Friday, October 24, 2008

The Four Cellists of the Apocalypse

Wednesday night we went to see Apocalyptica with Todd and Becca. For the uninitiated, Apocalyptica is a Finnish heavy metal cello band. You heard right...heavy metal cellos. No guitars, just four cellos and a set of drums (with an occasional singer on a few songs). It was a great concert--they're all amazing musicians. Becca's sister knows the band, and she got us the skybox at the Big Easy (I refuse to call it by its new name). We also got to meet the band before the concert. They're pretty cool dudes, Eicca and Paavo especially. I talked with Paavo (the guy with the black mowhawk) about Finland, skiing and kids. Benny had to have the drummer, Mikko's, autograph, so we got that for him. They're all nice guys, some are just more talkative than others. Perttu is the dark, brooding one. Becca told him she saw them in California a couple of years ago. She said, "You weren't feeling well that night." To which he replied, "I never feel well."

Hopefully they'll come back to Boise again. And hopefully they'll throw some Tool into the lineup. Vicarious is begging to be played by these guys, and they certainly have the talent to do it right.

Here's a sample of their chops (sorry, they don't allow embedding of the video)

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