CULTURE

Concert season opens with international acts

This year’s live rock concert season is about to kick off with a «leaderless» version of virtual British band Gorillaz. The band is scheduled to appear at the Badminton Theater on March 6. Why «leaderless»? Because Gorillaz is coming into town without Damon Albarn, the man behind the exceptional music spectacle, which combinies both image and sound. At the Badminton Theater, Jamie Hewlett’s animation will be projected on three large screens, with its subject matter expressing and complementing Gorillaz’s music. In addition to playing some of their greatest hits, the band will also present material from its much-awaited third album, «Plastic Beach.» Performing without their leader, however, might seem like something of a faux pas to some of the band’s more devoted fans. Following Gorillaz, Editors are scheduled to perform at the Fuzz Club on April 14. The British indie rock band is also coming to town to present new material, while its appearance is expected to be just as successful as its last visit to Greece, as part of last year’s Ejekt Festival. Mega-band Aerosmith is expected to appear at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on June 20. Steven Tyler is expected to sing, although an announcement made a few months ago noted that he had left the legendary American rock band due to differences with other band members. Sonisphere, the traveling heavy metal festival, will make a stop in Malakasa on June 24. Metallica, a band boasting a major fan club in Greece, will act as the event’s headliner. The American band will be accompanied by fellow metal acts, such as Megadeth. Four days later, Germany’s Rammstein will also take the stage in Malakasa. The band’s powerful, industrial sound is coming to Greece for the first time and is expected to draw a large audience. On July 14, it’s time for The Cranberries, reunited following the rather lukewarm solo efforts made by the band’s lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. The Irish rock band is scheduled to appear at the Vrachon Theater. Coming up in September – as announced a year earlier – Ireland’s superstars U2 will be making their debut appearance in Athens and only their second visit to Greece (they also appeared in Thessaloniki in 1997). While announcements regarding Rockwave, Ejekt and other festivals are expected to be made in the near future, there are those nurturing a secret hope for a show by Bob Dylan. The legendary American artist will be touring near Greece this summer, appearing in Croatia, Serbia, FYROM, Slovenia and Romania. Hopefully, someone will bring him over.