Rate the last gig you went to see out of 10! Page 30

  • dominalien 29 Oct 2017 21:00:21 8,574 posts
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    Amaranthe on Friday.

    Excellent. The girl has a tendency to be a little off at the beginning of songs, but she finds her footing soon enough. The other band members are spot on. Very nice of (some) them to come out after the show and have a chat and photos with fans, shows they're not spoilt by fame yet. I don't really know how much fame they have, they were playing in a fairly small club, so I'm guessing they're no Ed Sheeran. Would see again, preferably tomorrow.

    9/10
  • Technoishmatt 29 Oct 2017 21:34:39 2,583 posts
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    Phoenix - what a great live show!!!! Interesting set design, cool crossovers and medleys. Terrible warmup act.

    Recommended.
  • ModoX 29 Oct 2017 21:39:56 3,260 posts
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    I had no idea this thread was here, I could've been annoying people with hip hop concerts for ages! Anyways, we went to see Banks this week in Manchester, solid 8/10. We saw her support The Weeknd a couple of years ago and she has really stepped her performance game up.
  • Dougs 3 Nov 2017 12:25:18 85,702 posts
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    Ah, so one of those where they are either all bought by bots/touts or through pre-sale. How disappointing.
    Woot, they added extra dates in Portsmouth, managed to get 2. Hurrah!
  • samharper 3 Nov 2017 12:36:18 997 posts
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    Went to two last week.

    Metallica - SSE Hydro, Glasgow 9/10

    Played for 2+ hours and a more interesting set list than I was expecting, Harvester of Sorrow and Spit out the Bone were the highlights. In the round stage was cool, as were the descending TV screens and the light show. Crowd was nuts, and the sound was fantastic.

    Bury Tomorrow - The Mash House, Edinburgh 9/10

    Tiny venue filled to capacity. Crowd was absolutely mental. Opening act Loathe sounded fantastic. Aptly called the "Stage Invasion" tour because almost everybody ended up on the stage by the end of the night. Frontman really knows how to get a crowd going. Would have rated higher if I knew more of their songs, but as it was I really enjoyed it. Perfect performances, mixed really well.
  • Zomoniac 3 Nov 2017 19:25:08 9,686 posts
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    Suzanne Vega - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Played Solitude Standing and 99.9 in full, which are two of my favourite albums. Great performance, marred only by the venue being the worst to watch rock music in Iíve ever come across. Iíve been there a few times now and every time the music hs suffered massively because the venue was designed as a symphony hall, which Iím sure itís great as, but when itís built to provide huge amounts of echo for orchestral music anything amplified just sounds like a wash of echo.

    8/10


    Zara Larsson, Leeds O2
    Because my wife wanted to see her. Decent enough performance as that kind of thing goes, I was particularly curious by the fact that it was half backing track and half live band, and the way the musicians kept everything feeling dynamic and energetic despite playing to sequencers was very impressive. Another terrible venue, for very different reasons, but this one was mainly marred by 98% of the crowd being student girls who spent the entire gig with phones held above their heads. I think we were the only ones trying to see the stage.

    6/10
  • JoeBlade 4 Nov 2017 06:19:54 4,191 posts
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    samharper wrote:
    Metallica - SSE Hydro, Glasgow 9/10

    Played for 2+ hours and a more interesting set list than I was expecting, Harvester of Sorrow and Spit out the Bone were the highlights. In the round stage was cool, as were the descending TV screens and the light show. Crowd was nuts, and the sound was fantastic.
    Saw them last night and they've definitely still got it. An energetic, long but varied set; they knew all too well which albums to play and which to avoid (I'm looking at you, Saint Anger) accompanied by visual effects that were relatively simple yet impressive. First time I've seen them indoors - seven or so at festivals - and it was well worth it.

    They've also learned to steer clear of the 'Napster is the devil incarnate' and similar political bollocks. They just stick to the music, which is what they're best at.
  • JoeBlade 5 Nov 2017 00:33:18 4,191 posts
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    The War on Drugs

    That was damned excellent. I enjoyed their range, some songs reminded me of Springsteen, at other times I thought they were going to break out in a bit of Dire Straits (which they didn't) Some songs reminded me of the good times, some songs reminded me of the best times.

    Um, anyway, it was down to earth but technically pretty solid. The lighting effects were simple yet very effective. Just a straight up great show.

    Would recommend!
  • Trafford 6 Nov 2017 00:09:15 8,039 posts
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    Yeah, looking forward to seeing War on Drugs again next week. Need to get my headband back from the drycleaners...

    Tonight I saw Father John Misty at Manchester Apollo. He's a helluva performer, solid 2 hour set and captivating to watch.
    Busy stage as well with about a dozen mixed string and brass players rounding out the lush sounds.
  • RichDC 14 Nov 2017 23:37:28 7,728 posts
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    Helloween: Pumpkins United

    10/10

    I've seen Helloween before and been disappointed but this was an amazing experience. Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen rejoin Helloween to play a fantastic 3 hour set featuring all the greats. Genuinely one of the best gigs I've been to.
  • SuperSoupy 15 Nov 2017 10:12:12 58 posts
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    The Cadillac Three

    3/5

    Who doesn't love a show of southern rock songs about drinking, partying, love and...southern stuff?

    A decent selection of songs except that an understandable push of their latest album material resulted in a setlist of overly 'samey' songs. And for a band with a lot of fast-paced tunes, there were way too many slower tunes here, even their more uptempo tunes were intentionally slowed down to boring effect.

    The band themselves also seemed to be going through the motions (replace X-lyric with X-city of show, that old chesnut). It was certainly better than half-hearted, but not quite widely crowd-pleasing (judging by the relatively low numbers of hands-in-air clapping). The band can do better with their stage presence. They have done better before.

    That said, there's an undeniable quality of greatness to their live renditions of songs like 'White Lightning', 'The South' and 'Days Of Gold' no matter the vibe of the show. And despite a somewhat downplayed set, the instruments and vocals performing them were on top form.
  • Vortex808 15 Nov 2017 10:28:24 12,351 posts
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    I'd forgotten about this thread. Been to a few of late:

    Wild Beasts- I was encouraged to go by a mate and enjoyed it. A really low turnout though and they have since apparently split.


    Shellac- I expected them to be more obtuse with their almost anti-rock tunes, but they were much more enjoyable than I expected and i'd certainly go to see them again.


    Metallica- quite disappointing to be honest. I had decided to go and see them to tick a box teenage me had missed. I appear to have moved on significantly from then, this tour was quite heavy on their more recent material and the new stuff is very meh and goes on and on too much for my liking. I liked the old stuff much more. 6/10 at best tbh.

    Edited by Vortex808 at 10:29:04 15-11-2017
  • JoeBlade 18 Nov 2017 17:54:11 4,191 posts
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    Queens of the Stone Age - 2 days ago actually, I was too knackered to write about it any earlier

    The sound was a bit off at times and I would have to judge Josh's leg separately (he was limping throughout) but overall it was a pretty great show, for someone who likes QotSA.

    One thing I found odd was that the album they played most songs off was their previous one, which is neither their most popular one nor, well, the latest. I don't mind, I enjoy Like Clockwork but still, a bit strange.
    Otherwise it was an enjoyable mix of their entire repertoire, popular songs as well as stuff that just works well live. Ode to Clarissa was a standout one, the eclectic guitar play is a real joy during a concert.
  • JoeBlade 23 Nov 2017 01:04:10 4,191 posts
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    Gorillaz

    First time for me although I had seen Blur as well as Damon Albarn solo before.
    He definitely still knows his trade, musically there wasn't much to critique. There was some, e.g. the rap in Clint Eastwood not being live despite having several quite proficient rappers on stage during the rest of the set, that was a weird choice.

    My main gripe is that the virtual band aspect was almost non existent, anyone not familiar with Gorillaz would't have known that's what they are supposed to be based on the show IMO.
    Sure, they're still a band first and foremost but it's also the one trait that sets them apart from other bands.

    But regardless, I had a great time overall, would recommend.
  • JoeBlade 27 Nov 2017 00:23:31 4,191 posts
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    This thread is becoming a bit of a monologue/inane ramblings of a mad man.

    Either way, Depeche Mode

    Third or fourth time I've seen them and while I wasn't blown away previously this was outright amazing.
    Couple of new songs I mostly wasn't familiar with and a whole lot of classics mixed in. A fantastic crescendo spiraling towards the big hits off their arguably best album (Violator) with plenty of sidesteps towards both newer and older material.

    I personally would have liked to have heard some of their groundbreaking songs (Everything Counts was about it, no Master and Servant or Just Can't Get Enough sadly) but it was a stellar set nonetheless.
    Add to that magnificent execution, fantastic lights and backdrops, excellent sound and this was easily the best concert of the year for me and one of my favorites ever. That's coming from someone who has literally seen thousands.

    Sublime, go see them if you get the chance.
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Nov 2017 00:33:10 22,503 posts
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    JoeBlade wrote:
    This thread is becoming a bit of a monologue/inane ramblings of a mad man.

    Either way, Depeche Mode

    Third or fourth time I've seen them and while I wasn't blown away previously this was outright amazing.
    Couple of new songs I mostly wasn't familiar with and a whole lot of classics mixed in. A fantastic crescendo spiraling towards the big hits off their arguably best album (Violator) with plenty of sidesteps towards both newer and older material.

    I personally would have liked to have heard some of their groundbreaking songs (Everything Counts was about it, no Master and Servant or Just Can't Get Enough sadly) but it was a stellar set nonetheless.
    Add to that magnificent execution, fantastic lights and backdrops, excellent sound and this was easily the best concert of the year for me and one of my favorites ever. That's coming from someone who has literally seen thousands.

    Sublime, go see them if you get the chance.
    Such a shame they gradually went to shit after SOFAD, the 4 album period of BC to SOFAD was cracking though.
  • Dougs 7 Mar 2018 09:38:16 85,702 posts
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    Flight of the Conchords. 10/10. Absolutely brilliant, funny as fuck still and they have grown as artists. Their new stuff was better than the old stuff. Really great night, want to see them again now!
  • Vortex808 7 Mar 2018 10:14:34 12,351 posts
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    A mate will be glad to hear that Dougs, he's off to see them later and has been really looking forward to it for a looong time.

    On topic, I went to see Mark Lanegan a few months back and he was in great form. Good stuff and what a voice he has on him.

    Also saw Morrissey last month and that was not bad either. I don't really dig his new album and the set was too heavy on new songs, but they did come over better live than on record. Not sure I'd rush back though.
  • minky-kong 7 Mar 2018 10:16:25 13,669 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Flight of the Conchords. 10/10. Absolutely brilliant, funny as fuck still and they have grown as artists. Their new stuff was better than the old stuff. Really great night, want to see them again now!
    I'm seeing them in a few weeks so that is great to hear!
  • Boriska 7 Mar 2018 10:17:13 649 posts
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    I saw Hot Snakes the other day. Pleased to say they've still got it.
  • Dougs 7 Mar 2018 12:03:09 85,702 posts
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    I don't mind admitting that I was a little bit starstruck. You're in for a treat. It's not a long set, and all the better for it I think.

    Would love to see Mark Lanegan. I'm a recent new comer to his stuff and love the collaborations with Isobel Campbell in particular.
  • Saul_Iscariot 7 Mar 2018 13:59:51 3,002 posts
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    Dougs, I would recommend Mark Lanegan as well. Saw him in Wolves on the second leg of his UK tour, and Manchester on the first, last year. The guy is such an amazing talent live. Not a big fan of Belle and Sebastien, but picked up the first Isobelle Campbell collaboration LP and thought it was okay but not brilliant. Loved a couple of tracks on it. I will definitely try and see him again next time he is in the UK. Ithink Wolves may have been the last gig I went to.
  • GarlVinland 7 Mar 2018 14:27:55 3,190 posts
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    Going to see Carpenter Crut in a couple of weeks. Will be my second time. First was a great atmosphere but the sound system was absolute garbage and just a bass-y dirge. I'm hoping it's better this time, plus he's released a new album which is pretty good.
  • Mola_Ram 8 Mar 2018 13:14:16 17,928 posts
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    Mogwai - the Every Country's Sun tour

    Ow ow ow my ears.

    But yes, fucking amazing. They played a bunch of stuff from the new album (and mainstays like Fear Satan, of course, which is a transcendental experience even after dozens of listens), but there were a lot of unexpected tracks in there. Auto Rock, Robot Chant, Ithaca, etc.

    I'd still love for them to play something like Christmas Steps live, but it wasn't to be this time.

    9/10
  • jimnastics 8 Mar 2018 14:07:06 1,352 posts
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    I still haven't seen Lanegan, he usually plays in Brighton on UK tours but it's never worked out for me :/ The guy is an absolute legend (just look at his career...), with one of my favourite voices in rock. It's a shame his stuff with Cobain never worked out save for a couple of songs, that could have been incredible.
  • LittleSparra 8 Mar 2018 14:19:05 7,926 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    Mogwai - the Every Country's Sun tour

    Ow ow ow my ears.

    But yes, fucking amazing. They played a bunch of stuff from the new album (and mainstays like Fear Satan, of course, which is a transcendental experience even after dozens of listens), but there were a lot of unexpected tracks in there. Auto Rock, Robot Chant, Ithaca, etc.

    I'd still love for them to play something like Christmas Steps live, but it wasn't to be this time.

    9/10
    Mogwai Fear Satan is a curious beast. I don't think Mogwai have ever come close to topping it (imo), but they still seem keen on playing it a lot, asfaik. Some bands resent early stuff being so mega.

    Auto Rock is gorgeous, never seen that one live.

    Edited by LittleSparra at 14:19:19 08-03-2018
  • Mr_Sleep 8 Mar 2018 15:36:41 21,759 posts
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    Saw Roy Ayers last week at the barbican. Very cool to see the old fella but the gig made me feel a bit sad, he seemed like he may be lacking all his faculties as with many old timer gig.

    It also descended into too many boring solos and there was a distinct lack of different instruments which made all the solos a bit more tired.

    Still, great to see him still having a go and he still has some chops.

    Edited by Mr_Sleep at 15:38:49 08-03-2018
  • Mola_Ram 8 Mar 2018 22:05:39 17,928 posts
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    LittleSparra wrote:
    Mola_Ram wrote:
    Mogwai - the Every Country's Sun tour

    Ow ow ow my ears.

    But yes, fucking amazing. They played a bunch of stuff from the new album (and mainstays like Fear Satan, of course, which is a transcendental experience even after dozens of listens), but there were a lot of unexpected tracks in there. Auto Rock, Robot Chant, Ithaca, etc.

    I'd still love for them to play something like Christmas Steps live, but it wasn't to be this time.

    9/10
    Mogwai Fear Satan is a curious beast. I don't think Mogwai have ever come close to topping it (imo), but they still seem keen on playing it a lot, asfaik. Some bands resent early stuff being so mega.

    Auto Rock is gorgeous, never seen that one live.
    I do love Fear Satan, I never get tired of listening to it.

    But I personally wouldn't mind if they left it out of or two of their live shows, even though it's one of the "expected" tracks that everyone wants to hear. It's a long piece, and leaving it out could make room for another couple of their longer tracks. Like the aforementioned Christmas Steps, or other marathon stuff like My Father, My King.
  • Trafford 12 Mar 2018 09:33:29 8,039 posts
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    Once and Future Band.
    In a cellar in Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast to be exact.
    Amazing prog rock act, musicianship was so so good.
    The main support band RongoRongo were ace too.
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