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Hed pe - We're not going to play Bartender, that's a gay fucking song
The 25th of May, 2001, I got my bike and went to the Maaspoorthallen where a replacement festival would take place instead of Dynamo. I saw them there, and it was my second time. Somewhere in the summer of 2003, I bought ‘Blackout’, the third full-length album but there was no tour coming up. I was jealously looking at all the American tour dates and longed for the playlist to come. Last year, in February, ‘Only In America’ came out, but unfortunately this record did not make it to the European market. However, the band seemed to be completely lost, the lyrics, well I laughed about them and some visitor on Metalrage.com made a good point asking if Jahred would ever grow up. Then, a concert was scheduled on the 30th of October. I literally ran towards the ticket service agency and bought myself an 18,35 Euro ticket, but this show was cancelled. It was really quiet around the band, no website, no news, just a message on some weird MySpace website and a show on the 2nd!!! of April (so no fools). So I packed my bag and together with Shaydee, Buzzin Hornet and DemonDust I went all the way to Haarlem to see Hed. pe live on stage in Holland, for the first time in five years.
 
Bu then, there were three opening acts. My god, then we had to wait even longer. First band was NME.MINE, a new Roadrunner band but unfortunately they couldn’t convince me with there fast metal riffs. 



The young guys on stage really tried to bring a good vibe in the venue but the crowd obviously thought that four bands in a row is a bit too much and entered slowly during this first gig. The only thing they could bring a small smile on my face, was by playing some cool breakdowns but then, it wasn’t something I hadn’t heard off before.
 
Second band on the spot was Keisah and they did a really, really good job. At first, I thought the five-member band from France (singing in their own language) had a little too positive attitude about themselves but it turned out to be great. 



The music can be described as nu-metal with some electronic samples in them. This, combined with the French rap songs and the very well performed songs was a very positive surprise. One cool riff got followed after another, and another, and another. The duality between the singer and the bass player was good and I couldn’t keep myself from knocking my head instantly. The band seemed to have a good time on stage and their professional attitude towards their music made some people on the floor even start to dance. Really nice show.
 
After Keisah, another French band showed up, called Sikh. But I almost immediately concluded that this wouldn’t turn out to be my cup of tea. The very long intro bored me as hell and on stage, only the singer seemed to be realizing that he was actually in front of a crowd, playing his songs. 



Sikh
also played nu-metal songs but a little more simplistic and more straight to the point than Keisah. Also, the samples were less present. Of course this is not a negative thing but in my opinion, the band failed to come up with strong songs. However, the crowd started to dance even more than with the two previous bands so I guess it was a matter of taste. In the end, everyone should be ready for the main act.
 
And there they were, Hed. pe. Demon Dust had an interview with them and they told on the forehand that they would play songs from every album. And so they did. After a song I couldn’t recall, they played ‘Represent’. 



And I must say, although I disliked the album, the song was played incredibly, really amazing. The crowd turned out in an insane bunch of hungry dogs, all performing the big-men’s dance, while the band did as promised, play a mixture of all their records so far.
What really surprised me was the fact that they seemed to be focusing on freestyling on stage in the form of some reggae songs. 



Jahred and DJ Product got a flute/keyboard combination and surprisingly, the music was really applicable to dance to. Together with all the material they played, it was really fitting in the music and the capabilities hadn’t been decreasing since five years ago. A lot of plus points.
But then, this reggae thingy was nice, but instead they didn’t play a lot of songs I would have wanted to hear like ‘Suck it Up’ and ‘Swandive’. Because they were the last band out of four, Hed. pe only played for one hour and in my opinion that’s not how to please your fans who have been waiting for so long. That’s my only comment for this evening.
Back to the show; what surprised me mostly, in a very positive way, was the fact that the replacement of one guitar player instead of two, worked out great, it didn’t affect the sound. 



So, you can imagine my enthusiasm when ‘Everybody Dies’ and a magnificent version of ‘Killing Time’ were played. Awesome. Funny thing was the fact that somebody in the audience screamed ‘Bartendeeer!!’ and Jahred replied by: ‘We’re not gonna fucking play Bartender, that’s a gay fucking song’. 



It was a clear statement that the band wanted to go back to their roots of being a punk-rock-hiphop-metal band, which was mentioned oftenly by the singer. Of course, the band like to be in Holland and Jahred asked for something to smoke frequently but this also didn’t harm the band. Instead of that, they kept going on and on until their time was up and we had to go.
So, five years waiting for only one hour with the smallest amount of songs I could imagine, but in a very nice style in which every member seemed to feel comfortable. Hmm, I guess we can conclude that we haven’t heard the last good part of Hed. pe yet but next time, bring only one support act and play those motherfocking other songs, because that’s what we’re waiting for.