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davidm

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My concert going for this year has finished I think, so the round up of what I've managed this year;

Started off in March with the former frontman of Mansun (who'd I'd seen back in the brief-day when they were a big thing) starting to build a
little solo-career of his own Paul Draper - and he played my fave Mansun album in full, so that was good.



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Not long after that I happened to be in the pub with one of my pals who is a bit of a fan of Barenaked Ladies, and I'd noticed (whilst at the
Paul Draper concert) that they were playing 'soon', so pub-based decisions were made and off we went to see them in April.



That was OK, but not really a fan of them but was entertaining enough.

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Now a band I do really like (who you'll probably never have heard of) are Wax Fang, who are this little psychedelic/prog-rock group out
of Louisville, KY who I had discovered originally from THIS episode of American Dad (which they scored).
Anyway have liked them a lot for a few years and rather unexpectedly they were doing a few little gigs in the UK. They weren't even the
headline act at the gig, that was another band who I'd never heard of (Low Cut Connie).

Gig was in a tiny little club in Manchester and there was barely anyone there (maybe 60 people?) so perhaps no-one has heard of any of these
bands?

But Wax Fang were absolutely brilliant - not kidding but that was one of my favourite gig-going things ever.


The headliners weren't bad either - all kinda divebar rock'n'roll. To illustrate how not-busy the place was, the singer of the band went around
the entire audience hugging them. Fair play they still put their heart into it all. Really good night that was.



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Another blast from the past was next up a few weeks later, The Bluetones - who I liked (particularly a fan of their 'Return to the
Last Chance Saloon' album). This was a bit of a early-albums type tour, so they played all the good tunes (could tell that they really
are sick of their big hit 'Slight Return' now though)



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A few days later was the legendary Svalbard, who need no introduction...



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My experience of the Foo Fighters is a bit odd - when they first came out I recall getting their debut album and liking it at the
time, but for some reason then I had not bothered with any of the subsequent ones. Years (decades?) passed and I started listening to them
again and went back and picked up all their old stuff which I had been ignoring for no good reason.

Anyway they were on at the local football stadium, and they were really good - played for ages and really on form. Wolf Alice were the support
and they were good too (but not a band I'm familiar with)



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I've been a big Floyd fan all my life, and seen their main-man Roger Waters a fair few times now too (I even trekked to Berlin to
see him do The Wall back in 1990). So when he plays at my local arena, it would be rude not to - even if there was an England World Cup game
on at the same time (Columbia - was a bit tense checking scores during the gig)

Concert was a bit epic - highly political of course, lot of anti-Trump stuff, great fun.





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I'd actually bought a ticket for the next concert before the previous one, but a few days later I went to see Rog again, this time in
Hyde Park. Was better in the arena, but got a couple of interesting support acts (Squeeze, Richard Ashcroft (who I've seen a couple of times))
and then got to watch the next England World Cup match (Sweden) the next day at a brewery in London (Beavertown) which was a bit surreal.





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That was it for quite a while, then the other week I spotted that Greta Van Fleet were playing Manchester for the second time this
year - they had played a small venue at the University back in March that I had considered going to (had sold out so would've been a tout job)
but didn't go in the end so it was a bit of a surprise when they were playing the bigger venue in November (also sold out of course).

Risked a Viagogo e-ticket for a stupid amount of money (risk as someone could presumably have sold it multiple times and you would not
know until they scan it on the gate - but they didn't even scan it, just looked at it and let me in - pah)



This was really good, bit weird watching these American kids play Led Zep rock music, but they were technically very good and very
impressive live.



The support act I'd never heard of 'Goodbye June' - they were good too.

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Got nothing planned yet for next year though - boo.
 

mouse

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Saw Christine and the queens and it was ****ing incredible. Easily the most exciting/important artist in pop right now.
 

bob_3_

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Saw Christine and the queens and it was :emoji_zipper_mouth:ing incredible. Easily the most exciting/important artist in pop right now.
I saw her too yesterday, GREAT show.

Although I do have to agree with jayjay, Janelle's show was slightly better.
 

davidm

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My concert going for this year has finished I think...
Spoke a bit too soon it seems. :)

Went to see Fish last night in Manchester - ~28 years since I'd last seen him live (saw him a couple of times just after he left Marillion, but gave up on him a bit after that). But he was playing all of Clutching at Straws on this tour (and that's still a very fine album) so thought I'd indulge.

and it was really very good indeed. He did look a bit old (and fat) to be sure, but still pretty energetic and heartfelt delivery - really enjoyed it anyway.
 
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peep

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Last night I saw a trio of Finnish metal bands play at a small-ish venue in Islington. It was amazing. The first band was Trollfest who I only listened to a little bit prior to the gig. Vocals weren't my cup of tea but the band had a great fun vibe, they all wore silly costumes and I think they handed out some balloons before I got there. Oh and the conga line through the venue was one of the most amusing things I've seen at a gig, just utter chaos.

Turisas were my main reason for buying a ticket as I think they're amazing, this was my third time seeing them live. They had a temp violinist for the tour as their main one had to drop out, she was incredible though and just made it all look so effortless. The sound mix was a bit terrible in this venue as yet again the vocals got drowned out by everything else. Still had an incredible time and it's always a fun when they play Rasputin.



Korpiklaani were the headliners, I haven't listened to them as much but I really like their blend of metal and folk, it works so well. There was quite an insane mosh pit during the fiddle solo which was quite amusing/surreal. I was also amused when they played a slow song and the mosh pit stopped, formed a huge circle and several people waltzed in the middle. Just a really cool vibe throughout the whole crowd the entire evening. The night ended on a great high when Trollfest came back on stage to perform "beer beer" with Korpiklaani and then the band followed it up with "vodka".


 
Last night I saw a trio of Finnish metal bands play at a small-ish venue in Islington. It was amazing. The first band was Trollfest who I only listened to a little bit prior to the gig. Vocals weren't my cup of tea but the band had a great fun vibe, they all wore silly costumes and I think they handed out some balloons before I got there. Oh and the conga line through the venue was one of the most amusing things I've seen at a gig, just utter chaos.

Turisas were my main reason for buying a ticket as I think they're amazing, this was my third time seeing them live. They had a temp violinist for the tour as their main one had to drop out, she was incredible though and just made it all look so effortless. The sound mix was a bit terrible in this venue as yet again the vocals got drowned out by everything else. Still had an incredible time and it's always a fun when they play Rasputin.



Korpiklaani were the headliners, I haven't listened to them as much but I really like their blend of metal and folk, it works so well. There was quite an insane mosh pit during the fiddle solo which was quite amusing/surreal. I was also amused when they played a slow song and the mosh pit stopped, formed a huge circle and several people waltzed in the middle. Just a really cool vibe throughout the whole crowd the entire evening. The night ended on a great high when Trollfest came back on stage to perform "beer beer" with Korpiklaani and then the band followed it up with "vodka".


Solid selection of bands, don’t doubt for a moment it was a very fun and jolly gig. Was a little tempted to come along to this, but after already seeing Korpiklaani 3 times and Turisas twice in recent years I decided to give this one a miss (other gigs and coaster trips to pay for haha.)
 

pvnks

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Bought tickets to see Viagra Boys in May.

No, it's not a male stripper troupe but a Swedish post-punk band that's absolutely killing it lately.

Super stoked and thought I'd share in case someone else catches the bug and fancies seeing 'em.

Impossible to describe so give 'em a spin.



 

Benenen

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Went to see Rammstein last night in Milton Keynes. Loads of fuego and it's great to hear these huge anthems in a stadium setting. It's also really amusing having a load of Brits singing along in German without really knowing what it's about, such a fun gig.

I spent the night at the campsite at Gullivers, it was so frustrating sleeping within a stones throw of a +3 and knowing I wasn't allowed to pop in and ride them in the morning!
 

peep

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Also saw Rammstein in Milton Keynes on Sat! Absolutely incredible night. This was my third time seeing them and they just get better, so glad I managed to get a ticket.

The support act was an interesting choice and one that didn't seem to go down too well with the overall crowd. Basically two classically trained pianists playing Rammstein songs. Did get a couple of nice singalong moments though and it was nice to see them come back out to be included in the main show for what was quite a wonderful moment.

The sheer intensity of the fire was ridiculous, having no roof to worry about meant they just went bigger in every way - who needs to sunbathe when you can just get cooked alive at a Rammstein gig. The first firework bang at the start scared the jebus out of me and I think pretty much everyone, felt like the stadium exploded.

I love how they had all the cool gimmicks and scenes that they've perfected over the years and somehow made them still feel fresh and fun, the line fireworks and following explosions at the start of Du Hast had me in awe (expected but it is just so darn amazing). The weird history of dance music with the led costumes was an interlude that came out of nowhere and was amusing if a little long.

The amount of confetti used was insane, felt like I had to wade through the remmnants when trying to exit at the end. The evil baby thing was pure nightmare fuel and probably the most hilarious Rammstein creation I've ever seen.

I found a phone recording that shows the absolutely ridiculous scale...


This was by far the best live show I've ever seen, they sounded awesome, the set was impressive, the audience were lively and just having a joyous time. Argh, I just want to do it all over again!
 
Went to see Slipknot in Budapest a few weeks ago. As expected a great show, but not quite as "wild and chaotic" as I expected it to be. I suppose things have changed since 2002. It was great to see one of my favorite bands live though and I would definitely like to see them again. I know they are bringing Knotfest to Milton Keynes this summer so I might get tickets for that.

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Will

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So, as we know, I went to see Dream Theater in 'ammersmiff on Friday evening. I've lost count of how many of their concerts I've attended in the last 11 years, but they really outdid themselves with this one.

Scenes From A Memory is already one of my all time top 5 albums and to see it played all the way through was a special time - even tracks like Through My Words and Home that I usually bleep over gave me goosebumps, whilst Dance of Eternity, Spirit Carries On, One Last Time and Finally Free all received standing ovations. Naturally, the whole crowd including me sang every word (even the spoken word sections) back, whilst Lain sat next to me had clearly been let off the leash for the evening and was playing every recognised air instrument and probably a fair few non-recognised ones!

A lot of new stuff was played too (the set lasted 3 hours including intermission) and I've found their latest album a little patchy (save At Wit's End, Barstool Warrior and Pale Blue Dot) but again, the performance gave me a whole new appreciation for these, though it was perhaps a little odd to have a new song for an encore.

My only minor complaint is that for some reason, the band have insisted on playing all-seated gigs since 2012, and it can be a little grating to have to sit there being polite and British when 16 minute assaults like A Nightmare to Remember get wheeled out. Speaking of ANTR, it was also a shame to see the usually growled verse done in a sort of singsong style, due to the absence of the much-missed Mike Portnoy. Don't get me wrong, Mangini absolutely NAILED the set, but he just lacks the charisma of the original drummer.

I also have a new t-shirt - never thought I'd reach that age where I bought metal band t-shirts in white!!
 

peep

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the set lasted 3 hours including intermission
That's a long set! (I suppose that makes sense though with how long their tracks are)

Had a fairly opposite gig also at Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday when I saw Babymetal (they only performed for an hour). This was like the 4th time I've seen them now, as always it was an excellent time with the crowd really elevating the experience. Love a happy crowd and this crowd was ecstatic! The stuff from the third album went down a treat and seeing robo-Joakim from Sabaton on a massive screen during Oh! Majinai was a moment of pure amusement and epicness (Nic can attest to the pure JOY expressed on my face). Despite the shortness of their set it was packed with absolutely amazing moments, like the sheer shock and joy when they played a song that wasn't released in Europe where Su-metal raps and it's actually really good.

The support act were ok, there were a few moments of drama from people crowdsurfing. One managed to grab the mic and sing into it and wouldn't let go for ages and then another that wasn't caught by security dropped head first into the ground - they pulled the kid up on to the stage after stopping the song who seems to be ok just has a bloody jumper.
 

davidm

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^ at the Manchester gig the same support band (Creeper) were lit really weird ; I genuinely wondered whether the lead singer of the band had done something to annoy the Babymetal machine somehow and so they had explicitly told the lighting people just not to light him; Basically the rest of the band were all in white and you could see them all clearly, whereas lead-singer-chap was dressed all in black (not in itself a problem) but then had no spotlight (or any lights at all) shone at him so he was just a black silhouette in front of the rest of the band. I didn't think that they were bad overall and certainly got a pretty good reception from the crowd, but I shall not be rushing out to stock up on their catalog.

Babymetal were pretty great tho' - same set as you would have had in London - I do forgive them for the shortness of their sets as they are not just singing but basically doing an hours worth of high-energy, high-choreographed dance routines as well. Been struggling to get that break in KARATE out of my head for the last few days :)
 

peep

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Ha, I think you might be right about the lead singer in Creeper, he was lit that way in London too. He also kept swinging the mic round like an idiot and I think he hit himself at one point.
 
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