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Thirty Seconds To Mars @ AFAS Live, Amsterdam

CONCERT REVIEW: Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Glorious Return To Amsterdam

Last night, Thirty Seconds to Mars made a triumphant return to The Netherlands after a significant absence. Originally slated to perform at the Ziggo Dome earlier this year, scheduling conflicts necessitated a rescheduled show at AFAS Live, a more intimate yet equally vibrant venue on the same boulevard. Despite the change in location, the excitement and anticipation were palpable among the fans.

The evening kicked off with an extraordinary performance by Jagwar Twin, the opening act for the night. Jagwar Twin, led by the charismatic Roy English, has been gaining significant momentum since their hit ‘Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa)’ took the music scene by storm last year, amassing millions of streams. We had the privilege of interviewing Roy English before the show, so stay tuned for an in-depth feature on that soon!

Jagwar Twin’s set began in a mystical fashion with English donning a mask and carrying incense, setting the tone with the ethereal track ‘The Circle’. This dramatic entrance captivated the audience, and as the mask came off after the first two songs, the band maintained a high-energy performance that kept the crowd engaged. Their half-hour set flew by, culminating in powerful renditions of fan favourites ‘Happy Face’ and ‘Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa)’. The enthusiasm from the crowd during these tracks was a testament to the band’s growing popularity and the infectious nature of their music.

Throughout their set, English took moments between songs to share anecdotes and connect with the audience on a personal level. This connection was particularly strong with the early-arriving fans who eagerly responded to English’s charismatic presence. Although some attendees near the bar seemed more engrossed in their conversations, the overall response to Jagwar Twin was overwhelmingly positive. We were thoroughly impressed by English’s vocal prowess and the band’s dynamic performance. For those planning to attend any upcoming Thirty Seconds to Mars shows, we highly recommend arriving early to catch Jagwar Twin’s set.

Following a somewhat lengthy 50-minute interlude, the enthusiasm in AFAS Live returned as the lights dimmed. Thirty Seconds to Mars teased the audience with a countdown from 100 to 30, heightening the anticipation before dramatically crashing onto the stage. The band opened with ‘Up in the Air’, instantly igniting the enthusiasm of approximately 5,000 fans. Jared Leto, the enigmatic frontman, frequently invited fans on stage to dance and sing along, creating a uniquely interactive and immersive experience that blurred the lines between performers and audience.

In addition to their engaging crowd interactions, Thirty Seconds to Mars delivered a visually stunning performance. The show was a sensory feast, featuring a massive triangle screen with embedded lighting strips, showers of confetti, fireworks, and an array of pyrotechnics that ensured a truly spectacular entertainment experience. Almost every song was complemented by these visual effects, enhancing the emotional impact of the performance.

The setlist was carefully curated to cater to the loyalty of longtime fans. While the band showcased two songs from their latest album, “It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day,” the majority of the setlist consisted of older, beloved hits that have stood the test of time. Classics like ‘This Is War’, ‘The Kill’, and ‘Kings & Queens’ were performed with fervor and met with ecstatic reactions from the audience. These anthems, accompanied by impressive visual effects, underscored the band’s ability to create powerful, memorable live music experiences.

Thirty Seconds to Mars demonstrated their enduring appeal and ability to captivate audiences with a show that was truly memorable. From their eccentric outfits to the dazzling special effects and exceptional crowd interaction, this tour offers everything a fan could hope for. The band’s energy, creativity, and commitment to delivering an extraordinary live performance were evident throughout the night.

For those who missed the show, we have captured some visuals from both performances. Be sure to check them out and let us know if you plan to attend any of the remaining tour dates. This is a concert experience not to be missed!

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Dogstar @ Rock Am Ring 2024

ROCK AM RING 2024: Dogstar Bring The Storytelling Rock To Germany

It’s time to buckle up and dive headfirst into the world of one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of rock & metal music. Rock Am Ring 2024, where music enthusiasts from all walks of life unite under the banner of rock ‘n’ roll. Join us on this extraordinary journey as we witness the power of rock, metal and everything in between in all its glory. Rock Am Ring 2024 promises to be a monumental chapter in the festival’s storied history and you’ll find all the coverage you need right here at Strife Mag.

Halfway through the day, the band Dogstar played the Mandora stage, which is the second stage of the festival. Even though the timeslot and the stage, a lot of people came out to see the band perform. For anyone who might be wondering the same, it might have to do with who their bassist is: movie star Keanu Reeves. Dogstar are a serious band, consisting of 3 friends who, according to their bio, are storytellers through their rock music and came back 23 years after releasing their debut album with the brand new effort Somewhere Between The Power Lines and Palm Trees.

Their sound, blending alternative rock with a touch of grunge, resonated well with the festival-goers. The band’s performance felt both polished and genuine. Vocalist and guitarist Bret Domrose’s vocals were strong and emotive, and his guitar work was impressive, providing a perfect balance to Reeves‘ steady basslines and Robert Mailhouse’s dynamic drumming.

Check out some of the images of the band’s epic performance right below and let us know if you are going to see Dogstar live during the festival season. Stay tuned to all our Rock Am Ring coverage by following our socials over on XInstagram and Facebook.

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Babymetal @ Rock Am Ring 2024

ROCK AM RING 2024: BABYMETAL’s Standout Performance & ‘Surprise’ Collab

It’s time to buckle up and dive headfirst into the world of one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of rock & metal music. Rock Am Ring 2024, where music enthusiasts from all walks of life unite under the banner of rock ‘n’ roll. Join us on this extraordinary journey as we witness the power of rock, metal and everything in between in all its glory. Rock Am Ring 2024 promises to be a monumental chapter in the festival’s storied history and you’ll find all the coverage you need right here at Strife Mag.

Halfway through the evening on the second day of Rock Am Ring, the truly unique BABYMETAL took the stage on the Mandora stage. Earlier that day, the trio already made an appearance during Electric Callboy’s set, where they joined the band on stage for the live performance of their brand new collaborative single RATATATA. Little did we know that later that evening, Electric Callboy would also join BABYMETAL during their own performance to play the collaborative song once more.

BABYMETAL’s performance at Rock Am Ring 2024 was a standout show that with impressive instrumentals, choreography, vocals and pyrotechnics. Known for their unique blend of J-pop and heavy metal, the Japanese trio brought their signature “kawaii metal” style to one of Europe’s biggest rock festivals, delivering a performance that was both visually and sonically spectacular.

The set began with a burst of energy as BABYMETAL took the stage to thunderous applause. The crowd was immediately captivated by their theatrical entrance and the intense choreography that accompanied their powerful music.

The production values were top-notch, with impressive pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes, and a dynamic light show that enhanced the overall experience. BABYMETAL’s ability to seamlessly blend catchy pop melodies with heavy metal riffs made their set accessible to a diverse audience, bridging the gap between genres in a way few bands can achieve.

Overall, BABYMETAL’s performance at Rock Am Ring 2024 was a triumph, solidifying their reputation as one of the most innovative and entertaining acts in the rock and metal scene today. For those who witnessed it, the show was an unforgettable highlight of the festival, for which some visuals can be seen in the gallery right below.

Check out some of the images of the band’s epic performance right below and let us know if you are going to see BABYMETAL live during the festival season. Stay tuned to all our Rock Am Ring coverage by following our socials over on XInstagram and Facebook.

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Underoath @ Rock Am Ring 2024

ROCK AM RING 2024: Underoath Are Exceptional On Orbit Stage

It’s time to buckle up and dive headfirst into the world of one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of rock & metal music. Rock Am Ring 2024, where music enthusiasts from all walks of life unite under the banner of rock ‘n’ roll. Join us on this extraordinary journey as we witness the power of rock, metal and everything in between in all its glory. Rock Am Ring 2024 promises to be a monumental chapter in the festival’s storied history and you’ll find all the coverage you need right here at Strife Mag.

After a few years of absence on the European festival circuit, Underoath made their triumphant return on Rock Am Ring this weekend. Last time around, the band played on the Utopia stage, which is the main stage. This time, however, the band played the smallest stage on the festival in the early evening while Billy Talent played the main stage.

Billy Talent’s popularity in Germany is astonishing, but luckily there were still a whole bunch of people who opted to watch Underoath perform live instead. One of the major highlights was their performance of the very popular A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White. As soon as the opening chords rang out, the audience erupted in cheers, and the band delivered the song with a raw intensity that captured the emotional depth of the track. Spencer Chamberlain‘s vocals were particularly gripping, seamlessly transitioning between melodic lines and ferocious screams. His singing voice stood out during the entire show.

Another standout moment was the performance of Reinventing Your Exit. The crowd’s anticipation was palpable, and when the iconic intro began, it was met with an overwhelming wave of enthusiasm. The song’s infectious chorus had everyone singing along, creating a powerful connection between the band and the audience.

Underoath’s set was a well-crafted mix of their classic hits and newer material, showcasing their evolution as a band while staying true to their roots. Even if their popularity in Germany has fallen a bit behind, Underoath are exceptional live. Their earlier songs have stood the test of time and their musicianship continues to impress.

Check out some of the images of the band’s epic performance right below and let us know if you are going to see Underoath live during the festival season. Stay tuned to all our Rock Am Ring coverage by following our socials over on XInstagram and Facebook.

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Electric Callboy @ Rock Am Ring 2024

ROCK AM RING 2024: Electric Callboy Draw Massive Crowd

It’s time to buckle up and dive headfirst into the world of one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of rock & metal music. Rock Am Ring 2024, where music enthusiasts from all walks of life unite under the banner of rock ‘n’ roll. Join us on this extraordinary journey as we witness the power of rock, metal and everything in between in all its glory. Rock Am Ring 2024 promises to be a monumental chapter in the festival’s storied history and you’ll find all the coverage you need right here at Strife Mag.

If Electric Callboy were never to leave Germany again, we wouldn’t blame them, if these are the crowds that they pull in the home country. The band drew an exceptionally large crowd to the main stage around dinner time. If you have ever been to an Electric Callboy show, you know exactly what to expect, and if this were your first Callboy show, you could not have gotten a better introduction.

From start to finish, Electric Callboy came to party. Visuals, confetti, pyro, fireworks, the band brought it all alongside the usual gimmicks they have in their arsenal. Halfway through the set, the band were joined on stage by the esteemed Babymetal, who will be playing their own show later this evening. The two bands recently joined forces for the release of RATATATA and they have taken the opportunity to perform it together while playing the same festival. The attire from the music video was worn on stage by both Electric Callboy and Babymetal and the live performance was met with an immense amount of pyro. They clearly put some effort and planning into this performance.

In summary, Electric Callboy‘s set at Rock Am Ring was a standout performance that left a lasting impression. Their ability to engage and energize a festival crowd is a testament to their talent and showmanship. For those in attendance, it was a memorable experience that reaffirmed Electric Callboy‘s status as a must-see live act.

Check out some of the images of the band’s epic performance right below and let us know if you are going to see Electric Callboy live during the festival season. Stay tuned to all our Rock Am Ring coverage by following our socials over on XInstagram and Facebook.

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Queens Of The Stone Age @ Rock Am Ring 2024

ROCK AM RING 2024: The Iconic Queens Of The Stone Age Through The Lens

It’s time to buckle up and dive headfirst into the world of one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of rock & metal music. Rock Am Ring 2024, where music enthusiasts from all walks of life unite under the banner of rock ‘n’ roll. Join us on this extraordinary journey as we witness the power of rock, metal and everything in between in all its glory. Rock Am Ring 2024 promises to be a monumental chapter in the festival’s storied history and you’ll find all the coverage you need right here at Strife Mag.

On a breezy Friday night, Queens Of The Stone Age took the stage and delivered an unforgettable performance. The crowd was buzzing with excitement as the band played a mix of their classic hits and new tracks. Join us as we look back at some of the best moments from the show, captured by Eva van den Bosch. From the band’s energetic presence to the crowd’s enthusiastic response, these images tell the story of a set filled with great vibes and even greater music.

Check out some of the images of the band’s epic performance right below and let us know if you are going to see Queens Of The Stone Age live during the festival season. Stay tuned to all our Rock Am Ring coverage by following our socials over on X, Instagram and Facebook.

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