Cologne (DE)-Luxor-22 October 2019
Canadian thrash master guitarist Jeff Waters and his band Annihilator just started their European ‘Tour For The Demented 2019’. Raymond Helebrand of RH-Design went to ‘Luxor’ in Cologne, Germany to witness the show and came back with a report and cool photos for HeadBangers LifeStyle.
An active force since 1984, recorded 16 studio albums (the 17th will be released in January 2020) and currently on tour in Europe. “A Tour For The Demented 2019” and it being quite some years ago that I have seen Annihilator live, I thought this would be a nice chance to go and see them in the Luxor Club in Cologne (D).
At 9 PM, Mr. Jeff Waters (Lead vocals, Lead guitar) and his ‘touring’ band hit the stage. Jeff lost his voice 2 days earlier in Bochum, but somehow he had managed to be fit enough to get through this show. Thumbs up, that’s the spirit of a real musician!!
,,Betrayed’’ from the 2010 album ‘Annihilator’ opened the show. We got to witness a band that fired on all cylinders. The sound was killer and they were having lots of fun on stage.
This line-up of Annihilator is more or less stable since 2016/2017 and this is definitely noticeable. Aaron Homma (guitar, backing vocals), Fabio Alessandrini (drums) and Rich Hinks (bass) perform at least as well as the master himself and to me it looks like Jeff is also very happy with this line-up, as he is in a great mood today.
On this tour no songs of the cult album ‘Never Neverland’ from 1990, as next year will mark the 30th anniversary of that release. Jeff explains that they are planning on doing something special for this occasion. Okay, they do play ,,Phantasmagoria’’ .
,,Tricks & Traps’’ (1997) and earlier mentioned ,,Phantasmagoria’’ (from ‘Never Neverland’) wrapped up the official part of the setlist.
It is only fair to conclude that Annihilator is very much alive in 2019 and has more than enough plans and energy to go strong for the upcoming years. If you are into good, well performed thrash/speed-metal and in for a cool show, go and see them!
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