Jul 29th 2012
photos by sachyn mital
photos by bernadette stallmeyer
my friends and I came all the way from Orlando for this show. We had been fans for over 9 years and to finally see them, live, playing flawlessly some of out favorite shows was a true dream come true. If everyone remembers I was the girl in the red pants who cried the entire show. Best show I have ever been to in my entire life and will probably go to ever. Thanks for being the best band in the world. Thanks of making my life so much better!
Brian the band came pretty close from quitting before re-uniting again but unfortunately without Kjartan who has left the band.
In an interview with Icelandic newspaper The Reykjavík Grapevine, Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi said that band member Kjartan Sveinsson is “tired of touring.” Thus, he will not accompany his band mates when they go on their world tour to promote the upcoming album Valtari.
Rumors that the band is breaking up or that Sveinsson’s left altogether are false, Jónsi and band member Georg “Goggi” Hólm told the Grapevine. Sevinsson just “wants to spend his time doing something else” and says that time spent touring is “not necessarily the most productive.” Ólafur Björn Ólafsson of Stórsveit Nix Noltes and Benni Hemm Hemm will replace him on keyboard and oboe, and Hólm’s younger brother Kjartan Dagur Hólm (from the band For a Minor Reflection) will play guitar in his place.
easily the greatest live musical experience of my life. it is necessary to tour to show people that the sincerity and emotion that we hear in your songs are truly as powerful as they sound on the albums. please continue touring. the productivity of this exercise may not be tangible, but it is real.
My daughter Erin and I attended the concert together, she from Woodstock, NY and I from Ithaca. I am a more recent fan having encountered Sigur Ros when planning a trip to Iceland in 2010 as part of their “Inspired by Iceland” program. Having fallen in love with “Hoppipolla” I went on to purchase the movie “Heima”, so beautifully photographed with images of Iceland interspersed with the free concerts all over the country by Sigur Ros. You feel Iceland intertwined with the soul of these musicians in a heartfelt way. Being in the same space with them and their music was thrilling… how to describe a musical experience that takes you so deeply into life itself, both quiets and excites… it transports you to your highest and best self and is deeply comforting along the way. The power and energy of the music, live, is an experience to be carried in the heart. Thank you Sigur Ros and please, keep creating music.
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi said that band member Kjartan Sveinsson is “tired of touring.” Thus, he will not accompany his band mates when they go on their world tour to promote the upcoming album Valtari.
I stand corrected.
the show for me is all about inspirations!
Ekki Mukk was the most emotional opener I could have imagined. Especially the circumstances coming back after 4 years. Jonsi’s voice still sounds amazing. After that, holy crap was it loud an roaring. Simply amazing. The best concert I’ve been to. Glad I could finally cross this off my bucket list. Thank you, Takk!
Images from this show are on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/sachyn/sets/72157631114160936/with/7802846538/. Earlier I had posted an article on PopMatters http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/161651-sigur-ros-29-july-2012-philadelphia/.
This show to open the tour was about as good as it gets for outdoor summer concerts. This was a destination concert for me and the miles traveled were well worth the effort. The addition of horns and strings punctuated the songs both old and new – the slight drizzle halfway through the show added to the aura and spectacle of the performance. The intro bass line to “Olsen Olsen” still shivers my spine. Many clips of this show are viewable online, check them out.
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