I DIDN’T ATTEND ARF, AND SURVIVED

It’s been some days since I don’t post anything. Truth is that since I quit smoking, exactly 5 months ago, I’m catching colds too often and don’t feel with my mind clear enough as to concentrate on writing. On the other hand I feel like updating Popcorn and Movies and been also trying to write a couple of reviews, but again, colds let me low spirited.

Summer colds are the worst, never sure whether it’s just warm or fever, I’m sleepy and feel miserable. Disgusting, I hate being like this!

Anyway, due to all the Black Sabbath incident as the main reason, I cancelled my attendance to Azkena Rock Festival. You know there was this reunion tour scheduled, Iommi was dignosed lymphoma, and finally the reunion took place in selected venues without Bill Ward’s participation due to some scandal which had to do with contracts within the band. Shame on Sharon. ARF finally confirmed it’d be an Ozzy and Friends show, and because tickets could be returned, I decided not to make it. Moreover, I had seen two the bands which interested me most recently, at a proper venue abroad, you know, My Morning Jacket in Stockholm and Rich Robinson in Amsterdam.

Still, not attending the festival was hard, because music is the main reason, but also friendship and party time, and last year edition was the best for me ever. Thus, let’s say, cold aside, I wasn’t in very good mood for this reason.

The idea of the Anti Azkena weekend came out a couple of weeks ago when I knew some friends didn’t make it either, for the same reasons and for spending the budget in other festivals or vents, just like me.

A supper was arranged at my place for Friday with a couple of friends, and a dj’n night was scheduled for Saturday  at the last minute.

I improvised the poster with Beastie Boys thinking of (You Gotta) Fight for your Right (to Party), and called it Anti Azkena, not for disapproval of the festival, but as a kind of tribute to it and to those poor souls who didn’t make it, and were sad for our ultimate decision.

I knew Rocksound wasn’t to be packed considering ARF on one hand and Sónar electronic music festival held in Barcelona on the other, plus final exams at colleges… but having the possibility of playing stuff I like for about 3 hours is something I really enjoy. This is like a band with very few audience, you still have to make the best of it and try to please those who are listening. Seems that the few that were having some drinks, didn’t  get disappointed, and congratulated me for certain songs, which made me very happy.

Once again, here is the playlist in including most of the songs in Spotify, and the actual list of hits, enjoy them!

LOVE INTERRUPTION JACK WHITE
HEARTBROKEN,

IN DISREPAIR

DAN AUERBACH
CH-CHECK IT OUT BESTIE BOYS
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON N.W.A
TOO HOT FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS
POSITIVE BLEEDING URGE OVERKILL
SISTER SURROUND TSOOL
BARRACUDA HEART
GO FASTER THE BLACK CROWES
THIS TORNADO LOVES YOU NEKO CASE
THIS IS IT RYAN ADAMS
LAWLESS AND LULU BUCKCHERRY
IT’S ON THE ROCKS THE DONNAS
I STOLE YOUR LOVE KISS
DEAD JAIL OR

ROCK N’ ROLL

MICHAEL MONROE
GET THE FUCK OUT SKID ROW
CHERRY BOMB THE RUNAWAYS
DRAMA L7
DOWNTOWN THE HANGMEN
SEATTLEHEAD LOADED
ENFILADE AT THE DRIVE-IN
PURE 3 COLOURS RED
WORMS OF SENSES REFUSED
MIDLIFE CRISIS FAITH NO MORE
LET’S GET WASTED WARRIOR SOUL
AIN’T FIT TO LIVE HERE GRAVEYARD
MANAGER’S SPECIAL HERMANO
STAR WAR JR SUPERSHIT 666
MADE ME MADMAN BACKYARD BABIES
EASY LIVING GLUECIFER
THE FILTHY AND THE FEW ORANGE GOBLIN
HURRICANE KYUSS
GO WITH THE FLOW QOTSA
JESUS CHRIST POSE SOUNDGARDEN
JOHN THE BAPTIST THE AFGHAN WHIGS
DICKEYE JERRY CANTRELL
ALL I KNOW SCREAMING TREES
OLD WHITE LINCOLN THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
SOUL IN THE CITY DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
SICK OF DRUGS THE WILDHEARTS
ROCK THE CASBAH THE CLASH
THE GARDEN GUNS N’ ROSES
AN AMERICAN TRILOGY ELVIS PRESLEY

I’m glad all my friends who’ve just come back from the festival, had enjoyed a great time in Vitoria. I only hope I can make it next year, don’t wanna be mournful and miss people so much again, nor been texted with videos and pix of the shows I should have seen myself. As Terminator Schwarzenegger said,

I’LL BE BACK

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