When was the last concert you went in 2017

The only audience entry was through a double door 2 at a time, some sort of sensor waved over you and a bag check made if you had one. There was a lot of grumbling in the queue. No guns in sight at the concert hall but some army types in fatigues with automatic carbines visible around town. Police were also in evidence but mainly to deal with the over refreshed crowds later that evening.

There was more than a hint of "last night of the he proms" but less flags, though there was a model train that came across the stage in front of the orchestra bearing Champagne and roses, these were distributed to some in the front row except one rose which was given to a young girl of 9 or 10 who strode down from the back determined she wouldn't miss out.

Acoustic was fine from row K.

Thanks Yeti.

Sounds like an airport security. It would be a huge drag if a public event requires it. ( flashback of Two Minute Warning ) :/

Security was extra tight in NYC's *ball drop* at midnight on NYE following a truck incident in Germany.

In Chicago many people stayed home but could not prevent the horrific gang shooting.

Last Thursday (12th), at the BBC (Balham Bowls Club) in SW12. Four bands: Peter Parker's Rock N Roll Club, Ese & The Vooduu People, Tasha Fox and Niall Kelly. My business partners and I put it on. Pretty successful, and we had it professionally filmed and recorded...

Bloody concerts are like buses - none for ages then 3 in 3 days!

Jan 29 Live Dead 69 in Exeter Phoenix Theatre

Jan 30 Darlingside Bristol Tunnels

Jan 31 James McMurtry Bristol Tunnels again

Radio Paradise and Tidal have a lot to answer for!

 

And it was....  gripping. Opera Up Close are a small young company who take liberties with the libretto (in english) and have either a small ensemble or piano accompaniment but  manage to stay true to the spirit while relocating the drama, and it is drama, powerful enough t bring tears to the eyes of the audience at the end. Mimi was an illegal immigrant from Ukraine afraid to go to a doctor for fear of deportation, the crown scenes were performed out in the aisles among the audience, one singer providing the chorus from where I couldn't see.

A fine use of £20. Their performances would be a good introduction to opera for anyone curious but put off by the price and perceived formality of the big houses. 

Chag... posted:

Very nice program indeed Bert. I would only skip Bang Bang.. :D

Chag -

I know quite a number of people don't like him, and I realize why. However I have never heard Chopin's 2nd piano concerto as well executed live, and I have other memorable concert memories with him.....

Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart @ The Jazz Café in Camden, London on 25th January.

A storming two hour set, covering all the bases - from jazz, to soundtracks ("Get Carter", "Midnight Cowboy"), reggae (Dawn Penn's "No No No"), some PiL classics ("Public Image", "Poptones", "socialist"), deep dub, world music - with a brilliant band.

Appropriately enough, the highlight of a set dedicated to the late great Jaki Liebezeit was "How Much Are They?" - from the superb 1981 Czukay-Wobble-Liebezeit EP of the same name.

Black Sabbath at the Leeds arena. Have wanted to see them for years, and this might have been the last chance(?).

Set was very good, although Ozzy seemed 'old' and I think he struggled a bit to get the crowd going. However, that might also be partly down the crowd being principally made up of males of a 'certain age'.

Nevertheless, glad I went and a great gig.

Nigel

Nigel 66 posted:

Black Sabbath at the Leeds arena. Have wanted to see them for years, and this might have been the last chance(?).

Set was very good, although Ozzy seemed 'old' and I think he struggled a bit to get the crowd going. However, that might also be partly down the crowd being principally made up of males of a 'certain age'.

Nevertheless, glad I went and a great gig.

Nigel

Hi Nigel, 

How was the sound for you at Leeds?

I went to see Joe Bonamassa there last year, and the SQ was abysmal, especially annoying as the mixing desk was only a few rows behind where we we sitting. 

I put it down to the in house PA system, and it's kind of put me off returning to the venue, so I'd be pleased to hear your assessment of things.

Glad to read that you enjoyed the gig, (we enjoyed the Bonamassa one, the above complaint notwithstanding). 

Dave.

Hi Dave

The support band SQ wasn't good - although I think that they were just going for volume.

Black Sabbath sounded much better, but still not great. I think that some of that is just the size of the hall, and you may be right about the house PA. It wasn't so bad as to spoil the gig, but certainly could have been much better.

I'm not a huge fan of arena concerts at the best of times, due to the poor views, too many people and SQ.

I live near Newcastle so go to the Sage in Gateshead which has brilliant sound (BB King said at one concert that it was the best sounding venue he'd played), and is a much better size, so maybe I'm a little spoilt in that respect.

Nigel

Nigel 66 posted:

Hi Dave

 

I live near Newcastle so go to the Sage in Gateshead which has brilliant sound (BB King said at one concert that it was the best sounding venue he'd played), and is a much better size, so maybe I'm a little spoilt in that respect.

Nigel

Thanks Nigel, so it wasn't just me then.

I go to a lot of Leeds gigs, and much prefer the likes of the O2 Academy or Beckett University, both with decent PA systems, and though they're both standing venues, if I'm honest that adds something to the whole thing anyway.

Was up at Nercassle for a couple of nights just last week, staying at the Malmaison, right opposite the Minellium Bridge, so will have to keep an eye at future concerts at the Sage.

If you're down our way, Scarborough Open Air Theatre is brilliant. The PA is excellent, and the outdoor aspect is that bit different.

UB 40 in June, ought to be great.

It's all about the music.

Dave.

The brilliant Ese & The Vooduu People - think of a Cream-style power trio fronted by a mixture of Erykah Badu, Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone, with Mitch Mitchell and John Paul Jones providing the rhythm - at the Old Dispensary, a fine venue in Camberwell, South London last Thursday (26th Jan).

Tuesday 31st Jan, The Hawth, Crawley, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac.

Superb evening of great music, good mix including 6 Peter green era songs. Most effort toward the sound and less to actually looking like FM, although the girls did look similar to Christine and Stevie. 

Black Sabbath - O2 London

Wonderful. My expectations were high and they were easily exceeded - the sound was amazing (like a giant dinosaur stomping around the place), the playing astonishing (I never realised what a phenomenal bassist Geezer was) and even Ozzy's voice (never a thing of grace and splendour) stood up to the hour and fifty minutes well. For such a huge barn, the atmosphere was great.

More importantly they played everything I'd hoped, mostly from the early albums (handy, as Ozzy's voice now suits the lower registers of the 1st album much better): Setlist here

Spectacular finale, with cascades of large black and purple balloons filled the arena (quickly punted up onto the stage) and an amazing purple ticker tape shower as the band closed out with a storming Paranoid (cue the appearance of Geezer's Villa bass).

A couple of very minor grumbles: the two women in front of me who barely looked at the stage, concentrating on taking selfies of each other and bellowing into each others ears (not that I could hear them), and the drum solo - went on far too long even though it was technically amazing (he drummed like Animal).
I was also impressed by the fact that it was the youngest audience I've been in for ages. Really surprised me how many young people were there.
 
Thought Rival Sons were OKish - I'd have been much more impressed if I'd never heard Led Zep II, Machine Head et al. Could have done with a decent bunch of tunes. Singer had a good pair of pipes though.

Fairport Convention - Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells

We catch them most years here, as they're just about the only decent band to come to this venue, but this year's 50th tour show was something special. Sally Barker, who'd sung with the briefly reformed Fotheringay a couple of years ago was support and she had a lovely voice - perfect for when she joined the band later for Rising For The Moon and the usual Meet On The Ledge closer.

The band are so tight these days (a dramatic contrast to their early 70s incarnation) especially the harmonies that would be ideal if someone could get them to cover something from American Beauty! This was especially magical for a rare outing of Genesis Hall.

Which brings me to Sandy. When we first got re-acquainted with the modern-day Fairport just over 20 years ago, it was a jarring experience to hear Simon Nichol sing Sandy's songs but now it seems quite natural the hear his baritone carry them so well. Even so I find myself hearing her sing along with him in my head. 

They were clearly having great fun and the music showed it. Great stuff.

Gary Shaw posted:

Fairport Convention - Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells

We catch them most years here, as they're just about the only decent band to come to this venue, but this year's 50th tour show was something special. Sally Barker, who'd sung with the briefly reformed Fotheringay a couple of years ago was support and she had a lovely voice - perfect for when she joined the band later for Rising For The Moon and the usual Meet On The Ledge closer.

The band are so tight these days (a dramatic contrast to their early 70s incarnation) especially the harmonies that would be ideal if someone could get them to cover something from American Beauty! This was especially magical for a rare outing of Genesis Hall.

Which brings me to Sandy. When we first got re-acquainted with the modern-day Fairport just over 20 years ago, it was a jarring experience to hear Simon Nichol sing Sandy's songs but now it seems quite natural the hear his baritone carry them so well. Even so I find myself hearing her sing along with him in my head. 

They were clearly having great fun and the music showed it. Great stuff.

I was at Uni in 1969 and heard them play and Sandy just blew me away with her voice as did the rest of the band.  I have always thought that Richard Thompson is one of the best guitarists around.  ps they were very psychedelic in those days!

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