Danko Jones – Live at Wacken (CD/DVD)

Wacken Roll
Wacken Roll

I love a good live album and I love “classic” rock but rarely come across magnificent examples of either these days. And a good live classic rock album is even rarer! So I was hoping that Danko Jones’ latest release Live at Wacken would deliver on both accounts. I’ve only ever heard a few songs of his and never been blown away. It’s all a bit too much like a jeans advert. But I hear a lot of people say he (they?) are great live. On the basis of this set I can imagine that’s probably the case but the excitement only partially translates to CD/DVD. It’s got a great sound and jovial atmosphere. The band is loose and frontman Danko is in charming form, clearly enjoying being the loverman rocker at Europe’s Metal Mecca. But for all their self-professed “mean power chords” there’s not much in the way of decent riffs or songs. But the energy, witty raps and cheery vibe are winning and some Misfits-style pop punk numbers like the excellent The Twisting Knife add melodic substance in amongst all the two-chord dating-manual songs. It’s likely to be the only Danko Jones I will ever want or need but it’s enough of a good time to be worth holding on to. Like their festival slot, it’s fun for the afternoon but they’ll need to do better to score any hot night-time action.

[Danko Jones – The Twisting Knife]

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19 thoughts on “Danko Jones – Live at Wacken (CD/DVD)”

      1. It certainly is my friend. But I didn’t even know about this release! I have to admit that Danko is like tissues for me — pull one out, and an identical one pops up. A lot of the time anyway. I don’t dislike anything, but at the same time, it’s like “Ah, this song again, with new words.”

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  1. I think they’re one of those bands that suffer from sounding too familiar after a while. I only have one album, but have all the Danko Jones I need (We Sweat Blood). I’ve heard some others, but it all just seems to blend in after a while.

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