The Christmas Metal Symphony band is formed by: Magnum Opus Rockestra, musical director by Joost Van Den Broek (ex-After Forever), Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged): Guitarist, Abel Cañizales (Labirintho): Guitarist, Johan Van Stratum (Stream Of Passion): Bass, Jeffrey Revet (Stream Of Passion): Keyboardist, Koen Herfst (Epica):Drums.
And the Vocalists for the first shows are: Michael Kiske, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Udo Dirkscheider (ex-Accept), Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Joacim Cans (Hammerfall).
Setlist Christmas Metal symphony at Balingen, Germany 2013
01. Overture Classic In Rock – Anthem 702 – Magnus Opus Rockestra
02. More Than Meets The Eyes (Testament) – Chuck Billy
03. Souls Of Black (Testament) – Chuck Billy
04. March Of Time (Helloween) – Michael Kiske
05. Longing (Helloween/PIDW) – Michael Kiske
06. I Want Out (Helloween) – Michael Kiske
07. They Want War (UDO) – UDO
08. I’m A Rebel (Accept) – UDO
09. Metal Heart (Accept) – UDO
10. Intermission – The Odyssey (Symphony X) – Magnus Opus Rockestra
11. Practice What You Preach (Testament) – Chuck Billy
12. My Pledge Of Allegiance (After Forever) – Floor Jansen
13. Alone (Heart) – Floor Jansen
14. Nemo (Nightwish) – Floor Jansen
15. Hearts On Fire (Hammerfall) – Joacim Cans
16. Last Man Standing (Hammerfall) – Joacim Cans
17. Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath) – Joey Belladona
18. Anti-Social (Anthrax) – Joey Belladona
19. Madhouse (Anthrax) – Joey Belladona
20. Highway To Hell (AC/DC) – Joey Belladona
22. Phantom Of The Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) – Floor Jansen & Joacim Cans
23. Silent Night – Kiske & Udo & Floor & Chuck & Cans
Today was the last of the Christmas Metal Symphony concerts in Balingen. It was done in a concert hall which is part of the Bang your Head Festival area. Luckily the concert hall was better filled than in the first shows of this tour.
There was no change in the setlist and Michael Kiske entered the stage with some interesting comments. That he enjoyed the tour and there were many very good things, but sadly also some things did not work as expected. Like the first shows not crowded enough. He also mentioned again, that he would have preferred to to do this tour without flu. His flu was hearable in the songs, but it was still a good performance, despite that he sounded rougher than used to.
After ‘Phantom of the Opera’ the whole crew entered the stage and the organizers of Bang your head as well. he asked the audience if they want to have this show again next year and everyone agreed. Then ‘Silent Night’ followed and this time again with Kiske and a great tour was over.
Video ‘March Of Time‘
Video ‘I Want Out‘
‘Silent Night‘ & the band with the crew saying goodbye