Airbourne, The Roundhouse, London

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Wild! opened the night, first time I’d seen or heard of them, they are from Canada and reminded me of a really good pub rock band who could easily step up, and hopefully they do. I thought their set was really solid from start to finish and would happily go see them again. There’s a lot of support bands out there that simply aren’t good enough. The Wild! are. My one gripe with them was the choreographed moves they have onstage, sing a bit, 3 steps back, 3 steps forward sing a bit. It’s looks a bit wank if you ask me, although others worked like the guitar shot guns.

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons aren’t really my thing, certainly nothing offensive here I just couldn’t get into them. They did a good cover of Ace of Spades mind you.

I thought Airbourne were fantastic to be honest. Great interaction with the crowd throughout their entire set including pints of JD, topped up with a dash of coke passed around. Joel O’Keeffe has defiantly mastered the art of being able to throw a pint and not spilling it all.

Marmozets, The Garage, London

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tonight is a Thursday, so Kristina and I joined Simon for Curry Night on Tour, this weeks stop some Spoons in Islington.

Support tonight came from Queen Zee & The Sasstones, not really my thing. I was a little shocked that they announced they are taking them back out on the road with them on the next leg of the tour.

Marmozets were once again great, although I wasn’t feeling it as much as their show in Brighton that we saw a couple of years back. This was mainly down to the fact I was coming down with something and I was really tired.

The show was rearranged due to lead singer Becca falling ill.

Their statement in full read:

“Evening everyone. It’s with such a genuinely heavy heart we have to postpone our upcoming UK shows including tomorrow night in London.
Becca has developed bronchitis and a respiratory infection and while firstly that means you wouldn’t be getting the show you want, and we want, it also wouldn’t be right for her to perform and risk her voice longterm.
We’re so bummed about this, and we hope that you understand we didn’t make the decision lightly. It’s just come in as doctor’s orders and we wanted to tell you as soon as we possibly could… with the replacement dates to be announced tomorrow if we can. So don’t worry, we’ll be back to do these shows soon!
From all of us. Love. Marmozets.

Guano Apes, Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Headed to Amsterdam to see Guano Apes. There was a bit of a Garbage meetup with Anne, Greg, Jerome and Simon also in attendance at the gig.

Alex Mofa Gang supported and from what I remember had a decent enough set considering I knew nothing by them. Guano Apes played a solid set but for me it seemed like they weren’t really enjoying it until they got this kid up on stage to play drums, then the atmosphere seemed to change within the band as the fun started.

Simon was invited up on stage by Sandra at the end of the gig, for the now common photo for social media.

Eluveitie, Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland

Saturday, November 4, 2017

By total luck Amaranthe announced a show in Eindhoven. We were already flying into Holland the morning of the show with the idea of spending the day in Amsterdam, before Guano Apes on Sunday.

We therefore changed our plans and decided to head to Eindhoven and catch the show with Jan, but before that by total coincidence Rijkels and Kathelijn were also arriving at the airport for a flight, we agreed to meet at the pub for a couple of beers before we continued our travels. Once in Eindhoven we met up with Jan and had some food before the show.

Effenaar is a great venue, the first time I’ve been there, it reminded me a bit of La Belle Electrique in Grenoble, rectangular with multiple levels for a better view. There’s been a lot of thought gone into this place, small touches like shelves for your pint glasses if you are stood on the barriers at the back, they even extend this to the toilets, although why you’d take your pint to the toilet I do not know.

The Charm The Fury opened the night, despite being Dutch she spoke mainly in English at the start, maybe she forgot where she was. Amaranthe played a decent set again, the crowd were way more into them than in London. Eluveitie I thought were better in London.

Eluveitie, Islington Assembly Hall, London

Friday, November 3, 2017

Metallica, O2 Arena, London

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The sound during the opening act Kvelertak I thought was terrible, particularly at the start, it did improve but I wasn’t really into them at all. No idea why the singer was rocking an owl head at the start.

This was my first time seeing Metallica outside of a festival settings. I thought the old stuff was great, the new stuff not so great. The show production itself was very good indeed. The additions of the drones during Moth into Flame looked great, even if one did fly off into the crowd. The video cubes were also another great addition.

Came away from the show wonder just how many guitar pics they use on a tour. I’ve never seen a band throw as many into a crowd, they must have thrown a thousand or more into the crowd at the end.

A few odd things happened at this show.

  • Every beer I ordered the barrel needed to be changed, we were the first into the venue…
  • The card readers at the bar then refused every card as they hadn’t been set up, again I was the first to use them…
  • The food I ordered I was told would take 15 minutes to make, so we waited, 20 minutes pass, then 25 still no food. 35 minutes after I ordered I’m told they don’t have what I ordered!
  • While having a piss I heard someone saying sorry for pissing on the guy next to him!
  • Dude behind me was off his face and was constantly spilling his pint down my back, eventually the whole thing ended up over myself and the guy next to me.
  • The bloke behind Kristina didn’t like the fact we were standing at a rock concert and asked us to sit. Having explained that she can’t see anything because people in front of her are standing, he then proclaimed that I was clearly a “fucking bell-end”, I thanked him and continued to stand, because that’s what bell-ends do at rock concerts.
  • A good job I did, because pissed bloke falls on top of me, had I been sat he’d have gone 3 or 4 rows forward…
  • Pissed bloke and I are getting on quite well, almost on first name terms. Wait he has no beer, has he just puked on me?…
  • The tube ride home is also interesting. There’s another pissed dude who sits over from us, he randomly starts pissing himself laughing and decided that I’m a fucking legend…

It’s time for bed I think.

Bruce Dickinson, What Does This Button Do?, Troxy, London

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seether, Kentish Town Forum, London

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Therapy?, Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club, London

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Papa Roach, Brixton Academy, London

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Openers Dead we failed to catch their full set as we were trying to avoid Ho99o9. We’d been warned about the Horror of H09909 prior to this gig by Simon, he wasn’t wrong, they are quite simply one of the worst bands I’ve ever seen. The following morning I saw on Twitter describing them as a cross between The Sex Pistols and The Prodigy, they are neither.

Papa Roach played a solid set and were as good as they have always been whenever I’ve seen them in the past. They played a couple of covers including Song 2 and In The End dedicated to the late Chester Bennington, a fitting tribute on World Mental Health Day.