Re: The Stones are being unfair to some countries in Europe!
Date: June 17, 2005 14:02
Manace of Myfair
"Who else has played Greece recently?"
As Whale says, truly big bands do not often visit Greece. Stones 1998 (80,000 people), U2 1997 (50,000), Pink Floyd 1989 (65,000) and perhaps REM 1999 (20,000, smaller venue) have been the top live moments, here. Gun's 'n Roses 1993 was an unsuccessful show, only 10,000 in the Olympic Stadium! But if you look to a scale (or more) lower, the things are much better. In the last 5- 10 years have played here Lou Reed, D.Bowie, Blur (very bad show!), Oasis (the worst!), Pati Smith (excellent!), Primal Scream, Peter Gabriel, Sonic Youth, Placebo, Metallica, Prodigy, Ramones, Joe Strummer and many many others. Some bands or artist play Greece again and again: Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Moby, Steve Wynnn, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and others.
In Athens every summer is conducting a Festival ("RockWave") with important or just famous artists. This summer will play Velvet Revolver, Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Garbage, Sonic Youth, Moby, Dio, some well known metal bands (Slayer, Accept, etc), In Athens will play White Stripes, too.
OK, a huge and costly live act, like the Stones, it's difficult to visit Greece if on the touring map are not Italy and other Balkan States too. But if they play Rome and Belgrade, why not Athens? It's just one more station. So i still hope. In different case ...buon giorno Roma or good mornig Belgrade !!
PS Whale, thanks for the wishes. But don't remind me the "VL" tour, please, it's painful! The roumors for the show, then, kindled so enthusiasm in Greece, but... I remember the date "August, 29". Was the day they played Netherlands...