Stabbing Westward have been an important part of the industrial music scene. For the 5th annual Cold Waves Festival, their 30th anniversary show was a great kick off. This show was very much anticipated by many fans for quite some time and ticket sales proved just that with the show selling out in minutes. The night arrived with many of the fans ascending on Double Door early. Stabbing Westward had some solid help from the opening acts that kept the excitement peaking throughout the night.
Ganser and En Esch both put on great sets. Ganser captivated the crowd with their dark wave style and haunting vocals. Legendary En Esch pumped fans up with his intense vocals and unique dance styles. To see an artist, who is from KMFDM, open up for Stabbing Westward you realize this night is something extremely special. Stabbing Westward took the stage promptly at 11pm and it was nothing short of spectacular. The band was comprised of Christopher Hall, Walter Flakus, Mark Eliopulous, and Johnny Haro.
For a band who hasn’t toured or played together in over 15 years. It felt like they hadn’t missed a single beat. They performed for well over an hour and a half spanning their career with all of their hits, playing a few rarities as well as debuting the song “Plastic Jesus.” Fans were treated to Christopher Hall playing the trumpet for that song. Everyone was blown away at how flawless he was. This is also a band who had one day of practice leading up to this show after such a long break and they were in perfect sync.
Hall joked with the crowd throughout the show about how amazed he was at the response they have received. He also joked about how he could still sing. “I didn’t actually think I could still sing like this. I guess the exorcism didn’t totally work.” And the thing that impressed me the most was the fact that he remembered so many of the fans that were in attendance. Fans came from all over the country for this show.
If this show didn’t fire up their passion to continue on as a band, I don’t know what will.
- Drugstore > 2. Falls Apart > 3. So Far Away > 4. ACF > 5. Sometimes It Hurts > 6. Lies > 7. Why > 8. Slipping Away > 9. The Thing I Hate > 10. What Do I Have To Do? > 11. Nothing > 12. Save Yourself
13. Plastic Jesus (Live Debut) > 14. Waking Up Beside You > 15. Violent Mood Swings > 16. Shame