Wayne's World all over again.

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Monday, December 5, 2005

First we planned on going to São Paulo, and then we figured we should skip it as time is running short. Lets keep to the beaches instead, as you really need a few days to see São Paulo. After all it's the world's second biggest city (or so) with a population that exceeds 18 million, so how can you see it all in a day or two? Of course we wouldn't mind sampling the world class restaurants and nightlife of this enormous melting pot, but with only a couple of days to spare, we decided to save it for a future trip instead.

That was until I got an e-mail from a very good friend. Roy Khantatat (Khan) is a childhood friend from back home in Elverum, Norway, and he happens to be the vocalist in a melodic power metal band called Kamelot. And this particular weekend they were playing in São Paulo, so after promising us backstage passes and free beer, how could we resist?

We thought that just getting into the heart of this humongous pile of concrete would be a nightmare, but instead it turned out to be extremely smooth. São Paulo has a very good, safe and modern metro, so we found our way from the bus station to the Jardins neighborhood in no time. We didn't have time to see much more of São Paulo than Jardins and it's bordering neighborhoods, but the bits and pieces we visited, definitively impressed us. So I'll go back one day for sure.

Roy promised my brother and me that there would be entrance tickets and backstage passes waiting for us at the door. But when we arrived, we had a bit of a problem explaining our intentions. At least the guys at the ticket booth didn't bother to look for our names on the guest list, instead they just gave us two of the most expensive tickets to the show. Ok, that was easy, but how do we get backstage? We asked another guy for the backstage passes, and he pointed us down in the basement. Down there we met a few more security guards, and we just told them "Kamelot, backstage???", and on we floated. Maybe it was our Gringo looks, but nobody actually paid any attention to us before we were inside Kamelot's own little den. So much for security, although I really wanted my own personal backstage pass to show off. Look at me guys!!!, just like Garth Algar and Wayne Campell in Wayne's World, when they are lucky beyond belief to get backstage passes to go see Alice Cooper. Backstage passes or not, the feeling was much the same back there drinking free beer, booze and mingling with the rock stars and roadies... hmm, wonder where all the groupies are though???

I have only seen Kamelot once before, at a small club concert in London. This time however they were the headliner for a big concert at Via Funchal in the Vila Olímpia neighborhood. Power metal is not the music I typically listen to, but when your friend is singing for 3000 crazy headbanging Brazilians, it definitively takes the genre to a whole new dimension. And then I must also admit that the band is very professional, and that Khan got a fantastic voice. One of the very best in the genre for sure. A Dutch band called Epica warmed up the audience, and they seemed to impress a whole lot. In fact I doubted that Kamelot would be able to do a better job than Epica, but I was of course terribly wrong. I think they have come a long way since the concert back in London a few years ago, and I actually got goosebumps during several of their songs. The audience went totally nuts as well and seemed well happy. Kamelot, you got a new fan, well my brother says two actually!!!
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George on

This looks great. We're going soon - we'll go here based on this thanks!

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