Monday, April 14, 2014
Foreigner - Sunday 13th April - Hammersmith Apollo
This time headlining are 2 bands I've not seen before - Foreigner and Europe.
First up are FM (who I have seen before). Having researched their setlist (and found nothing we knew!), we only turned up for the last few minutes of their brief set - but they sounded fine.
Taking our nice seats in row N (loads of legroom!), on came Europe. In a high tempo set, Joey Tempest made several references to the "Hammersmith Odeon", recounting seeing Thin Lizzy from the balcony when he was 16 years old.
The band were good and ended with a predictably rousing version of "The Final Countdown".
It wasn't long to wait for the headline act. Having treated myself to their "best of" CD a few weeks ago, I was prepared for a few more of the songs than I would have been. What my lack of knowledge of the band didn't give me was the fact there appeared to be no original members of Foreigner on stage for the first few songs!
Still, the show was good, whoever was playing. The band were a fair bit heavier and less MOR than I'd expected and the crowd reasonably enthusiastic. We could clearly have done without the keyboard and drum solos though.
The set appeared aimed at the casual fan with all the obvious hits, and for that it worked fine for me. There are probably hardcore Foreigner fans wanting them to "change the set".
So all in all a rarity - a multi act bill which worked well and provided decent value for money for what was on the face of it quite a high ticket price.
Oh, and the "Hammersmith O" is still London't best venue!
I Belong To The Night
Closer To Heaven
Burning My Heart Down
Riches To Rags
Let The Good Times Rock
No Stone Unturned
Scream of Anger
Sign of The Times
Rock The Night
The Final Countdown
Cold As Ice
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Feels Like The First Time
That Was Yesterday
Dirty White Boy
Keyboard and Drum Solo
Juke Box Hero
Long, Long Way From Home
I Want To Know What Love Is