With the Juke Box we know what youre listening to right now, with the Record Collection we know what albums are floating your boat, and now we have this, the LIVE! Thread.
This is a place for discussion about live music. Bands youve seen or going to see, review a show youve just been to or comment on bands brought up by other people and your experiences of them as a live act. What gigs do you have coming up and have you seen the artist before? Are you looking forward to it, and what do you think of the shows others have coming you.
As always discussion is encouraged and a respectful attitude to other peoples taste and opinions is expected.
With that in mind, here's my review of a day out seeing one of my favourite bands since I was a kid and the basic idea for a layout of a post in this thread...
Lancashire County Cricket Club
24 June 2011
How many bands that are still together, still touring, and dont have any dead members that have been replaced by younger, more breathing, models qualify having four greatest hits albums? Im not gonna do any research on it, but Ill put in a safe bet that its a relatively small number. A small number that Bon Jovi now belong to.
In support of their most recent best of album (imaginatively titled; Greatest Hits) the band have embarked upon a huge world tour, and for a long while were forced to play without Richie Sambora, who was in rehab for a stint through the mid-point of the beginning of this year. Thankfully, upon hitting UK shores, Richie was back with a vengence and from the sounds of the crowd tonight, enjoying some serious moral support and out of control love from the fans.
His return to the stage was triumphant, as Bon Jovi pulled out all the stops to help the crowd survive through the awful Manchester weather, as rain pounded down on the heads of those visiting the open air venue, most were oblivious to its persistence due to the glorious performance in front of them.
Bashing out a distinctly best of set, fitting for the album they are touring to support, they played old classics and new favourites alike and all received a rapturous response from the soaking masses gathered to see exactly this.
You Give Love A Bad Name, Bad Medicine, In These Arms, One Wild Night, Captain Crash , Bed Of Roses, Its My Life, Livin On A Prayer, and the rarely heard live Dry County all get aired and are all little slices of musical heaven for those in attendance. Indeed, the only thing missing from the set, is a rendition of the universally loved, Always
Still, a tremendous night for all involved. Shame there wasnt a second encore really.
Coming up: A Wilhelm Scream next week, City & Colour in OCtober, and Frank Turner in November. I may also be at the Sunday of Leeds Festival, which should be a lot of fun.