Lady Gaga – O2

Monday 31st May 2010

Remembered a mate saying that he really liked Lady Gaga, so I booked tickets for her latest concert at the O2.

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Tribute To Prince – Jazz Cafe

Saturday 29th May 2010

Combine Eric Roberson’s soulful voice and Prince’s incredible tunes and you’re in for a superb great night out at the Jazz Cafe.

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Flight Of The Concords – Wembley Arena

Tuesday 25th May 2010

At the time of booking, I’d never heard of these boys, other than the phrase ‘Flight of the Concords are hilarious’. That’s all the information needed before booking tickets for Wembley Arena.

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Black Eyed Peas – O2 (again)

Thursday 6th May 2010

It’s the second of two back-to-back nights at the O2, with the Black Eyed Peas taking centre stage again.

Voted in the General Election, before heading off to the O2. There was just enough time to eat a pretty tastless hotdog, prior to Cheryl Cole performing Fight For Your Love. I still find the irony of the song hard to stomach. Unlike the previous night, this time around will.i.am joined Cheryl on stage for 3 Words. Even though there were hundreds of screaming kids out to see Cheryl, I had the urge to shout out No More, instead of the usual Encore.

Once again, the Black Eyed Peas transported themselves into the O2 Arena, cracking off with Let’s Get It Started, before entertaining their fans to Rock That Body, Meet Me Halfway and Don’t Phunk With My Heart.

Time for a few solo performances, including Fergie with the excellent Glamorous. will.i.am, with his sensational i.am.robot DJ set, entered the stage, pumping out tune after tune, and in turn enthralling his audience. These included American Boy, Don’t Stop Till You Enough, Thriller, Jump Around, OMG, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Sex Is On Fire and Sweet Dreams.

The Black Eyed Peas rocked the house with Don’t Lie, Shut Up, Pump It and Where Is The Love?, culminating into a superb finale of Boom Boom Pow and I’ve Got A Feeling. The Black Eyed Peas were sensational and I’m so glad I had the chance to see this extavanganza twice in 48 hours!

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Black Eyed Peas – O2

Wednesday 5th May 2010

It’s the first of two back-to-back nights at the O2, with the Black Eyed Peas taking centre stage.

While queuing for a bite to eat, an announcement was made over the tannoy that Cheryl Cole would be coming on in 15 mins. Seconds later, a girl rushed out, casually telling her friends that the supporting act was already on. Quick decision. Food or Cheryl? Sadly, food lost out, taking our seats just in time for the last few bars of Fight For Your Love. To be honest, every time I hear that song I can’t help but imagine that Rufus Hound is dancing to it.

Cheryl Cole sang a few songs, but to be honest I’m not familiar with most of them. I’d recognised Parachute and 3 Words, the latter being a duet with will.i.am, although it did feel weird that he didn’t join her on stage, but then again it was the Black Eyed Peas opening night in London, so it made sense to stay backstage.

From the moment the Black Eyed Peas transported themselves into the O2 Arena, it was obvious that this was going to be a spectacular gig. Let’s Get It Started kicked off the show, followed soon after by the sensational Rock That Body, Meet Me Halfway and Don’t Phunk With My Heart.

A cool Freestyle rap by will.i.am and solo performances by Apl.de.ap and Taboo got the crowd going, as did Fergie with her performance of Glamorous. The Black Eyed Peas spared no expense in thrilling their audience with a spectacular show including a motorbike ride high above and across the O2. Up next with an i.am.robot DJ set was will.i.am, pumping out an eclectic array of tunes from American Boy, Thriller and Jump Around to Smells Like Teen Spirit, Sweet Child o’ Mine and Sweet Dreams.

The Black Eyed Peas rocked the house with Don’t Lie, Shut Up, Pump It and Where Is The Love?, culminating into a superb finale of Boom Boom Pow and I’ve Got A Feeling. A fantastic show and so pleased I’d booked tickets to see The Black Eyed Peas again on the following day!

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Bill Bailey – O2

Friday 11th December 2009

Bill Bailey is a musician who happens to be rather good at comedy, and his Remakable Guide To The Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall had almost near perfect reviews. I missed that performance, but thankfully I got tickets for the O2 show.

WIth an excellent view just a few rows from the stage, Bill Bailey entered the arena, supported by the BBC Concert Orchestra, accompanied by Academy Award winning conductor Anne Dudley.

It was immediately evident that this was going to be a good night. An educational experience expertly expressed using comedy and music. Many have attempted musical comedy in the past, but few succeed in getting both aspects right. Bill Bailey manages to combine the elements superbly, and in doing so, is able to put together a master class performance.

Bill Bailey covered music from 70s cop shows including Starsky and Hutch and news themes including ITN News. He managed to pull off the Dr Who Theme Tune slowed down as Belgian Jazz and Match of the Day as a Jewish Folk Song. He showed how Bassonists had an urge to play Bee Gees tunes at all times and how Trombones play a part in Cockney music. He even managed a great musical routine with Insect Nation.

The array of musical instruments on show was a pure delight, from the usual suspects like the Guitar and Piano to the hilarious off-the-wall routine utilising the Alpine Bells. The audience was in full admiration of Bill Bailey and there was a great rapour between the two.

Bill Bailey is a genius in his genre. The best advise is to buy it on DVD/Blu-ray, of which I have already done. It’s interesting, fun and remarkably clever. Considering it’s educational too, maybe it should form part of the musical curriculum at schools too!

Maxwell – O2 Academy Brixton

Friday 13th November 2010

A last minute invitation to see Maxwell at the O2 Academy in Brixton was one I couldn’t pass up.

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The Stylistics – O2 Indigo

Tuesday 10th November 2009

The Stylistics in concert was to prove a major emotional test. The London date coincided with my late mother’s birthday and when I was a baby, one of their songs had to be played repeatedly for me to fall asleep.

Arriving early, we had time to visit the British Music Experience Museum. There is no doubt you can have loads of fun in there, especially with the musical instruments, the singing and the dancing. However, the idea to attempt to dance to Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ was a massive miscalculation. Seconds into the routine, it was obvious this dance was impossible. So it made sense to have another go, this time choosing ‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness. This routine was far easier and probably just as hilarious to do.

With time flying by, we headed off to the O2 Indigo and of course the VIP bar upstairs with those tasty Mojitos. Finally managed to leave the bar for the arrival of The Stylistics on stage. With so many hit tunes behind them, they were just rolling them out.

The Stylistics had the audience singing and dancing to Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love); I’m Stone In Love With You; Peek-A-Boo; Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart); Betcha By Golly, Wow; Na Na Is The Saddest Word; Break Up To Make Up; You Are Everything; and one of my favourites and best known, You Make Me Feel Brand New.

Considering The Stylistics are no longer touring with the original line-up, the band is definitely a joy to watch and listen to. Once again, it was another fantastic night. In a way, it was probably a good thing they didn’t sing ‘Let’s Put It All Together’ as I probably would have found it all a bit too much. Best left to the memory ‘as the tune that put me to sleep as a baby’.