The eve of April 13th gave the impression that the show would be less energetic than usual, due to the expected Semana Santa burnout. Incredibly, however, the club filled up once again and we saw many familiar faces that we hadn't seen in a while. It was definiately another grand night of rock-n-roll!
Rachel began the show by singing the definitive Cheap Trick anthem, Surrender. No better way to star an evening of Anti-Karaoke.
One of the great stars of this A.K. was Roser, who rendered tribute to the one and only Dan McCafferty, with a tremendous version of Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth.
Ms. Stephanie debuted in Anti-Karaoke interpreting one of the big classics of the show, I Love RocknRoll by Joan Jett.
Pitufi also popped her AK cherry this night with a great version of Queen's Somebody To Love.
Excellent Laia and her performance of Good Times, Bad Times, one of the first songs that made Led Zeppelin famous.
Xavi Dimoni claimed the best of Bowie for himself with one of his quintessential hits, Suffragette City.
Gabriela premiered at A.K. with the Queens Of The Stone Age hit, No One Knows.
Jorge, recently arrived from Murcia Rock City, sang Its Not Unusual by Tom Jones.
Springsteen was more present than usual in this night's show. First, Gerard sang Born To Run,
and then, a guy who answered to the name Madskoti did the same with Thunder Road.
Alcohol once again irrigated the first few rows, as happens each and every AK., when Rachel sang New York, New York.
Sarduster's song choice was surprising: nothing other than Since Youve Been Gone dby Rainbow, a song hardly ever sung in the show.
For those that don't know, this song appears in the only record that the band recorded with the singer Graham Bonnet: Down To Earth, one of the great classics in the history of hard rock. The first phase of the group's history, with Ronnie James Dio at the helm, was baroque and epic in style. The clever and unpredictable Ritchie Blackmore took the opportunity with this album to orient the group's sound more towards melodic hard rock.
Happy Mial opted for a more modern song, Buddy Holly de Weezer.
Mr. Eddie Harris exposed his heart and soul onstage with a passionate performance of Iron Maiden's "Run To The Hills".
Kenta and Rocksales transformed the Apolo into New York's Studio for a few minutes, thanks to their brilliant interpretation of the disco classic, Lets Groove.
To the rhythm of typical striptease music, Rachel appeared on the scene dressed in a sexy fur outfit and sang Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild.
It's always a pleasure to see Rock Queen at Anti-Karaoke.
On this occasion she sang Journey's Any Way You Want It, a huge A.O.R. hit that never made it to our country's pathetic radio stations.
Mr. Sambo returned to interpret I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness, and in passing, informed the public that our old friend N.B.I. is triumphing in Mexico.
Some of you know the story: the first time that N.B.I. ever got onstage was at Anti-Karaoke, and shortly afterward formed a band in Australia called The Mexican Dolls, which became the opening act for Whitesnake. Greetings to N.B.I. from the folks at AK!
In the second half of the show, Rachel sang Basket Case by Green Day.
Another great comeback was that of Andy, who reminded us of the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with Cab Calloway's Minnie The Moocher.
And continuing along the line of comebacks, Dirty Princess returned to the show to sing About A Girl by Nirvana.
Vato surprised us all with an exciting and unexpected performance of "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis.
It's a rarity to hear this song in the show and see the entire stage full of people dancing as if it were the year 1956. Muy grande.
Other songs we heard this night:
The Show Must Go On by Queen (excellent performance by Lord Vader),
TNT by AC/DC (Pirata del Caribe),
RocknRoll High School by The Ramones (Txus),
Rocket Queen by Guns NRoses (Blimunda),
I Was Wrong by Social Distortion (Barbarah),
Letter To Memphis by The Pixies (Redd Kross Contingent),
Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Isabella), Sad But True by Metallica (Pin y Pon),
Beat On The Brat by The Ramones (Lula Mae), Sweet Child OMine by Guns NRoses (Prades),
and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (Iván).
And in the final stretch, Fabri delighted us with his most sleazy, disgusting performance to date.
As you will see in the video, certain moments of his appearance were too graphic for YouTube and had to be substituted with more "family-friendly" images.
Rachel and Redd Kross Contingent smashed our sensibilities with a more violent than ever Killing In The Name by R.A.T.M.
And Kids In America served as an appropriate farewell for another evening full of great moments.
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