Muse Drones Tour 2016, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Muse Drones 2016
Muse Drones 2016

For our first concert of 2016, we were lucky enough to get a couple of late-release tickets for Muse Drones Tour 2016, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 2nd April 2016, which was the first night of the UK leg of Muse’s Drones tour.

Opening the evening was Nothing But Thieves who done a great job of getting the crowd warmed up and seems like a good band to keep an eye on for the future.

Muse performed in the middle of the arena with on a circular stage, it’s hard to describe the experience of the 360 stage and it’s immersiveness, and of the use of the amazing flying drones and floating 3d projections. It was a spectacular stage for a spectacular evening of rock. Another thing to note with the position of the stage was the sound was much better than the normal arena set up which was deep and clear which is sometimes muffled and lost.

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Chic/Nile Rodgers review – O2 Academy Birmingham

A very funky evening with Chic/Nile Rogers opening with Everybody Dance until finishing with Le Freak and a party on-stage to Good Times!

20150325_214205_bHaving seen and enjoyed Chic at V Festival at Weston Park in 2014, we were excited to get some last-minute tickets for this and thought if they were as good as at V Festival then I would be happy. They were much better then they were at V Festival and enjoyed it with a more appreciative crowd of attendees and it was a privilege to watch a more personal performance in a ‘small’ venue sucvh as the O2 Academy, for which we visited for the first and (based on our experience) not last time!

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Robbie Williams, Etihad Stadium, Manchester – 22nd June 2013

Robbie Williams - 22 June 2013
Robbie Williams – 22 June 2013 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Like many people I bought the tickets an age ago – around December last year, and so the night arrived and we were not disappointed. Having seen Robbie Williams in 2006 @ MK Bowl (see old review) he did have a lot to live up to as that was a great concert. And I always go on record by saying I will not usually listen to him at home or anything, but his live performances have always been great. Continue reading “Robbie Williams, Etihad Stadium, Manchester – 22nd June 2013”

Hugh Laurie (and the Copper Bottom Band), Birmingham Symphony Hall – 18th June 2013

I’ve always liked Hugh Laurie from the days of Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, House (of course) and his occasional foray into film.

It’s not often you do get to see people like Hugh, and so, when tickets to see him with the Copper Bottom Band were announced I had to get some.

He did take a while to come on-stage and did blame nerves when he finally cam on, but when he started he couldn’t stop… We were treated to two encores and the audience was still asking for more, and I think he would have done if allowed!

He and his music was/is infectious and indeed we carried on listening on the drive home!

Hugh’s singing itself is pretty decent, but it was the strong vocals, and exceptional band to back him up that really made the whole thing shine.

Laurie is clearly an accomplished pianist but the piano never took centre stage and for the majority of the show he let the talents of his fellow musicians on the trombone, saxophone, guitars and drums lead the way.

In between the  music he interacted with the crowd with comic banter – almost as if we were in a pub somewhere, and even treated the crowd to a tango.

Bill Bailey, Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 15th June 2013

Bill Bailey - Qualmpedler 2013
Bill Bailey – Qualmpedler 2013

I’ve always liked watching Bill Bailey on TV, mainly for the musical humour as well as briefly watching him on QI etc. and obviously Blacks Books.

So it was for my birthday that I was presented with tickets to see him on the 15th June 2013 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

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Bon Jovi, Villa Park, Birmingham – 9th June 2013

Bon Jovi, Villa Park, Birmingham - 9th June 2013
Bon Jovi, Villa Park, Birmingham – 9th June 2013

The set was amazing, before a single guitar had been strummed it was looking like it would be an amazing Bon Jovi show!

After an amazing 3 hour set we were not disappointed.

Opening with That’s What the Water Made Me (a track from the new album What About Now) instead of one of their stable old classics. It was clear not all were yet familiar but it was a bold decision non-the-less. This was followed by a slightly more well known song – You give Love a Bad Name… and as soon as the opening chords were played the stadium became alive.

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Review: Michael McIntyre on his 2009 Tour @ Nottingham’s Trent FM Arena on the 26/09/2009.

Michael Mcintyre
Michael Mcintyre

Well, we went and seen Michael McIntyre on his 2009 Tour @ Nottingham’s Trent FM Arena on the 26/09/2009.

It was part of my wifes birthday present as she has always quite liked him I thought it would be a good surprise. I bought the tickets and booked hotel 2 weeks before it, and managed to not tell her untill the night before – I said ‘pack a bag’, still not telling her what for though – infact she never knew right up untill we walked into the Trent FM arena!

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Review: Tom Jones at the LG Arena, Birmingham

Tom Jones - 18/10/2009 @ LG Arena, Birmingham
Tom Jones - 18/10/2009 @ LG Arena, Birmingham

Tom Jones… not my usual taste, but thought it would be a good night so booked tickets to see him on 18/10/2009.

I also learnt that it was the ‘opening’ gig of the new LG Arena.

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Robbie Williams @ Milton Keynes – 19th September 2006

(Note; I may get the other half to expand on this article!!!)

Date: 18th Sept 2006…

My Wife and I are both getting prepared to go and see Robbie Williams tomorrow evening in Milton Keynes…

We’re both really looking forward to it, and it’s virtually on our 5th Anniversary too…

We shall give you our opionion of the gig once we’ve been!!!

Date: 19th Sept 2006…

We went to the gig today and it was amazing!

We arrived early – about 8:30am… after having gotten lost in Milton Keynes (horrible place to drive so it is!) and found one of the car parks at MK bowl…

Having parked at the exit we got out very quickly and were not waiting hours, all in all took about 30 mins to get out of Milton Keynes.

When we get to the gate we were gald to see we were among the 1st… we had bought seating tickets for Wembly, but when they came by post we got General Admission tickets instead… which was a bit annoying… However since we got there as early… big ouncer type guys came ut with white ‘hospital bands’ which turned out to be your entry into the ‘Inner Sanctum’ or whatever it’s called… so we got them! That was a bonus and really cheered my wife up!… So having gotten into tjhis area, we eventually were only about 4 people deep from the stage… and had an excellent view (thankfully no tall people stood infront of us!)…

The support acts were Orson and Basement Jaxx already being a fans of them… that was an extra bonus for us!… and their performances were outstanding too…

Orson’s drummer and their base guitarist were both nuts… and very entertaining to watch… as were they all… I would not hesitate after this in going to an Orson concert!

Basement Jaxx… again… outstanding… did all their well known tracks…. sound in the Bowl was quite good…. Jaxx’s base sounds went right through you… and their performance on stage was very entertaining and again… we had always wanted to see them, but never had the chance…

Robbie arrived from the front ‘island’ in a puff of smoke & fire… a typically drmatic entrance from RW…

He proceeded to hit out his usual big hits … and also some of his new tracks too…

(I shall write up some more about RW himself tomorrow!!!)…