Wednesday, December 26, 2007

2007 - The Best and Worst

A quick look back over the year from a "best of" and "worst of" perspective.

Best Gig 2007
1: The Scorpions - Hammersmith
A long show at London's Best Venue - Great Fun
2: Status Quo - Brighton
The best Quo show I've been to for ages
3: Paul McCartney - Roundhouse
Legend - Up close and personal and a cheap ticket!

Most Disappointing Gig 2007
1: Ian Hunter - Pigalle Club
Purely down to the venue
2: Atari's - Mean Fiddler
OK musically, visually awful
3: The Answer, Bloomsbury Ballroom
Great band, awful sound here and a poor venue

Best Venue 2007
1: Hammersmith Apollo
2: Borderline
3: Fairfield Halls

Worst Venue 2007
1: Pigalle Club
Not only the worst this year, but probably ever! You can't see unless you book dinner and can't afford to drink! (The toilets are nice!)
2: Nottingham Rock City
Much of the audience can't see the full stage
3: Bloomsbury Ballroom
Like a wedding reception with a rip-off bar

Good in 2007
1: The BBC Electric Proms
Good artists at sensible prices!
2: Tuborg
At Hyde Park and the Mean Fiddler
3: Nearly all my late-night return connections from far-away gigs worked out
Good planning and more than a little luck!

Bad In 2007
1: Drunks
A big increase recently in people completely out of it at gigs and being a nuisance (and standing near me!)
2: Rip-off ticket prices
£100+ for Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Genesis, Police etc. No thanks! £875 for The Eagles. Yeah, right!
3: Rip-off prices at bars and merchandise stalls
I don't want to pay £4 for a beer thank you. Nor will I pay £15 for a programme. I would buy a T shirt if they were a) good and b) around a tenner instead of poor quality and £16/£20 each !
4: People buying tickets for "big artists" purely to flog them on eBay for profit.
I never have liked touts and this is what it makes you.

Well, that's it for 2007. Hope you had a good one and an even better 2008!

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