The special Carnaval edition of Anti-Karaoke on Monday February 23 promised a lot, and no one left disappointed.
During more than three hours of show, we witnessed onstage at the Apolo a procession of nuns, comic book superheroes, pugilistic stars, legends of soul, hippies right out of the Summer of Love, masked metalheads, war veterans... and even a tremendously sexy Princess Leia.
On one of the most festive nights of the year in Anti-Karaoke, we now remember some of the best moments.
One of the most successful characterizations of the night was that of Lord Vader, who arrived at the club disguised as Lobezno and offered us a Toxicity by System Of A Down charged with naked aggression.
Roser, dressed up as Aretha Franklin, offered a superb interpretación of You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman. What a voice!
The performance of La Sevillanita was also extraordinary, who brought down the house with an exceptional version of the theme from "Flashdance", What a Feeling.
Again, incredible voice. As Rachel has been known to comment, it's not necessary to be a great singer to perform in A.K., but it definitely is a gift from the musical gods to witness these kinds of performances in the show.
Rachel surprised us with one of her kitschiest numbers of the last few months.
Modeling a curious homemade outfit consisting of two PVC bath mats from the Chinese discount store, she sang "One" by Three Dog Night.
A group of women who arrived to the show dressed as nuns and called themselves El Convento sang the famous hit by The Cranberries, Zombie.
And from there, we went from the most saccharine pop to brutal metal -- thanks to the performance of Iván, who interpreted Before I Forget dressed as a member of Slipknot.
Sean Doran also chose a metal classic for the ocassion: Cowboys From Hell by Pantera.
It's almost impossible to imagine an A.K. during Carnaval without the presence of the Duchess of Alba.
Rachel incarnated one of her favorite characters to interpret
I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges.
Hokusai rendered tribute to the best phase of Bowie with Space Oddity.
El Artista Anteriormente Conocido Como Enrique transformed into La Artista Anteriormente Conocida Como Princesa Leia and offered a very sensual interpretation of Groove Is In The Heart by Dee-Lite.
And continuing with the tranny numbers, Kenta transformed into Blimunda and sang Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC, dressed in his Sunday best.
Blimunda, for her part, adopted the identity of Kenta and sang Are You Gonna Be My Girl.
The Paki Beers interpreted the most popular anthem of James Hetfield & Co., Enter Sandman, a true antikaraokian standard.
One of the funniest numbers of the evening starred El Pirata del Caribe.
In a beautiful tribute to Rocky III, El Pirata and his colleagues sang Eye of the Tiger, and in passing performed various exercises for us. Just a man and his will to survive!!!
As always, the crowd in the front rows received a flood of Jack Daniels, while Rachel interpretd New York, New York.
The Psicodelicos sang the Blondie classic, One Way Or Another.
Sgt. Pepper, dressed in military gear and prepared for battle, performed You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette.
Incredible version of Queen's Tie Your Mother Down by Rocko. Very few people can sing a song like this with such energy and style.
Dirty Princess recovered the '70s disco super-hit In The Navy by The Village People.
Txus went even farther back into time and brought us back to the Summer of Love and Flower Power, with a powerful version of Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane.
This real fine gentleman called From Ass To Mouth offered an unusual interpretation of The Police's Roxanne.
Señor Oscuro embodied the persona of Mick Jagger, singing nothing other than Honky Tonk Women by The Stones.
In his first performance in Anti-Karaoke in a long time, Frank SinAnthrax sang Lordi's Hard Rock Hallelujah.
Albert The Undertaker shook the Apolo to its foundations with a devastating performance of Iron Maiden's The Number Of The Beast.
El Idolo de Argentina also got the crowd going with his own signature interpretation of La Bamba.
Redd Kross Contingent appeared onstage dressed as nuns to sing Dont Stop Believing by Journey.
Also amazing was Vato's version of Welcome To The Jungle.
The one unpleasant incident of the entire evening happened during this performance. A couple of guys threw a girl from the stage into the crowd, and the "joke" cost her a fractured clavicle.
The performance of Solo and Vane restored some calm, with their romantic version of Elvis's Suspicious Minds.
And in the final countdown of the show, the opening of the grim instrumental Black Sabbath theme Supertzar sounded throughout the club, and Rachel appeared onstage as the current wife of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, covered in blood and holding a sharp kitchen knife in her hands.
After explaining how "hard it was for me to get out of the house tonight", she dedicated her performance of Queen's We Are The Champions to "all the moms out there". It was impressive to listen to the choruses of the four hundred people that packed the club.
Other songs we heard this evening: Sad But True by Metallica (Pin y Pon),
My Sharona by The Knack (Korex),
Born To Be My Baby by Bon Jovi (Mon and Vane), and The Show Must Go On by Queen (Prades).
The evening wound to a close with Killing In The Name by R.A.T.M., interpreted by Fabri and various out-of-control crowd members.
And as always, Kids In America as the perfect finale.
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