Finally, after more than a year, gigs are back although not in a variant we would all love. But, at least they are not online. My opinion: Online gig is not a gig. There must be interaction, crowd, cheering, singing along, joy and energy. Online you can not get that watching a video.
Vintage Industrial Bar Zagreb hosted this Saturday on its outdoor parking a gig of Croatian melodic hardcore punk legends Debeli Precjednik. Everyone who reads this zine will know that I love this band since I first went to their gig back in 1995 and we also became friends through the decades. So, I was so happy when I found out that my first real gig after that covid shit will be precisely Debeli Precjednik. Gig started at 18 30 hrs sharp and Sun was still up and hot when Koca and company started their set with Marionette. All of their hits were present in slightly changed setlist since the last time I saw them live back in February 2020 also in Zagreb. Some old hits like Ready to Fight, Another Day Conquered, Still Breathing, Nights Underneath Your Window, Waste Of My Time, Guilty Conscience, but also some hits from the forthcoming new album which Koca announced that they finally recorded, only vocals need to be put to the album and then it will be ready. From the new songs, Nema me, Misery Loves Company and emotional tribute to the late but never forgotten Ivan Antolic – Ivek, whom we lost two years ago, song called Pičke ne vrište hit me somehow hardest. Crowd had great time, singing along, dancing as far as epidemic measures allowed, but we all needed that love and energy in the air. Of course, DP finished their set with songs in our Croatian native language, Subotom Kićo, Zaboravi, Puška ne ubija ljude, Moja su koljena….and of course Farmersko srce for the end of a little above one hour set. I saw this band playing really a lot of times, but this was one of their best gigs ever in last twenty or so years. Dostava Zvuka did a fine job with this gig, hope they will keep them coming.