Some Visited Concerts

This page is a kind of appendix to my personal home page. Below is a list of some important concerts/gigs which I have seen/listened.
  • 1975 September: Remu & Hurriganes at Vaala Sports Hall. This group was the first great rock band in Finland.

  • 1980-09-14 Kauko Röyhkä & Narttu. Rattori-Lupi II, Oulu, Finland. I remember that during this particular Sunday night Kauko's group sounded very good. Rattori-Lupi was a legendary club in Oulu.

  • 1982-11-02 Rainbow. Oulu Hockey Arena. It was incredible that such a famous group came to Oulu. I remember that the drummer (Bobby Rondinelli) played a drum solo utilizing double bass drumming.

  • 1983-05-14 22-Pistepirkko. This band, which later became somewhat famous internationally, played an interesting concert at the Oulu Municipal Library. I remember that I enjoyed the concert very much although I do not remember what they played. The name of the concert was 'Glass Elephant', 'Lasinen Norsu' in Finnish.

  • 1985-12-15 Dingo. Rattori-Lupi III, Oulu, Finland. Dingo was a phenomenally popular 'soft' rock band in Finland.

  • 1988-12-22 Motörhead. Hammersmith Odeon, London, England. I believe that Hammersmith Odeon is the place to listen to this band. I must confess that I do not remember much about this gig. They still used the 'Bomber' that is depicted in the cover of No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

  • 1990-08-04 The Rolling Stones. Eriksberg, Gothenburg, Sweden. This was the first time that I saw this great band. Although I remember too little about the concert, it was great traveling to the concert. During these years, Finland was a too remote place for these megastars. The boat that took us to Sweden was quite occupied with Stones fans who traveled 1000 kilometers to see their idols.

  • 1993-09-11 Tina Turner. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California. A great Tina show in an outdoor venue.

  • 1997-08-01 Michael Jackson. Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany. Michael sounded very good at this stadium that has been built for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Adolf Hitler could probably never imagine that some day so many people might come to listen to this 'black' man in his Olympic Stadium.

  • 1999-11-26 Motörhead. Oulu Hockey Arena, Finland. This was the 'new' Motörhead.

  • 2000-07-07 Ultra Bra. Kuusisaari, Oulu, Finland. The music of this band makes me feel that life is beautiful.

  • 2003-07-16 The Rolling Stones. Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland. This might be the best concert I have ever visited. The weather was fantastic. The attitude of the Stones was that, if some people have become old in this world, they do not belong to them.

  • 2004-06-20 David Bowie. Provinssirock, Seinäjoki, Finland. David Bowie is one of those great artists that I had to go and see.

  • 2008-05-02 ABBA The Show presented by a group named Waterloo. Teatria, Oulu, Finland. This sounded like the real ABBA. The sound engineers of the group had done their job in the most professional way.

  • 2008-12-29 HIM. Teatria, Oulu, Finland. HIM is a great Finnish export product.

  • 2010-07-31 Europe. QStock Festival, Oulu, Finland. Europe is a fine Swedish band. They have a huge hit song named The Final Countdown. One reason I went to see the band was that I wanted to know how the bass drum should be played in The Final Countdown. Now I know it but I could not play the song.

  • 2010-08-21 U2. Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland. With my friend Seppo we went to see this concert because, for the time being, no Rolling Stones concerts were available. U2 is a great band and Bono a great singer but, for me, this music is not ... suitable.

  • 2011-11-18 Maya Paakkari & Band. Petrelli Club, Oulu, Finland. Maya sang Rock'n'Roll of Led Zeppelin this night, and it was just great.

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