Bon Jovi gigs at the O2

This year I saw Bon Jovi play the O2 – twice. the first gig was fantastic – I enjoyed every minute of it, but missed hearing some of my favourite songs. The second gig however, was 27 of their greatest songs ever. It was amazing.

Jon, no matter what he does still rocks out like a 20-something guy playing in a band with his buddies. They make it look so easy. They are well-rehearsed, well-coordinated and seem to have fun.

The last night of their residence at the O2 was superb. It was like they didn’t want the night to end. They played a five song encore and carried on rocking, way beyond the ‘acceptable’ 11:00pm curfew. And the crowd loved it.

Will I buy their next album? Probably.

Will I attend any of their next UK gigs? Definitely.

There’s nothing like hearing Blood on Blood, Bed of Roses, and These Arms in one night.

Mad man in a box

Mark Knopfler – Albert Hall – 30 may 2010
Fantastic gig in a fantastic venue. the music was a combination of songs from Knopfler’s new album and his classic, ‘could only be Knopfler’ hits.

the audience tapped toes, nodded heads and boogied in their seats as Knopfler changed guitars to produce that beautiful, deep, haunting sound.

Along with the muisc from the new alumn, Mark rocked the Alnert Hall with Telegraph Road, Romeo and Juliet, Sultans of Swing and Brothers in Arms – to name a few. A great night!

The mad man in the box?
We were sat in the ‘grand tier’, in a box with other people and from the very start it was clear we had a bit of a nutter in the box with us. enthusiasm doesn’t actually go far enough – this chap was more than a little bit odd. even down to how he clapped and cheered, he sounded like a sea lion clapping for fish. at one point I looked around the box to see if there was a ball and a bucket of fish or a hidden camera. He clearly doesn’t get out much!

Snow Patrol at the O2

Last week saw us venturing out, onto the train, the tube and into the O2 for the Snow Patrol – Take Back the Cities tour. Having seen them before, we decided not to get tickets for the (rather steep) auditorium seats, but to go for standing tickets. It’s all about the atmosphere and in those seats, you can’t really stand up, dance, or move about too much for fear of falling off. Standing tickets, being not far from the stage at any point, and being in among other fans was just fantastic.

We dance, we sang, we cried (yes, we did), and we laughed.

The band…amazing.

Early in the set they’d played all the popular songs; Run, Chasing Cars, Chocolate etc. So, working out what the encore would be was interesting. Lightening Strike live is fantastic…but it was clear from the crowd that not many people had listened to the album all the way through. 

Since seeing the band at the O2 a couple of years ago, they’ve matured somehow. The stage prescence is improved, even though it wasn’t ever bad, it’s better. They build into a song and engage the crowd to a point where you just can’t help singing and dancing along.

Gary asked the audience to sing ‘Chasing Cars’ and was visibily moved when the O2 erupted into the chorus and then the verses of the song. He commented that ‘Journalists ask if I get bored playing the same songs…after that f**k no’. It was fantastic.

Can’t wait to see them again.

Springsteen & Superbowl

I saw Springsteen in London last year (see earlier entry) and I’m hoping to see him in ’09 (he hasn’t yet annouced UK dates/venues)…but last night he played the Superbowl.

I don’t normally post links to YouTube, but if you’ve never seen ‘the Boss’ live, watch the video. He’s just an awesome entertainer. Ahem…the link I originally posted has since been removed due to a problem on YouTube, but I’m sure there’ll be another one up there soon.

Queen & Paul Rodgers at the 02

13 October 2008

Awesome!

20,000 people rocking with the kings of rock. The old Queen numbers, some numbers from Paul Rodgers and the new Queen numbers from the album. What a stunning back catalog to choose from in order to lift the roof off the O2.

What an atmosphere. What a venue. What a band. What a show. And what a voice!!  Paul Rodgers has an awesome voice, with a range that just surpasses all expectation. The voice together with a superb stage presence made for a fantastic gig.

From start to finish the whole band seemed to be having a fantastic time. Jamie and Spike seemed to be winding each other up and having a good laugh all the way through…just as happy and carefree as when they play the local village hall in Surrey.

If you have tickets for the gig on the 7th November – lucky you. You’re going to have a great time!

Oh, and the set list can be seen at http://brianmay.com/whatsnew.html

Queen & Paul Rodgers Concert

Upcoming on the 13th October – I can’t wait.

From the posts on http://brianmay.com/ it looks like the tour is off to a good start…the photos are amazing. As I’ve read some of the posts, I’ve become more annoyed about people saying it’s not the same without Freddie.

OF COURSE IT’S NOT! Grow up people. Paul Rodgers is not Freddie, nor is he trying to be. This is Queen with Paul Rodgers. Give it a chance, listen, enjoy. Paul’s voice is amazing…you never know, you might like the new music/songs…just stop the whinge!

Bon Jovi Concert

St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

One word: awesome

Four words: out of this world

Bon Jovi really do rock. Richie, Jon and the crew really know how to rock a stadium. With 95% of the audience on its feet for the whole event, singing, shouting, clapping, toe-tapping and jumping in time to the music – it was an amazing atmosphere. (BTW: what’s with the people who sit through the whole thing, not singing, not dancing and seemingly getting annoyed with the rest of us? Why bother going…).

The set list for last night is here:

http://www.bonjovi.com/bonjovi/blog.php?uf_item_id=8-105427&uf_system_id=0

It was just like a “Best of Bon Jovi” concert. They played for two hours, but I would happily have stayed and listened to them play for another two hours…Only a few songs from the new album, but some great “classic Bon Jovi” hits to keep the toes tapping.

As it started raining Jon looked up at the sky and said “Hey, it wouldn’t be a Bon Jovi concert if it didn’t rain.” Cool.

Jon sang Duffy’s hit “Mercy” at which the stadium just erupted…
Richie played at least 10 different guitars, leaving my partner with “guitar-envy”…lol.

I want to see the band again. I’m currently trying to get tickets to see them in Glasgow on the 21st…(with The Feeling as support).

The support act last night…well, there’s another story! Let’s just say it must have been very intimidating to get on stage in front of 35,000 people when you’re used to playing at venues of 100 people…

P.S. The stadium…brilliant venue! Emirates sucks in comparison. Everything was better.
P.P.S. It was nice to meet up with DCA after 25 years! Good gig huh?