MAD COOL 2022 :: FRIDAY’S REVIEW
Yesterday we got to the equator of Mad Cool 2022. Third of five days total. We got awesome performances by Muse, Incubus, Haim, The War On Drugs, Alt-J, MO, Parcels, Zeal & Ardor, Jamie Cullum, Higher Power, Goodbye June, Spielbergs….
The first act we had the chance to witness on main stage 2 was HAIM – sisters -. From San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, the soft rock band, was formed back in 2007 by Este Haim (bass guitar and vocals), Danielle Haim (lead vocals, guitar, and drums), and Alana Haim (guitars, keyboards, and vocals) -yep, I told you, they are sisters. They offered a very neat show in which there was no time for boredom. The harmony of their voices/backing voices was almost perfect. They tour with three touring musicians: drums, keys, and guy-for-everything ( keys, programming, etc.).
Next, on the main stage 1, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, THE WARS ON DRUGS casted their spell on us. Our hearts loved their heartland rock, and Americana music with songs like Old Skin, Pain, Red Eyes, Victim, Strangest Thing and Occasional Rain (with Band introduction): Adam Granduciel – vocals, guitars, harmonica, keyboards, samplers -, David Hartley – bass guitar, electric guitars, backing vocals -, Robbie Bennett – keyboards, piano, guitars -, Charlie Hall – drums, organ -, Jon Natchez – saxophone, keyboards -, Anthony LaMarca – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals -, plus touring musician Eliza Hardy Jones – keyboards, backing vocals.
INCUBUS were awaiting for us on main stage 2. From Calabasas, California, the funk metal / nu metal band started a perfect set with Nice to Know You, Circles, Wish You Were Here, Privilege and Anna Molly. The band was formed by Brandon Boyd – lead vocals, occasional guitar, & percussion – , Mike Einziger – guitar, occasional keyboards, backing vocals – , José Pasillas – drums -, and later on complete by Chris Kilmore – turntables, keyboards, theremin, synthesizers, piano – and Ben Kenney – bass, backing vocals -. The mid part of the set turned more introspective, until Megalomaniac, The Warmth, Drive, and Warning – show closers – brought the audience back to Earth and made them remember it as a perfect gig with varied pace but coming to an end at its highest point with huge hits.
Back to main stage 1, from Teignmouth, Devon, England band, and almost 30 years active, the headliners of the night need no presentation at all. Alternative, progressive, space rock band, it was formed by Matt Bellamy – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano, synthesisers -, Dominic Howard – drums, percussions -, and (grand) Chris Wolstenholme – bass guitar, backing vocals, occasional keyboards and guitar -. The act is completed by touring musicians Morgan Nicholls – guitars, keyboards and synthesisers, backing vocals, samples, bass -, Dan “The Trumpet Man” Newell, Alessandro Cortini – keyboards, synthesisers – and Dan Lancaster – keyboards, synthesisers, guitars, percussion, backing vocals -.
This was the complete setlist:
Will of the People
Hysteria (AC/DC’s “Back in Black” riff outro)
[Drill Sergeant] + Psycho
Won’t Stand Down
Stockholm Syndrome (RATM’s “Township Rebellion”, Slipknot’s “Duality” and RATM’s “Calm Like a Bomb” riffs outro)
Time Is Running Out
Supermassive Black Hole (Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” riff outro)
Plug In Baby
Behold, the Glove (Matt Bellamy song)
Uprising (Extended outro)
Starlight (Dedicated to Bing, Matt’s son)
The encore songs were:
Kill or Be Killed
Knights of Cydonia (Ennio Morricone’s ‘Man With a Harmonica’ intro)
By now, you can guess they were MUSE!!!
What could we tell about this incredible band other than they perform simply PERFECT gigs and entire tours since the beginning of their musical career (we even watch rare YouTube videos in which one can watch them as a teenager alternative rock band… and they already did rock!!! 28 years later, together with an outstanding stage set, side and backdrop screens, confetti, garlands, propane fireballs, geysers… and we do think even REAL MAGIC!!! There was absolutely no second low. Even slow songs were meticulously and precisely added to the setlist. God bless you, guys!!! We hope we can witness your thing sooo many more times!!!