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xx Gigs of 2017 - good or bad
« Thread started on: Dec 24th, 2017, 09:03am »

It's been a good gig year for me. Highlights - two Goldfrapps, the best being Brixton Academy last month, and predictably heavy on Silver Eye with Zodiac Black, possibly my favourite track off the album, making a great opener. As with Genesis early 90s they've done away with having a lighting rig, it was all side and back lit which made for a really atmospheric show and very appropriate for the 'darker' feel of the new material.


Also unsurprisingly atmospheric was Sigur Ros at Hammersmith, probably a one-off for me along with Kraftwerk at Edinburgh Usher Hall, both I'm very happy to have ticked off the list.


The other highlights were Anderson Rabin Wakeman at Hammersmith, good to see JA looking and sounding well and to hear some Yes classics. KT Tunstall solo at the Barbican was as good as ever, and an honourable mention to Crystal Castles at the Royal Festival Hall for the sheer ear-drum shredding controlled-chaos noise-fest of it.


Two big gig disappointments of 2017: Steve Hackett at the London Palladium, on the W&W 40th anniversary tour. I banged on about this in the SH forum.


The other disappointment was Radiohead at Manchester Cricket Ground. I've never seen them do a weak gig but this one wasn't helped by the truly terrible venue and their jettisoning of most of the new stuff, which is very unlike them. Plus (this isn't their fault), I was in a section surrounded by chattering phone-checking tossers who kept getting up to get drinks. It was like they were having a night out together and the gig was incidental. The absolute nadir was when a woman nearby got up and sang along to an old classic, "dancing" and slowly waving her arms in the air, FACING AWAY FROM THE STAGE while her partner filmed her on his phone. By this point I wanted to take a flame-thrower to them and everyone around them.
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 25th, 2017, 3:21pm »

My experience of Steve was very different - as it was the first time I had ever seen him, I thought it was just wonderful.

The other highlight of the year was the two Paul McCartney shows which were unquestionably the greatest shows I have ever seen (More about them in the Your Next Gig thread). Also saw Stevie Nicks, Glenn Hughes, Justin Hayward & Bruce Springsteen.
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 26th, 2017, 08:25am »

I have decided to stop gigging after 46 years of supporting small and big artists across the world. Two main factors:

1. The current cost (fleecing) of tickets for most gigs nowadays. I booked 2 tickets for my daughter to see Bastille in March and it cost an addition 17.50 in admin fees.

2. The neanderthal behaviour of many people who go to gigs and think they are in a pub and who, having spent a lot of money for a tickets, talk, shout, scream, get drunk, aggressive and totally show a lack of respect to both artist and those who go along to a show to HEAR the band. Add in the need to video the entire show and add further blockage to you trying to see the stage and its just a very unpleasant experience now. I simply thought, enough is enough and will not remove the stress I have been experiencing at gigs. The wonderful Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales) was hard to hear during his gentle numbers from the extreme noise coming from the audience. I have never been as embarrassed.

Think I will stick to theatre (stage plays) in future.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 26th, 2017, 11:01am »

on Dec 26th, 2017, 08:25am, NedFlanders wrote:
I will stick to theatre (stage plays) in future.

I'm a huge theatre fan but here in the UK audiences are getting worse there too, unfortunately. Certainly in the West End and more commercial shows, maybe not so much in the smaller, 'fringe' productions.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 26th, 2017, 12:18pm »

on Dec 26th, 2017, 11:01am, Backdrifter wrote:
I'm a huge theatre fan but here in the UK audiences are getting worse there too, unfortunately. Certainly in the West End and more commercial shows, maybe not so much in the smaller, 'fringe' productions.


I did notice people taking video and photos during the ballet - honestly. I cannot believe they are allowed to do this or get away with it. Imagine sitting filming in the cinema? Wonder what would happenhuh??
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 1:24pm »

Not managed any at all, I did get tickets for the Mrs and a friend to see Bruno Mars in Glasgow, double the bloody price on Viagogo and she was positioned high up and is afraid of heights so she watched through her fingers so I feel a bit cheated.

Really someone needs to regulate this industry as it will become incredibly hard for people living far from venues to afford to go to gigs. All popular act tickets are mysteriously snapped up fast then switched to resell sites for profit.
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 1:29pm »

Well my year started brilliantly with 3 back to back Poets of the Fall gigs in January
I've managed to see G2 a few times - the gig in Bath was superb Jamie did a great stand in for Terry for the first half and Terry was there for second half.
Saw Steve Hackett at Colston Hall grin
And Tiger Moth Tales was amazing grin
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 1:40pm »

I've forgotten who I've seen!
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 1:57pm »

on Dec 27th, 2017, 1:40pm, Gabble Ratchet wrote:
I've forgotten who I've seen!

Glad it's not just me with the rubbish memory rolleyes
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 2:17pm »

on Dec 27th, 2017, 1:57pm, MonsterMouse wrote:
Glad it's not just me with the rubbish memory rolleyes


Mine's shot! I've got tickets from the Robin of bands I've been to see and I don't recognise the names! grin grin grin
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 3:00pm »

on Dec 27th, 2017, 2:17pm, Gabble Ratchet wrote:
Mine's shot! I've got tickets from the Robin of bands I've been to see and I don't recognise the names! grin grin grin


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« Reply #11 on: Dec 27th, 2017, 4:17pm »

on Dec 27th, 2017, 1:24pm, Cavalcanti wrote:
Not managed any at all, I did get tickets for the Mrs and a friend to see Bruno Mars in Glasgow, double the bloody price on Viagogo and she was positioned high up and is afraid of heights so she watched through her fingers so I feel a bit cheated.

Really someone needs to regulate this industry as it will become incredibly hard for people living far from venues to afford to go to gigs. All popular act tickets are mysteriously snapped up fast then switched to resell sites for profit.


Well said. Could not agree more
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 29th, 2017, 3:22pm »

Some great gigs this year. Stand out was Phil Collins at the RAH in November. We were standing up in the gallery and the whole gig was one big party. He might be disabled but boy, the vocals were still there.

Close runners up were Big Big Train at Cadogan Hall. First time seeing them live and they are rapidly becoming one of my all time favourite bands. Absolutely superb musicians, the lot of them.

Also honourable mentions to Poets of the Fall at Islington O2 back in January and Steve Hackett doing a wonderful acoustic set at Trading Boundaries just before Christmas.

And I haven't even mentioned the always fabulous G2 and Mama ...
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 29th, 2017, 4:14pm »

I forgot to mention seeing John Hackett in Maltby in May for Steph's memorial gig - that was a great evening. Bittersweet though cry
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 30th, 2017, 05:49am »

A friend managed to get 2 free tickets to see Deep Purple live at the BBC a few weeks ago. I'm not the biggest DP fan - I didn't recognise most of the songs they played - but I thought they were really great. It was wonderful to see them in such a small venue. Even Ian Gillan was in pretty good voice I thought smiley
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