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Metal Monday

Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity @ 2018 Copenhell

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This is going to be a good week.

In one week…

2011 Corrosion of Conformity

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…I’ll be seeing Corrosion of Conformity again. They are back to being a four piece now. When I took today’s photo in 2011 they were down to three. Bands also at Copenhell this year, who I saw in Sweden seven years ago, include Ghost, Kreator, and Enslaved.

Corrosion of Conformity

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While I was getting into metal bands in the 1980s, COC was a punk band so I never got into them. Although I came to like Suicidal Tendencies, who crossed over from punk to metal, I suppose I never heard enough of COC once they made the switch to metal to come to appreciate them.

At the Getaway Rock Festival, where I took today’s photos, I was so tired when COC hit the stage that this wasn’t the best of opportunities to fall in love. Instead, I headed for my hotel halfway through their set in order to take a nap. I made it back to the festival just in time for Ghost.

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Woody Weatherman of COC

Ghost @ Getaway Rock Festival 2011

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Ghost at GRF 2011

There was a lot of buzz in the air at the Getaway Rock Festival in Gavle, Sweden about Ghost. Ghost is from Sweden, but since they are a new band, most of the Swedish people (but not me) had yet to experience them live. Beyond the fans, the other bands wanted to check them out as well. I saw most of the members of Death Angel go in (very excitedly I might add) to see Ghost. Corrosion of Conformity mentioned during their set that they were eager to see Ghost as well.

But I’m getting ahead of my story a bit… Let’s back up.

My GRF schedule, that I had printed out a week or so before the festival, indicated that Ghost was playing on the second day of the festival. On the first day, after Death Angel and Corrosion of Conformity, there was nothing of interest to me until Alice Cooper late at night. So I found my hotel and decided to take a long nap since I had so little sleep the night before. I couldn’t sleep too long (as my room was near the front door of the hotel and I could hear it open every time someone came in or went out) and after a while I decided to head back to the festival.

A huge line was forming for the indoor stage, the longest for any band of the entire festival it turns out.

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Queue for Ghost at GRF 2011

I decided I should get a new schedule in case anything had changed from my print out. Sure enough, Ghost had been bumped from July 8 to July 7 and had been given an earlier time slot. This line was for Ghost. Yikes, had I slept longer I would have missed them. I got in line to enter, but the place filled up, and it appeared that I wasn’t going to get in (along with many others).

Then I noticed someone else with a photo pass flash it to the door guard and in they went. I used my fast pass (photo pass) to do the same and in I went too. Yeah baby!

Ghost performed the exact same set as they did at the Roskilde Festival to a very appreciative crowd. Unfortunately, many people that wanted to see them could not get in. They are turning into quite the viral band with these kinds of things happening to them.

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Ghost performs in Sweden

Here is a very short video clip I took of Papa Emeritus “introducing” the Nameless Ghouls. Since they are nameless, he merely waves his hand in their direction as the audience applauds rather than say anything like you normally here like, “give it up for Joe Bouchard on bass guitar.”