H2O, Strength Approach - H2O Go!
It was the 26th of June when H2O arrived in Europe and immediately drove to the lovely city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch were they would play their first show of their European tour. Due to the European Soccer Championship the first band would start very early and H2O would climb onstage around nine o’ clock. Luckily for me, Gilles was on time to write something about the first and only support act of this evening.
Because of the (late) cancellation of Radio Dead Ones, Strength Approach was the first (and only) support before H2O would enter the stage. When Strength Approach started their set the venue was awfully empty. Fortunately this changed during their set, so at the end of their performance the venue was nicely packed. All the visitors had one thing in common though, they all weren't that impressed by the show of Strength Approach. Their hardcore was very predictable and although the singer tried hard, he couldn't get through to the audience. Nice opening act, but no more. (Gilles)
Well after Strength Approach it was finally time for the band I had waited for quite a while. H2O climbed onstage around nine o’clock and although the venue was only a bit crowded there’s was an immediate click with the audience. This of course resulted in a nice party in front of the stage. The enthusiastic live performance of H2O did eventually not only affect the first rows because after a couple of songs it was the whole venue that was having a great time. With songs like ‘One Life One Chance’, ‘Faster Than The World’ and ‘Empty Pockets’ H2O shows that they still are a great band, that leaves many upcoming bands behind. Sadly enough it was nearly an hour later that H2O left the stage to comeback for an encore. With ‘Still Here’, ‘Family Tree’, ‘Guilty By Association’ and ‘5yr Plan’ they ended their set and left the stage with a big grin upon their face that tells us enough. Although H2O had a major jetlag they did have a great start of their European tour. (Niamen)