Monday 14th October The Rasmus played an extraordinary gig in Milan, as part of “The Rasmus plays Dead Letters tour”; this tour celebrates the 15th anniversary of Dead Letters‘ release, the album that propelled the band to fame and stardom all over the world, playing it live from start to finish for the very first time.
Here’s a list (constantly updated) of the reviews, photos and videos published by now:
- Review, photos and videos on altrospettacolo.it (scroll the page to read the translation of the review)
- Review and photos on .thefrontrow.it
- Review and photos on rockon.it
- Photos on spaziorock.it
Review by Altro Spettacolo
How beautiful, the simple things, are?
The Rasmus decided to celebrate, with this tour, their 2003 super success “Dead Letters” and the gig started exactly like the album.
No songs in reversed order compared to the album nor in singles’ release order, or alphabetic order: just the exact Dead Letters tracklist, played live from the start to the end, to give goose bumps to those who’ve known it by heart for more than fifteen years, knowing that after the great start with First Day of My Life, it’s already the turn of In The Shadows and so on. The execution of the songs is perfect, with high and well calibrated sounds, but above all with an admirable grit: the whole band seems to be carried away by the songs they’ve played live thousands and thousands of times, smiling at the right moment and becoming serious again with the songs that required it.
Once the main set is over (with the emotions of Lauri Ylönen alone on stage for Funeral Song), the second part of the show is dedicated to the songs chosen by the fans with an online poll: it’s obviously a greatest-hits, with some songs rearranged in an acoustic key (“How beautiful it is to play heavy songs with an acoustic guitar?” – with this words No Fear was introduced), whereas the electric parts are even heavier than before: F-F-F-Falling hits hard, and generally you can realize how many successful songs The Rasmus collected during their career, and how they’re actually powerful and far away from pop-rock of In The Shadows (that it’s nowadays still used on Italia 1 commercials, for example), with which people tend to identify them.
About this, it’s been a little boring to find Eddie Stoilow as opening act, with their slow and intimate indie-pop sound, whereas The Rasmus always try to get away from those sounds to be, in fact, heavier. It’s would have been more magic to have as opening act, some former member of HIM, lifetime friends with the Finnish band and with a more interesting music history behind.
Getting back to The Rasmus, what else can we say? The four musicians are in great shape, it seems like years haven’t passed by for them, the voice held up without any problem during the whole gig, and despite the 90 minutes performance, there wasn’t a single drop of sweat – Finland’s magic, probably.
Cover photo © Paolo Bianco