Saturday, 14 March 2009

Snow Patrol

O2 London

They stormed the O2 and conquered, with a brilliant set that really brought their new album to life.

This is my second Snow Patrol concert and it just gets better and better - Gary Lightbody chatted, joked and was sincerely happy to be performing live; the whole band were clearly loving it.

Crowd responded to their enthusiasm by getting on their feet throughout and joining in; singing every song - and the classics were there; Chasing Cars had the hairs on my neck standing on end and Shut Your Eyes had everyone in a phone-holding, hand-waving flurry - Snow Patrol rock !!!!

Originally formed in late 1994 by students Gary Lightbody, Michael Morrison and Mark McClelland (all from Northern Ireland) at the University of Dundee, Scotland. In 1995 Mike Morrison left the band, returning to Northern Ireland and Jonny Quinn, also from Northern Ireland, joined as permanent drummer.

In mid 1997, SP were called Polar Bear but had to change their name due to the Jane's Addiction bassist also having a side project called Polar Bear. The name Snow Patrol came from a friend of the band who while called Polar Bear always referred to the group as Snow Patrol.