Tonight is all about the celebration of great music and a great band. All of us here at Sidesixx could not of been more excited with the announcement of RATM gig at the O2, Dublin. The excited tension in the air before the band come on stage is electric and it has the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. The sea of sweaty men had us feeling sorry for any female who was brave enough to be on the ground level. Once the lights go down and the pitch of the air sirens echo through the venue – the time has come for the mighty RAGE to take the stage.
Kicking of with ‘Testify’, the entire venue erupts letting all the pent up energy out. The band’s last outing in Ireland was at Oxegen 2008 and it is clear that they have lost none of their fire, performing classic tracks such as ‘Bulls on Parade’, ‘Know Your Enemy’ and ‘People of the Sun. The tight playing of the band is also so impressive to watch live and shows that years of hard work playing together really does paid off. When watching a show like this you can be only inspired if you are in a band to someday become as tight as they are. Also very notable is the fact that they actually seem to have fun playing together.
The insane atmosphere in the O2 is second to none and continues throughout the gig. As the circle pits grow bigger, the view from the seat that I am in is incredible. It seems like the entire floor is caught in a massive whirlwind of people. It is a sight that I glad I had the opportunity to see.
Not to forget their political roots, Zack takes to the mic to express their support for the Irish activists aboard the ship that attempted to deliver aid to GAZA recently. This pleases the crowd to no end who once again erupt at the singers heartfelt comments and as the band breaks into The Clash’s ‘White Riot’ as a tribute to the late Joe Strummer – the circle pits in the crowd open up again and all hell breaks loose. As the familiar intro to ‘Killing of the Name’ kicks off – the crowds knows it is the last chance to show this band everything they have got and then some. The crowd has brought some energy to the O2 tonight with no signs of letting up from start to finish.
I was delighted when RATM were chosen as the band for the Christmas number 1 campaign as they are a perfect fit. Here is a band that worked their way up through the ranks of the music industry to become one of the biggest and most influential bands on the planet while never forgetting their roots and what they stood for. As the gig draws to a close I am left so inspired and also in fits of laughter of the carnage left behind on the floor. With bellows of steam rising from the drenched crowd, with some showing their obvious battle scars but each person more dedicated than they ever were – this was an unforgettable night. I leave the venue on a high and even more eager to get to Download Festival this weekend to see them again. Bring it on!