The madness continues at A.K. We expected this to be a very intense month for the show and once again, it was a fantastic night.
Club filled to capacity, crowd surfing, one rock-n-roll anthem after another, plastic blow-up sex dolls flying through the air, drink glasses breaking into a thousand pieces, people arriving from all parts of the country and beyond, sweat, energy and tons of rocknroll.
Typical of any rock-n-roll event, incidents are unavoidable. Vato recently remarked that he entered the men's room halfway through the show and found a guy bleeding from an open head wound (!). Even onstage, unpleasant things can happen if one isn't careful. While Vato was singing the other day, he leaned against the monitor and cut his hand on broken glass. But the story doesn't end there: a girl in the front row saw what happened, threw herself at him and licked the blood from his hand. These things only happen in Anti-Karaoke!
The show began, as if did the week before, with a song by The Violent Femmes. But instead of Kiss Off, this time Rachel sang Add It Up, for the first time in the history of A.K.
Rachel continued with a song by The Offspring, "Come Out and Play".
The next person to take the stage was Cörnel.
There was no better way to begin the show than with this shirtless man onstage, making obcene gestures while singing Gay Bar by Electric Six.
Natillas also performed in the first minutes of the show and offered a nice version of Aretha Franklin's Respect.
Another antikaraokian that took the stage in this first part of the show was Dani Metal. He reminded us of the greatness of Kiss in the disco era with I Was Made For Loving You.
Helena offered one of her best performances in A.K. up to this day with Jet hit Are You Gonna Be My Girl.
Some of you may remember Radiojaste. The last time he performed in A.K. was a year ago. I remember that moment very well, because while this man sang a Smashing Pumpkins song, some guy hung from the false ceiling in Sidecar and it fell onto the audience, cutting open a poor guy's head directly below.
This time, Radiojaste was able to sing without incidents. The song was The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson.
Among the best performances of the evening, we have to include Barbarah and her exceptional interpretation of Sweet Dreams, Marilyn Manson version.
What power and charisma. Awesome.
For the second week in a row, Rachel sang Kiss Off, the The Violent Femmes song that has just been added to the show. It's great that now there are three songs by The Violent Femmes in A.K. I hope we can soon enjoy Gone Daddy Gone as well.
My Cat, formerly known as Marica Playa, sang one of the most popular songs of System Of A Down, Chop Suey.
Whenever Iván interprets a song by Metallica, he causes the entire club to stand at attention. HisEnter Sandman would have impressed James Hetfield himself.
Much attitude and tremendous power. The audience, as always happens in cases like this, went completely nuts.
How ironic that nowadays, when Metallica play this same song for 40.000 people, the audience response is far less enthusiastic. I'm not for one moment criticizing Metallica -- in my opinion, the band is in one of its greatest moments.
But in a mass of 40.000 people, how many true fans of Metallica can there be? Maybe 10.000? It's a mind-fuck for the great bands: they make it to the top, they sell millions of records and fill stadiums, but many times they end up trying to entertain an apathetic public: case in point, Sonisphere.
For that reason, sometimes it can be more exciting to listen to 500 people singing Enter Sandman in a small club than to see the original band in one of these massified shows.
Continuing with the standards from the 90s, El Gran Manel interpreted another hit from that decade that now remains far in the past: Loser by Beck.
La Sevillanita also opted for a 90s hit: Creep by Radiohead. Of course, she raised the bar very high for the rest of the performers. As always, she was brilliant.
Another of the great voices of the evening was that of Rocksales, who sang Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelin as only he can do it.
A great vocal exhibition also by Lord Vader, who performed Sweet Child OMine by Guns NRoses with incredible force and feeling.
The New York, New York from last Monday was one of my favorites from the past few months.
The especially festive atmosphere of A.K. in August is perfect for this number by Rachel.
Miguelacho debuted in the show with Its Not Unusual, the Vegas super-classic by Tom Jones.
Not had already sung in A.K., though it was months ago. On this occasion he interpreted Bring The Noize, by Anthrax/Public Enemy.
Solo's performances always contrast with those of the rest of the show's performers.
Among so many rocker anthems, it's always a welcome change to listen to songs like Girl, Youll Be A Woman Soon... or, in this case, Purple Rain by Prince.
Redd Kross Contingent, nevertheless, opted for one of the definitive standards of Anti-Karaoke: Welcome To The Jungle by Guns NRoses.
Halfway through the show, the famous Ice T song, Body Counts In The House played, and over the P.A. we heard: Ladies and gentlemen Axl Rose!!!. Amid police sirens and ear-splitting riffs, Rachel appeared onstage characterized as the most volatile and unpredictable frontman in Rock.
After ripping into the club for not having sent a limo, Cristal champagne and a zen aromatherapist to his hotel room, Axl/Rachel calmed down a bit and decided to sing Knocking On Heavens Door. The bad vibes continued throughout the song until s/he attacked an audience member, accusing him of uploading Chinese Democracy onto the Internet. Moments later, Rachel/Axl threw the microphone to the floor and abandoned the stage.
Blimunda recovered The Cult in their less famous and appreciated epoch, from their album Beyond Good and Evil, with the powerful song Rise.
Although Bulls On Parade by R.A.T.M. has formed part of the show's repertoire for months, strangely, few people sing it in the show.
Kenta did a grand performance of this song a while ago. On this occasion, El Artista Anteriormente Conocido Como Enrique was amazing as well with an especially furious interpretation.
Rocko sang Oasis's Dont Look Back In Anger for the second time in the history A.K. Once again, it was interesting to see what someone with the requisite soul and onstage commitment is capable of doing with this group's music.
I am not a great admirer of Oasis. However, I'm really not a fan of its singer. If Oasis threw this guy out on his ass and replaced him with Rocko, their music would be much more exciting.
Another great performer of Anti-Karaoke, Madskoti, recovered a U2 classic from the 80s, New Years Day, in what was another brilliant performance.
Donning an outfit made of pretty showgirl feathers, Rachel interpreted I Will Survive, Vegas-style.
Other songs we heard this night: Rocket Man by Elton John (Ennio),
I Want It All by Queen (Samurai Xavi),
One Way Or Another by Blondie (Lula Mae), Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi (Dani Metal),
"Whole Lotta Rosie" by AC/DC (Kenta),
and Were Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister (Mr. Eddie Harris).
The final stretch of the show, as is customary in A.K., was vertiginous.
Vato sang the quintessential AC/DC anthem, Highway To Hell.
Albert The Undertaker jumped out of his skin with a version of Iron Maiden's The Trooper that was hysterically funny and over the top.
When Rachel interpreted Blur's Song 2, it was fun to see the 500 people that filled the club jumping and losing their minds.
El Idolo de Argentina was not exactly timid onstage.
It was great to see him once again crowd surfing with the blow-up doll.
From Ass To Mouth offered one of his most adrenaline-charge performances with All I Want by The Offspring.
Fabri blessed us with another of his characteristic performances that would provoke nightmares in any child.
It was hilarious to see the stage full of out-of-control people and Fabri sans shirt or pants, with the microphone inside his mouth and the look of a psychopath in his eyes.
And Kids In America closed another unforgettable evening.
We'll see you next Monday at Anti-Karaoke!
More photos from August 10th! (Marco Quiroga Marazzato)
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