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Anti-Karaoke BCN: December 7, 2009

I don’t think I’m exaggerating if I say that A.K. this past Monday the 7th of December was one of the best in history.  A truly crazy night.  Performers that came up from Madrid to be in the show, newcomers that gave it their all on the stage for the first time, an enthusiastic crowd from the moment Rachel put those boots on the stage…

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The fact that it was a holiday the next day brought on such an exaggerated amount of people that there were some surprising situations at the doors of the club.  The club sold out at 22.30h and more than two hundred people waited in the street without being able to get in.  In the end, pure hysteria.  For those who came to A.K. for the first time and weren’t able to get in, to clarify: this is not at all normal at A.K.

Every Monday, about 300 people come to the show but it doesn’t tend to sell out.  This was exactly one of the main reasons that motivated a change in venue a year ago: to avoid people waiting in the street without being able to see the show because of the size of the club.  That said, if in the future a holiday on the next day coincides with A.K, it’s better to get to the club when the doors open, at 21.30h.

Rachel started the magical night off singing two Rock classics: “Gimme Danger” by Iggy & The Stooges and “Starman” by David Bowie.

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The next to take the stage was Barbarah and she showed the newcomers what A.K. really is.  This “Mouth For War” by Pantera was massive.

Recently arrived from Madrid, Manolito Metal and Rigodón provided one of the best performances of the night.

The moment that the intro for AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” came on was unforgettable, then Rigodón stepped onto the stage dressed as Angus Young, holding a plastic guitar.

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Manolito Metal, acting the role of Brian Johnson followed on the scene and he brought down the whole house.

Another of the great stars of A.K. Madrid, Marla Singer, came up to Barcelona to give us an absolutely magical “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.

Continuing with powerful women, Fania de Grecia surprised us with her choice, no less than Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper!”

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A great performance and an overwhelming response from the crowd.

Roser, the most rocking soul woman of Anti-Karoake captivated the crowd with a magnificent performance of “Mother” by Danzig.  That voice!

Jen opted for an older rock classic, Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart,” and as you would expect, it measured up.

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It’s a pleasure to see this woman at the show more often.

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Nuria Fer debuted at A.K. with a sexy version of Blondie’s “Call me.”

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In the first half of the night, Rachel sang “Song 2,” one of the great Anti-Karaoke standards.

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Rocko ruled in a big way with a “Satisfaction” that couldn’t have been more exciting and passionate.  A pure Stadium Rock Anti-Karaoke performer.

Dermot surprised us with his first performance at A.K.  His “That’s Life” was a truly a riot.

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At the end, the crowd gave him one of the biggest ovations of the night.

Even though he was injured, Ivan preached the faith once more with a thundering “Enter Sandman.”

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La Sevillanita, celebrated star of Anti-Karaoke, devastated again with a memorable “Standing In The Way of Control.”

Dani Metal debuted the song… “Electric Eye” by Judas Priest! This has always been one of my favorite Heavy Metal songs and I’m glad to see that it’s part of the show’s repertoire.

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Rachel also included the intro of “The Hellion” which has always seemed like one of the definitive Rock intros.  Without a doubt, Dani Metal did an incredible job with this immortal anthem.  Big, very big.  The Priest is back!

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Duro de Oído contributed some punk attitude with the most down and dirty “Blitzkrieg Bop” you can imagine, chanted through the whole hall.

And we went from Punk Rock to more lively pop with the entertaining version of  “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves performed by Pitufi & Soul.

Darren Heath debuted at A.K. with an old Bowie classic, “Sufragette City.”

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Adorned with spectacular showgirl feathers, Rachel gave us a priceless performance of  “I Will Survive.”

We saw an unexpected change of register for Ennio From Rome.

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One of the classiest performers of A.K. was daring in singing Rammstein’s own “Du Hast.”  Brilliant.

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A girl who had never sung at Anti-Karaoke before, Sylvia, performed Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.”

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Tyler Purden, known at A.K. Madrid as Eldelas Fotos, showed that in addition to being Dave Groh’s Spanish twin brother, he can sing “The Pretender” with massive power.

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El Artista Anteriormente Conocido Como Enrique provided a great performance of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” in what was another of the great moments in a night full of highlights.

The Jack Daniels was more needed than ever at A.K.

In fact, the atmosphere in the hall was 100% New Year’s Eve so Rachel gave the crowd their medicine and sang “New York, New York.”

Prades debuted the song “The Joker & The Thief” by Wolfmother.

Pin y Pon starred in an entertaining number: “Time Warp” with Frank’n’Furter-style choreography.

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Rocksales and Mr. Eddie Harris contributed energetic metal with the old Judas Priest anthem “Hell Bent For Leather.”

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In a hard rock blast, Subutai brought back the most high-spirited song by Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Continuing with Hard Rock, although a little more current, Frank SinAnthrax sang “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by the Darkness and finished by jumping into Rachel’s arms.

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Our own Rachel also performed one of the definitive hard rock anthems “Whole Lotta Rosie,” accompanied by her sexy cousin, Tweenie Queenie.

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Johnny Destiny lifted up the crowd a devastating “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

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Txus debuted the song “Another Girl, Another Planet” by The Only Ones.

Barbarah also sang a song Rachel had added to the show’s repertoire that very night, “Bodies” by Drowning Pool.

Alan debuted at A.K. with Limp Bizkit’s version of “Faith.”

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Another Limp Bizkit song we heard that night was “Break Stuff,” an attention-grabbing performance by Kenta.

Ciclista Florista confronted the difficult challenge of brining out “B.Y.O.B.” by System Of A Down, one of the most powerful songs in the A.K. repertoire.

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Pirata del Caribe supplied a tribute to Michael Jackson with “Smooth Criminal,” in Alien Ant Farm’s version. El Pirata even thrilled us with a moonwalk that the crowd went crazy for.

Miss Koi excellently performed the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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In the home stretch, Mazafaka sang the Guns N’Roses’ punk anthem “It’s So Easy.”

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Lord Vader brought back another of Guns’ great classics, “Welcome to the Jungle.”

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Rachel spat out all her rage with a brutal “Killing In The Name” with Johnny Destiny.

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And the moshing and crowd-surfing began with El Idolo de Argentina and Oscar, who sang “Self Esteem” by The Offspring.

The evening ended with the most entertaining “Kids In America” of the last few weeks.

See you next Monday at A.K.! And remember: the club opens its doors at 21.30h.

CLICK to see more photos of this night! (Pics by Marco Quiroga Marazzato)

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