Ok, my thoughts: Beginning was great. Beautiful Day is okay, works as an intro, even if I’d never listen to such a remix at home. I even liked Eminem (!), I thought it was great – don’t ask me why, I guess it is meant as a joke – and we all wanted surprises, didn’t we? I found it extremely funny to look into several horrified faces of old-school hard-rock truckdriver-fans. Reaching Out: very nice, TYMD also pretty good, but the reaction was not as wild as I thought it would be. I was standing on the right, in front of Brian, (almost) directly at the end of the catwalk.
Acoustic set was too early for me, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Brian’s speech and behaviour seemed to be a bit forced. He made a small mistake in LOML and also got the lyrics slightly wrong. 39 would be even better if Roger played percussion.
Roger sang great, really, but still it was a bit kitschy, I can’t help it. Karaoke. Not as kitschy as Brian’s Last Horizon of course. The roof-pictures on the screen were funny, but I don’t think many people in Germany get the joke. No-one knows the story behind it. His solo seemed to be shorter, which is good. At the beginning he made some horrible noises with his new effect machine, which lead nowhere. Skip it.
Magic, hhhmmm, not my song really, but it sounded groovy.
Car was good, maybe very good, but not as good as in the old days. The drumming was a bit reduced.
My highlight was IWIA. Absolutely freaking unbelievable. I don’t even like the song that much, I always thought it was dated, but today it sounded very very fresh, the drumming was monstrous, the guitar was just WOW, played even the solo at the very end of the song – fantastic. Also HTF, another of those dated 80s song IMO, somehow gained a new life and sounded very, very good.
Bo Rhap: The Freddie-pictures were appreciated I think, it worked, the audience went nuts. All Right Now also great, the band really enjoying themselves, Roger drumming like hell, laughing and fooling about.
And even the most worn-out songs in the whole universe, WWRY and WATC, obviously still work and somehow sounded fresh as if they were written yesterday. Only Brian looked a bit bored like “how should I possibly enjoy those songs the millionth time?”.
To sum up: The middle was a bit boring, let Paul sing more songs, play less hits and more original material, but otherwise: Great concert.
And this was my longest post ever. By far.
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p.p.s. why are profile pictures that small nowadays?
wegotit: It's not a big difference, but I think the attendance must have been 12,000, since it was sold out.
"I'm a great believer in actually NOT giving people what they want"
Brian May, 11 March 05