Freebie, I felt they were better at Camden Rocks as the set was way more rockier with the addition of 2 additional members on stage.
Didn’t make this one as I still wasn’t 100%
Couldn’t do the London show due to Ugly Kid Joe so instead I headed to “THE NORTH” and joined Simon. Virginmarys were added to the line up so this was looking like a cracking show. However on the day I woke at 2am and was super ill for the whole day. This tour was clearly never meant to happen for me.
Ugly Kid Joe
Tim McMillan Band
Let’s get this out of the way first of all. This was my first visit back to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire since it closed for some major repairs. I’ve never liked the sound in this place, it’s mainly due to the fact I like to be on the raised area at the back and the overhang of the balcony always caused the sound to be muted (for me anyway). Part of the restorations included a new PA system. I have to say that the investment from the owners was well worth it. Tonights show was by far the clearest I have ever heard in this venue, if that’s the shape of future gigs to come then I’ll be happy to book more here, top marks for me on this major improvement to the venue.
Right the show…
Openers, The Awakening were decent enough.
Peter Murphy, filled the second support & should come with a health warning as it could send people into a coma. Simon asked on a scale of 1-10 how bored I was, I replied 95.
The Mission, pretty entertaining to tell you the truth.
Left a song or two early to buy bread, this is becoming a thing…
Wasn’t planning on going to this but Kristina planned a late trip to Sweden to see Amaranthe so gave me the ticket.
Blagged super early entry with Simon and Tess as I said I was with them, which I was to be fair so perfectly acceptable. A good time to go in really as you get to go to the bar queue free!
The audience tonight was another young one and the pit was bouncing most of the evening. One guy had to be carried out by security after collapsing right in front of us.
Australian openers Hands Like Houses were pretty decent I thought, so much so they were my band of the night.
The singer of Crown The Empire looks like a school kid without a tie, just not in the Angus Young way, nothing to write home about here for me.
Of Mice & Men I don’t know that well but have checked them out a fair bit the past week. Their latest album Cold World I don’t mind at all. Seeing them live however is a different story. Shouty Shouty Shouty…. So much so I left early to grab a pint of milk for morning coffee as that will be more enjoyable than what I’m experiencing.
Don’t get me wrong here. I do think they could be a great live band if they didn’t shout everything. They lyrics were just totally inaudible to me.
- Of Mice & Men
- Crown The Empire
- Hands Like Houses
Decent enough show but not as entertaining as the last time I saw Martin Metcalfe in Scotland.
Support band has this female guitarist and also singer, she should have been the main one to be honest, but she needs to learn to fucking smile, she looked more depressed than anyone I’ve ever seen before.
Fuck me this was hot… so hot in fact I went downstairs for most of the headliners slot.
Late call to go to this one, a pretty shite for oldies like me, it’s a sweatbox with loads of pillars blocking the view so if you’re not down the front you aren’t seeing anything.
Supported by Soilworks and some other band we didn’t see.