We have been told about the event just a week before it, the gig was not publicly announced due to security reasons. There were rumors circulating during the last year about a possible Kolovrat gig in France, but this concert did not take place until this time.
The day before the gig we got a phone call from D. and he explained to us what technical parts he’ll need for the sound system – like microphone, additional cables, etc. We brought the needed stuff and headed to French capital. I was much exited because Kolovrat is very popular band in my Homeland Bulgaria, and now I had the chance to attend an acoustic gig of their front men. We arrived in the late afternoon and reach the gig venue thru the subway.
Shortly afterwards the ballad performance started. After a brief thanksgiving speech to the organizers and sharing his impressions of Paris (it was his first ever visit in France) D. started his program with the infamous ballad “Kosovo front” – a song dedicated to the Zionist war against Serbia. It was wonderful performed and it really hold my breath. The next one was “Imperial banner”, followed by a song dedicated to Ian Stuart, accompanied by a speech about his lifework. Of course the hymn about the Russians troops who fought against Bolshevism on the Germans side in the II World war (Heroes of ROA) was not missed as well.
The following songs were various covers of Bound from Glory, Landser, Skrewdriver as well as some songs of the split album “Triedinstvo” dedicated to the brotherhood between Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian folks.
Next was my personal favourite song of the Kolovrat’s repertoire “Blood of the patriots” which D. dedicated to Motherland Europe and especially to France. The song was followed by a speech about chauvinism among European comrades. The selftitled “Dmitriy Donskoy” was telling us the story of the brave Russian prince which defeated the Tatar invasion in Russian lands in year of 1380. The night has reached it’s climax when from the stage came the sound of legendary “Honour and Blood” (cover of old Russian band “Sturm”). I was surprised by the fact that even some French skins sang this song. It seems that east European bands are getting more and more famous even in Western part of the continent. D. made the crowd even happier when he shared his plans to record some covers of the infamous French bands Legion 88 and Kontingent. Unfortunately Legion 88 does not exist any more, but Kontingent ( who even played with Skrewdriver in Italy back in 1991) are still playing and I had the chance to hear them live once and I’m telling you it’s a worthy band and their singer is great guy who kept his vibrant and youthful spirit. The last of this amazing acoustic set was everyone’s favourite “Tomorrow belongs to me” by ISD. All the people sang together and it was the perfect way to end the ballad evening.
The ballad evening was attend by 50-60 people, comrades from France, Russia, Ukraine, England and Bulgaria. The atmosphere was second to none, I have met some old and new friends and I have fulfilled one of my dreams – see Kolovrat live performance. At last but not the least I want to thank my Parisian comrades for their hospitality and great time we spend together. I’m looking forward to the next gig in France - ISD memorial, organized by B&H Midgard.
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