February, Tampere, FINLAND
Babies stopped their rock caravan to Finland for few gigs. Rockunited
was there to witness the bands gig in Tampere. They had two local
support bands, Destination-X and Satellite Kids.
played pretty basic hard rock; they even covered WASP's Wild Child.
Nothing new under the sun but they were a good opener. The band
suffered from poor sounds, especially the vocals dominated at
times quite a lot.
Kids were a tad more melodic, but none of the songs that they
played really stuck to my mind. A quick poll in the audience showed
that Destination-X won the battle of the support bands hands down.
Backyard Babies were scheduled to begin at 11 pm. and they were
punctual. The band started their energetic show and the crowd,
around 600-700, were into it from the start. They played songs
from all of their albums and the band was able to make a good
connection with the crowd. Guitarist Dregen seemed to stop for
nothing, only when it was his time to sing he managed to stay
still for a longer period of time. Mostly he handled the background
vocals and his nasal voice complemented that of lead singer Nicke
Borg's well in the refrains.
The rhythm section, drummer Peder (who probably has the biggest
sideburns in rock these days) and bassist Johan were sweating
with the rest of them and the band was giving full hundred per
cent. They wanted the audience to take part and that it did, the
participation was good throughout the show.
The show was high paced and there was no time for a breather.
Nicke told us before the show that they had rehearsed also mid-tempo
songs (e.g. Colours) for the tour but they didn't end up playing
them. I think that it might have been nice to calm things down
a bit in the middle because it really was, as he stated, 1-2-3-4
rock all the way. But then again the people in the front row who
went home dripping with sweat didn't seem to mind.
Backyard Babies can deliver a good rock show. They don't offer
anything spectacularly new to the scene but most of the people
who go see the band don't really care about the flavour of the
month, they wanna see a good show. So if that's what you're looking
for, make sure to get your ticket when Backyard Babies come to
and photos by Petri Kautto