For those unfortunate enough to "experience" the dreary Wembley Pavilion venue get a load of this!
Thu 12 May 05**
RETURN TO THE SUBJECT OF THE "PAVILION"
Yes - I said I would return to the subject of the "Pavilion" at Wembley. If I had known what an utterly unsuitable building this was, I never would have played it. And I'm sure this goes for the rest of us too. I was disgusted that this had been offered as a suitable venue to musically entertain 12,000 people. In my opinion it is a disgrace, and everyone should know it. We will be looking into what can be done to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again where we are concerned. As for dealing with the complaints, I will be very interested to see what the Wembley people propose. This cannot be the first time this has happened. I feel angry and disappointed for all those who didn't get a decent view - which I think means just about anyone further back than the mixing desk. It was bitterly disappointing for us to find that all the effort we put in to make the show COME CLOSE to everyone in the audience were frustrated in this terrible tent. There have also been many complaints about the behaviour of the stewards, which I think reflects the policies of the venue. I think an inquiry is justified, into the whole thing. We, the band, and our production team, gave 150 per cent, but to those of you in the blue seats, only a small percentage can have reached you. This is miserable for you and for us.
How incredible that London, of all European major cities, has the WORST apology for a large music venue ... and no prospect of an improvement. What is the matter with us ? And this the City which is clamouring to host the Olympics? It's a joke. We couldn't host a Teddy Bears Tea Party.
And I would like to know who is paying for all this advertising I see all around London, calling for us to "Support the Bid" Why ??? Do I want the Olympics here ? Hell No. Did anyone ask us, fellow Londoners, if we wanted this ? I don't think so. Another arrogance of the Ken Livingstone regime. I say again ...WHO IS PAYING ?? How about instead, spending our money on buliding a a decent venue for Rock music ???
Just about sums up his feelings on this glorified tent. Wembley should hang their head in shame.
The Northern England venues are much, much better as Brian says that the NEC is superior to most of the London arenas. A bloody shambles that London the UK capital doesn't have a decent rock venue.(Earls Court the only one)
Also Brian says on his website that Cardiff's singing was superb. I'm just proud to have been part of the Cardiff gig.
London complaceny and arrogance gone too far? I think so..so let's hope that Wembley has learnt from this and make Wembley Arena a top notch venue for future shows.
We all of us deeply apologise for this god forsaken shit heap of a building...but we will make it rock.
Brian May Wembley Pavilion 11.05.05.