Saturday, 9 July 2016

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire

Beautiful South have been my all-time favourite band for a long time. I just love Paul’s lyrics, melody and mixed with Jacqui voice it is just sublime

They played absolutely all the classics and their new brilliant songs. They just packed in the music on what was a damp evening, but one that did not dampen the spirits.

They truly are a band for everyone, and have a real personnel affiliation with their fans - we are all best friends at a Paul and Jacqui concert.

Rain, what rain :-)

Set List:
Wives 1, 2 & 3, Old Red Eyes Is Back (The Beautiful South cover), Moulding of a Fool, Have Fun (The Beautiful South cover), The Horse and Groom, I Can't Put My Finger on It (The Housemartins cover), Prettiest Eyes (The Beautiful South cover), Sundial in the Shade, The Queen of Soho, Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) (The Beautiful South cover), I Don't See Them, Build (The Housemartins cover), Don't Marry Her (The Beautiful South cover), Five Get Over Excited (The Housemartins cover), The Austerity of Love, Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud) (The Beautiful South cover), D.I.Y., Happy Hour (The Housemartins cover), Perfect 10 (The Beautiful South cover), Caravan of Love (Isley Jasper Isley cover)

Encore:
A Little Time (The Beautiful South cover), You Keep It All In (The Beautiful South cover)

Encore 2:

Heatongrad, Woman in the Wall (The Beautiful South cover)

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Carole King

Hyde Park, London

As soon as we heard Tapestry was going to be played in full by Carole for the first time live, we signed up. My wife’s favourite album and one I so enjoyed.

Carole was amazing, and although her voice has mellowed, it was still distinctive, powerful and pitch perfect.

She was on stage for ages, thrilling everyone and not leaving a dry eye in the park.
We are so lucky to see so many great concerts, and this will rank up there with the best. What is there not to love about Carole King.

Set List Tapestry:
I Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away, It's Too Late, Home Again, Beautiful, Way Over Yonder, You've Got a Friend, Where You Lead (with Louise Goffin), Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (with Louise Goffin), Smackwater Jack (with Louise Goffin), Tapestry, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Other Hits
Take Good Care of My Baby / It Might As Well Rain Until September (without band), Go Away Little Girl / I'm Into Something Good / One Fine Day (without band), Some Kind of Wonderful (exact position of song not known, anywhere between here and Jazzman), Hey Girl, Chains, Jazzman

Encore:
Up on the Roof, The Loco-Motion, I Feel the Earth Move (Reprise. Featuring the London cast of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical")

Encore 2:
You've Got a Friend (Reprise, without band)

Don Henley

Hyde Park, London

Don seemed to be having a great time in London. Having seen the Eagles in 2014 it was great to see Don again in the UK.

He played to the crowd, blasted out the classics and we all had fun - thank you Don!

Set List:

Seven Bridges Road (Steve Young cover), Dirty Laundry, Sunset Grill, Shangri-La, New York Minute, One of These Nights (Eagles song), It Don't Matter to the Sun (Garth Brooks cover), The End of the Innocence, The Last Resort (Eagles song), The Heart of the Matter, Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears cover), The Boys of Summer, Life in the Fast Lane (Eagles song), Hotel California (Eagles song), Desperado (Eagles song)

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Coldplay

Wembley Stadium, London

Yes, we just cannot get enough of Coldplay. We just love them and every time they just do not disappoint.

The music was perfect, effects (lighting and confetti cannon) spectacular, but above all the crowd chanting singalong songs make you feel truly alive.

Where can we see them next…..

Set List:
O mio babbino caro (Maria Callas song), A Head Full of Dreams (extended intro with Charlie Chaplin speech), Yellow, Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall, The Scientist, Birds (with "Oceans" excerpt in intro), Paradise (with Tiësto remix outro)

B-stage:
Always in My Head, Princess of China, Everglow (preceded by band introductions), Raspberry Beret (Prince cover) (snippet; with Muhammad Ali tribute video)

A-stage:
Clocks (with "Army of One" excerpt in intro), Midnight (partial), Charlie Brown, Hymn for the Weekend, Fix You (with "Midnight" excerpt in intro), Heroes (David Bowie cover), Viva la Vida, Adventure of a Lifetime

C-stage:
Kaleidoscope (extended), Don't Panic (acoustic), Green Eyes (audience request song; acoustic), Ring of Fire (Merle Kilgore cover) (Chris Martin dedicated this… more )

A-stage:

Amazing Day (extended intro), A Sky Full of Stars, Up&Up (Extended outro), Outro (concert credits on screen)

Friday, 1 April 2016

Adele

Genting Arena Birmingham

Hello - we were so lucky to see her again. It is a miracle whenever you get a ticket as the queuing process to buy the tickets is tortuous, but boy is it worth it!

She has the most amazing voice, a truly phenomenal song-writer and magical, funny and livening songstress performer.

Adele is just the best, and if I could only see one act again it would be Adele.

Set List:
Hello, Hometown Glory, One and Only, Rumour Has It, Water Under the Bridge, Skyfall, Million Years Ago, Don't You Remember, Send My Love (to Your New Lover), Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover), Sweetest Devotion, Chasing Pavements, Someone Like You, Set Fire to the Rain

Encore:

All I Ask, When We Were Young, Rolling in the Deep

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Eagles

LG Arena Birmingham

This was a huge bucket-list concert for us and in particular my wife who has been a lifelong super-fan.
They did not disappoint, taking you through a timeline of songs as the band formed, became great and struggled with rock'n'roll distractions of the 70s and 80s.

They sounded brilliant, played all the greats and will be a concert I remember for the rest of my life. Love the Eagles!

Set List:
Saturday Night, Train Leaves Here This Morning (Dillard & Clark cover), Peaceful Easy Feeling, Witchy Woman, Doolin-Dalton, Tequila Sunrise, Doolin'-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise), Already Gone, Best of My Love, Lyin' Eyes, One of These Nights, Take It to the Limit,

Set 2:
Wasted Time (Reprise), Pretty Maids All in a Row, I Can't Tell You Why, New Kid in Town, Love Will Keep Us Alive, Heartache Tonight, Those Shoes, In the City (Joe Walsh song), Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh song), The Long Run, Funk #49 (James Gang cover), Life in the Fast Lane

Encore:
Hotel California

Encore 2:

Take It Easy, Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song), Desperado

Monday, 24 March 2014

Ed Sheeran

Royal Albert Hall, London

Ed headlined the Teenage Cancer Trust bill at the Royal Albert Hall, and he was just brilliant. A modern day one-man-band, sampling, looping and performing all the pats in a complicated and truly amazing collection of fantastic original music. 

Ed Sheeran is a fantastic British talent that is just waiting to rule the world, for he surely will.

If you have never seen him live, he is the one you 'must see'.

Set List:
Give Me Love, Drunk, Grade 8, Poor Wayfaring Stranger (Burl Ives cover), Small Bump, Be My Husband (Nina Simone cover), Kiss Me, Heart's on Fire (Passenger cover) (with Passenger), I See Fire, Tenerife Sea, Lego House

Encore:

You Need Me, I Don't Need You, Take It Back, The Parting Glass ([traditional] cover), The A Team

Passenger

Royal Albert Hall, London

Love the Royal Albert Hall, and this was a special night supporting Teenage Cancer Trust and getting to see both Passenger and Ed Sheeran live.

Passenger and Ed are great friends, and it showed when they were together on stage. Passengers amazing voice and compulsive melodies were a joy to listen too, even if it was a short set in support of Ed.


Set List:

Fairytales & Firesides, The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel cover), I Hate, Patient Love, Let Her Go, Whispers, Holes

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Deacon Blue

New Theatre, Oxford

How brilliant to see Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh with the gang in Oxford.

Their style of music which is just infectious. The crowd full of ardent fans, like ourselves, and you could see by the look on Ricky Ross’ face, the joy felt, and from us all listening to Lorraine's gorgeous voice. They were giving everything from a sound of intimacy to the vast swathes of tracks such as the opener Circus Lights, The Rest, the bouncy Queen of The New Year, the superb The Outsiders, the wonderful Real Gone Kid, Chocolate Girl and Raintown, they were all a welcome sight for sore eyes.

We loved them and cannot wait to see them again!


Set List:
Circus Lights, The Outsiders, The Rest, Your Swaying Arms, Queen of the New Year, Long Window to Love, Sad Loved Girl (>), Love and Regret, Laura From Memory, Your Town, Real Gone Kid, Stars, Starstruck, When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring), Chocolate Girl, The Hipsters, Loaded, Fergus Sings the Blues, That's What We Can Do

Encore:

You'll Know It's Christmas, Dignity, Wages Day, Twist and Shout, Long May You Run (Neil Young cover)

Friday, 11 October 2013

The Killers

Sandance, Dubai

Why not combine visiting best friends with a Killers concert in Dubai – what an event. Having seen them some years earlier in Abu Dhabi, this was an even better concert. Killers were on fire; the setting was perfect and atmosphere that of a real beach party.

The Las Vegas rockers performed a near two hour set touching on all aspects of their career.

We had a real blast!



Set List:
Mr. Brightside, Spaceman, The Way It Was, Smile Like You Mean It, Shadowplay (Joy Division cover), Human, I Think We’re Alone Now ( Ritchie Cordell cover), Somebody Told Me, For Reasons Unknown, From Here On Out, A Dustland Fairytale, Read My Mind, Runaways, All These Things That I've Done

Encore:
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, When You Were Young

Monday, 10 June 2013

Rihanna

Cardiff Millenium Stadium

60,000 of us flocked to see her and with some anticipation we waited. However, I expected more and was a little underwhelmed when she finally arrived.

Raunchy is an integral part of what Rihanna does, but lately it feels she’s a one-trick pony, and a real shame, as she spent time just grinding and posing instead of focusing on her musical abilities...

Divided into three acts, the show had plenty of room for all 12 of Rihanna’s number one hits.

There’s no doubt Rihanna is a pop princess, but hopefully the next time she arrives in Cardiff, she’ll be a little more creative.


Set List:
Phresh Out the Runway (contains snippets from ''Jump), Birthday Cake, Talk That Talk, Pour It Up, Cockiness (Love It), Numb,

Intermission (contains samples from "Numb")
You da One, Man Down, No Love Allowed, Rude Boy, What's My Name?, Red Lipstick, Jump, Umbrella, All of the Lights (Kanye West cover), Rockstar 101, What Now,

Intermission (contains samples from "What Now")
Loveeeeeee Song, Love the Way You Lie (Part II) / Take a Bow / Cold Case Love (contains samples from "… more ), Hate That I Love You (includes "Get It Over With" outro)

Intermission (contains samples from "Get It… more )
We Found Love, S&M / Only Girl (In the World) / Don't Stop the Music (includes excerpts from "SOS"), Where Have You Been

Encore:
Stay, Diamonds

Friday, 7 September 2012

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Wembley Arena

We have followed and seen Oasis many times, so there was a lot of anticipation for this new era with Noel and he did not disappoint, there can be few better live music spectacles than Supersonic sung by an adoring fan base.

This is certainly a great start to what will certainly be another great British band.


Set List:

(It's Good) To Be Free (Oasis cover), Everybody's on the Run, Dream On, If I Had a Gun..., The Good Rebel, The Death of You and Me, Freaky Teeth, Supersonic (Oasis cover), D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman? (Oasis cover), (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine, AKA... What a Life!, Talk Tonight (Oasis cover), Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks, AKA... Broken Arrow, Half the World Away (Oasis cover), (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach

Encore:

Let the Lord Shine a Light on Me, Whatever (Oasis cover), Little By Little (Oasis cover), Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover)

Kooks

Wembley Arena

What a mega support band for Noel Gallagher!

Kooks songs are superbly crafted, and their concerts always lively. We have seen them a few times and every time they get better and better.

I just want them to do more and become deservedly great!

Set List:
Seaside, Sofa Song, Is It Me?, She Moves in Her Own Way, Sway, Runaway, Rosie, Shine On, Always Where I Need to Be, Ooh La, Junk of the Heart (Happy), Naïve

Friday, 8 June 2012

Keane

Brixton Academy, London

What a great band and to see them at the Academy was really special. 

They played a great fan pleasing set-list, with a mix of hits and favourites delighting the crowd with classic Everybody’s Changing, the bitter-sweet Neon River, the empathic Perfect Symmetry, new singles Disconnected and Sovereign Light Café, and the fantastic Somewhere Only We Know. 

And this back-to-basics Strangeland album tour will surely be a massive success (it is also going to be a world-wide tour).


We loved it!

Set List:
You Are Young, Day Will Come, Everybody's Changing, Leaving So Soon?, The Starting Line, Nothing in My Way, Neon River, Bend and Break, A Bad Dream, Perfect Symmetry, Strangeland (snippet), On the Road, We Might as Well Be Strangers, Disconnected, This Is the Last Time, Somewhere Only We Know, Is It Any Wonder?, Bedshaped, Sovereign Light Café
Encore:

Sea Fog, Silenced by the Night, Crystal Ball

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Coldplay

Emirates Stadium


Opening with opening two numbers, “Mylo Xyloto” and the vigorous “Hurts Like Heaven”, we all jumped about, and then did not stop for the full set with our radio-controlled wristbands enjoying every minute of the biggest band in the world
Coldplay are magnificent, especially in a big stadium, where the passionate fans atmosphere exploded everywhere.

When they play “Fix You”, “Yellow” and “The Scientist” it is clear they have some of the most exquisite pop anthems anyone’s produced.



Set List:
Back to the Future Theme, Mylo Xyloto, Hurts Like Heaven, In My Place, Major Minus, Lovers in Japan, The Scientist, Yellow, Violet Hill, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

B-Stage:
Princess of China, Up in Flames, Warning Sign

Main Stage
A Hopeful Transmission (w/ "Singing in the Rain"), Don't Let It Break Your Heart, Viva la Vida, Charlie Brown, Paradise

Encore: C-Stage:
Us Against the World, Speed of Sound

Encore 2:
Clocks, Fix You, M.M.I.X., Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

Friday, 1 July 2011

Take That

Wembley Stadium

Had all the fun and theatre we come to expect from TT; ticker tape, elevating platforms, glowing stages, ghost-like dancers wielding flaming torches, dancing trees, roller-skating bees, and even a giant caterpillar. 

However, the collective gasp of excitement when Robbie finally appeared, alone was amazing. He is Mr Showmanship and with unpredictability, and interspersed potty mouth, delivered Let Me Entertain You and Angels so effortlessly he could have been singing in the park.


TT finally upstaged the entire theatrics when all five of them performed their classic anthems; Pray, Relight My Fire, and Back For Good, and all whilst dancing, smiling and hugging like the good ole days. 

Finally when they sang Never Forget in front of a massive illuminated robot, so tall it towered above the stadium, it was a once in a lifetime concert and experience; just brilliant!




Set List:
Take That 4 -Piece:
Rule the World, Greatest Day, Hold Up a Light, Patience, Shine

Robbie Williams Solo:
Let Me Entertain You, Rock DJ, Come Undone, Feel, Angels

Take That original lineup:
The Flood, SOS, Underground Machine, Kidz, Pretty Things, Take That and Party / Do What U Like / It Only Takes a Minute / Could It Be Magic, A Million Love Songs / Babe / Everything Changes, Back for Good, Pray, Love Love, Never Forget,

Encore:

Relight My Fire, (Dan Hartman cover) (Robbie Williams "No Regrets" intro), Eight Letters

Monday, 9 May 2011

Newton Faulkner

St Pancras Parish Church, London

A very special and intimate evening with Newton and a hundred or so fans in this lovely little church near St Pancras. We were so lucky to get tickets for this truly special evening.

Newton manages to entertain the crowd with his quirky stories and cheeky sense of humour while performing to the highest standard; a craft he honed while studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford

His songs are captivating, joyful and his guitar playing mesmerising.

He played for the first-time songs from his forthcoming album, no set-lists for this concert, and brought on stage his Girlfriend and their new born son Beau for a beautiful dedicated song.


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Adele

Southampton Guildhall

Isn't she brilliant - best selling album (deservedly) - no gimmicks just a brilliant sweet voice, fantastic rapour with the audience, and genuinely lovely person. We absolutely loved the gig and sung our hearts out all the way through - classic :)



Set List:
Hometown Glory, I'll Be Waiting, Don't You Remember, Turning Tables, Set Fire to the Rain, If It Hadn't Been for Love (The Steel Drivers cover), My Same, Take It All, Rumour Has It, Right as Rain, One and Only, Love Song (The Cure cover), Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

Encore:
Someone Like You, Rolling in the Deep

Friday, 10 September 2010

Muse

Wembley Stadium

Greatest start to any concert I have seen - Muse rocked on stage with 'Uprising' and an army of flag waving supporters. They were note perfect throughout, orchestrating fans into a frenzy of synchronised arm waving. Cannot wait to see them again :)





Setlist:
Uprising Extended, Supermassive Black Hole, New Born Township Rebellion Outro, Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever), Butterflies & Hurricanes, Guiding Light, Hysteria Interlude Intro + Back In Black Outro, Nishe, United States Of Eurasia, I Belong To You (+Mon Cœur S'ouvre à Ta Voix), Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover), MK Jam, Undisclosed Desires, Resistance, Starlight, Time Is Running Out House of the Rising Sun intro, Unnatural Selection
Encore:
Soldier's Poem, Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: Overture, Stockholm Syndrome School Riff+Endless Nameless Riff
Encore 2:
Take A Bow, Plug In Baby, Knights of Cydonia Man With A Harmonica Intro


Lily Allen

Lily was great, cracking short set of her greatest hits, and still managing to dance about whilst 4 months pregnant!



Setlist:
Everyone's at It, LDN, Back to the Start, 22, Fuck You, Not Fair, Smile, Hard Night Out Lily Allen did not sing (with Professor Green), Just Be Good To Green (with Professor Green), The Fear

Friday, 18 June 2010

Keane

Westonbirt Arboretum - Forest Tour

What a great evening, Keane were brilliant, super melodic and amongst an audience that felt as if they were all friends - lovely atmosphere

My favourite tracks of the evening were "This is the Last Time" and "Bedshaped"





Set list:
Back In Time, Nothing In My Way , Bend And Break, Spiralling, A Bad Dream, Your Love, This Is The Last Time, Stop For A Minute, Try Again, Hamburg Song, The Lovers Are Losing, You Haven't Told Me Anything, Everybody's Changing, Is It Any Wonder?, You Don't See Me, Perfect Symmetry, Somewhere Only We Know, My Shadow, Clear Skies
Encore:
Crystal Ball, Bedshaped

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Isle of Wight 2010

Certainly the most friendly festival and what a brilliant line up this year.

Sunday was probably the best single day of music had from all the IOW festivals - Fiona and I loved it - can't wait to see who's there in 2011

Paul McCartney
Played 35 tracks, 22 of them Beatles classics - brilliant "Hey Jude".


Jay-Z
Great set and fantastic atmosphere and just brilliant when Kanye West came on.


P!nk
What a show & what a performance; best you'll see - love her.


The Strokes
Classic, just classic.


Editors


Spandau Ballet


Blondie


Biffy Clyro


Paloma Faith


Florence and The Machine


Calvin Harris


Friendly Fires


The Courteeners


Vampire Weekend


Doves


Suzanne Vega


Crowded House


Melanie


Fern


Complete Line Up:
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2010

Friday: Jay-Z, Florence and The Machine, Calvin Harris, Doves, Mr Hudson, Hockey
Saturday: The Strokes, Blondie, Biffy Clyro, Vampire Weekend, Crowded House, Paloma Faith, The Hold Steady, Melanie Safka, Detroit Social Club, The Bluebyrds
Sunday: Paul McCartney, Pink, Editors, Spandau Ballet, Friendly Fires, Suzanne Vega, The Coronas, The Courteeners, Paper Romance

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Paolo Nutini

Royal Albert Hall, London

Paolo knows how to have fun as he contorts about the stage, whilst the Albert Hall’s sprung floor gave you no option but to bounce along.

True a “ladies” man, must be the unkempt look, but more than that a talent who is not afraid to follow his own musical instincts. True many of the songs are knockabout but we always find his music uplifting and he did not disappoint – pure enjoyment – as we left the Albert Hall with a big smile.

What a brilliant venue for him, the sound was great, the extra horns and string section of his band sounded brilliant and everyone; band, audience and Paolo, having a great time, so much so they squeezed in an extra encore song.

For me the songs of the night were Coming Up Easy and Pencil Full of Lead, and Fiona's was 10/10 :)







Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987) is a Scottish singer/songwriter.

Set list (not in order):
Can't Take My Eyes Off You, 10/10, Alloway Grove, High Hopes, Coming Up Easy, Theses Streets, Candy, Riding for a Fall, Funky Cigarette, Pencil Full of Lead, Worried Man Blues, Jenny Don't Be Hasty, New Shoes, No Other Way, Last Request.