Abbath was back in Copenhagen. Along with him came 2 support bands: Bølzer and Tribulation. He'd also brought Watain with him. I didn't care about any of these bands and I still don't, so back to the Panda Show.
Abbath's drummer has had some strain problems with his arm on this tour, but he was back in action tonight. Abbath himself was in fine form, although he was rather focused and almost didn't crab walk at all. I can't help but miss crazy mad drunken Abbath, he was way more entertaining on stage. The sound was alright, something that hasn't always been the case at Abbath gigs in the past, but maybe focused serious Abbath actually does sound checks these days?
While it was an okay gig, I can't help but feel mighty sad that Abbath left Immortal or got kicked out or whatever the fuck happened. Tonight's setlist of 13 songs included no less than 4 Immortal covers and 1 "I" cover. All of these songs come from albums that are superior to the solo Abbath albums. It was pretty clear to hear this when they were played back to back with Abbath's solo output. It's an impossible dream perhaps - but man, wouldn't it be great if Abbath and Immortal reunited?
Will I go see the King of Pandas next time he visits? Damn sure I will. It may not quite be Immortal, but it's still worth banging your Panda painted head to. Highlight? The beauty of the Immortal tune "Beyond the North Waves", a song that will make any Viking Panda smile with joy.