fans in a nice atmosphere.
When SONATA ARCTICA entered the stage to standing ovations.
When SONATA ARCTICA entered the stage, the band got standing ovations. Since the show took place in a church, there were only non-moveable benches – the fans really had to sit. Normally, a seated show has less action from the fans. But SONATA ARCTICA created a great acoustic concept to avoid a boring show!
SONATA ARCTICA-fans sang along with every song.
The setlist was a great plus on this evening. So the SONATA ARCTICA fans sang along to every single song and it sounded so amazing in the church, like a choir full of beautiful voices. So amazing!
In order to make things more relaxed and comfortable, Tony made nice and sometimes funny announcements for the next song. For example, near the end, he asked his bandmates what was their very first car and all bandmembers started telling their own little
SONATA ARCTICA played 18 songs with a mix of faster and calmer acoustic ones.
The mix of faster acoustic songs and the very calm ones was just perfect. The fans loved them all but during the calm ones, there was a special feeling in the church. The atmosphere gave me goosebumps and maybe tears because the emotions during many of the songs were just too strong. It was a pretty emotional show, that’s for sure. But on the other hand, the faster songs made everybody clap their hands and have fun, even though it was an acoustic set. The 18-song-setlist was just perfect for a show like this. Surely, everyone has a different taste and maybe someone’s favorite song wasn’t played on this evening but even then people still left the concert with a happy face.
SONATA ARCTICA found in
WITHERFALL the perfect partner for this tour.
It was altogether a very beautiful and emotional evening. I can’t say if all concerts create this feeling in the normal venues, but the church probably made it a little bit more special and unique. In
To be honest: I saw SONATA ARCTICA in 2016 and I went home a little bit disappointed. I don’t know what I expected, but, somehow, more. I’ve loved their music since I was 20 or so but the live performance wasn’t so much to my liking. Maybe also because I see so many shows throughout the year and the enthusiasm fades a bit when you attend so many concerts. So I only attended this show because I knew the concerts at the Christuskirche are the best. And this time I didn’t get disappointed. This show made me change my mind about the live quality of SONATA ARCTICA.
The church has this special sound. If you fail to hit a note the venue shows it clear and loud. Everything during the show was so great and perfect but it still felt so intimate and nice, like friends playing some songs for you in your living room. This was really special, even if you attend many shows over the year.
I really recommend the Christuskirche because it’s so beautiful for concerts with such a special sound. I really love attending concerts there because you never go home disappointed, you go home very impressed by the atmosphere of the show – there is something you can’t explain, you must feel it!
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SONATA ARCTICA Setlist Bochum
- Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
- Half a Marathon Man
- The Rest of the Sun Belongs to Me
- As If the World Wasn’t Ending
- Letter to Dana
- Alone in Heaven
- On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
- Wolf & Raven
- I Have a Right
- Black Sheep
- Among the Shooting Stars
- Paid in Full (Preceded by band first cars’ introduction)
- Flag in the Ground
- Victoria’s Secret (Half; Tony & Elias only)
- The Wolves Die Young (with ‘Vodka’ outro)