Saturday, June 26, 2010
Down N' Outz - ENGLAND ROCKS
Bon Jovi at the O2 17.6.2010
Part of Bon Jovi's expensive residency I was lucky enough to take advantage of a friend's spare ticket for this and an excellent seat, allbeit high up, at the side of the stage. I certanly wasn't prepared to pay the three figure sums that some of the floor seats had for this although the Jovi do normally do a good show. Here, the set list was a bit too modern for me and also one for the Jovi purists with rare tracks such as Miss Fourth Of July and Love For Sale getting an airing. I normally like bands to mix up their set list, which does make it worthwhile going more than once, though I am not too sure how rich they think their fans. Other nights they have done Blood On Blood and Dry County, both of which I would love to hear again. The other noticeable thing here was that Jon Bon Jovi now struggles a bit with the higher notes and when you listened to his vocal of Living On A Prayer you could tell he was in trouble. Still not many people noticed bearing in mind how they were singing along as you would expect. I would still give this a seven out of ten. They still rock and Sambora can still play a mean solo. Just next time let me choose the set!
Set - Last Man Standing / We Weren't Born to Follow / You Give Love a Bad Name / Thorn in My Side / Born to Be My Baby / Superman Tonight / In These Arms / Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars / We Got It Goin' On / Bad Medicine / Love's the Only Rule / Homebound Train / Open All Night / Diamond Ring / Miss Fourth Of July /
Love For Sale / When We Were Beautiful / It's My Life / I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Who Says You Can't Go Home / Livin' on a Prayer ///// Blood Money / Wanted Dead or Alive / Keep the Faith
Friday, June 25, 2010
Reformed and playing in October!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Bachman Turner, Relentless Garage 7.6.10
No longer with Overdrive, this was Bachman Turners first show on British soil since 1976. Only knowing a handful of songs, as well as American Woman, writtne by Randy Bachman when he was in The Guess Who, this was very, very good. A shame that the garage was only a third full. Even more surprising as when mentioning to a few coleagues older than me, they agreed it would be a good show and slighly jealous of my presence there. Perhaps there should have been more advertising. Still it meanto a good view and room to boogie to the show closer, rather predictably, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.
Set - Let It Ride, Rock Is My Life, Hold Back The Water, Hey You, Moonlight Rider, Looking Out For #1, Not Fragile, Stayed Awake All Night/American Woman, Four Wheel Drive, Slave To The Rhythm, Blue Collar, Sledgehammer, Rollin’ Along, Taking Care Of Business //// Roll On Down The Highway, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Charlatans, Roundhouse 31/5/10
Billed as The Charlatans performing Some Friendly, they missed a trick here really. I was expecting the album in full and in sync followed by a greatest hits set. Instead we got ervy song they recorded associated with the album including all b-sides and unreleased tracks which are included in the reissue and nothing else. It was also not in order meaning a long wait for set ender Sporston Green. Still we got a few classics such as You're Not Very Well and Opportunity which I don't think I've previously heard at a Charlatans gig.
Prior to the gig, in the Richard Steele nea Belsize Park, MTV presenter Alex Zane was spotted drinking, not as impressive as Peter Hook within the venue!
Jimbob, Upstairs At The Garage 20.5.10
Francis Rossi, Her Majestys Theatre 16.5.10
Set -Caroline, Claudie, All We Really Want To Do (Polly), You’ll Come Round, Crazy For You, Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll, Strike Like Lightning, Tallulah’s Waiting, Here I Go, Tongue Tied, Blessed Are The Meek, My Little Heartbreaker, Electric Arena, One Step At A Time, Margharita Time, Rolling Down The Road, Diggin’ Burt Bacharach, Sleeping On The Job, Twenty Wild Horses, Can’t Give You More //// Don't Waste My Time
Band Of Skulls, Camden Electric Ballroom 14.5.10
The gig at the Electric Ballroom was very similar to when I saw them at the garage a few months earlier. Lots of attractive people in the crowd and loud guitars along the White Stripes type sound. Good for a band out of Southampton.
We went to the Hawley Arms after with lots of wannabes and a fight breaking out in the upstairs bit. Not classy, over prententious and tons of better places in Camden to drink (unless you are Amy Winehouse when you're welcome to it!).