Monday July 6th was a continuation of the hot streak of the last few weeks, and once again we experienced another absolutely memorable Anti-Karaoke. Great return performances such as those of Danglam and Garrett, a tremendous energy in the club, interesting debuts and, as always, a large dose of musical eclecticism.
It was a pleasant surprise to see Garrett again in the show. As is characteristic of her, she offered a brilliant and personal performance.
The chosen song was Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, with an absolutely visceral interpretation.
Another titan of the evening was Danglam, with the most exciting version of Satisfaction by the Stones that we've heard in quite some time.
In addition, Danglam would be the unwitting protagonist of the most shocking incident of the evening, which we will now relate.
It happened while Rachel spat all her fury with a savage Killing In The Name.
When the song reached its clímax, Rachel jumped on the costume table, turned her back to the public, began searching her private parts, and... threw a bloody tampon at the audience.
Danglam was the lucky guy who caught it mid-flight. Without a second though, he popped it into his mouth, probably believing the blood to be fake.
It was Rachel who informed him from the stage that the tampon was real.
The reaction of Danglam was not what one might expect: he smiled, then raised his hands in the two-fingered rocker salute of approval. Definitely, these type of things only happen at Anti-Karaoke!!!
One of the most talented debutantes of the evening was Ennio, who in his first performance at A.K. offered an excellent interpretation of My Way by Sinatra.
Lord Vader introduced a new song in the repertoire: the Guns NRoses version of Attitude, the old Misfits anthem. As you may remember, Duff McKagan often sang this song during the Use Your Illusion tour, and it always was the most punk moment of every show.
Vader was the perfect man to do justice to this song. It's awesome that Attitude now is part of the repertoire of A.K.
Laia, always faithful to her beloved Led Zeppelin, recovered one of their great classics, Good Times, Bad Times with a great performance.
Dani Metal always puts on a great show. On this occasion, he interpreted Eye of the Tiger by Survivor an obtained one of the biggest ovations that night.
The cameo of El Artista Anteriormente Conocido Como Enrique was very funny, in the role of Rocky Balboa.
El Artista, for his part, sang Basket Case by Green Day, in a very energetic version.
Rachel brought us back to the days of the Cotton Club with a fun version of Minnie The Moocher.
In lieu of her usual Wonder Woman-style boots, she appeared in a pair of elegant heels. She then announced that this number would be daring indeed, since it was a rare opportunity for the audience to see her ankles (!).
Cristina, a debutante in A.K. this evening, interpreted People Are Strange by The Doors.
Another pair of debutantes. Carmen y Ana. sang Message In A Bottle by The Police.
El Barón de la Birra, a debutante as well in A.K., rendered tribute to Kiss with Rock and Roll All Night.
And continuing with debuts, Uncerdo appeared onstage for the first time at Anti-Karaoke with a quite notable version of No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age.
Mr. Eddie Harris sang for the first time in Anti-Karaoke one of the great classics of Kiss, "Love Gun".
One of the two or three best performances of the evening was that of Barbarah, who was amazing with Purple Rain by Prince.
What a beautiful and moving interpretation. Absolutely incredible.
As is habitual in each A.K., Rachel sang New York, New York and gave the audience its medicine.
Sarduster, arriving at the Apolo made up like Alice Cooper and donning a glammy outfit, rescued from obscurity nothing other than Be My Lover, one of the great classics of the Alice Cooper Group.
A genuine touch of class and good taste.
Joana Silva from Portugal, debuted in A.K. with the standard Cabaret.
Another great moment of the evening was the brilliant interpretation of Abba's Dancing Queen by Pitufi and Soul.
It's always a pleasure to listen to a good version of a song like this, so often massacred in this show.
Quite different was the choice of El Pirata del Caribe: nothing other than Walk, one of the most crushing songs from Pantera's classic album, Vulgar Display Of Power.
Iván also went with a metal classic, Enter Sandman by Metallica, whom precisely this week would do a show in Barcelona in the Sonisphere Festival.
Rocksales faced the difficult challenged of singing Flash's Theme by Queen and entered in a trance state.
Definitely, this is one of the strangest songs in the A.K. repertoire
Blimunda reminded us of the greatness of The Cult in the mid-80's, before they sold their soul to Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. I'm referring to their album Love, and specifically of their hit She Sells Sanctuary. Afterwards, the band would go on to record what for me are their two best albums, but Love is also an album I recommend.
Accompanied by her artistic cousin, Tweenie Queenie, Rachel sang Self Esteem by The Offspring.
Tweenie Queenie's flirtations with the guys in the front rows were very entertaining.
Finally, Tweenie Queenie handed out little pieces of paper containing her phone number to the audience.
Fede Sex Navarro,
a veteran star of
from the very beginning whom we haven't
had the pleasure of
seeing in the show
for over a year,
returned to offer
a version of "Hey Jude"
as pecular as you can imagine.
Fede Sex received
a tribute on YouTube
by a Canadian and his young sons a few years ago:
the father filmed his sons singing Roxanne, Fede Sex Navarro-style, on a camping trip.
Samurai Xavi interpreted The Pretender by The Foo Fighters with tons of attitude.
Kenta, for his part, sang one of the most emblematic songs from Appetite For Destruction: the dirty and streetwise Its So Easy.
And speaking of songs with attitude, Prades dared with Search & Destroy, one of the definitive anthems of Iggy & The Stooges.
As tends to happen whenever Albert The Undertaker performs in A.K., he drove the crowd wild with a hysterical and adrenaline-charged version of Run To The Hills.
Occupying a register that is the polar opposite in every way to that of The Undertaker, Solo showed his most tender side with Girl, Youll Be A Woman Soon by Neil Diamond, Urge Overkill version.
Madskoti, for his part, interpreted the 90s hit by Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet With Butterfly Wings.
In the last minutes of the show, Vato put himself in the role of Axl Rose and sang one of the most exciting songs from the AK repertoire, Welcome To The Jungle.
The above-mentioned incident with the bloody tampon immediately followed with Rachel's performance of Killing In The Name.
Fabri and dozens of audience members sowed the seeds of chaos with a wild and decadent Cowboys From Hell by Pantera.
And with Kids In America, another great rock-n-roll bacchanal came to a close.
By the way, a little advice for those who complain of not being able to sing at A.K.: everyone who came to the Apolo between nine-thirty and ten last Monday ended up singing onstage. Those who arrived at 11-ish or later and decided to sign up, logically had tougher luck. Some were able to sing and others not. Thus, whoever really wants to sing at A.K., should either sign up at the beginning, or not complain later.
See you next Monday at the Apolo and Wednesday at El Sol Club! Remember that this will be the last AK of the season in Madrid, although the show will continue every Monday without fail in Barcelona throughout the summer.