On July 10, 2012, Within Temptation performed live at Forum de Beirut, Lebanon, as part of their “The Unforgiving Tour”. Anneke van Giersbergen (formerly Agua de Annique) was also present as a supporting act for Within Temptation.
The show began on time at 9:00 PM sharp (which was surprising) with Anneke singing all her latest songs, which I really liked even though I didn’t know all of them and even though I wished she sang ‘Hey Okay!’, my favorite song of Anneke. But anyway, I’m not here to talk about Anneke, no matter how much I love her and find her beautiful ;-).
Back to Within Temptation. After 45 minutes of music, and 30 minutes of dead time, a video is played on screen with “Within Temptation presents Mother Maiden” as a title. Then, as soon as the video was over, Within Temptation came on stage and played an incredibly awesome setlist of 19 songs and 1hour 55 minutes of pure music, and here it is:
This setlist is the best setlist any Within Temptation fan might wish for. I would have loved to talk about every song but if I do, it would take me five hours to finish writing this article and one hour for you to read it, so I will make it short.
There are three things I want to point out:
1) Sharon den Adel’s voice was perfect, unlike most of the YouTube videos of her live performances. I was worried of seeing her singing live, but she was awesome. Some songs even sounded better live than recorded. Plus, she is absolutely gorgeous.
2) She was really enjoying her time and was obviously surprised to see that the Lebanese crowd can be such a nice crowd. Everyone was excited, jumping and singing all the time. That’s probably what encouraged Sharon to keep entertaining the crowd: on a few songs, Within Temptation played a slightly longer version with extended instrumental parts so that Sharon had time to have fun with everyone in the crowd.
3) I was so happy to see one of my favorite bands finally live. I almost cried at some point, but did not after all. There wasn’t a single second where I was bored or where I thought about something else than the show. It was perfect. There’s no doubt about that.
The only negative thing I can say about the show is that the quality of the sound and speakers was really bad, which is really disappointing especially knowing that the show was produced by 2U2C.
Anyway, besides this small technical problem, I thought it was the best concert I’ve ever seen in Lebanon. I’m obviously biased. I love Within Temptation and I love them even more now, but I think those who attended the concert agree with me. So tell us what you thought of the show in the poll below !