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Posted: 11 May 05, 17:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote




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Posted: 11 May 05, 17:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just got back in my Hotel and i'm typing this on my old fucked up laptop.

My first thought. WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW!!
WOW!
This was MUCH better than Paris and Rotterdam. I'm still deaf and shaking. And it was just a little bit longer than 2.5 hours. They dropped the terrible Beautiful Day remix. But instead they opened with the Reprise from MiH. After the first minute of Beautiful Day Brian Roger and the rest take over the song and Paul joined them for vocals.

Then the setlist didn't change for a few songs. After Another one bites the dust they played Dragon Attack, which was new in the list. Rogers backign vocals were awesome and filling the arena. Brian had a wonderful screaming solo in it. Then Brian announced a song they haven't played since 1989. And you heard Roger count in. 1.2.3.4 Bang! And Danny started to play the Breakthru Bass part! Whoa, the whole arena went nuts! Paul did a fucking great job, and it was awesome to hear this song played live for the very first time.

Then the setlist didn't change and one of the last songs from the "Brian and roger set" was another new one: Keep yourself Alive sang by Brian. I never heard Brian sing this one, so it was a great treat. Then they played the well known version of Bohemian Rhapsody and Paul entered the stage again. After the encore there were no surprises.

Great show! And i can't wait till Koln and Arnhem!!!!!


I'm still in shock!




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Posted: 11 May 05, 17:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm still stunned. Wow. I'm going to sleep now, if that is possible!


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Posted: 11 May 05, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

and this is really true?


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Posted: 11 May 05, 18:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not according to the SMS commentary on QOL, but at least it's a believable wind-up....

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Posted: 11 May 05, 18:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I went there only to buy myself t-shirt and wrist. I thought I could get it without ticket, but I was wrong as to get to the merchandise you must pass ticket/security (search) check. Anyway, once that show started (20:15) I was escorted inside and bought myself what I wanted. The girl who was standing there and selling the things was rather surprised to hear Eminem and did like it. As I was about to leave Reaching Out started and with first sounds of TYMD I decided to stay outside the venue :) It was really LOUD! Drumming was incredible. Man! It is very fast show when I come to think about it. Being outside is for sure not the same as inside so I won't make any reviews, but I must say that version of A Kind Of Magic was the best so far I heard (I still believe first few lines are done to fast/quick/short by Paul, but ok - it rocked). After that followed I Want It All which was superb. It blown me away even I was outside (and it was rather cold outside let me tell ya). I was impressed by also by fast versions of Hammer To Fall and B. Rhapsody. Very very good. I thought Bri solo was not as good as the one from Vienna (I can only compare it with what I heard), but perhaps I'm wrong here. Encore was exactly after show running 2 hours. It came quite fast to the end the - The Show Must Go On, All Right Now, WWRY and WATC. Next stop - Hyde Park - this time with ticket. Oh yeah!


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Posted: 11 May 05, 18:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh yes, Last Horizon... it had one part added toward the end and for a moment I thought this is now something new... it sounded like nothing I heard before and then it came back again as finish of LH. Cool.


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Posted: 11 May 05, 18:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wembley setlist as following:

01 Reachin Out
02 Tie Your Mother Down
03 I Want To Break Free
04 Fat Bottomed Girls
05 Wishing Well
06 Another One Bites The Dust
07 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
08 Under Pressure
09 Say It`s Not True
10 '39
11 Love Of My life
12 Hammer To Fall
13 Feel Like Making Love
14 Let There Be Drums (Cover of Sandy Nelson)
15 I'm In Love With My Car
16 Guitar Solo
17 Last Horizon
18 These Are The Days Of Our Lives
19 Radio Ga Ga
20 Can't Get Enough of Your Love
21 A Kind Of Magic
22 I Want It All
23 Bohemian Rhapsody
Encore Break
24 The Show Must Go On
25 All Right Now
26 We Will Rock You
27 We Are The Champions
28 God Save The Queen


I don't know what Friedchicken is talking about?

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Posted: 11 May 05, 19:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Me neither, but didn't Brian promise a 2.5 hour show for Wembley?


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Posted: 11 May 05, 19:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't see Breakthru, Dragon Attack etc in the setlist, do you?

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Posted: 11 May 05, 19:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That set list is spot on. Going to bed, will do a review tomorrow!
Was great, but there are a lot of people leaving the gig unhappy. The venue was a shithole, and those not lucky enough to have 2nd row tickets like me could not see anything.

Big golf clap to the girl on the third row - lovely lovely!!

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Posted: 11 May 05, 20:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Give me a break, i was just saying what Jansen wants to hear :)


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Posted: 11 May 05, 20:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken<br><font size=1>The Almighty</font> wrote:

Give me a break, i was just saying what Jansen wants to hear :)


'Twas funny and very believable. Jansen really needs to stop posting this all the time.

Seriously buddy, give it a fucking break. The shows will be reported - no need for you to post these threads all the time.

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Posted: 11 May 05, 20:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I certainly agree that there are many leaving the venue unhappy. I was at the NEC - 6 foot from the stage so have had my 'good gig'. I was halfway back off to the side at Wembley and couldnt see anything. I thought I'd be able to appreciate the sound and lights from afar having all the stage in my field of vision as opposed to being almost in the stage at the NEC but it wasnt to be.

They couldnt fit anywhere near all of their lights on the stupidly small stage and the sound seemed way more distorted than the NEC. The acoustics were shite and the stewards were also jobsworths. Both Brian and Roger commented on the venue "god forsaken shithole" was Brian's comment and everyone around me agreed.

Considering London is their hometown they should have found a better venue. It was not up to their standards.

People judging their tour on that showing wont be as impressed as they should be.

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Posted: 11 May 05, 20:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What an appalling venue. Absolutely dreadful. Felt sorry for the band really. Brian even apologised for how bad it was. Rotterdam Ahoy still ranks as the gig of the tour for me.

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Posted: 11 May 05, 20:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So who booked the wembley arena - was it not the same people who were calling it a crap venue tonight - IE Brian and Roger....

So who sold the front blocks of tickets to the VIP package companies and not the fans who logged onto ticketmasters web site the minute they opened only to find that all the front seats had gone ? (A VIP package company told me this)

So who said that there would be no other london dates announced after wembley ? (Brian did in an email to me)

Wise up people, the band are cashing in, they always did and are still milking it.

The gig was not as good as Brixton from an intamacy perspective. I would have hated it if I was on the floor level. It was still crap at the Back but at least you could see the light show well and the band if you had good eyesight Can you beleive they sell bonoculars to people at the back. !!!!!

The music was good, the venue and hypocritical verbage not so good !


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Posted: 12 May 05, 02:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

While getting away from the concert here, apart from the London Arena, where else in London could have staged this concert?? London hasn't really got a venue to match Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Birmingham.

Till this gets sorted, Wembley will always be used. While not being a fan of London, I do feel that it's something of a disgrace that they haven't a facility to match those around the country. Maybe as a part of the legacy of this Olympic bid, they will build a large multi event arena, similar the MEN Arena in Manchester.

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Posted: 12 May 05, 04:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was disappointed with the venue, as it was very long and thin, and being on the first bank of tiered seating I was almost at the back, and really couldn't see any detail. I figured that the light show was less than other gigs, and it seems so.

I can see that the sound was probably not as good, and it definitely wasn't the same atmosphere as Brixton, although I think the performance was better. If I could've watched that performance at Brixton, but with all the lights, then that would've been perfect.

As for who's responsible for booking Wembley? Well, it's probably more Jim Beach and the promotors than Brian or Roger. I bet the first time they saw it was when they rolled up for the soundcheck. They had to rely on their management. Maybe there was no better alternative? I might have even preferred Earls Court though than this.

But nevermind, it was still great fun. I was stunned when every single person in the crowd was on their feet when Beautiful Day started - and they hadn't even dimmed the house lights yet!!! I think 99.9% of the crowd was on its feet for the whole show and were in good voice.

I think there were a group of three girls who were most amused at me and my mate belting out all the songs they obviously didn't know ('39, IILWMC etc), but we didn't care. We had grown up musically to this stuff.

Great night regardless of the problems. Looking forward to Hyde Park!!!


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Posted: 12 May 05, 04:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Earls Court (God forsaken hole that it is) should have held the Queen gig. Reason it wasn't chosen is because it was previously booked.
Last week was Kylie, this week was Rod Stewart (although the gigs were cancelled due to illness).

I had 2nd row tickets, and I was no VIP - same goes for the people around me. I did see Rick Parfitt out of Status Quo though!

I agree with Oberon - better performance than Brixton - but the atmosphere was awful. A combination of the venue, seating as opposed to standing and just a boring crowd.

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Posted: 12 May 05, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with Brian, Roger and most other people on this thread that the Wembley Pavillion is a seriously crap venue.

I was in block B5 quite near the front (in terms of seat rows(Row : 23) on the left hand side and the view from there was pretty bad. God knows what it was like for anyone who was even further away. They should seriously consider re-opening the Arena as soon as possible (never thought I would be saying that).

The main problems with the tent was :

1) It is all seated ( even though everybody decided to stand for the whole concert). Why not just get rid of the seats.

2) It is way to long and thin. They could have had a nice long catwalk to help the people at the back to see something, but it was the usual length. I guess if they had a longer one to reach the people at the back it would have taken Brian half and hour to get back to the main stage after doing 39/Love Of My Life.
The usual glitter ball effect during Last Horizon
was poor due to the only spotlight being used to highlight it was right at the back of the tent. The effect did not even reach the front half of the tent. The ball being in the middle of the tent.

3) The acoustics were poor, even though I think the lads were on pretty good form.
The guy who said he listened outside probably had a better view than half the people inside ;-)

Of the 5 gigs I have been to on this Tour this is by far the worst venue.

That's my rant bit over now for a little positive stuff.

The setlist was the same as Sheffield (see post above) with a slight change in the early running order around AOBTD/CLTCL/UP.

I thought all the lads were on top form. Intro tracks were the usual Beautiful Day Remix and Lose Yourself, Paul appeared from behind the curtain for Reaching Out closely followed by Brian for Tie Your Mother Down. And the show progressed well. Best tracks on the night I think were Say Its Not True, I Want It All, The Show Must Go On, Hammer To Fall.

To sum up despite the venue the lads put up a sterling performance.