Iron Maiden, O2 Arena, London

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Iron Maiden, O2 Arena, London

Friday, August 10, 2018

Myles Kennedy, London Palladium, London

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Guns N’ Roses, Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Queen & Adam Lambert, O2 Arena, London

Monday, July 2, 2018

Nine Inch Nails, Royal Albert Hall, London

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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.