Friday, April 24, 2009

Saxon - Thursday 23rd April - Forum, Kentish Town

Suprisingly, I'd never seen Saxon before and knew little of their material. Supported by the impressive Doro Pesch, this was a good fun evening. Despite my lacking of previous listening, there were enough good songs to keep me on the lookout for a "best of" CD in the near future! Extremely long encore too with a bit of Judas Priest!

Setlist
Battalions of Steel
Heavy Metal Thunder
Demon Sweeney Todd
Ride Like the Wind
Requiem - We Will Remember
Strong Arm of the Law
The Letter
Valley of the Kings
Bands Played On
Hellcat
The Eagle Has Landed (Der Adler ist Gaylanded)
Come Rock of Ages (The Circle is complete)
Machine Gun
Never Surrender
Wheels of Steel
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Live to Rock
Motorcycle Man
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Crusader
You've Got Another Thing Coming (with Doro)
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747 Strangers In The Night
Denim and Leather
Princess of the Night

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Gary Moore - Friday 15th April - Brighton Dome

As expected, this fell into Gary's "Blues Show" catagory, rather than his "Monsters of Rock" type set. Shame though that was, it was a pleasant enough seated show - excellent musicianship and some good blues material, albeit not wildly exciting.

Remind me not to touch the Dome's "festival lager" - black in colour - fine when chilled, but undrinkable when it warms up 2/3 of the way through a pint!

Friday, April 17, 2009

AC/DC - Thursday 16th April - O2 Arena

Indentical to Tuesday - except saw all the the Answer. Oh, and the fact we were "several miles away" in the seats up near the roof. Allowed us to see just what a good spot we had 2 days earlier.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

AC/DC - Tuesday 14th April - O2 Arena

An evening of Classic Rock at the O2. A couple of pleasant beers in the garden of The Pilot was followed by catching the end of The Answer's set. They sounded OK and were debuting a few tracks from their new album, "Demon Eyes".

We had got to a pretty good spot - front left - about 10-15 yds from the front. I described to a colleague that you get the following at an AC/DC gig.
  • A 54 year old man in a schoolboy outfit who duckwalks, appears to suffer convultions and performs a striptease
  • A 61 year old man in a flat cap with a heavy Georgie accent
  • A 50ft inflatable prostitute
  • A massive steam train which catches fire
  • A number of cannons firing at the audience

Rightly, they were alarmed. What can't be explained is how all of the above works - except the answer surely lies in the music. Everyone recognises an AC/DC tune and here they were performed faultlessly. Excellent stuff!

Setlist:
Rock n Roll Train
Hell Ain't a Bad Place To be
Back In Black
Big Jack
Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Shot Down in Flames
Thunderstruck
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot to thrill
War Machine
Anything Goes
You Shook Me all night long
TNT
Whole lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
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Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock