I’ve been to quiet a few gigs in the past month so thought I’d give a thorough review of them:
- Eminem 8th Dec at Sydney Football Stadium: I said I wasn’t going to go and see him, but in the end thought ‘why not?’. Not normally the type of music I like…and he did nothing to persuade me otherwise. Shouldn’t have bothered, glad to have heard ‘Stan’ live and “Lose Yourself’ was good, but otherwise it was bit shit.
- Fleet Foxes 2nd Jan at Sydney Opera House: Acousticy/folky shenanigans in a great place. Just my cup of tea. Slowed down some of their songs, but overall I enjoyed it.
- Arctic Monkeys 12th Jan at Hordern Pavilion: 7th time I’ve seen these and they didn’t disappoint again. Stood in the middle with the kool kidz…jumped about more than a hyperactive kangaroo. Great gig and the Hordern is a great place for gigs.
- Arctic Monkeys 13th Jan at Enmore Theatre: Tickets went on sale for this months after the previous gig sold out. Decided seeing them in a smaller venue would be ace. Decided my hyperactive kangaroo days were behind me and stood to the side this time. They were still good, but atmosphere was a bit more calmer than previous night.
- Noel Gallagher 23rd Jan at Enmore Theatre: As a big Oasis fan I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see him here. Played mostly his own album and the tunes come across great live. A handful of Oasis songs were, as to be expected, mass sing alongs – a slow acoustic version of Supersonic was fantastic. I’m biased…but a great gig.
- Kasabian 24th Jan at Hordern Pavilion: After overindulgence the previous night at Noel, last thing I wanted to do was go and see these (bring out the small violin), but I soldiered on. The Vaccines were good as support band and Kasabian thankfully woke me up when they came on. Probably the 5th time I’ve seen Kasabian and they do as Kasabian do and got the crowd going. Great finish with ‘Fire’ at the end.
- Big Day Out 26th Jan: One day festival on Australia Day and spent most of it wandering around watching bits of bands. Crowd was weird, not really the type of crowd I’m used to at festivals. It wasn’t a bad atmosphere and I didn’t see any trouble, but something wasn’t right. Maybe just because it was a mostly younger crowd than what I’m used to (16-25 ish)? Anyway; seen a few bands I’ve no idea who they were but I know I seen Boy & Bear, Grinspoon, The Living End, The Vaccines (again), My Chemical Romance, Kasabian (again), Soundgarden, Kanye West (poo), and Noel Gallagher (again). Was glad I’d been to see Kasabian and Noel earlier in the week as they only played for about an hour. Had a great view for Noel too, about 5 from the front as the kids were watching Kanye’s rap/r & b nonsense, or whatever it is.
A small break from gigs now. Next up is Roger Waters in 2 weeks in an Arena and then Bon Iver in the Opera House in the middle of March. Looking forward to both immensely. Waters playing the Wall in full (not playing an actual brick wall, the album: The Wall) and Bon Iver doing his accousticy stuff in the Opera House…what more could you want.
Once the festival season kicks off in Europe I’ll be gig starved for 6 months, so I’m thinking about going to see Elbow (again) in March and maybe Lenny Kravitz (even though I only know 2 of his songs..but Wolfmother and the Cranberries are supporting – and I’d like to hear them sing Zombie).
Still haven’t found any good Australian bands. Still looking and listening. Oh and just as an aside…Australian TV and radio is shit. Shit with a capital S. So shit they make ITV look good. Every radio station still plays Adele – Someone Like You what seems like once an hour, it won’t be long before this tune triggers someone going postal in work.