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.

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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