Stone Sour, Roundhouse, London

Monday, June 18, 2018

65daysofstatic, Southbank Centre, London

Friday, June 15, 2018

A, The Horn, St Albans

Friday, June 8, 2018

Warmup show for A’s appearance at this years Download Festival. The Horn in St Albans was super easy to get to, right next to the train station, a perfect location for anyone travelling there. I choose to drive and there is ample parking for a couple of quid for all night. The venue itself is a pub, but it’s easily the best pub venue I’ve been to.

Support came from Sun Arcana & Elswhere Band.

Elswhere Band were first up, a young band who did a good set, while watching them I noticed the sizes of their guitars, they seemed slightly smaller than I’m used to seeing. I couldn’t decide if they were using guitars which they have had since they were younger, either way their set was in all fairness pretty solid.

Next up were Sun Arcana, another fairly solid set from them, the final two songs being the highlight of their show.

As with last night at Jonathan Davis I was happy with the support bands, far too many gigs attended over the past 18 months or so have been let down by shit support bands. Tonight was not one of them.

Finally “A” are here, I fucking love this band. They aren’t here to be serious, just to entertain, and they do just that. As with the previous shows in February A’s set is full of aborts as they take the piss out of each other and joke about on stage. The set is halted to ask about how much should be charged for a fully signed poster, which doesn’t feature Dougie Poynter scribble as he only just got there in time. The fee is agreed with the crowd that a fiver is value for money.

A few more songs in and the show is stopped for the important matter of a raffle. The band have 6 tickets to give away to Download festival. Everyone who is in attendance have their name is in the bag and can win a pair.

“A” continue to play all the classics and decided to play the encore before Nothing. This includes Cheeky Monkey, Pacific & Going Down. They said it was the first time they played Cheeky Monkey in 18 years after the record company told them it was too embarrassing to play. Jason Perry commented that his highlight of the year was looking at the crowd and seeing a load of almost 40 somethings with beards screaming “cheeeeeeeeeeky monkey” at him.

New shows will be announced on Monday for the Hi-Fi Serious tour, I’ll be attending for sure.

Jonathan Davis, Islington Academy, London

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I wasn’t expecting too much from Jonathan Davis new album Black Labyrinth when it was announced, in fact on first listen I thought it was OK, but along with the new Ghost album I’ve found myself returning to it a lot and it was even better live. If you’ve yet to check it out then I highly recommend it.

Support tonight came from In Search Of Sun, they did OK, didn’t find anything wrong with them until the attempted the dreaded “everyone get down…” No mate it’s been done, you need to earn that from years of touring and you haven’t. In fact there’s only a couple of bands I think can still do it, Skunk Anansie being one of them. Everyone else should just stop it.

Jonathan Davis is joined by 5 others on stage including Korn’s drummer Ray Luzier. Seeing both a double bass and violin played for metal is both interesting and entertaining at the same time. His set is more or less the whole album with a couple of older tracks included.

This was easily the best show I’ve seen at Islington Academy, hands down. in fact it’s one of my gigs of the year so far.

Machine Head, The Roundhouse, London

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Marmozets, Academy, Oxford

Friday, May 11, 2018

Late call to attend this one. Kristina was already going and something changed with the set times meaning she’d need to leave the gig early to catch her train, instead I said i’d drive up and grab a ticket on the door.

I arrived during the support act Black Peaks, the venue was incredibly hot so I headed straight to the bar to grab a pint of coke, unfortunately this was the bar on the opposite side of the venue to Kristina, eventually I made my way over to her.

Black Peaks seemed OK, they were a 10000% improvement on the previous support band Marmozets had, thats for sure.

Marmozets as you’d expect played to their normal tempo and had the crowd singing along. It won’t be long before they step up to the next tier of venues in the UK.

Britrock Must Be Destroyed, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I was only really fussed about catching The Wildhearts and Reef, therefore I didn’t bother with either Terrorvision or Dodgy, instead and due to the really early start I opted to watch Chelsea v Liverpool, The Mighty Reds lost 1-0 as they were still hung over from making it to the Champions League final.

This was the first time I’d ever seen The Wildhearts from memory, having caught a number of Ginger Wildheart shows in the past I was expecting good things, and to be honest I saw enough to make the entrance fee and travel to Hammersmith worth it.

Next up were Reef, I was looking forward to seeing them again as I’d seen 3 of the StringerBessant gigs a few years back and they were fantastic.

I’d moved to the front row for them and was a little shocked to see 2 additional microphones. These turned out to be for backing singers, who thankfully seem to dance more than they sang, as I thought they were pretty terrible and added nothing to the experience.

Reef started with Higher Vibrations, it didn’t sound good at all. Gary didn’t seem to have his normal vocal range. They then tore into Place Your Hands which was totally unexpected at this time of the evening. Again It was really poor attempt compared to the previous times I’ve seen Reef over the years. Something didn’t seem right. I header further back in the venue in case it was the position I was. Pretty sure it wasn’t as the sound seemed OK, the vocals just didn’t seem right to me.

I stayed for the 3rd song and then decided that if Place Your Hands was that bad it was never going to improve, enough was enough and I left, it was far from a walk out but I wasn’t the only one.

Ugly Kid Joe, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Friday, April 20, 2018

Evanescence, Royal Festival Hall, London

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Feeder, Brixton Academy, London

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ronald was meant to join for this but decided he wouldn’t make it so instead Kristina joined. We didn’t bother with either of the support acts as I wanted to watch the late LFC match.

First stop was the merch stand to get myself a couple of Feeder enamel mugs!. Then it was to head in and find a decent spot, this is where the night changed… It seemed like I had cocked up big time and somehow purchased circle tickets instead of stall tickets. this is the first time I’ve ever done this! I ended up high on the balcony so I could stand for the whole gig. The sound up there wasn’t great, kind of muted, at first it kind of bothered me, but because I know the bands entire back catalogue it didn’t affect me as much as someone who may not know them as well as I do.

Overall this wasn’t the best performance I’ve seen by Feeder, most likely because of the location where we were on the balcony and also the sound, which was a shame as this was probably the longest set I’ve seen them play.