Millencolin: live in Swedenlive in Sweden (2002)
Burning Heart

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: MelvylMelvyl
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Goddamn, this was amazing. Millencolin, i'm sure the most of you here know about them, they're a swedish band who plays skatepunk (and more recently more rock-driven songs) and are huge in Australia. Millencolin started out 1992, made their first us-tour in 96, been in australia more than 8 time.

Goddamn, this was amazing.

Millencolin, i'm sure the most of you here know about them, they're a swedish band who plays skatepunk (and more recently more rock-driven songs) and are huge in Australia. Millencolin started out 1992, made their first us-tour in 96, been in australia more than 8 times and played the warped tour aswell as the first (and only) European warped tour, which only had a few stops.

However, except from the first few years, millencolin have been focusing more on the states and australia than their own home country, and millencolin gigs in sweden are rare.

2002, millencolin has been togheter for 10 years and what could be a better way to celebrate that than playing a show in their hometown?

The show sold out pretty quick, and people from all over europe were attending, i met 2 people from the UK and some from Belgium, they must be big fans. Everybody knew "the monkeys" had some suprises in store for us loyal fans, and they had, my god they had.

Opening up the show were burning heart beerpunkers Bombshell Rocks and as always, they put on a great show, they fit really well with MC on the bill. They played a few new songs from the new cd (which hadn't been released when they played this gig) and they got the crowd going, playing all the tracks you possibly want to hear them play. They finished the show great with combining "joker in the pack" with a new song. Next up, our favourite birthday kids.. the monkeys we all love.. Millencolin.

They opened up with No cigar, and from that they played a mix between all their albums, with some songs i never heard live before. The first half of the show were pretty tame, they got the crowd moving and surfing but it felt like something was missing, this is the first half of the setlist:

  • No cigar
  • In a Room
  • Puzzle
  • Man or mouse
  • Pain
  • Penguins & polarbears
  • Leona
  • Happiness for dogs
  • Da Strike
  • Bullion
  • Dance Craze
  • Killercrush

They played all of those songs like they sound on the cd's, but it felt like we we're all waiting for something...

...and after finishing "killercrush" nikola said "This is our producer, or mentor, our best friend...." and some dude were walking up on the stage.. wait.. that couldn't be...could it?


Mr Brett, good old Mr Brett on stage, he said "Hi" and then started playing the good old riff from "American Jesus". By now, everyone were stunned, yes, we knew there wwere going to be a special guest, but who in the wordl would have expected Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz?

"American Jesus" were really awesome, Nikolas voice really fitted the song (but hey, if the singer from simple plan can sing that song, who can't?) and it was a pure pleasure watching the homecoming swedes on stage playing with one of their childhood idols.

After finishing "American Jesus", brett stayed on stage and played "Fox" with Millencolin, and he inserted some kickass solos in it which sounded pure great.

But no no, Brett didn't leave yet, he had to play "21st Century Digital Boy" with them, and it sounded amazing.

Then Brett left with everyone, EVERYONE having a big smile on they're lips. After this they played they're "best" songs in a row, and it was just plain amazing. they Played:

  • Story of my life
  • Olympic
  • Lozin' must
  • Kemp
  • Mr Clean
These we're played with an amazing load of energy, and the drummer had to get new sticks 3 times during "lozin' must" because he was hitting the drums to damn hard.

The next surpise were pretty obvious, since the Bombshells were opening, Mårthen came out and sang "home from home" from the cd with the same name with Nikola, i would say it was the highlight, it was the best performed song i've ever seen, Mårthen was just plain crazy.

Then they played their last song, their Op Ivy cover "knowledge" (found on "the melancholy collection"), and for this song, all the members of Bombshell Rocks joined up on stage ending this show in just pure madness.

Thank you millencolin, I'll be there on your 20 year anniversary!


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Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

another millencolin gig in sweden 13/3 with the peepshows and all systems go! supporting...

expect another grammatic mayhem!

StratManX (February 6, 2003)

What the hell is with all you people that bitch about bands progressing in their style? If a band sounds the same for 10 years in a row it gets a little boring and it's not like Millencolin changed into some wannabe emo-punk band. They still kick ass, they just don't sound much like they have a ska influence anymore.

Anonymous (November 22, 2002)

you have to understand. this show was in sweden, the last time we had bad religion was 1998, and like half of the band wasn't withthem and was replaced with some other dudes. So seeing mr brett on stage was HUGE.

- melvyl.

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

millencolin was awesome in 1998. then they took a dastardly turn for the worse and abondoned their 'softcore' style and tried to be swedish rockstar weiners. whatever, the collection, life on a plate, and same old tunes are some fucking great albums but i doubt the guys in the band would agree because they are now rockstars and the newest album sounded like creed on speed. terrible. i only liked the song about america sucking but it was buryed on side B. whacksack!!!! oh and i never got my interview way to break your arm drumass
love, kevin

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

Millencollin and Mr.Brett live?
OOOOHHHHH I'll just shit it my pants over this one.

Melvyl (November 18, 2002)

there's really been a shitload of people who's been reading this, 3000 over a weekend, that's crazy.

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

meh, some of their stuff is decent. don't really care for their new "rockstar" approach to everything these days.


evildeadalive (November 18, 2002)

Way more than the Thrice, HWM, Co&Ca one even...

evildeadalive (November 18, 2002)

It's suprising how many more people have read this review than the NUFAN one... No offense, I love Millencolin, and this review for that matter, it's just I didn't know they were that much more popular...

Melvyl (November 18, 2002)

kemp is by far the most boring millencolin song. i mean, even "YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH" is better than that one. :).

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

The only song I liked was Kemp.

evildeadalive (November 17, 2002)

I liked the new album. This score is for it.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

I bet this show was awesome, it sounds like it was. I wish I had been there, great review man.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

whats with all you people who didnt like the new album. Sure it was a bit more rockier, and poppier, but it was still pretty decent.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)


lockdown59 (November 16, 2002)

I wish I were Sweedish.

eyeball_kid (November 16, 2002)

Classic Millencolin Lyrics

"Take my piece of advice, always be nice"

"Story of my life, fork and a knife"

Gotta love em hee hee

miqa_lad (November 16, 2002)

Millencolin are far too soppy

evilash (November 15, 2002)

Millencolin= Amazing
New Album= Shit

Melvyl (November 15, 2002)

i only saw one camera during the show and it was a handycam. sorry, no dvd.
(but i'm sure the cam:ed version will be availibe everywhere for download pretty soon).

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

i really hope they put that show on DVD or something. Sounds like a really good show. I wish i could have seen it.

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

simple plan covered Bad Religion? Oh for the love of christ...
- Lil Guy

dongrom (November 15, 2002)

That was one kickass review. Very good job man, one of the best reviews of read on the site. The show sounds fucking badass too, I can't imagine what it was like being there. And fuck that guy from Simple Plan. Maybe he could sing but he can't anymore.


Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

Sounds like an amazing show.
As for the fucktard below with his ' He is one of the few singers around who doesn't have their voice all done in the studio. '
Everything was airburshed in the studio. Listen to their demos, and listen to the released version. He sounds 8 octaves higher, and his voice is blatantly 'all done' in the studio.
Simple plan eats balls.

Melvyl (November 15, 2002)

by the way, i would kill to hear "an elf and his zippo" live.

Melvyl (November 15, 2002)

The only ska song millencolin usually play is "vixen", btw.

Melvyl (November 15, 2002)

of course i meant that Pierre still sounds castrated, not nikola.

Melvyl (November 15, 2002)

the reviewer here.
I'm not saying it's an easy song to sing, but if that Pierre dude form simple plan can get away with it... it can't be that hard... Sure, he does still sound castrated, but the point is, Nikola did a GREAT job on the song.

Jon_the_Skafather (November 15, 2002)

nice review and i'm a fan of millencolin..but....you DO realize that when you said anyone can sing american jesus, you were pretty much indirectly insulting greg graffin....but whatever....other than that nice review....i wish i could have been there.

TheBouncingSoul (November 15, 2002)

bahahahahahahahahahaha, simple plan

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

That comment about Pierre was dumb dude. You may may not like Simple Plan but he can sing really well. When he was in Reset he could to. He is one of the few singers around who doesn't have their voice all done in the studio.

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

remember when they were a ska band?

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

Sounds like a great show.

Very good review also. Straight & to the point.

evildeadalive (November 15, 2002)

Wow, that sounded like an extremely kick ass show. It's cool that they actually played some of their ska songs (not that I don't like their punk ones). The only time I've seen these guys was at Warped Tour and they didn't play any (or maybe they only played one), because as they said, "Ska isn't cool anymore."

punky (November 15, 2002)

They played here 8 times (Sydney), but I never wanted to see them, because of the rip-off ticket prices...I don't like Millencolin that much (Life on a plate was good), but this sounds like a fun show.
And everyone that just want to comment on spelling mistakes this person made can fuck off...

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