Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Scorpions - Saturday 18th October - Hammersmith Apollo

Good show (not quite as much fun as previously)... no drumstick (although Klaus must have thrown out aout 100!). Added bonus of seeing both Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker on stage with the Scorpions, but being brutally honest, they didn't add much musically to the evening.

And no "Wind of Change" which pleased Dave immensely! Oh and did I mention the £4.40 pint of Tiger beforehand.... ouch! (nice though!).

The evening ended with a couple of pints in the Larrick in Putney which was pretty empty despite (or maybe because of) a live badn. Once they finished, a bloke did some solo covers pretty well including "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight", "Summer of '69" & "Hotel California". Shame about the 25 minute wait for a bus afterwards and the idiot ponytailed Chelsea fan with his 60+ grandad who started fighting someone on it! Yes, really...

Coming Home
Bad Boys Running Wild
The Zoo
No Pain No Gain
Coast To Coast
Another Piece Of Meat
Loving You Sunday Morning
Big City Nights
Still Loving You
No One Like You
Hes A Woman Shes A Man
Doctor Doctor
Rock You Like A Hurricane

Friday, October 17, 2008

Oasis - Thursday 16th October - Wembley Arena

Basically what a farce. Why can't Wembley get all standing ticket holders into the venue before the show starts? Queued for nearly an hour from just after 8pm and missed 25 minutes of the show! Not happy! Neither were the hundreds still behind us when we got in to the 2 single file search lines inside. Total incompetance and a near riot.

After calming down, what was left of the show was really good (although watching later the recording on MTV, Liam's vocals were pretty rank!).. nearly every song is a singalong and the advantage of being further back was that we didn't get soaked by the idiots throwing beer.

Afterwards spent 30 minutes after the show at the management office writing down the details of our dis-satisfaction... glad we got there quickly - there was a long queue soon afterwards!

[As a footnote I should add that I got a nice reply from Wembley to my complaint, explaining what went wrong on the night and making a suitable gesture of goodwill]

F**king In The Bushes (tape) - missed this!
Rock N Roll Star - missed this!
Lyla - missed this!
The Shock Of The Lightning - missed most of this!
Cigarettes And Alcohol
Meaning Of Soul
To Be Where There's Life
Waiting For The Rapture
The Masterplan
Slide Away
Morning Glory
Ain't Got Nothing
The Importance Of Being Idle
I'm Outta Time
Don't Look Back In Anger (Acoustic)
Falling Down
Champagne Supernova
I Am The Walrus

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Queen & Paul Rodgers- Monday 13th October - O2 Arena

Decided to go for a new mode of transport to get to this one - the Thames Clipper high speed boat from Waterloo to the O2. Very civilized and a small bar onboard. After a quick couple in "The Pilot", we headed into the arena. One of the problems of it being so big is that to get to our standing entrance was a 5 minute walk even after we were in the venue!

We entered just in time and it was packed! Got a spot about 3/4 of the way back. A good show (I like both Queen and Paul Rodgers solo stuff), but you just can't get away from the feeling that it's not the same without Freddie. Of course, the band and show are good in their own right, the crowd was up for it and if you'd never seen the original Queen then you'd say it was an excellent show. But that's a big "if". Still, enjoy it for what it is.. great songs (quite a heavy setlist here) and only a couple from the (patchy) new album.

Setlist: (from the excellent http://www.queenconcerts.com/live/current-tour/2008-10-13.html)
01. Cosmos Rockin' [intro tape]
02. Surf's Up... School's Out [intro tape only]
03. Hammer To Fall (fast version)
04. Tie Your Mother Down
05. Fat Bottomed Girls
06. Another One Bites The Dust
07. I Want It All
08. I Want To Break Free
09. C-lebrity
10. Surf's Up... School's Out
11. Seagull
12. Love Of My Life (Brian on vocals)
13. '39
14. Bass solo (Danny + Roger)
15. Drum Solo
16. I'm In Love With My Car (Roger on vocals)
17. A Kind Of Magic (Roger on vocals)
18. Say It's Not True (Roger, Brian and Paul on vocals)
19. Bad Company
20. We Believe
21. Guitar Solo
22. Bijou (Freddie's studio vocals)
23. Last Horizon
24. Radio Ga Ga
25. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
26. The Show Must Go On
27. Bohemian Rhapsody
28. Cosmos Rockin' (including comedian Al Murray)
29. All Right Now
30. We Will Rock You
31. We Are The Champions

32: God Save The Queen (tape)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Status Quo - Tuesday 7th October - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Just briefly then... They've changed the set!... repeat... They've changed the set!...

Bravo Polly!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Tribute To Ian Fleming - Sunday 5th October - London Paladium

Not really a gig, but an entertaining evening out hosted by Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley and featured live performances of Bond themes by Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, Tony Hadley, Mica Paris, Lemar, Lee Mead & Brian Connelly.

You can read more about the evening here:-