Blind Guardian Takes San Diego On An Epic Journey *With Special Commentary*

Blind Guardian return to our sunny shire after a decade.  (Pictured from left to right: vocalist Hansi Kürsch, keyboardist Michael Schüren, rhythm guitarist Marcus Siepen, drummer Frederik Ehmke and lead guitarist André Olbrich)
Blind Guardian return to our sunny shire after a decade.
(Pictured from left to right: vocalist Hansi Kürsch, keyboardist Michael Schüren, rhythm guitarist Marcus Siepen, drummer Frederik Ehmke and lead guitarist André Olbrich)

Grab your sacks! We are going on a journey Beyond The Red Mirror and we’re turning back time to October 2. I’m sorry to break it to you but Cher was NOT in town, I’ll give you a few minutes to mourn. Assuming you have composed yourself, let’s get down to the epic epicness Blind Guardian brought to The Observatory in North Park. The German power metal band returned to our sunny city after a decade. A decade too long! And man, they were in for a real treat. Blind Guardian didn’t guide us on this legendary journey on their own, they brought their fellow gennossen, heavy metal vets Grave Digger.

Jenny Oh: It’s like the spirit of Oktoberfest was alive and well that night, wouldn’t you say so?

Chuggo the Klown: No, I wouldn’t. I was too sober and wieners were not in my mouth, nor the smell of sauerkraut’s vinegary stench.

J: I was very impressed with Grave Digger. That was my first time exposed to them, the downside of being a “baby” or just out of the loop. These dudes didn’t need to hand out any candy to have me crawling back to them.

C: Halloween is just too far away still.

J: You know I was also quite surprised that these bad ass gentlemen unapologetically showed us their soft side. Grave Digger did what most bands don’t do and wowed us with the timeless ballad “Wedding Day.” Ok it wasn’t a ballad, but man it was catchy AF.

C: Yeah, I’m still waiting for the sequel… THE DIVORCE.

J:  Salty much? Join the club. Just saying if you’re gonna catch yourself a woman or man, whatever floats your boat, this is a great time cause it is the “Season of the Witch” after all… see what I did there?!

C: Since when is WGN paying you to advertise Salem and where’s my cut!?

J: Since never!… I tried.

C: And failed. *takes a sip from flask filled with cough medicine* My favorite was when they decided to play the current theme song of my life.

Grave Digger brings The Observatory in North Park to life!  (Pictured left to right:  bassist Jens Becker, vocalist Chris Boltendahl, keyboardist/ The Reaper Marcus Kniep, and guitarist Axel Ritt)
Grave Digger brings The Observatory in North Park to life!
(Pictured left to right: bassist Jens Becker, vocalist Chris Boltendahl, keyboardist/ The Reaper Marcus Kniep, and guitarist Axel Ritt)

J: “Satan’s Host”?

C: “The Ballad of a Hangman”

J: Aw yes, I’m glad that song set was appropriate for me to finally bust out my executioner robe with that chorus. It’s just like the one great aunt Candelaria wears…*shivers*

C: …You’re on your own on that one.

J: Well, you’re on your own with that kilt. Not that it would be “shocking” for me to wear.

C: You’re only jealous ‘cause it doesn’t capture your girly features.

J: I loved giving your hairy legs a “Highland Farewell.”

C: THEY SHALL NEVER GO AWAY!

J: Clearly, and wouldn’t mine saying good bye to my preschool level comebacks. Grave Digger’s showmanship was amazing and they know exactly how to pull you in with their music, presence and the lead singer’s, Chris Boltendahl, hair!

C: Enough about this false Monster Jam advertisement. Let’s talk about the German blind guys.

J: Our landlords?

C: I said German blind GUYS, not our blind landlord named Gérman.

J: Oh… yeah. We actually couldn’t wait to see these Germans! They have returned to us after 10 years and performed a whopping 17 song set list!

C: Yeah, 10 LONG fucking years, man.

Blind Guardian gathers us by the fire for an epic tale. (Pictured from left to right: vocalist Hansi Kürsch, keyboardist Michael Schüren, rhythm guitarist Marcus Siepen, drummer Frederik Ehmke and lead guitarist André Olbrich)
We gathered around the fire to listen to Blind Guardian’s epic tale. (Pictured from left to right: vocalist Hansi Kürsch, keyboardist Michael Schüren, rhythm guitarist Marcus Siepen, drummer Frederik Ehmke and lead guitarist André Olbrich)

J: But hey, at least we showed them what they were missing. They praised us San Diegans on Facebook, take that L.A.

C: Yeah, they started with “Ninth Wave” followed by “Welcome to Dying” and sure we waited till “Nightfall,” but at least they taught us how to “Fly”…with our “Imaginations From the Other Side.”

J: I flew alright, with that surprise pit caused by “Fly.” But at least it wasn’t enough to hurt me and send me to “Valhalla” ‘cause we all seemed to be “Born in a Mourning Hall.” Hurray to being dead on the inside.

C: Speaking of “Valhalla” that was one hell of a sing along.

J: Who knew we ALL knew the lyrics. Guess all that booze hasn’t killed our brain cells. It was a nice surprise having the two acoustic sets for “The Bard’s Song- In the Forest” and “A Past and Future Secret.” It gave us time to recover too from that pit. I’m glad we showed Blind Guardian how we party here in San Diego.

C: Like it’s 1989! Minus Reagan. “And The Story Ends” as such.

According to the vocalist with the angelic voice, Hansi Kürsch, THEY SHALL RETURN TO OUR SHIRE!

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