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20 Jun 2010

Post 217:Probably too much but so what!

Some people clearly have too much energy, unfortunately not me, was the conclusion I drew from going to Wembley Stadium on Saturday to see Californian Punk Rockers Green Day. Now I will say this, I'm hardly a hardcore GD fan, I don't know the names of any of the band or even how many of them there even are. All I know is that I really like a few of their songs. I was put off them in 2004 for two reasons. Firstly I was only really interested in electronic dance music which I was busy amassing a collection of as I was gripped by DJ fever. Secondly, one of the ladies from work asked me if her 15 year old daughter could workshadow me for a day, no big deal I thought until this precocious girl dressed head to toe in black with accompanying 'bovver' boots and copious quantities of black eye-liner showed up. She proceeded to tell me all about some band called 'Green Day'. I remained pretty sanguine and convinced that I couldn't enjoy a band that rebellious or was sacred to stroppy teenage goths/emo's although this is what she looks like now. My point of view was reinforced by an observation I saw comedian Ed Byrne make. When faced with an aggressive looking Emo simply say “Oh so you're an Emo, I think of the two of us, we both know who's more likely to harm themselves”
It has to be one on one, if you're faced with more than one or the dreaded 'mood of goths'[mood is the correct collective noun apparently]. LEG IT. Speaking of aggressive behaviour and too much energy at yesterdays concert, there was some of the worst moshing/fighting I've ever seen in my life. It's easy for me to say this from the safety of our seats in the top tier. The concert was still good though because the sound and the performance were epic. Being punk rockers they couldn't care about mere technicalities like safety or sticking to details like running times and we did get the impression they were just messing around at the end, like I said in a previous post (which escapes me), musicians when faced with tens of thousands of people worshipping even your mistakes on a soundsystem as powerful as a tactical nuclear bomb you don't ever want to leave the stage, even when you've run out of your own songs, you can literally play anything, so thats what happened, shout! By Lu lu was rolled out, 'Hey Jude' by the Beatles, 'Paint it black by the Stones to keep the emos happy etcetera! It was a hell of a spectacle which is half the point and enabled me to spend some quality time with Christina, even though she probably couldn't hear a word I said too but the other good news for her didn't end with that, it was her first time driving the van and she passed with flying colours. I'm glad Oli had the chance to show her the routine when we had gone to Keane the week before. It put Christina's mind much more at ease so she could concentrate on the concert. From the ridiculous to the ridiculously sublime. The night before , my friend Rachel and I had braved the drizzle and cold to go to the Hampton Court festival to go and see voice of an angel' Katherine Jenkins (actually appearing to be some sort of angelic being in this picture) – having seen Dame Kiri te Kanawa the week before, I can see why men become fans of these young sopranos. Not only is she one the most beautiful women in the world but her voice is just incredible. Her voice doesn't fit her face and body, if I close my eyes I imagine Monserat Cabale or the Spanish Infanta from blackadder one but when you open your eyes you're faced by the human Barbie with breasts equally out of proportion (which must be where all that vocal power and range comes from! Her voice clearly made god himself weep because it rained and rained which is such a shame because on a fine evening base court at Hampton Court has got to be one of the most beautiful backdrops to a concert in the world, and I think the scurrilous rumours I'd heard about Ms Jenkins being a stroppy Diva were laid to rest by her softly spoken welsh accent and down to earth dialogue with the crowd. I thought she was adorable. I also thought the American barbershop dectet (whatever the word is for a ten man acappella group is) called 'straight no chaser' were also awesome. Rachel was a trooper too, making sure I had blankets and rain ponchos. By the end of the evening I'd gone through three rain Ponchos! People and rain don't mix. Rain and wheelchairs and cold are a disaster and I purposefully don't reserve a special place in my heart for Hampton Courts cobblestones!
So Thursday, Before all these Shenanigans, I went to see Bon Jovi at the Dome with friend from my DJ days Sharon, now married to legend Ian Betts. Now that they've had two kids I understandably don't see much of them, they're not the only ones.
We had a good time and a good catch up -Sharon has a very level head and has always been a good person to bounce ideas or problems off.
I had convinced myself this was going to be the best gig ever and I think I over-hyped it to myself. It was good and 'Living on a prayer was awesome'(obviously) but I think Aerosmith smashed it on Tuesday just because the Hard Rock sound sounds better live. If I'm honest 2008 at Twickenham (post 52) was rocking, I just found it a bit of a shame they didn't seem to play any of 'blaze of glory'
Still one of my all time favourite albums although the 'brokeback' rendition of 'Diamond ring' was rubbish and I can't get Marc Lamarrs Never mind the Buzzcocks desciption of Jon Bon Jovi out of my head 'arsey soft rock Oompah Loompah' out of my head, right, I'm probably guilty of trying to do much, so I'll award honours to AeroSmith but I'm glad I got to do all of those things. Life is after all, what you make of it.

4 comments:

湘嬌湘嬌 said...

好棒的地方 我一定要常來~~~^^~. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

貢慧 said...

Pay somebody back in his own coin.................................................................

佳燕 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。......................................................................

Dom P said...

Just talk amongst yourselves

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