However, all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, that also counts for Bliksem. The band has split up by now, but the music still wanders through the city. After a brief, and bloody awesome intro, the band blasted like an atomic bomb, effortlessly grasping the audience. Horned fists everywhere, beer cups flying through the air, crowd surfers, the audience went nuts, much to the delight of Peggy who truly looked like a metal queen. The band clearly enjoyed this gig, regardless of what's behind the split.
Bliksem raged on and on. This was simply a classic metal concert, seemingly enjoyed by young and old. To be honest, I have never seen the age of the audience vary this much. I guess the youngest audience member was 8 and the oldest 80. Just to prove that good metal is for all ages. The venue was packed to capacity too, which must have felt amazing for the guys and girl in the band. You could feel the energy, the tension and the emotion. Of course, there were tears but everybody knows that this is not the end.
This is a goodbye, not a farewell. I am sure that members will pop-up in other bands again, hopefully with the same level of professionalism and energy. I am sure that Peggy's soulful voice will blast through speakers again. And - to be brutally honest - it wouldn't surprise me if somewhere on some festival Bliksem would reunite, maybe just for one gig, one song even. Nobody would mind, on the very contrary. After seeing this breathtaking final show at Trix, I don't think anyone could not become a Bliksem fan.
Thank you for nine years of metal !!!
p.s. Dario Mars and the Guillotines had been selected to play the after party but for me it was time to honor a personal tradition and start the six kilometers walk home. I'm sure I can catch them another time.