NOVEMBER 16th 2015

Review by Metal Mom
Photos by Char Tupper


Well another trip into Vancouver to the Commodore Ballroom to see a show that I wasn’t sure what to expect. 19+ General Admission with doors opening at 7pm show at 8, and right on time. For me, this was another new experience, both bands I have not witnessed live before. I could have checked them both out on youtube, but to really get an idea of their sound, it has to be live, not production/mixing to make it perfect. WOW….it was perfect.

First up tonight is the band Grave Digger, a 1980’s band out of Germany, not the monster truck, although they do have a monster sound. Great choice for the opening act with their speed, metal and power thrilling the crowd. I don’t think with this opening band, that people waited for the headliner to fill the venue. Looking around people were going nuts for them. I have to say, I was one of them, right up front and enjoying every second of it. These guys had what it took to please the crowd. They really pumped them up, getting them ready for the headliner. I personally have not been that squished up front in a very long time. Says a lot doesn’t it? You could see each member of Grave Digger putting every effort into this performance. Excellent job. Time went way too fast for my liking.

Next up is the one the only Blind Guardian, another exceptional German band that has nailed the term power metal. I had heard great things about this band, but I had to find out for myself, so up front I was, and was pretty determined to hold my spot, after all I didn’t see them when they hit Vancouver in 2007, a long time since their last visit. Excuse me, but holy mother of hell, these guys are impressive. From the minute they started to the end of their set, with 2 encores, I have not seen such a crowd response in all the years I have been going to shows to review. I thoroughly was in a trance for so many songs, like everyone around me, but most were singing, cheering, chanting, you name it, all in the name of Blind Guardian. But I did have to move, didn’t expect to be slammed into a few times (got some great bruises as memories) ;) So I took a few steps back, and found a spot where I got an overall view of the show, and it was actually an amazing viewpoint to watch from, actually better sound a little further away, but you could see the crowds reactions more, and I don’t think for a minute any hands went down, they were high in the air, at times with lighters, depending on the intenseness of the song. I can’t even tell you the names of the songs played, and to tell you the truth, you don’t need them, this is one band, that you can go, enjoy and get so much out of the show. I have to admit, I really am speechless here to give this the full glory it deserves. WOW !!! What an absolutely first rate outstanding performance. Each of the band members did a phenomenal job with their instruments, meaning they are really adept at mastering their art. Some excellent lead guitar solos too. Please, no matter what genre you listen to .. Blind Guardian needs to be one of them.

Remaining Tour Dates:

11/20 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
11/21 City National Grove Of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA
11/22 The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
11/24/2015 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
11/25/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
11/27/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/28/2015 The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL