Another memorable night. The A.K. from last Monday, August 3rd was one of the most explosive shows since its move to the Apolo. As happens each summer, the club was packed to the gills with people from other Spanish cities and abroad, and by 11 pm. the energy was like it is at the end of the night, with hundreds of people chorusing one song after another.
Those who are familiar with the show know that it usually builds in energy as the evening wears on. The beginning tends to be low-key, but after two hours, it's pure locura. Last Monday, nevertheless, the high energy was already there from the beginning.
Rachel began the show singing a song recently added to the A.K. repertoire: Kiss Off by The Violent Femmes, the most famous band from Rachel's birthplace of Milwaukee.
It was a great decision to include this song in the repertoire of Anti-Karaoke. A curious fact is that The Violent Femmes became quite popular on an underground level in Spain. One might remember their memorable performance on the TV program La Edad de Oro. Yes, once upon a time, many years ago, it was actually possible to witness underground rock performances on television.
After singing Jumpin Jack Flash by The Stones, Rachel began the procession of personalities on the Apolo stage.
Fania from Grecia, one of the most interesting performers to appear at A.K. in these last few months, also sang a Violent Femmes song: Blister In The Sun, with her habitual grace and style.
Cacau from Mozambique had a spectacular debut in A.K.
At her first time at A.K. blew the audience away with her astonishing performance of I Will Survive. I hope we'll get to see her onstage again in the near future!
Blimunda reigned with one of the great anthems of Guns N Roses, Paradise City.
Not many people could sing such a song with so much power.
Natilla offered a nice version of My Sharona by The Knack.
Taylor & Kayla from California interpreted a song that, for some reason, hardly ever gets sung in the show: Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar.
In the first half of the show, Rachel sang You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.
The audience was so hot that responded as if it were the grand finale, though there was still much of the show to go. (!)
It's been at least a year since we've seen Uzi Stradlin in the show, and his return was as dramatic as expected, with Toxicity by System Of A Down.
Another great comeback was that of Mazafaka, with an attitude-charged version of God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols.
We've dearly missed this man at A.K.!
Alba, Sara and Marta sang Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles.
Uncerdo, who recently debuted in A.K., dared on this occasion to try one of the show's standards par excellence, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
Madskoti recovered one of the most beautiful songs by David Bowie, "Life on Mars".
A brilliant B.Y.O.B. by System Of A Down at the hands of Barbarah and Lord Vader. A true dual of titans.
Redd Kross Contingent also delighted us with a terrific duet.
The chosen song was one of the Bowie classics, Suffragette City.
The audience reaction to the always explosive New York, New York by Rachel was even more effusive than normal.
J.J. from Colorado had discovered Anti-Karaoke the week before, and was so surprised by the show that he returned this time with 18 friends.
In his first performance at A.K., J.J. interpreted Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit.
Another debutante, Miguel, sang D.O.A. by The Foo Fighters.
Amongst so much rocknroll, El Artista Anteriormente Conocido Como Enrique contributed a bit of danceable pop with the deliciously kitschy hit by A-Ha, Take On Me.
In the opposite register, Dani Metal sang Enter Sandman by Metallica, in what was one of the greatest moments of the evening.
Rachel rescued from oblivion one of the most combative songs by Public Enemy, Fight The Power, and invited all the women that felt like dancing onstage to do so.
It's always a pleasure to see Ennio from Rome in the show.
In very little time, he has become one of the most popular performers in A.K.. Among his fans we can count the members of the band Voivod. Not bad at all! This time, Ennio delighted us with a classy performance of Mack The Knife.
Another one to triumph this Monday was Rocko, with an absolutely majestic version of Dream On by Aerosmith.
And continuing with great interpretations, Prades offered one of his best performances in A.K. with Somebody To Love by Queen.
For the first time in many months, Frank Sinanthrax was present in Anti-Karaoke.
The song chosen for his comeback was I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss.
Samurai Xavi and Mr. Eddie Harris spat their hellish fury with a thunderous Master Of Puppets by Metallica.
Wilfredo & Wilfreda sang the AC/DC classic TNT, with the audience joining in on the choruses.
Vato also interpreted one of the great hits of Angus and Bon Scott, Whole Lotta Rosie.
Lula Mae opted for a more recent hard rock hit, Lit Up by Buckcherry.
Another hit from the 90s that was heard this night was Sabotage by The Beastie Boys, which Rachel has added recently to the show's repertoire. Tonight it Kenta and Martu performed it.
Rocksales elected the most punk song by Guns, Its So Easy, a true sewer anthem and probably my favorite song from Appetite along with Welcome To The Jungle.
This evening we also heard Sweet Child OMine, which on this occasion Deirdre and Duro de Oído sang.
Albert The Undertaker left his mark with another one of his energetic performances.
If anyone expected of him something like Tainted Love or Take On Me, it didn't happen. The Undertaker bludgeoned us with his own trademark interpretation of Run To The Hills.
One of the last numbers of the evening was an incredible Highway To Hell, performed by Rachel atop the shoulders of Lord Vader, amidst the crowd.
Don't miss the video. Here you can best appreciate the spirit of Anti-Karaoke: Rachel singing one of the definitive rock classics among 500 people, and everyone singing that immortal refrain.
With Fabri, once again, the insanity was once again unleased. The crowd invaded the stage and together shouted Fuck you, I wont do what you tell me!, the celebrated lyric from Killing In The Name.
"Kids In America closed the most massive and hysterical A.K. of the year.
See you next Monday at AK!
More pics from August 3rd! (Marco Quiroga Marazzato)